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  • Physical Gold Demand At A 6 Year Low But Prices Soar

    Gold is looking strong again this week — gaining after the Bank of Japan unexpectedly held off on stimulus Thursday, causing a decline in the dollar. Gold stocks are also having a great run. With indexes like S&P/TSX Global Gold breaking out to near three-year highs. But even as all this action has investors excited, some unexpected news is emerging when it comes to gold demand and supply globally. On Wednesday, go-to gold analysts GFMS released their survey of gold market trends for Q1 2016. And what they found when it came to demand was shocking in the utmost. The…

  • Is This The Hottest Acreage In The Lithium Rush?

    As our lithium-dependent energy revolution unfolds, prices soar and supply remains euphorically tight, a savvy newcomer is the first to cast a much wider exploration net over America’s ground-zero lithium state of Nevada, hedging smart geological bets that there’s lithium beyond Clayton Valley. The lithium space is becoming a frantic game of who can get their hands on the choicest new mining acreage and who can launch new production fastest. And in North America, it’s all going down in the state of Nevada, which is the staging ground for a U.S. lithium boom that will feed the manufacturing beasts for…

  • South African Miners Disgruntled After Changes In Mining Code

    The mining sector in one of the world’s most important platinum, gold and coal nations is in an uproar this week. After the government surprised the industry with some controversial changes Friday. The place is South Africa. Where the national government published a draft of a new Mining Charter for the country’s industry late last week — containing some unexpected proposed measures. Related: This Is How Oilfield Services Are Surviving Low Oil Prices One of the biggest surprises was new rules for Black Economic Empowerment (BEE) requirements. With the government making a decisive declaration on the so-called “once empowered, always empowered”…

  • Copper Prices Ignited By Chinese Demand Growth

    A couple of very important notes for the copper market the last few days. Which have the price for the red metal once again showing unexpected strength. The first was a major headline across mining news outlets on Wednesday: the sudden resurgence of copper imports into the key market of China. Reuters reported that China’s March copper imports actually hit an all-time high — at 570,000 tonnes for the month. Representing a notable 39 percent increase from the same month in 2015. Related: U.S. Oil Supply To Fall Faster Than Expected That was enough to lift China’s total Q1 copper imports…

  • Gold Prices Could Spike As India Resumes Imports

    For nearly six weeks, the global gold market has been missing its largest buyer. With gold purchases across the nation of India being paralyzed by a strike from national jewellers’ associations. But yesterday, local reports suggest that a return may now be at hand. India’s papers reported that many gold sellers reopened their doors on Monday. With as many as half of jewellery stores now back in action across the country. That comes after jewellers appear to have been waited out by the government — which has refused to back down on a proposed 1% sales tax on gold jewellery.…

  • Is South America Set For A Gold Rush?

    There was a very interesting note buried within a report this weekend from the Wall Street Journal on gold M&A from Chinese mining firms. It suggested that a big rush for gold projects may be about to kick off in one particular part of the world. That’s South America. Where the Journal reported that an up-and-coming Chinese gold miner is on the verge of a significant project acquisition. Related: The Wireless Tech That Will Transform The Energy Industry The company is Zhaojin Mining — a relatively unknown gold player outside of China right now, which appears to be about to make…

  • West African Nations Crack Down On ‘’Inactive’’ Miners

    Interesting concurrence of events the past week. With not one, but two countries announcing plans for major overhauls in the mining sector. Those are the West African nations of Guinea and Burkina Faso. Which said in separate statements they are going to pull the plug of hundreds of mining licenses across both countries. The target in both Guinea and Burkina Faso will be unused mineral licenses. With the governments saying that numerous permits awarded over the last few years are not being used for exploration or production. Officials now hope to change that. By stripping inactive permits from owners, and…

  • Huge Uranium Deposits May Soon Be Fair Game In Argentina

    The most intriguing news on the world stage this week came from uranium. Where a longtime no-go mining nation looks to be on the verge of signing a major deal to restart production. That’s Argentina. A country with substantial uranium deposits, which have been under a mining moratorium since 1997. But that could soon change, according to reports from Bloomberg at a nuclear summit being held in Argentina. With the news service citing familiar persons as saying that one of the biggest owners of uranium projects in the country has signed up a deal for development financing and technology. The…

  • Gold Prices Could Take Off As Unrest In Indian Markets Eases

    A couple of updates. One quick, and one at greater length. First, from the energy sector of East Africa — where I discussed Monday how ExxonMobil may be on the verge of its biggest natural gas acquisition since the energy market collapse. As serendipity would have it, that rumoured deal coincided almost exactly with another big natgas announcement from this part of the world. With Dubai-based Dodsal Group saying Monday it has found the largest-ever gas discovery in onshore Tanzania. Dodsal announced it has found 2.7 trillion cubic feet in the Ruvu Basin near Dar es Salaam. Which is indeed…

  • Uranium Production Costs Fall For The First Time In 5 Years

    There was good news in the Uranium sector this week in the form of a report that working conditions appear to be improving for the world’s major producers. That was the conclusion from research published Tuesday by mining analysts CRU, which claimed that costs are coming down across the global uranium mining industry. Related: Brussel’s Terror Attack Drives Europe Further Into Terrorism Rabbit Hole CRU found that weighted average site costs for production fell by $1/lb during 2015. This was caused by factors such as currency depreciation against the U.S. dollar in key producing nations such as Kazakhstan, Australia, and Canada.…

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