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.

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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.

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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.

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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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