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Metals / Commodities

BHP Makes $2.5 Billion Bet On Copper As Prices Hit 2-Year High

Aug 21, 2017 at 11:00 | Dave Forest

Lots of action the past few days in the global copper mining sector. With a couple of the world’s biggest mines again erupting into violence. That included the Grasberg mega-mine…

Supervolcanoes Could Drive The Electric Car Boom

Aug 17, 2017 at 13:56 | MINING.com

U.S. scientists say they have discovered a new source of lithium, a key element in the manufacturing of battery-powered electric cars and other renewable energy technologies: supervolcanoes. In a study published today…

This Copper Giant Is Buying Into An Unexpected Frontier

Aug 14, 2017 at 11:31 | Dave Forest

Copper has been one of the best-performing commodities of the last few months. With the red metal up over 15 percent since late May, to a current $2.88 per pound.…

This Crucial Commodity Continues To Rally

Aug 10, 2017 at 10:17 | Dave Forest

Zinc has been one of the best performers amongst commodities the past year. With the metal rising over 90 percent since early 2016, to a current $1.33/lb.  And news this…

Tanzania’s Crackdown On Mining Companies Intensifies

Aug 04, 2017 at 16:42 | Shadow Governance Intel

In recent months, the government of Tanzania has tightened its control over its natural resources – and the mining sector in particular – through a serious government crackdown on tax…

Electric Car Industry Faces A Looming Supply Shortage

Jul 25, 2017 at 16:50 | Peter Tertzakian

“Lithium is the new oil,” goes the saying in electric vehicle (EV) circles. If you haven’t heard the catchy maxim, it means that new-age batteries made from elemental lithium are…

Is Brazil The Next Big Platinum Frontier?

Jul 03, 2017 at 11:43 | Dave Forest

South Africa and Brazil might have more to do with each other than most investors believe. The two countries seem far apart. But take a look at a map like…

This Region Is China’s Next Target For Resource Deals

Jun 28, 2017 at 10:59 | Dave Forest

South Africa’s chamber of mines officially filed suit this week to block the country’s challenging new mining charter. But elsewhere in the world, some of the biggest investors in…

Is This Top 10 Mining Destination Turning Negative For Investment?

May 25, 2017 at 10:27 | Dave Forest

Australia’s southern state of Victoria took a big step to support mining exploration this week. Handing out A$1.2 million in grants to support exploration and development at five projects…

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…

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