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Finance / Investing & Trading Reports

Investing & Trading Reports
  • Metals Markets Set For Another Shock From This Key Producer

    One of the most ground-breaking changes in metals the last year was the Indonesian export ban. The government-mandated halt to shipments of unprocessed concentrates caused widespread disruptions in several global markets. And triggered bull runs for metals like nickel, as buyers worldwide scrambled to find alternate supplies. Now it looks like Indonesia's policies may be shifting again. At least for one metal. Aluminum.Related: The Most Challenging Oil And Gas Projects In The World Local press reported this week that government officials are considering a reversal of the export ban on unprocessed bauxite -- the feedstock that goes into making alumina and…

  • Major Win For LNG Producers Thanks To Oil Price Plunge

    Brief, but very interesting note this week from world LNG-hotspot Australia. Where it appears the environment is getting better for new project development - despite an overall softening in commodities prices. In fact, precisely because of that reason. Australian officials told a natural gas industry conference that costs in the domestic petroleum sector have been plummeting. Because of a pullback in sector activity, triggered by currently-low oil prices.Related: Beyond Iran And Pakistan: 7 Nuclear Wannabes John Ryan, associate secretary at the Department of Industry, said at the Australian Domestic Gas Outlook Conference in Sydney that the scale of cost reductions has…

  • Gold Markets May Finally Have Something To Cheer About

    Momentum has been building amongst gold stocks this week. With gauges like the S&P/TSX Global Gold Index up 9% over the last week of trading. The interesting thing is, this rebound has come with very little movement in the gold price itself. As I write, bullion is languishing below $1,190 per ounce. But a few events are on the horizon that could really give gold investors something to cheer about. In some of the largest consuming nations on the planet.Related: The $6.8 Billion Great Wall Of Japan: Fukushima Cleanup Takes On Epic Proportion A prime example being regulatory changes announced last…

  • Texas-Based STW Resources Brings Water Revolution To Dry State

    The definitive answer to Texas’ drought, concerns about future supplies of potable water, and oil industry fears of fracking drying up is next generation technology that hits out at the water dilemma on three fronts simultaneously. Developed in the Netherlands by Salttech, the DyVaR Zero Liquid Discharge (ZLD) water processing technology was licensed in July 2014 by Texas-based STW Resources Holding Corp. (OTCQB: STWS) in the giant oil and gas venue of the Permian Basin. Now the proven next generation technology is moving across the state to provide local citizens and oil producers alike with more water than they ever…

  • Local Tax Reforms To Impact Global Metal Market

    Mining just got a lot tougher in one key commodities nation this week. Struggling metals producer India. The minerals industry is feeling the pinch after a slate of new measures implemented by the government. Which insiders say will raise the cost of mining — potentially impacting production of key commodities here. The first hit to miners was a raise in mineral royalties. Which was confirmed in India’s parliament last week.Related: Wall Street Losing Millions From Bad Energy Loans Royalties will now rise nearly across the board. With officials forecasting that the increased rates will grow royalty payments across the country by…

  • Here’s An Unexpected Shift In Global Coal Dynamics

    Prices in the worldwide thermal coal market appear to be stabilizing. Leading to the question: is there any hope of a recovery in sight soon? To find out, it’s critical to keep an eye on the supply dynamics unfolding globally. And one particular event may signal a big change coming, according to news emerging this week. That comes from important global coal producer South Africa. Where Platts reports that local producers may be getting a financial incentive to halt exports. That’s because state-owned South African electricity generator Eskom is looking for coal feed to its power plants. And may be…

  • Goldman Sachs Got It Wrong On Commodity Prices

    Goldman Sachs delivered a dire commodities outlook earlier this year, but RAB Capital Founder Philip Richards still sees compelling buying opportunities. In this interview with The Mining Report, Richards discusses his outlook for oil, gold, vanadium, zinc and nickel, and profiles companies with projects that will see the light of day even in harsh price environments. A few of these names have doubled in stock value in recent months, and still others look poised to deliver multiple returns on investment. The Mining Report: Goldman Sachs cut its price outlook for almost all commodities, including oil, which it said could go…

  • Low Oil Prices Spur Conventional Wildcatting Spree in Utah

    Utah has been an attractive oil and gas venue for decades, with three key plays that drew all the attention until a fourth play was discovered by a small wildcatter in 2004, ushering in the largest onshore discovery in the US in 30 years. Now, as oil prices slump and render unconventional drilling and fracking prohibitively expensive in many cases, all eyes are roving back to Utah’s conventional offerings and looking for another wildcatter to wow us like Wolverine Oil did in 2004. On the wildcatting scene, the real potential here is in the Central Utah Thrust Belt, where Wolverine…

  • Will This Troubled Buyer Save The World Natgas Market?

    I discussed last month how natural gas supply problems have been hitting Europe of late. And based on reports this week, it seems those issues may be deeper than originally expected. Platts reports that Europe has lately become the world’s go-to natgas market. With prices for the commodity on the continent actually flipping to a premium over other big buyers like Asia. That trend began in mid-February. When natgas prices at the U.K. National Balancing Point (NBP) hub climbed higher than the so-called JKM (Japan-Korea Marker) price for liquefied natural gas being shipping into these Asian countries.Related: A New Season Brings…

  • Queensland To Ban Uranium Mining

    Back from Asia, Colombia and parts in between. And the news is coming fast around the resource universe. Like in the uranium sector. Where one of the world's key producing nations has become a little more unfriendly this week -- at least in certain parts. That place is Australia -- the world's third-largest uranium producer. Where the government of the northeastern state of Queensland said that it will re-impose a ban on uranium mining, shutting off development here. Queensland has in fact long been a hold-out in Australia when it comes to uranium. With the state banning uranium mining in…