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Metals / Commodities

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…

The Great Grain Market Massacre

Jun 30, 2011 at 19:22 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

Grain prices were slaughtered today in the wake of a bombshell of a report from the US Department of Agricultural showing that plantings were much larger than expected. Corn and…

Here Comes the Rhodium ETF

Jun 06, 2011 at 11:01 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

Deutsche Bank has launched the first ever ETF for the precious metal Rhodium, to be listed on the London stock exchange. Expecting a massive inflow of capital into this obscure…

Rare Earths Are About to Become a Lot More Rare

Jun 01, 2011 at 08:24 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

Interest in Rare Earths is starting to heat up once again, and it something you should keep on your radar. China’s Baotou Steel has announced its intention to start up…

China’s Weather Could Support Metal Prices in Q3

May 30, 2011 at 08:10 | Stuart Burns

Metals prices may have come off in the wake of fears over continued tightening in China, Greek debt default and wider worries over stalling global growth, but strangely for some…

Falling Oil Prices Causing Temporary Drops in Aluminum

May 26, 2011 at 07:54 | Stuart Burns

A series of recent FT articles covering a range of topics such as global growth, commodity market volatility and aluminum demand appear to offer conflicting guidance on the direction of…

A Look at the Recent Rout in Silver and Oil Prices and what it Means for Commodity Prices

May 23, 2011 at 22:13 | Stuart Burns

A fascinating special report by Reuters this week tracks the fortunes of oil and silver over the last few days and reads more like a novel of Wall Street trading…

Forget Oil and Gold – Phosphorus is the Commodity Everyone Should be Concerned About

May 23, 2011 at 22:07 | Brian Westenhaus

It’s phosphorus.  The element of great importance – its essential for life – humans and animals need it for healthy bone formation, and plants need it to grow.  Without it…

Is Zinc Set for a Comeback?

May 20, 2011 at 07:52 | Stuart Burns

Zinc has dropped significantly along with copper these last few weeks as stocks have continued to rise along with a massive surge in mine production last year. One might be…

Are Iron Ore Prices Signaling Further Problems Ahead for Commodities?

May 19, 2011 at 07:23 | Stuart Burns

The iron ore price has been taken as a bellwether for the commodities super-cycle in recent years. Steel production in China has been at the core of that country’s growth…

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