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This Year, Everyone Will Love Uranium

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Utilities have been buying uranium…

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China’s electric car subsidy changes,…

Metals / Commodities

South African Platinum Faces Imminent Crisis

South African Platinum Faces Imminent Crisis

Sep 08, 2016 at 10:04 | Dave Forest

Six weeks ago I wrote about a possible coming crisis for the platinum sector. With mineworkers unions in top producer South Africa tabling demands for substantial wage…

Why Is Rio Tinto Giving Diamonds Away For Free?

Why Is Rio Tinto Giving Diamonds Away For Free?

Sep 01, 2016 at 09:41 | Dave Forest

It’s not often that quality mining assets come up for sale. And it’s even rarer they’re given away for free. But news this week suggests that’s exactly what’s…

Why Cost Cutting Might End Up Endangering Copper Markets

Why Cost Cutting Might End Up Endangering Copper Markets

Aug 04, 2016 at 09:53 | Dave Forest

Commodities downturns aren’t completely bad for producers. One upside — lulls in the market often bring operating and capital costs down, as competition for labor, supplies and services…

Miners Reel From Increased Government Intervention In Major Projects

Miners Reel From Increased Government Intervention In Major Projects

Jul 29, 2016 at 08:57 | Dave Forest

I find myself writing a lot about governments lately. With moves in the global legal and regulatory space seemingly coming fast and furious recently for resource companies. And this week…

Commodity Prices Jump As Philippines’ Government Cracks Down On Miners

Commodity Prices Jump As Philippines’ Government Cracks Down On Miners

Jul 22, 2016 at 10:00 | Dave Forest

Attention global mining industry. Things are getting dire this week in the Philippines. Potential problems have been looming in this important copper, gold and nickel nation since the…

Platinum Prices Might Explode If Unions And Miners Can’t Agree

Platinum Prices Might Explode If Unions And Miners Can’t Agree

Jul 21, 2016 at 10:13 | Dave Forest

It’s crunch time for global platinum. With events kicking off this week that could radically change the outlook for supply — and prices — over the coming weeks…

Bad News For Miners: Cash Strapped Governments Up Royalties

Bad News For Miners: Cash Strapped Governments Up Royalties

Jul 20, 2016 at 09:43 | Dave Forest

Governments in resource-rich nations worldwide are still scrambling to adjust to lower commodities prices. With officials in a number of countries making significant moves this week to fix…

These Key Investors Just Withdrew $1B Out Of The Mining Sector

These Key Investors Just Withdrew $1B Out Of The Mining Sector

Jul 18, 2016 at 10:03 | Dave Forest

This past weekend, I discussed the problems facing big natural resource investment funds. Noting how deep-pocketed buyers have been unable to find quality assets to pick up, even at…

This Could Be A Major Red Flag For The World’s No.1 Copper Nation

This Could Be A Major Red Flag For The World’s No.1 Copper Nation

Jul 15, 2016 at 10:48 | Dave Forest

Expansive study on global copper released this past week — from a top authority in the world’s largest producing nation, Chile. That came from the government-run Chilean Copper…

South Africa’s Platinum Production Halted By Unions

South Africa’s Platinum Production Halted By Unions

Jun 08, 2016 at 09:48 | Dave Forest

The story on major labour issues in South Africa’s platinum sector took a deadly turn this week, leading to the first mine shutdown of the year. That came at…

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