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Metals

Battery Metal Supply Woes Could Upset The EV Boom

Jul 07, 2022 at 09:38 | Ag Metal Miner

The Automotive MMI (Monthly Metals Index) experienced another decline from June to July. After a -6.53 drop last month, the 30-day price change jumped to -7.77%. As with…

Mining Industry Warns Energy Transition Isn’t Sustainable

Jul 01, 2022 at 11:05 | Irina Slav

The energy transition has been set by politicians as the only way forward for human civilization. Not every country on the planet is on board with it, but…

Nickel Prices Surge As UK Sanctions Major Russian Miner

Jul 01, 2022 at 10:49 | Ag Metal Miner

The UK government has added Vladimir Potanin, Norilsk Nickel’s president and chairman of the management board, to its list of sanctioned individuals. The LME nickel price remains in…

Recession Fears Could Derail The Global Metals Boom

Jun 30, 2022 at 11:33 | Ag Metal Miner

Mexico’s steel metal market recently saw a slowdown, leading experts to believe that Mexico’s industrial metal market may soon turn bearish. Flat steel prices, along…

G7 Targets Russian Gold In Latest Blow To Moscow

Jun 27, 2022 at 10:57 | ZeroHedge

On Sunday the Biden admin alongside the G7 announced that they will ban Russian gold imports to "further impose financial costs on Moscow for its invasion of Ukraine."…

Can The U.S. Overtake China In The Battery Metal Race?

Jun 22, 2022 at 10:04 | Ag Metal Miner

Over the past few decades, the US-China relationship has evolved into more of a rivalry than anything else. This has left the United States eager to decouple from…

Copper Markets On Edge As Chile Adopts New Constitution

Jun 20, 2022 at 09:48 | Ag Metal Miner

  Copper prices rebounded sharply after declines in early May. While prices continue to find a bottom on a macro scale, they remain sideways in…

Are Aluminum Prices About To Break Out?

Jun 17, 2022 at 11:18 | Ag Metal Miner

In Aluminum trading, inventory levels directly linked with price direction continue through 2022. Demand outstripping supply caused falling inventory, and many assume prices are due to rise, except…

Gold And Silver Prices Slip Despite Soaring Inflation

Jun 16, 2022 at 09:15 | Ag Metal Miner

The Automotive MMI (Monthly Metals Index) experienced a slight decline from May into June. The 30-day price change was roughly -9.55, a -6.52% drop. As with last month,…

Steel Prices Are Sliding

Jun 15, 2022 at 10:51 | Ag Metal Miner

U.S. steel prices continue to retreat. After consistent week-over-week declines, HRC prices now sit more than 15% beneath their late-April peak while plate prices continue to trade sideways…

The LME Is Facing $500 Million In Lawsuits Over Nickel Short Squeeze

Jun 10, 2022 at 11:05 | Ag Metal Miner

Nickel prices appeared to hit a bottom in mid-May, but the trend remains down. Moreover, recent price action showed few signs of any bullish structures on a weekly…

Is The Battery Boom Officially Over?

Jun 07, 2022 at 09:48 | Ag Metal Miner

The term battery metals typically refers to lithium, nickel, and cobalt. The name stems from the fact that the three metals are frequently used in the production of…

China’s New Economic Stimulus Could Bolster Metals Demand

Jun 02, 2022 at 10:06 | Ag Metal Miner

Metal processors and traders throughout China are facing a grim reality today. Thanks to major economic shifts both within the country and without, metals demand has plummeted. Of…

Iron Prices Climb As China Reboots Its Economy

Jun 01, 2022 at 11:08 | Ag Metal Miner

It’s still touch-and-go for the steel sector in China despite the sprouting of the first shoots of a possible manufacturing recovery. However, last Monday, benchmark iron ore prices…

The Electric Vehicle Boom Has Turned Argentina Into A Lithium Hotspot

May 27, 2022 at 11:43 | Felicity Bradstock

Energy companies are showing excitement for lithium, often referred to as white gold, just as they showed great enthusiasm for oil in its heyday, well aware that it’s…

How Would A Carbon Tax Impact The Steel Industry?

May 26, 2022 at 11:24 | Ag Metal Miner

Global public opinion seems divided on whether or not to impose a “carbon tax” on the metal and mining sector. This goes double for steel. Depending on which…

The Bears Are Back In Metals Markets

May 23, 2022 at 10:09 | Stuart Burns

The bears are back in the metal markets, and one of their prime motivators is this year’s dismal prospects for China. A note…

Kazakhstan Cuts Iron Supplies To Russian Steelworks

May 20, 2022 at 10:24 | Eurasianet

Kazakhstan’s largest iron ore-enricher has cut supplies to a major steelworks in Siberia as the repercussions of international sanctions against Russia disrupt economic ties between these two members…

Steel Demand Is Taking A Beating As China Lockdowns Persist

May 17, 2022 at 10:04 | Ag Metal Miner

The ascent for U.S. steel prices faltered as HRC, CRC, and HDG prices began to fall in early May. Plate prices also took…

Tin Supply Is Running Dangerously Low

May 16, 2022 at 10:18 | Stuart Burns

Despite a strong rebound in output, the tin market is still dangerously short on supply. How will this affect the tin price forecast? Experts are rushing to weigh…

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