Extreme Trading: Turmeric Triumphs … and More!

The yellow spice is up 64 percent year to date, by far outpacing the S&P 500's 8.5 percent gains.

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Shares of insurer Assurant dropped 11 percent to close at $35.58 Wednesday following publication of a report in American Banker that accused the firm of double-dealing and kickbacks in its "forced-placed" insurance business.

American 30-year mortgage rates dropped to an all-time low of 4.17 percent Thursday after the Federal Reserve announced that it would buy $600 billion in long-dated Treasury securities to lower interest rates and boost the economy.


The price of gold on Monday rose to $1,412.75 an ounce, setting a record high -- although some spoil-sports maintain that the price of gold is nowhere near the record high, if you adjust for inflation.


Palladium, a very beautiful and precious element that is used in electronics components and other things, on Monday reached a high of $712.75 an ounce. Palladium had not been that expensive since April 2001.

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Shares of Chinese solar panel company LDK Solar hit a 52-week high Tuesday after reporting strong quarterly earnings.

Shares of technology bellwether Cisco dropped 16 percent Thursday after the company issued earnings forecasts that fell short of Wall Street's expectations.

Soybean futures reached a two-year high of $13.22 a bushel Tuesday after the government forecast a slimmer than expected supply for the legume.

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