Frik Els

Frik is editor and writer for MINING.com. Frik has worked as a financial journalist for 15 years appearing in a number of business and consumer publications including British Airways in-flight magazine, Business Insider, Investment.com, Driving.ca, YCharts and Business in Vancouver. Frik was a speaker at the 2014 Global Mining Summit in Las Vegas, the Mine Lifecycle Management conference in Salt Lake City and the 2015 Canada Investment Conference in Vancouver. (DISCLAIMER: Frik Els does not own shares or hold positions in any of the equities he writes about. Nothing written should be construed as a solicitation to buy or sell any securities. Seek the advice of a broker/dealer first.)

Big drop in South Africa platinum output

The African nation produces some 70% of the globe's platinum.

Copper price jump: China concentrate imports hit record

Copper price up 37% from January's six-year low as Chinese concentrate and ore imports surge.

Coking coal price savaged – biggest drop in 17 months

Just as quarterly benchmark negotiations between miners and Japanese steel mills kick off, the coking coal price comes off the boil.

Copper price boost as Chinese imports rebound

November cargoes up 31% to 380,000 tonnes in November compared to previous month.

Huge jump in Chinese iron ore, coal imports

At 92 million tonnes November iron ore imports were the third highest on record, while China's coal imports doubled during the month from a year ago.

Iron ore price surges to 27-month high

"Iron ore is weird because the inventories are very high in China and it's got to be pure spec flows."

Nevsun off to the races after eye-popping Serbia assays

Drilling results from Vancouver-based company's super high-grade Timok copper-gold project lifts market value to within sight of US$1 billion.

Win for Barrick's giant South America gold project

Top gold producer's plans to revive giant Pascua Lama gold-silver-copper project on course after Chile rejects community attempts to block revisions.

World's top single mine iron ore firm needs 500–600 workers

Pilbara's Roy Hill is ramping up to 55m tonnes per year capacity.

Palladium price rally may be overdone

Ample above ground stocks, rising mine supply could dampen prospects for 2016 best performing precious metal.

Trump's impact on metals and mining in one chart

Interactive: Donald Trump's victory has created winners and (huge) losers for the mining industry.

Big mining's age of austerity far from over

But asset sales will slow says new report.

Can North Korea save the coking coal price rally?

Met coal's stunning run is reversing as consensus forecasts point to $125 drop by year-end, but new UN sanctions could cost China its number two supplier.

Giant Australian coal mine near Reef one step closer

Indian conglomerate's $16 billion Carmichael coal mine in Queensland clears "final major State and Federal Government approval".

Copper price: Warnings over US trade with China, Mexico

Moody's says base-metals will come under pressure in 2017 – and that includes the zinc price.

Hedge funds make $5 billion bet on rising copper price

Large scale speculators in copper futures lift bullish positioning to unprecedented 2 billion pounds.

Italy's resounding no lifts gold price

Gold price up 1% with with eurozone in turmoil and Italian prime minister stepping down.

CHARTS: Death of the coking coal contract

Coking coal prices retreated on Friday, but only slightly, holding above $300 a tonne after two months of insane gains.

Lundin shares bounce on payout, guidance

Following $1.1 billion Congo mine sale Toronto-based copper-zinc miner announces inaugural dividend and strong operational forecast.

CHART: Trump slump for gold mining stocks

The world's largest gold producers have lost a collective $15 billion in market value since Donald Trump's election as US president.

Gold price hit by fresh weakness

Strong dollar, imminent rate hike in US sends gold price to 10-month low.

Study: Private capital investment in US coal is over

At over $43 billion, 2016 is set to be a record year for raising capital to invest in North America's energy sector, but not a single fund is targeting coal.

Iron ore, met coal prices plunge on Chinese steel meltdown

Wednesday sees more heavy losses with steel, coking coal futures on course for biggest one-day declines on record – iron ore drops 8%.

Hedge funds have never been this bullish about copper price

Managed money speculators in copper futures in New York go long 1.9 billion pounds of copper – 55% more than the previous record.

Rio CEO: We'll cut iron ore output to boost cash flow

Chief of world number two producer Jean Sebastien Jacques signals flexibility after moderating view of Chinese demand.