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Metals / Commodities

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

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%

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

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

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?

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

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

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?

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

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

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.…

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