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Stuart Burns

Stuart is a writer for MetalMiner who operate the largest metals-related media site in the US according to third party ranking sites. With a preemptive global perspective on the issues, trends, strategies, and trade policies that will impact how you source and/or trade metals and related metals services, MetalMiner provides unique insight, analysis, and tools for buyers, purchasing professionals, and everyone else for whom metals and their related markets matter.

Latest articles from Stuart

  • What’s Really Driving The Crazy Rally In Commodity Prices?

    Published 25 October 2021 | viewed 9,791 times

    Bulls are pointing to the surging metals prices as evidence a supercycle is alive and well. However, no one but a snake oil salesman would…

  • Europe Desperately Needs To Diversify Its Energy Supply

    Published 10 October 2021 | viewed 2,747 times

    We have written twice over the last week concerning the energy crunch, first in China and then in India. Thermal coal prices have risen to…

  • OPEC Agreement At Risk As UAE Prepares To Open The Taps

    Published 08 July 2021 | viewed 7,381 times

    In a relatively rare example of disagreement — or, at least, such public disagreement — usually close allies Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates…

  • The Market For Zinc Is Collapsing

    Published 30 June 2021 | viewed 3,109 times

    The zinc price has defied expectations that oversupply would put so much downward pressure on prices that last month’s $3,100/ton high would be the peak…

  • New Russian Tariffs Could Send Key Metal Prices Even Higher

    Published 29 June 2021 | viewed 2,541 times

    The metals markets received a jolt late last week with the news that Russia is considering applying export tariffs to steel, aluminum, copper, nickel, and…

  • Commodity Prices Dip As Dollar Surges

    Published 21 June 2021 | viewed 2,105 times

    It won’t have been missed by anyone in the metals markets, but commodity prices have drifted off this past week. The reason is a resurgent…

  • What Happens If Oil Prices Go Negative?

    Published 21 March 2020 | viewed 441,996 times

    Various reports hit the news feeds today quoting a deliberately headline-grabbing statement by Paul Sankey, managing director at Mizuho Securities, in which he is reported…

  • Will Europe Cave To Trump’s Tariff Threats?

    Published 14 November 2019 | viewed 6,721 times

    Not everyone agrees with the use of tariffs to achieve changes in trade relations. However, a recent article in The New York Times article reports the…

  • Rising Costs Weigh On Permian Gas Production

    Published 10 September 2018 | viewed 10,435 times

    To be fair, not all shale gas drilling is slowing, but in the Permian Basin, which has seen the most incandescent growth in recent years, according…

  • Wind Energy Is Getting Cheaper And Cheaper

    Published 18 July 2018 | viewed 19,335 times

    Who would have thought wind’s transformation from subsidy-supported to self-financing power source would happen so quickly – not this publication, that’s for sure. Apart from…

  • The Uncertain Future Of Natural Gas

    Published 14 December 2017 | viewed 23,301 times

    Natural gas has long been promoted as a less-polluting alternative to coal and less-costly alternative to nuclear power. Its green credentials are not whiter than…

  • OPEC’s Latest Agreement May Not Stabilize Oil Prices

    Published 05 December 2017 | viewed 13,181 times

    The 14-strong Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), along with 10 oil states outside of the cartel, has reached an agreement to limit oil output…

  • What Stopped The Oil Rally Dead In Its Tracks?

    Published 19 January 2017 | viewed 10,540 times

    After a recovery late last year, the oil market seems to have settled with a price around $55 a barrel… at least for now. That…

  • Proving Them Wrong: How The U.S. Oil And Gas Industry Survived

    Published 31 August 2016 | viewed 28,483 times

    The Saudis counted them out. So did the Russians, even many domestic analysts said North American shale and tight oil and gas production would decline…

  • Why Downsizing Nuclear Reactors May Save The Industry

    Published 24 March 2016 | viewed 6,663 times

    With cheap shale gas and falling power costs from renewables such as solar, nuclear power looks like yesterday’s technology but, for two reasons, it still…

  • Oil Price Pain: Who’s Next After Emerging Markets And Fracking?

    Published 18 December 2014 | viewed 9,567 times

    The price of oil has sunk almost 50% since June with West Texas Intermediate crude slipping below $60 a barrel last week and Brent falling…

  • End Of Life Costs For Nuclear Power A Real Concern

    Published 15 November 2014 | viewed 9,443 times

    Nuclear power stirs considerable controversy but we have broadly been a supporter of the technology in part because of its low emissions and running cost,…

  • UK Renewables May Be Turning The Tide

    Published 28 October 2014 | viewed 43,415 times

    With the exception of geothermal energy most forms of renewable electricity generation have an intermittency to their delivery. Even hydro-electric power can fall short in…

  • Negative Outlook In Q4 For Crude And Refined Product Prices

    Published 15 September 2014 | viewed 11,228 times

    In a recent post we looked at the state of the crude oil market, how demand has been weak as a result of refinery maintenance…

  • Natural Gas As A Trucking Fuel Fails To Deliver

    Published 21 August 2014 | viewed 15,387 times

    Much has been made of the potential for natural gas as a fuel for the trucking and rail industries.The dramatic fall in natural gas prices…

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