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13 High-Yielding Commodities for 2013


Archer Daniels Midland, Deere & Company, and Exxon Mobil make the list.

10. Rio Tinto (NYSE:RIO)

Like BHP Billiton already on this list, Rio Tinto is a jack-of-all-trades when it comes to natural resources. The company's globally diverse portfolio covers everything from aluminum, copper, gold, molybdenum, silver, diamonds, coal, uranium and salt. The crown jewel in RIO's portfolio is its iron ore operations. Rio Tinto is the world's largest producer and exporter of iron ore and pellets. However, its diverse exposure to various hard assets makes it a perfect way to play the emerging world's growing demand.

That diverse exposure also provides Rio Tinto with robust cash flows that help pay its dividend. RIO's dividend is currently $1.45 per share – equating to a 2.69% yield.

11. Southern Copper (NYSE:SCCO)

Southern Copper engages in mining, exploring, producing, smelting, and refining copper and other minerals in politically friendly Latin American nations of Peru, Mexico and Chile. Featuring high levels of ore grades, Southern Copper continues to churn out sales and, as a publicly-traded subsidiary of Grupo Mexico S.A.B. de C.V, it churns out dividends as well.

In 2011, SCCO paid out $2.1 billion to shareholders, and 2012 is shaping up to be another banner year. Shares of the firm yield 9.82%.

12. Terra Nitrogen (NYSE:TNH)

While potash and phosphate prices have been falling this year, those fertilizer firms that produce nitrogen are thriving. That's partly due to the fact that nitrogen-based fertilizer is synthesized from natural gas. The shale boom has made it cheaper and easier for firms like Terra Nitrogen to make their products. Add in accommodating government policies in key demand-driving nations, like India, and an MLP tax structure, and you have a win for shareholders.

Terra has been a monster performer over the last few years as natural gas has dropped to historic lows. Those lower feedstock costs have boosted profits, TNH's share price and its dividend. Terra currently yields 7.86%.

13. Exxon Mobil (NYSE:XOM)

Finally, no commodity dividend list can be had without including the elder statesman of the energy industry. Exxon Mobil continues to be the champion when it comes to production and finding new sources of crude oil supply. Its purchase of XTO back in 2010 was forward-thinking and basically set up the natural gas revolution. Likewise, its recent moves into Canada's vast oil and liquid-rich shale will help spur another fracking revolution.

The firm's dominant position in the energy sector provides plenty of cash flows to make acquisitions and boost dividend payments. Its continuous history of paying a dividend is a testament to that fact. Exxon currently pays a 2.57% yield.

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Editor's note: This article by Aaron Levitt was originally published on Commodity HQ.
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