Brian Truscott

Selwyn mobilizes

Selwyn Resources has mobilized the mining equipment and supplies integral to the Selwyn Project Joint Venture's proposed underground advanced exploration program.

New Gold costs benefit from high silver, copper prices

Reuters writes that Executive Chairman Randall Oliphant said New Gold Inc (NGD.TO) is benefiting from near record high copper and silver prices, which are helping lower its gold production costs. "For 2011, we expect production to […]

Tata Steel expects 15% jump in raw material costs

The Wall Street Journal writes that Tata Steel Ltd. expects its raw material costs to increase around 15% in the next fiscal year starting April 1, mainly due to recent floods in Australia and higher […]

American Manganese to benefit in a world where steel majors scramble to secure raw materials

Manganese demand is closely tied to the global steel market. While there are questions about what 2011 will offer, in terms of steel demand, especially as China appears to be cooling off, there are other stories out there talking about India’s rampant appetite for raw materials for steel production in the face of rising prices.

The potash sector and those climbing valuation premiums

Investors have been looking with interest at the potash sector ever since BHP Billiton's $38.6 billion overture for Potash Corp. of Saskatchewan. Even though that takeover battle ended in an outright rejection of the offer, […]

Fund flows pushing commodities prices higher, but at what cost?

Citigroup’s Metals and Mining team issued a note Monday talking about how fund flows - not global economic growth - are driving commodities prices higher.

BHP's Jansen potash project takes another step forward

Australian uber-miner BHP Billiton is moving ahead with its Jansen potash project.

Philippines hoping for a Colombia-like repeat in its mining sector

There are more than a few explorations companies drilling holes in the Philippines these days, all with the quiet hope that the country soon finds favour with serious resource investors in the much the same way that Ventana Gold and others became overnight rock stars, if you will, with their projects in Colombia.

Hunt For Uranium Assets Starts To Get Heated

The global uranium market is dominated by just 10 players – companies that account for 60% of the world’s production of yellow cake. While Canada’s Athabasca Basin remains the hotspot for the highest-graded uranium coming out of the ground, other countries are pushing hard to ramp up their own uranium markets, such as Kazakhstan, Tanzania and Namibia, which is about to finalize its first nuclear policy by the middle of the year.

Nickel Deficits To Be A Growing Concern

Nickel is your quintessential commodity – out of favor last year, in favor this year, meaning market deficits aplenty, with companies scrambling to fill the void left by dormant production during the down years.

Diamond Deficit To Fuel Global Market Within Three Years

The whole issue of blood diamonds refuses to go away, even though Zimbabwe’s deputy mines minister, gift Chimanikire, rather wishes it would. He told Diamond Investing News this week that the country will hold two auctions, after getting written permission from the Kimberley Process, the international body set up to monitor the distribution of conflict diamonds.

Lithium demand on the rise

The U.S. decision last month to launch a Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Export initiative should turn out to be yet another boon for lithium producers, who are or will be trying to sell into a growing lithium ion battery market for technological and electric car uses.

Aluminum Market Walking Into A Bullish 2011

The aluminum market's lifeblood is manufacturing and packaging - and times are looking better in these early days of 2011. The metal is now trading at $2,505 per metric ton and continues to bounce around the $2,550 level, MF Global writes in a LME Daily Metals Report this week. While there's a strong floor at $2,430, upside resistance kicks in around $2,541, it said.

Palladium a hot metal favorite in 2011

First things first: North American Palladium has moved 51% higher over the past thee months. This is just one example of how palladium and platinum miners are substantially outperforming the broader market as sentiment has gone from bullish to “just buy the thing.”

Tin constraints looming

The global tin market is generally driven by producers in Indonesia, China and Peru. The production of the silverly, malleable metal – used for things like steel-plating – has been in decline in these markets, in part because poor weather has challenged operating conditions and undermined transport.

Zinc, cobalt grabbing some ‘green’ traction

Zinc and cobalt often fall into that esoteric metals category called byproduct, meaning they are generally an afterthought for miners who are keen at getting at, say, nickel or copper deposits. Still, both metals are being increasingly targeted for their use in growing markets, such as rechargeable batteries for electric cars.

Global iron ore market in flux

The iron ore market will never be as a sexy as its gold and silver counterparts; it’s much more about hard hats and dirty Dodge RAM 3500 trucks – you know, the ones that can pull big fishing boats up mountainsides, something I did just this past weekend.

Tungsten resurgence

The steel-gray metal – one known for its high melting point, which makes it ideal for use as a filament, superalloy or in military applications – is making a resurgence as market machinations in China restrict exports and western miners scramble to meet demand.

Silver and Gold – Historic Ports in an Economic Storm

The number of blogs, tweets, newspaper columns, RSS feeds, Facebook chats and business channel roundtables about where the value of gold, silver, the greenback and euro are headed could be compared to the U.S. government’s burgeoning debt burden.

Old Mines Redux: Finding New Uses for Abandoned Mines

Old mines and open pits – often abandoned and left derelict by former owners – can be found in any region of the world that has some semblance of a mining history. The legacy? Unregulated practices in bygone mining eras, […]

Silver and Gold: Historic Ports in an Economic Storm

The number of blogs, tweets, newspaper columns, RSS feeds, Facebook chats and business channel roundtables about where the value of gold, silver, the greenback and euro are headed could be compared to the U.S. government’s burgeoning debt burden.