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  • Will Gold Be The Beneficiary Of Oil, Equities Plunge?

    Global stock markets were in turmoil again this week, with the Dow plunging 566 points on Wednesday before recovering to a 250-point loss, and the S&P 500 index bleeding over 3.5 percent to hit an intraday low of 1,820, the worst showing since February 2014. The Toronto Stock Exchange, heavily weighted towards mining and oil stocks, at one point was over 400 points down, giving investors an eerie déjà vu of the financial crisis as the S&P/TSX composite index ended the day under the psychologically-important 12,000 mark. The TSX has been down every day since trading resumed after the Christmas…

  • Russia Could Gain A Stranglehold On This Market

    I discussed last year how Russia is making big moves in African mining. And late last week we got confirmation the pariah nation is moving fast to control a number of key commodities here.That's in Zimbabwe. Where Russian officials told local press they're proceeding quickly with one of the biggest mineral developments on the continent.Russian Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade Georgy Kalamanov said live from Harare that a new $3 billion platinum complex is going "according to schedule." With the Deputy Minister noting that Phase I of the project--which includes mines and processing facilities--is just "a first step" for…

  • With a Collapse in Commodity Prices, What Happens Next?

    This has to be a scary time for virtually all commodities investors, whether one is talking about investing in commodities directly or in commodities companies. From oil to aluminum, nearly all commodities are not just trading near multi-year lows, but multi-decade lows. Bloomberg recently noted that commodities are now trading at the same level they were at in the mid-1990s after a major run-up in the late 1990’s and throughout much of the new millennium. This begs the question: ‘what will it take for commodities to recover?’ To get to the answer, one first has to understand two important things…

  • Is This The Decade's Most Important Mining News?

    It might not be immediately apparent -- but the global mining sector just changed forever.That's not because of a technical advance or a major discovery (yet). But rather a political event -- one that could open up the world's leading frontier for some of the most important global metals.The place is Colombia. And the development is peace.Related: How Russia’s Oil Companies Are Defying Sanctions and Low Oil PricesColombia's president Juan Manuel Santos agreed Wednesday with rebels from the FARC insurgent group on terms for ending their war. The key achievement being an accord on how to punish persons -- from both…

  • India’s Gold Mining Sector Could Experience A Massive Renewal Soon

    I mentioned yesterday how global gold production hasn't fallen much in the face of lower prices. And this week we got some indications that supply could actually expand. With one of the world's most famous gold mining districts looking to re-open, for the first time in nearly 15 years. The place is the Kolar Gold Fields in India. One of the world's legendary gold mines -- with a production history that dates back to 1880. Related: Saudi Arabia Opening Up For Business As Oil Strategy Takes Its Toll According to local press, India's government is very close to putting forward a…

  • Investing In Uranium? This News Will Shock You.

    There's a sense among some investors that uranium is a contrarian buy today. With prices languishing near decade lows, and multiple projects globally having shut their doors over the last few years.But news this week sounds a note of caution for anyone investing here.That comes from the world's largest uranium-producing nation, Kazakhstan. Where it appears the downtrodden state of the market hasn't put a dent in output.Local press reported that Kazakhstan's uranium production for Q2 actually rose 4% as compared to the same period of 2014. Hitting a total of 5,883 tonnes.Related: Is This The Best Play In U.S. Oil?That's an…

  • Looking For New Exploration Frontiers? Here Are 30.

    Some of the biggest potential for profit is created when new geographies open for exploration. Especially when those spots come with proven potential. The world got news of one such up-and-coming locale this week. In India's northwestern state of Rajasthan. Local press reported that the Rajasthan state government has identified 30 new exploration blocks. Which it now hopes to open to bidding from the private sector. Related: Energy Stocks: Undervalued Or Value-Trap? The news came as part of a meeting between officials from India's national government and representatives of Rajasthan's state government. With the state officials formally notifying the national government…

  • Lessons From The Failed Rare Earth Investment Hype

    The story of the Rare Earth Elements (REE) boom is one of the most disappointing but valuable parables for investors today. Rare Earth Elements were supposed to represent a sort-of new millennium gold rush that would bring big profits to investors and increased national security for the United States. Neither aspect of the story has worked out the way it was supposed to. REEs are a series of minerals found in the earth’s crust that are important for producing high tech electronics and for use in industrial processes. For example, one of the most common uses for REEs is in…

  • Major Shift In Asian Commodity Demand Already Underway

    The story of commodities in the new millennium so far has largely been driven by China. For over fifteen years, rapid Chinese growth and industrialization brought a tremendous amount of demand for fossil fuels and metals around the globe. However, as China’s growth has declined slowly but steadily, demand for commodities has also waned, with enormous ramifications for commodity producers. Firms like Caterpillar, Joy Global, and Terex have seen demand for their machinery decline. Fertilizer companies like Mosaic and Potash have felt the sting of both cartel breakdowns and the Chinese slowdown. Ocean-going freight firms have seen dry bulk prices…

  • Key Points For Investing In Global Mining Sector

    It is probably not news to most investors that the global mining industry is in trouble at this point. The Chinese, long one of the biggest buyers of mined commodities, are awash in steel, local debt, and ghost cities. With neither India nor Brazil ready yet to assume the mantle of emerging market growth engine, this leaves the mining industry up the proverbial creek without a paddle. Adding to this dilemma, there is considerable and increasing pressure on the coal industry due to both decline in oil prices and concerns over the environment. Put these two trends together, and its…

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