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Metals / Commodities

Here Come the Water Wars

Here Come the Water Wars

Jun 02, 2010 at 05:29 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

Long time readers of this letter know well that I have been a big fan of the water play. The world is rapidly running out of fresh water, possibly within…

When Higher Metals Prices Aren't Good for Miners

When Higher Metals Prices Aren't Good for Miners

May 14, 2010 at 11:53 | Dave Forest

A couple of interesting data points on costs in the mining industry. Cost containment is once again becoming a major issue for miners. TD Newcrest analyst Greg Barnes told a…

Australia’s Super Profits Tax on Resource Companies Leads to Immediate Fall-Out

Australia’s Super Profits Tax on Resource Companies Leads to Immediate Fall-Out

May 03, 2010 at 12:01 | Dave Forest

Australia sent the major miners into a tailspin overnight. The Rudd government announced Sunday night that it will impose a new "resource super profits" tax on mining, oil and gas,…

The Coming Boom in Rare Earth Metals

The Coming Boom in Rare Earth Metals

May 02, 2010 at 09:33 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

Interest in Rare Earths is starting to heat up in a dramatic fashion, and it something you should keep on your radar. So named because they were hard to get…

What to Look For When Investing in an Exploration Company

What to Look For When Investing in an Exploration Company

Apr 27, 2010 at 13:31 | Dave Forest

Calling all mineral explorers. Australia needs your help. The Australian Institute of Geosciences (AIG) this week released a report noting that the Aussie exploration sector is suffering. AIG blames the…

ETF-izing the Market: Are Producers Getting the Wrong Signal?

ETF-izing the Market: Are Producers Getting the Wrong Signal?

Apr 14, 2010 at 19:00 | Dave Forest

Reports this morning that Russian aluminum giant Rusal is looking at launching an exchange-traded fund (ETF) back by physical aluminum. Rusal said the fund could initially be backed with up…

Chinese Base Metal Stockpiles are Reaching Epic Levels - How will this Affect Prices

Chinese Base Metal Stockpiles are Reaching Epic Levels - How will this Affect Prices

Apr 08, 2010 at 19:00 | Dave Forest

A couple of interesting data points the last few weeks, on commodities oversupply. Last week CBI China reported that Chinese base metal stockpiles are reaching epic levels. CBI surveyed commercial…

Rio Tinto Case Indicates Chinese Leadership are Confident that Growth Will Continue

Rio Tinto Case Indicates Chinese Leadership are Confident that Growth Will Continue

Apr 04, 2010 at 19:00 | David Caploe PhD

When four executives from Rio Tinto, the giant Anglo-Australian mining company, were arrested last July on charges of stealing commercial secrets, as well as taking and receiving bribes from Chinese…

A Wave of Steel

A Wave of Steel

Feb 22, 2010 at 18:37 | Dave Forest

China is the key to the metals markets today. And there are some important signals about this market registering in the last few weeks. Last month, I wrote about…

Rogue Aluminium Shipments Suggest Chinese Metal Stockpiles are Being Re-Exported

Rogue Aluminium Shipments Suggest Chinese Metal Stockpiles are Being Re-Exported

Feb 05, 2010 at 17:33 | Dave Forest

This might be the year's most important news. Which got almost no press globally. Something strange happened in Japan in December. Shipments of aluminum from Mozambique and Brazil…

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