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Metals / Commodities

Will Big Production Cuts In China Provide Another Boost For Zinc Prices?

May 23, 2017 at 10:01 | Dave Forest

Back from the proEXPLO exploration conference in Peru. Where metals like gold and zinc were some of the biggest stories of the show. And zinc may be about to get…

This Brand New Nation Is Gearing Up For Mineral Exploration

May 05, 2017 at 09:41 | Dave Forest

Big opportunities come when new terrains open for exploration. And this week, one of the world’s newest countries declared itself open for business — offering up ground that already holds…

Mining Crackdown In The Philippines Could Be About To End

May 04, 2017 at 10:08 | Dave Forest

I wrote a few weeks back about cracks appearing in the Philippines’ government war on mining. And yesterday, the anti-mining movement suffered a major blow. With controversial Environment Secretary…

This International Infrastructure Deal Could Change Global Copper

Apr 27, 2017 at 09:48 | Dave Forest

Drama continues in the global copper sector this week. With key LatAm producer Southern Copper seeing workers end a strike at the Toquepala mine in Peru — but Freeport…

Does This Reversal Show A Crack In The Philippines’ War On Mining

Apr 20, 2017 at 09:31 | Dave Forest

The past year’s massive anti-mining drive by the Philippines government has wreaked havoc on the local sector. With the latest example being Australian miner Greenstone Resources this week saying it…

Copper Prices Could Rise As Another Major Copper Mine Goes On Strike

Apr 14, 2017 at 09:17 | Dave Forest

One of the world’s largest copper mines just came back online — with Freeport’s Grasberg, Indonesia operation reportedly finalizing paperwork to resume concentrate exports, after a 12-week standoff with…

This Rare Metal Just Saw Its Price Jump By 30%

Apr 12, 2017 at 10:36 | Dave Forest

Amazing price action this week, for a metal we don’t hear much about. Ruthenium. Rates for this platinum group metal surged over the weekend, according to data from Platts.…

The New Tech Transforming The Platinum Industry

Apr 04, 2017 at 09:40 | Dave Forest

There is upheaval in the platinum space right now, with big fluctuations in the South African rand threatening to take down prices across the platinum group metals complex. That trend…

Judgement Day Awaits South Africa’s Mining Sector

Mar 29, 2017 at 12:48 | Dave Forest

Tense days in the South Africa mining sector. With industry waiting to see if the government will move on major amendments to the country’s mining code — which are reportedly…

Is The End Of The Escondida Strike A ''Disaster'' For This Mega-Mine?

Mar 27, 2017 at 11:05 | Dave Forest

Major South American miner Milpo dealt a major blow to the copper sector this past Thursday. Announcing that it will pull out of the Michiquillay project in Peru — one…

This World-Leading Copper Supplier Just Came Back Online

Mar 22, 2017 at 11:32 | Dave Forest

The workers’ strike at the world’s largest copper mine, Chile’s Escondida, shows no signs of stopping. With unions this week rejecting a request by management for a new round…

Here’s The Official New No.1 Copper Supplier To China

Mar 01, 2017 at 10:04 | Dave Forest

I wrote in late January about how Peru has been squeezing Chile in terms of copper supply to China. And this week, it’s official. Peru is now the…

Has South Africa Just Pushed The Restart Button For Mining?

Feb 23, 2017 at 11:04 | Dave Forest

One of the most striking stories in mining the last decade has been the decline of South Africa. With that nation going from world’s top gold producer in 2006 all…

This Copper Hotspot Faces Another Shutdown

Feb 20, 2017 at 10:32 | Dave Forest

All eyes in the copper world have been on stoppages at the Escondida, Chile and Grasberg, Indonesia mega-mines this past week. But elsewhere, other concerning events are emerging for copper…

Profitable Once Again: Copper Miners Report Better Numbers

Feb 09, 2017 at 10:15 | Dave Forest

It’s a big day for copper. With workers at Escondida, Chile — the world’s largest mine – having signaled they intend to start strike action today, earlier than expected.…

Is This The Final Week For The World's Largest Copper Mine?

Feb 06, 2017 at 10:38 | Dave Forest

I’ve been writing the last few weeks about brewing problems at the world’s largest copper mine: BHP Billiton’s Escondida operation in Chile. And this week, it’s crunch time for that…

Chinese Make Aggressive Move In High Risk Mining Assets

Feb 03, 2017 at 16:55 | Dave Forest

Definitely a theme in the news this week: the continued resource dominance of China. Despite all the concerns the last couple of years about a China slowdown, data emerging for…

The Philippines Just Shut Down Half Of Its Mining Industry

Feb 03, 2017 at 09:38 | Dave Forest

One of the most-watched happenings in the global mining sector came to a head yesterday. As the government of major mining center the Philippines unveiled results of a nation-wide…

South African Platinum Miners Struggle As Strikes Intensify

Jan 27, 2017 at 10:51 | Dave Forest

More warning signs emerging this week in the world’s top-producing platinum nation, South Africa. Where it appears the depressed state of industry is endangering the future of several critical mines.…

China’s Hunger For South American Copper Continues To Grow

Jan 25, 2017 at 10:08 | Dave Forest

The world’s largest copper mine is moving closer to a shutdown. With unionized workers at Chile’s Escondida operation yesterday rejecting owner BHP’s latest wage offer — and now facing…

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