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Metals / Commodities

Is Platinum’s Next Move Down?

Oct 26, 2011 at 07:24 | Stuart Burns

Platinum is looking increasingly vulnerable. Net speculative length has been dropping for some weeks now and, as this graph from a Standard Bank report to investors shows, the trend has…

Peak Metal: U.S. Preparing for the Coming Shortages in Metals and Minerals

Oct 14, 2011 at 07:38 | Brian Westenhaus

Many if not most metals, rare earth minerals and other elements used to make everything from photovoltaic panels and cellphone displays to the permanent magnets in cutting edge new wind…

Afghanistan - Newly Discovered Mineralogical Treasure House (Again)

Oct 13, 2011 at 07:58 | John Daly

As the U.S.-led Afghan campaign lurches into its second decade, the country’s vast untapped mineralogical resources are again emerging in the Western media, seemingly underpinning the benefits of International Security…

Malaysian Environmentalists Lead Opposition to Rare Earth Processing Facility

Oct 11, 2011 at 08:01 | John Daly

With the price of rare earth elements due to China’s de facto monopoly now running at more than $100,000 per tons of unprocessed ore, it would seem that countries would…

Growing Controversy over Molycorp’s Plans to Mine Rare Earth Elements

Oct 07, 2011 at 07:28 | Ag Metal Miner

On Tuesday, the New York Times ran a story stating Molycorp, currently America’s only operating rare earth materials producer, will soon announce a heavy rare earth metal deposit right near…

Report From the Molycorp Mountain Pass Mine

Sep 29, 2011 at 04:00 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

When I heard that Molycorp (MCP) had just cratered by $22 from $53 to $31 in two days, I did what I usually do when a mining company I follow…

China’s Rare Earths Monopoly - Peril or Opportunity?

Sep 27, 2011 at 01:55 | John Daly

The prosperity of China’s “authoritarian capitalism” is increasingly rewriting the ground-rules worldwide on the capitalist principles that have dominated the West’s economy for nearly two centuries. Nowhere is this shadow…

China, Japan Minuet Around the Issue of Rare Earths

Sep 26, 2011 at 04:33 | John Daly

It’s official – China’s de facto monopoly on current rare earths production is a threat to the global economy. As least, that was the gist of hearings on 21 September…

European Union to Stockpile Rare Earth Elements

Sep 08, 2011 at 08:06 | Professor Chris Rhodes

In the light of the Chinese hegemony for its own energy projects, it is feared that restrictions in the global supply of rare earth elements (REEs)will ensue. Until last year,…

China Using Rare Earths as a Weapon

Sep 05, 2011 at 18:52 | Joao Peixe

China is currently responsible for more than 90 percent of the worlds rare-earth production, and some analysts allege that China is using its de facto monopoly to lure a high…

China - Record High Rare Earths Prices Promoting Illegal Mining

Aug 26, 2011 at 07:34 | John Daly

Six months ago, China's exports of rare earth elements (RREs) breached the dizzying price of $100,000 per-ton barrier, a nearly 900 percent increase in prices from a year before, representing…

China and Rare Earths - Monopoly for Now

Aug 10, 2011 at 11:28 | John Daly

First, the bad news - China's constrained rare earth supplies will be an "irreversible trend" and prices will remain at high levels, according to Zhang Zhong, general manager of Inner…

Mongolia Energy Riches Attract Neighbors and Outside Interests

Aug 09, 2011 at 08:11 | John Daly

Pity poor Mongolia, bereft of fiscal resources, caught between the ambitions of its superpower neighbors, Russia and China. Ulaan Bator’s situation is akin to interwar Poland, dexterously attempting to reconcile…

China's Rare Earth Industry Coming under Greater Environmental Scrutiny

Aug 04, 2011 at 07:25 | EcoSeed

China is planning to launch environmental checks for the rare earth industry this year to ensure environmental protection – a move that has been met with criticism from the local…

Mining and Better Business Practices in Mexico

Jul 22, 2011 at 07:37 | Andrew Smolski

At the moment México has multiple mining operations and many are operated by transnational corporations, in a country known for its aversion to any form of foreign presence within its…

The Coming Crisis in Phosphate Supplies

Jul 20, 2011 at 07:22 | David Gabel

Phosphate is a mineral that is used in fertilizer to boost agricultural productivity. It is greatly responsible for the "green" revolution and the increased output of farms around the world.…

Afghanistan: Mining Boom Nurtures Transparency Concerns

Jul 14, 2011 at 07:57 | Editorial Dept

Go looking for Wahidullah Shahrani and chances are you’ll find him at an investor conference promoting Afghanistan as an ideal opportunity for global mining companies. By most accounts the minister…

China’s Great Grain Robbery

Jul 13, 2011 at 07:41 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

The Chinese are nothing if not opportunistic. You may recall that a shocking increase in this year’s corn crop predicted by the US Department of Agriculture triggered a series of…

Pacific Ocean Seabed Rich in Rare Earth Minerals

Jul 08, 2011 at 07:59 | Brian Westenhaus

Spooked by the Chinese embargo of rare earth elements the rare earth mining industry is busily looking and investing in rare earth mineral extraction.  Several prospects look practical.  Meanwhile Japan’s…

UK Plans to Secure Strategic Metals Vital to Energy Security

Jul 07, 2011 at 07:50 | Professor Chris Rhodes

Not only are supplies of oil and natural gas under imminent threat of failing to meet demand for them, but so is a whole range of precious metals, along with…

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