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Investors who stayed with Xstrata for the ride of the merger with Glencore will hope good things really do come to those who wait. One week into trading of the commodities trader and miner, and shares have gained 4 per cent. That is less impressive when considering that Rio Tinto and BHP Billiton, for example, have gained the same and more, respectively. It is hard not to believe that the commodities cycle has taken a downturn as China, the world’s largest consumer of resources, has shifted down a gear to sustainable growth. Will Glencore Xstrata prove one of the successful survivors? It has some trump cards on its side.