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Profitable Once Again: Copper Miners Report Better Numbers

Feb 09, 2017 at 10:15 | Dave Forest

It’s a big day for copper. With workers at Escondida, Chile — the world’s largest mine – having signaled they intend to start strike action today, earlier than expected.…

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Electric Car Showdown: China And Tesla Scramble For Supply

Feb 08, 2017 at 17:51 | James Burgess

As China moves stealthily on the world’s cobalt and lithium supplies to feed an unprecedented US$360-billion renewable energy push, watch what happens next in Chile, where Chinese investors are…

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Is This The Final Week For The World's Largest Copper Mine?

Feb 06, 2017 at 10:38 | Dave Forest

I’ve been writing the last few weeks about brewing problems at the world’s largest copper mine: BHP Billiton’s Escondida operation in Chile. And this week, it’s crunch time for that…

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Chinese Make Aggressive Move In High Risk Mining Assets

Feb 03, 2017 at 16:55 | Dave Forest

Definitely a theme in the news this week: the continued resource dominance of China. Despite all the concerns the last couple of years about a China slowdown, data emerging for…

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The Philippines Just Shut Down Half Of Its Mining Industry

Feb 03, 2017 at 09:38 | Dave Forest

One of the most-watched happenings in the global mining sector came to a head yesterday. As the government of major mining center the Philippines unveiled results of a nation-wide…

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Gold Prices Under Pressure As Indians Stop Buying

Jan 31, 2017 at 09:37 | Dave Forest

India’s government wants more local gold. This week directing state-run Minerals Exploration Corp. to assess remaining reserves at the historic Kolar Gold Fields district — ahead of a possible…

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South African Platinum Miners Struggle As Strikes Intensify

Jan 27, 2017 at 10:51 | Dave Forest

More warning signs emerging this week in the world’s top-producing platinum nation, South Africa. Where it appears the depressed state of industry is endangering the future of several critical mines.…

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China’s Hunger For South American Copper Continues To Grow

Jan 25, 2017 at 10:08 | Dave Forest

The world’s largest copper mine is moving closer to a shutdown. With unionized workers at Chile’s Escondida operation yesterday rejecting owner BHP’s latest wage offer — and now facing…

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Miners Shun Top Class Gold Assets In Egypt

Jan 24, 2017 at 09:49 | Dave Forest

I wrote in November about Egypt’s first gold licensing round in seven years. Noting that the geological potential is very strong in this under-explored part of the Arabian-Nubian shield.…

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World’s Largest Mining Investment Fund Is Bargain Hunting Again

Jan 23, 2017 at 10:10 | Dave Forest

China expanded its global reach again this past week. With the first-ever rail shipment of Chinese goods arriving in London, as part of a new Silk Road train…

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