There is a nice move up today... most of my other metals holdings are up, too... but Stans is leading the pack.  Maybe it is rumors of news.  I wonder if the Russian announcement that they were going to try to protect higher RE prices with strategic reserve purchases would be greated with a positive response.  I wish US and Japan would do the same.  There seems to be this thought that the only problem with a China monopoly was their using the monopoly to raise prices.   Nooooooo, if you are going to get rid of the monopoly, you need high prices to get new mines online.  RE's are not cheap to mine in an environmentally safe way.  There used to be mines outside China, but low prices shut them down (including Stans').  Low prices can prevent any new mines from being built AND operated profitably.