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South African Platinum Miners Struggle As Strikes Intensify

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

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…

World’s Largest Mining Investment Fund Is Bargain Hunting Again

World’s Largest Mining Investment Fund Is Bargain Hunting Again

Jan 23, 2017 at 10:10 | Dave Forest

China expanded its global reach again this past week. With the first-ever rail shipment of Chinese goods arriving in London, as part of a new Silk Road train…

Lithium Miners In This Key Producing Nation Could See Radical Changes Soon

Lithium Miners In This Key Producing Nation Could See Radical Changes Soon

Jan 19, 2017 at 11:03 | Dave Forest

The “value added” craze has been sweeping the mining world. With governments from Zimbabwe to Indonesia calling for miners to upgrade copper, nickel, aluminum and platinum in-country — rather than…

All Copper Exports From This World-Leading Nation Stopped Last Night

All Copper Exports From This World-Leading Nation Stopped Last Night

Jan 12, 2017 at 10:26 | Dave Forest

I wrote in late December about a looming crisis in Indonesia’s mining sector. And yesterday, it hit. Officials at Indonesia’s mining ministry confirmed that miners including Freeport-McMoRan have…

Metals Rise Across The Board After OPEC Agreement

Metals Rise Across The Board After OPEC Agreement

Dec 02, 2016 at 17:02 | Ag Metal Miner

Yesterday, the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries finalized a deal to cut production by 1.2 million barrels a day starting in January, its first reduction since 2008. The production deal…

Copper Prices To Rocket In 2017

Copper Prices To Rocket In 2017

Dec 01, 2016 at 10:57 | Dave Forest

Warnings of a potential surge coming in global copper prices this week. Emerging from a place few observers in the space are focused on. The southern Africa producing nation of…

Copper Markets On The Move As China Seals Peruvian Mega Deal

Copper Markets On The Move As China Seals Peruvian Mega Deal

Nov 28, 2016 at 11:06 | Dave Forest

Big deal reached this past week in one of the world’s rising-star nations for copper production. Peru. It didn’t get much press, but one of Peru’s biggest copper mines has…

Mining Industry In South Africa Braces For New Regulations

Mining Industry In South Africa Braces For New Regulations

Nov 22, 2016 at 10:14 | Dave Forest

It might be the biggest issue in mining you haven’t heard about. But events this week suggest that one “sleeper” problem may be about to leap to the main stage.…

Platinum Crisis Averted As Miners Strike Deal With Unions

Platinum Crisis Averted As Miners Strike Deal With Unions

Oct 31, 2016 at 11:05 | Dave Forest

Major development in the global platinum sector this week. With miners in the world’s top-producing nation South Africa apparently having reached a deal with mineworkers to avert major strike action.…

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