Frik Els

Frik has worked as a financial journalist for 15 years covering a variety of industries for several business and consumer publications including British Airways in-flight magazine, Business Insider, Investment.com, Driving.ca, YCharts and Business in Vancouver. Frik presented at the Global Mining Summit in Las Vegas, the Salt Lake City Mine Lifecycle Management conference and the Resources Investment Conference in Vancouver and has been interviewed on Korean state TV and CBC radio. (DISCLAIMER: Frik Els does not own shares or hold positions in any of the equities he writes about. Nothing written should be viewed as a solicitation to buy or sell any securities.)

Trump slump in dollar lifts gold price to 4-week high

US dollar falls to more than 2-year low as Trump's pro-growth agenda stalls in Washington.

Toronto firm closing South African platinum mine

The Bokoni mine, a joint venture between Atlatsa and Anglo Platinum, produces around 150,000 ounces of platinum group metals per year.

US steel production falls back in June

After strong start to 2017, US steel output growth for the first six months slows to just 1.3%.

Price recovery sparks domestic Chinese copper, iron ore production boom

As steel production reaches all-time high Chinese miners pump out most iron ore since 2015 while refined copper output jumps 12% to highest in 18 months.

BHP iron ore output hits new record but copper production tanks

World number one miner's Pilbara mines produce 268m tonnes for the year, but strike at Escondida sees copper output slide 16%.

The bear case for the zinc price

JP Morgan: "We think the second-half 2017 fundamental outlook for zinc looks less supportive, easing supply constraints and questionable demand strength."

Zinc, lead prices gain on deeper deficits

New report shows lead swinging into 91,000 tonne deficit and zinc undersupply increasing by a third to 178,000 tonnes during first five months of 2017.

Copper price jumps on gangbusters China growth

Chinese economy on track for first annual growth acceleration since 2010 as industrial output surges by 7.6%.

North Korea ban lifts coking coal price

Met coal hits 2-month high Friday as Chinese imports of steelmaking coal from totalitarian state drops 75% during first half of the year.

Forecasts for uranium price all point up

Uranium improved to an 8-week high this week, but consensus forecasts are for a 35% rise over the next 12 months.

These charts will give silver price bulls hope

Despite hedge funds' bearish bets, silver price's 14-year uptrend is very much intact and investors continue to pour money into silver-backed ETFs.

Polyus grabs all of legendary Sukhoi Log gold deposit

First discovered in 1961, Sukhoi Log in eastern Russia holds 62.8 million ounces of gold.

Iron ore price jumps to 10-week high on China pollution crackdown

Beijing's shuts 120 million tonnes of low-grade steel capacity in six months providing a boost for high-quality ore exporters.

Workers vote to strike at Antofagasta, Barrick mine in Chile

Zaldívar produced more than 100,000 tonnes of copper last year.

Private capital says no to mining

Study shows Q2 2017 new private capital for natural resources investment dropped to lowest since 2011 and not a single mining fund were able to raise money.

Top 50 mining companies reshuffle as Chinese, lithium firms climb rankings

Combined worth of 50 largest mining companies grow to $768 billion during first half of 2017, but a few big names drop down rankings.

China factory surprise lifts copper price to 3-month high

Base metals enjoy one of their best trading weeks of the year – nickel jumps 3.5%, zinc at highest since March.

Iron ore price jumps to 8-week high

Physical markets, not just futures speculation behind the latest rally

Payday for investors in Mali-focused gold junior

Endeavour pays 48% premium to acquire Avnel Gold and its "shovel ready" Kalana project in Mali.

Iron ore price soars

China bulls kick iron ore price 6.5% higher.

Iron ore price: BHP starts work on $3.2 billion mine

South Flank will replace lost production from 80mtpa Yandi operation reaching end of its life.

Muppet drops gold price to 6-week low

Gold market takes 60-second 1.8 million ounce off-load on the chin.

Miners punished as iron ore price resumes decline

New Citigroup report predicts low $40s by end of the year, early 2018.

Coking coal price slides to 8-month low

Cyclone Debbie forcing Asian steelmakers to diversify supply – Mozambique could be big beneficiary.

Copper price jumps on Chinese imports surprise

Chinese demand for refined copper up 30% in May while falling concentrate imports point to tight supply.