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Metals / Commodities

Are We Really Facing A Battery Metal Shortage?

May 03, 2019 at 16:59 | Nick Cunningham

Tesla says that there could be a shortage of the key metals used in the manufacturing of electric vehicles as a dearth of investment in mining fails to keep up…

Investors Return To Plowing Money Into Commodities

Apr 11, 2019 at 14:05 | Tsvetana Paraskova

Commodities are hot once again after disastrous performance at the end of 2018, when energy prices collapsed and the escalating U.S.-China trade war spooked investors.    At the start of…

Vanadium Spikes On New Chinese Regulations

Dec 28, 2018 at 12:22 | ZeroHedge

The global scramble for a little-known metal called vanadium is officially underway. The metal, which when used in small amounts can help strengthen steel significantly, is in high demand following…

Peak Lithium Won’t Happen Anytime Soon

Aug 10, 2018 at 16:41 | Irina Slav

First it was peak oil—back in the 1970s, no less. Then it was peak oil again and again. Now we have moved up a rung and are worrying about peak…

Lithium Plunging As Chinese EV Production Slows

Aug 02, 2018 at 12:58 | MINING.com

Changes to Chinese subsidies for hybrid and battery-powered vehicles – or new energy vehicles in local parlance – that came into effect mid-June are already having a dramatic impact. According…

This Year, Everyone Will Love Uranium

Jul 13, 2018 at 12:34 | Peter Bell

Copper prices are up 60 percent in 24 months and zinc has gained 140 percent in two years. Gold is up too, 20 percent in two years. But one of…

As Diesel Dies, One Commodity Is Crashing

Jul 05, 2018 at 12:59 | Safehaven.com

The diesel vehicle is dying, and it’s taking the platinum industry down with it. The price of New York platinum futures plunged more than five percent on Monday to touch…

Miners Are Looking To Ramp Up Lithium Production

May 25, 2018 at 17:04 | MINING.com

A salar-size gap has opened up between bulls and bears in the lithium market. In March Morgan Stanley sent shares of lithium companies tumbling after the investment bank forecast overproduction…

Tech Giants Scramble To Secure Cobalt Supply

Feb 21, 2018 at 12:48 | MINING.com

Tech giant Apple Inc (NASDAQ: AAPL) is said to be in talks to buy long-term supplies of cobalt directly from miners as a way to ensure sufficient supply of the…

Will Oil And Gold Prices Rise This Year?

Jan 02, 2018 at 14:04 | City A.M

Crude oil and gold prices both started the year on a firm footing, but are prices going to keep going up in 2018? Here's what analysts said about the commodities.…

Don’t Expect Palladium Prices To Plunge

Nov 08, 2017 at 10:33 | Viktor Katona

Over the past month, there has been a deluge of news heralding a new era of palladium, which has soared above the $1000 per ounce mark for the first time…

How Long Will The Lithium Rush Last?

Oct 26, 2017 at 15:37 | ZeroHedge

In “Mad Scramble for Lithium Mines From Congo to Cornwall”, Bloomberg puts some colour on current conditions in the red hot sub-sector. For evidence of just how hot battery ingredient lithium…

World Class Copper Auction Draws Major Interest

Oct 18, 2017 at 12:34 | Dave Forest

Copper prices have been on a tear the last few weeks — rising over 10 percent since late September, to a recent 3-year high above $3.20 per pound.  And that’s…

This Major Political Shift Could Rock Copper Markets

Oct 16, 2017 at 09:59 | Dave Forest

Indonesian officials said this past week they are close to an agreement on the major Grasberg mine. Which would see a price set for the government’s legislated purchase of a 51…

Busting The Lithium Bubble Myth

Oct 11, 2017 at 13:59 | Irina Slav

Forget about oversupply of lithium, and ignore the naysayers. There’s no bubble here. Everyone’s talking about electric cars, and lithium miners are getting more than a kick out of it.…

No.1 Cobalt Mining Nation Just Adopted A Dangerous Mining Strategy

Oct 10, 2017 at 11:46 | Dave Forest

Back from Myanmar and Mongolia. To find that one of the world’s fast-growing mining trends has taken another twist this week. As I’ve been discussing for several months, governments in…

World’s Biggest Miner Prepares For The EV Boom

Sep 29, 2017 at 16:37 | MINING.com

World number one mining company BHP (ASX, NYSE: BHP) (LON:BLT) said 2017 will go down in history as the year when key changes took place in the electric cars market, making…

The Precious Metal Heading For A Supply Squeeze

Sep 19, 2017 at 10:03 | Dave Forest

The South African mining industry got more bad news this week, with sources saying major platinum producer Lonmin has been threatened with a possible shutdown of its mines, after…

The Mining Sector In This Troubled Nation Just Collapsed

Sep 12, 2017 at 09:32 | Dave Forest

Tanzania’s mining sector has been in chaos lately. With the government escalating attacks on local gold, copper and gems producers over the last several months.  And this week, things hit…

Chinese Environmental Crackdown Could Lift Commodity Prices

Aug 24, 2017 at 10:16 | Dave Forest

I’ve been writing the last few weeks about the unfolding metals supply crisis in China. Triggered by a wave of environmental checks at mining and processing facilities across the country.  One…

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