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.)

Xi's China a boon for mining

President Xi's enormous power means his pet projects like One Belt–One Road and Xiongan New Area will receive the full backing of the state.

Global steel production at 7-month low

Price of iron ore declines ahead of Chinese winter steel output cuts, widening Kobe Steel scandal.

Shares in Quebec junior surge on Michigan reserves update

Highland Copper jumps 18% after announcing a 46% increase in resources at its Copperwood copper and silver project in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.

Rio Tinto wants out of Grasberg now

New report says Rio talking to Indonesian groups to sell interest in giant copper, gold mine – Freeport still at loggerheads with Jakarta about stake sale.

Polyus powers on

Russian miner posts another quarter of record production on the way to 2.8m ounces in 2019 as its $2.2 billion Natalka mine ramps up.

Gold price bull Marc Faber booted from boards for racist remarks

But ex-Sprott, Ivanhoe, Novagold board member stands by comments: “If stating some historical facts makes me a racist, then I suppose that I am a racist.”

BHP's copper production up sharply, iron ore down

Fire shrinks Mt Whaleback iron ore production, but output at world's largest copper mine Escondida in Chile jumps 23%.

Copper price: Rio slashes production guidance

Delayed ramp-up at Escondida, mine sequencing at Kennecott.

Iron ore price leaps again

Despite new report predicting zero steel demand growth in top consumer China.

Copper price soars to highest since February 2014

Strength of Chinese economy continues to surprise as country's leaders gather to set out economic goals.

Iron ore price soars as Chinese imports reach record high

Monthly cargoes top 100 million tonnes for the first time ever.

Arizona's first copper mine in more than a decade one permit away

No appeal against Vancouver-based Excelsior Mining's state operating permit for its Gunnison project in Cochise County.

More good news for lead price as market tightens further

Chinese smelters' treatment and refining charges for imported lead concentrate slide to $20–$30 per tonne, more than $100 below last year's peak.

Chile earthquake lights fire under copper price

Up more than 3% after quake near the city of Calama in main copper producing region of the South American country.

CHARTS: Mining's 2017 rally forecast to fizzle out

Consensus forecasts point to double digit declines for the platinum, zinc, copper and lead price by the end of the year, while coal is set to tank.

Gold price: ETF investors remain bullish

North American investors poured $2.5 billion into gold-backed funds in September despite pullback in gold price.

Goldcorp says no production hit as Mexico mine blockade is lifted

Polymetallic Penasquito mine produced one million gold equivalent ounces in 2016.

CHART: With gold price at 8-week low, bulls need a Trump intervention

US president's irrational behaviour and ill-considered remarks "have proved supportive in the past."

Iron ore price resumes fall

At three-month low with $50s now in sight.

SLIDESHOW: Paulson hedge fund in blistering attack on top gold miners

“If we don’t do anything we will continually be disappointed and the industry will slowly dig itself into a hole of irrelevance and oblivion.”

More bad news for copper price

Concentrate supply appears abundant as Chinese smelters hike treatment and refining charges by as much as 10%.

Iron ore price craters

Benchmark price down 7.4% on Thursday.

New chairman set to test BHP's commitment to Jansen potash

Ken Mackenzie vowed "to bring a fresh perspective to management’s ongoing process of reviewing the portfolio" and "the way we allocate cash".

Gold sinks below $1,300 after Fed ends era of easy money

From next month the US Federal Reserve will shrink the $4.5 trillion balance sheet it built up following the 2008 financial crisis.

Giant Peru copper project attracts first bidder

Peru is auctioning off the $2 billion Michiquillay copper project in the northern region of Cajamarca on November 15.