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

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

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

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?

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

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%

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

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

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?

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

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…

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