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Metals / Commodities

Afghanistan: Mining Boom Nurtures Transparency Concerns

Jul 14, 2011 at 07:57 | Editorial Dept

Go looking for Wahidullah Shahrani and chances are you’ll find him at an investor conference promoting Afghanistan as an ideal opportunity for global mining companies. By most accounts the minister…

China’s Great Grain Robbery

Jul 13, 2011 at 07:41 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

The Chinese are nothing if not opportunistic. You may recall that a shocking increase in this year’s corn crop predicted by the US Department of Agriculture triggered a series of…

Pacific Ocean Seabed Rich in Rare Earth Minerals

Jul 08, 2011 at 07:59 | Brian Westenhaus

Spooked by the Chinese embargo of rare earth elements the rare earth mining industry is busily looking and investing in rare earth mineral extraction.  Several prospects look practical.  Meanwhile Japan’s…

UK Plans to Secure Strategic Metals Vital to Energy Security

Jul 07, 2011 at 07:50 | Professor Chris Rhodes

Not only are supplies of oil and natural gas under imminent threat of failing to meet demand for them, but so is a whole range of precious metals, along with…

The Great Grain Market Massacre

Jun 30, 2011 at 19:22 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

Grain prices were slaughtered today in the wake of a bombshell of a report from the US Department of Agricultural showing that plantings were much larger than expected. Corn and…

Here Comes the Rhodium ETF

Jun 06, 2011 at 11:01 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

Deutsche Bank has launched the first ever ETF for the precious metal Rhodium, to be listed on the London stock exchange. Expecting a massive inflow of capital into this obscure…

Rare Earths Are About to Become a Lot More Rare

Jun 01, 2011 at 08:24 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

Interest in Rare Earths is starting to heat up once again, and it something you should keep on your radar. China’s Baotou Steel has announced its intention to start up…

China’s Weather Could Support Metal Prices in Q3

May 30, 2011 at 08:10 | Stuart Burns

Metals prices may have come off in the wake of fears over continued tightening in China, Greek debt default and wider worries over stalling global growth, but strangely for some…

Falling Oil Prices Causing Temporary Drops in Aluminum

May 26, 2011 at 07:54 | Stuart Burns

A series of recent FT articles covering a range of topics such as global growth, commodity market volatility and aluminum demand appear to offer conflicting guidance on the direction of…

A Look at the Recent Rout in Silver and Oil Prices and what it Means for Commodity Prices

May 23, 2011 at 22:13 | Stuart Burns

A fascinating special report by Reuters this week tracks the fortunes of oil and silver over the last few days and reads more like a novel of Wall Street trading…

Forget Oil and Gold – Phosphorus is the Commodity Everyone Should be Concerned About

May 23, 2011 at 22:07 | Brian Westenhaus

It’s phosphorus.  The element of great importance – its essential for life – humans and animals need it for healthy bone formation, and plants need it to grow.  Without it…

Is Zinc Set for a Comeback?

May 20, 2011 at 07:52 | Stuart Burns

Zinc has dropped significantly along with copper these last few weeks as stocks have continued to rise along with a massive surge in mine production last year. One might be…

Are Iron Ore Prices Signaling Further Problems Ahead for Commodities?

May 19, 2011 at 07:23 | Stuart Burns

The iron ore price has been taken as a bellwether for the commodities super-cycle in recent years. Steel production in China has been at the core of that country’s growth…

The Corn Conundrum

May 16, 2011 at 07:59 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

In the days of olde, the prices of agricultural commodities were determined by the birds, the bees, and Mother Nature. No more. The Mississippi River basin is suffering once in…

Massive Demand for Electric Bikes in China Impacting Lead and Lithium Prices

May 14, 2011 at 15:30 | Stuart Burns

There was a time (and I can remember it) when the streets of Shanghai at rush hour were a manic surge of bicycles either waiting at lights or streaming across…

Is the Commodities Bull Market Over?

May 11, 2011 at 08:23 | Economywatch

No sooner had we breathlessly reported April’s record highs for gold and silver, at over $1,500 and close to $50 per troy ounce respectively, than commodities stage a ‘flash crash’,…

Did Goldman Sachs Help to Create the Current Food Crisis?

May 06, 2011 at 07:39 | Economywatch

In a shocking report by Frederick Kaufman that has been featured on the Foreign Policy website, the role of Goldman Sachs and its Wall Street cohort in creating the food…

Signs Are Pointing to a Big Commodity Selloff

May 05, 2011 at 13:23 | Taras Berezowsky

Just as we finally began wondering when the commodity bubble would burst, some troubling signs in the precious metals market – namely silver and gold – are pointing to…

Rising Inventories Could Push Copper Prices Down

May 05, 2011 at 09:24 | Stuart Burns

Rising copper prices in the last few days may lead buyers to believe normal business has resumed for the copper bull run. The copper price had been rising strongly last…

Are the signs pointing to a Commodities Price Correction

May 03, 2011 at 09:31 | Taras Berezowsky

Speculators, regional unrest and sovereign debt are driving up prices higher than ever in all commodity classes – food, oil, cotton, metals – and the global markets are once again…

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