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Mar 10, 2016 at 09:24 | Dave Forest

Last week, I talked about big changes afoot in the world’s top gold-consuming nation, India. With the government there imposing a surprise sales tax on…

China Is Now In Control Of Global Silver Prices

Mar 09, 2016 at 09:34 | Dave Forest

China has been an unofficial price-setter for most metals over the past decade. And this week, the country became an official participant in setting prices for one of the world’s…

India Just Shocked The Gold Market With This Unexpected Tax Hike

Mar 01, 2016 at 09:18 | Dave Forest

I wrote a few weeks ago about record slowdowns in gold sales across India. With buyers in the world’s number-one consuming nation holding off on…

Is Venezuela About To Revolutionize Gold Mining With This $5B Deal?

Feb 29, 2016 at 10:12 | Dave Forest

Back from a week in the wilds of Myanmar (more on that in Prime Meridians this coming weekend). To find a lot of action happening…

Does This Signal The End Of The Gold Rally

Feb 19, 2016 at 09:49 | Dave Forest

The recent rally in gold prices has been a welcome bright spot in metals. With prices soaring from $1,050 per ounce early in January to nearly…

Africa’s Largest Copper Major Suffering From Indecision

Feb 16, 2016 at 09:44 | Dave Forest

The mining industry got some much-welcomed good news late last week — from one of the world’s most important copper-producing centers. And then, abruptly, had it…

Is Nigeria Moving From Oil Into Gold?

Feb 11, 2016 at 09:35 | Dave Forest

When it comes to gold in northern Africa, the focus has always been on places like Ghana and Burkina Faso. With growing exploration activity pushing into neighboring countries like…

Here Are The First Two High-Profile Downgrades In Energy And Mining

Feb 10, 2016 at 09:35 | Dave Forest

I wrote in late January about 175 mining and energy firms being placed on watch for credit downgrades — potentially signalling a wave of financial…

Private Equity Financing In Mining Jumps 238%

Feb 09, 2016 at 09:42 | Dave Forest

One of the world’s biggest mining events kicked off yesterday: the Mining Indaba in South Africa. And one of the initial presentations at this big show provided some shocking numbers…

The World Has Never Seen A Mining Exploration Scheme Like This

Feb 05, 2016 at 10:18 | Dave Forest

As I’ve been discussing the last several months, reforms in India’s mining and exploration sector have been coming quickly of late. And this week things appear to have reached…

World’s No.2 Platinum Miner Faces Huge Political Risk In Zimbabwe

Feb 03, 2016 at 09:44 | Dave Forest

Experts at Johnson Matthey said last month that platinum is likely to post a bigger-than-expected supply deficit for 2015. And news this week suggests that…

Will This Bureaucratic Battle See Prime Copper Assets Coming For Sale?

Feb 02, 2016 at 09:57 | Dave Forest

Very interesting drama unfolding in one of the world’s top mining nations the last few weeks. That’s Indonesia — where a top copper miner is grappling…

Chinese Mining Giant To Ramp Up Copper Production

Jan 29, 2016 at 09:58 | Dave Forest

The world lost a great mine this week: the Century zinc operation in Australia. Where the operator, China’s MMG, shipped the final loads of concentrates that…

Here Are 175 Resource Companies On The Verge Of Financial Upheaval

Jan 27, 2016 at 09:25 | Dave Forest

The New Year is bringing some seismic shifts across the natural resources industry. With a huge swath of mining and energy companies being warned this week on coming changes to…

This Asian Country Just Became The World’s Biggest Lead And Zinc Buyer

Jan 26, 2016 at 09:40 | Dave Forest

In the minerals sector — all the way from exploration projects up to mining operations — it’s critical to know who the potential buyers are for…

Could Low Oil Prices Cause A Global Recession?

Jan 25, 2016 at 14:36 | James Hamilton

The global economy is slipping into recession. The evidence is showing up in all the usual ways: slowing output growth, slumping purchasing-manager indexes, widening credit spreads, declining corporate earnings, falling…

These New Numbers Show A Major Threat To Gold Is Disappearing

Jan 25, 2016 at 09:35 | Dave Forest

A lot of eyes in the global gold sector on India the last few months. Looking to see what effect radical new plans in the bullion business here might have…

Market Insiders Baffled By Low Platinum Prices

Jan 22, 2016 at 09:38 | Dave Forest

Unexpected news in the platinum market this week. With key consumer Japan saying that it’s buying surged to a record in 2015. Japan’s biggest bullion seller, Tanaka Kikinzoku Kogyo, reported…

Despite Low Prices, Chinese Ramp Up Copper Production Here

Jan 19, 2016 at 09:46 | Dave Forest

New copper production has been hitting the market fast and regular of late. And this week we got news that yet another massive mining project…

Leading Copper Producer Announcing ‘Drastic Cuts’

Jan 14, 2016 at 09:39 | Dave Forest

Copper is officially below $2 per pound. And that’s caused a flurry of activity in the world’s top-producing nation for the red metal. Chile. Concern over…

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