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Metals / Commodities

Major Shift In Asian Commodity Demand Already Underway

Jun 25, 2015 at 16:42 | Michael McDonald

The story of commodities in the new millennium so far has largely been driven by China. For over fifteen years, rapid Chinese growth and industrialization brought…

Key Points For Investing In Global Mining Sector

Jun 19, 2015 at 17:07 | Michael McDonald

It is probably not news to most investors that the global mining industry is in trouble at this point. The Chinese, long one of the

$50 Billion Mega Project Could Change South America Forever

May 19, 2015 at 11:04 | Dave Forest

Infrastructure is a critical part of mining -- often making the difference between profitable and pitiful projects.And in that respect, one part of the world got a lot…

How China Threw Its Rare Earths Monopoly Away

May 14, 2015 at 12:28 | Ed Dolan

Rare earth elements (REEs) are a group of seventeen elements with exotic names like neodymium and yttrium that are key ingredients in many high-tech products, many important for national defense.…

Here's A New $1 Billion Funding Source For Mining Projects

Apr 17, 2015 at 09:54 | Dave Forest

Finding project funds is becoming a bigger and bigger issue in the resource space. But developers in the mining sector just got some good news on…

Latest $269 Million DOE Loan Causes Major Controversy

Apr 13, 2015 at 15:31 | Darrell Delamaide

 No doubt smarting from criticism about its lack of success in picking winners in alternative energy vehicles, the Department of Energy has given initial approval for…

Mick Davis has now almost $5 billion to build new mining empire

Oct 15, 2014 at 11:30 | MINING.com

A few pounds less and some billions more, "Mick the Miner," is ready to go on a buying spree.After losing out in the Glencore (LON:GLEN) takeover last year,…

Mining Sector To Experience Major Investment Over Coming Months

Sep 16, 2014 at 18:55 | Frik Els

Countercyclical investors sitting on $8 billion unspent funds have been waiting for clear signs of a market bottom. The wait may well be over.The mining M&A market is…

This Critical Uranium Shutdown is Going Ahead

Aug 28, 2014 at 08:37 | Dave Forest

A brief news item yesterday may be one of the most important happenings in commodities for years.The coming shutdown of one of the largest uranium mines on the…

How to Play the Uranium Price Rebound

Aug 02, 2013 at 14:01 | The Energy Report

When it comes to uranium market sentiment, "it's all about Japan," says David Talbot, senior mining analyst at Dundee Capital Markets. With restart applications trickling in and reactor construction underway…

Doomsday: Will Peak Phosphate Get us Before Global Warming?

Jul 22, 2013 at 15:30 | Ed Dolan

Although climate change catches the headlines, it is not the only doomsday scenario out there. A smaller but no less fervent band of worriers think that peak phosphate—a catastrophic decline…

China Continues to Reduce Rare Earth Production as Prices Fall

Jun 04, 2013 at 16:59 | Stuart Burns

Chicken or egg, which came first?The same question could be asked of the rare earth metals market.Rare earth metal prices have been falling steadily for the…

Japan Signs Rare Earth Deal with India

Nov 22, 2012 at 17:11 | Ag Metal Miner

Japan has sealed its new “friendship” in the world of rare earths by formally signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with India for imports of rare earth (REE) minerals annually.

Chinese Rare Earth Mining Monopoly Threatens US Defense Technology

Nov 13, 2012 at 17:34 | Charles Kennedy

Technology that drives the Pentagon’s weapons program, the US auto industry and renewable energy ambitions is threatened by a lack of heavy rare earths for which China enjoys the global…

Recycling Magnets to Extract the Rare Earth Metals

Oct 29, 2012 at 17:21 | Brian Westenhaus

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory is working to more effectively remove the neodymium, a rare earth element, from the mix of other materials in a magnet.  The…

Are Rare Earth Metal Prices About To Rise?

Oct 24, 2012 at 17:19 | Materials Risk

Rare earth metal prices have fallen sharply since mid-2011, some declining by as much as 80% as expectations of rising supplies coincided with declining demand. More recently, prices have shown…

Mining the Infinite Resources of Space

Jun 14, 2012 at 17:40 | Energy Digital

Mining for precious metals and resources is about to go where no man has gone before—space. No man except for Bruce Willis, that is. In the 1998 blockbuster film Armageddon,…

Burma - Truly One of the Last Untapped Energy Frontiers, Opening for Business

Feb 11, 2012 at 12:39 | John Daly

Investors, looking for sure bets, can stop reading right now.For those seeking overlooked energy "final frontiers," well, there’s now – Burma.According to the secretary of Burma's…

Can China's Monopolisation of the REE Market be Reduced?

Jan 04, 2012 at 17:09 | Dave Cohen

What does this percentage refer to? 97% That's the percentage of global production of Rare Earth Elements (REEs) controlled by the People's Republic of China. But even with a virtual…

Commodity Prices Will Remain High and Volatile for the next 20 Years: McKinsey

Nov 28, 2011 at 08:04 | Tyler Hamilton

Just looking at a new article from global consultants McKinsey about the state of world commodities and the outlook looks bleak, to say the least. (Original here) “Our research…

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