Frik Els

Frik has worked as a financial journalist for 15 years covering a variety of industries for several 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, Resources Investment Conference in Vancouver, Mines & Money London 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.)

Copper price falls as China investment grows at slowest pace on record

Called off strike at world's largest copper mine adds to pressure on copper price now down nearly 20% in little over two months.

Barrick shares bounce on final permits for giant Alaska gold mine

Rough day for world's top gold mining company ends on high note.

CHARTS: Warning for bears as gold price drops through $1,200

Hedge funds' bearish bets hit new record amid historically low gold price volatility as new report warns of "complacency" and "trend projection".

Stellar rhodium price rally could be coming to an end

Price for scarce precious metal rhodium is up 270% in two years.

No love for KAZ mega copper project

Shares down by a third after London-listed miner pays $900m for Russian copper project that will take another $5.5 billion to build.

Copper price: BHP plans for Escondida strike

BHP said final wage offer rejected on Thursday was "best collective labor contract at a private mine in the country."

Gold price at 18-month low as US investors sour on bullion ETFs

Investment outflows in the US drive global gold demand to lowest since 2009 as strong economy provides "little incentive to buy gold".

Falling Chinese electric car production wrenches lithium price

The world’s automakers “don’t worry about lithium supply anymore” – Simon Moores.

Copper price bears shrug $280B China stimulus package

And Chuquicamata stoppage, looming Escondida strike.

Anglo American approves $5 billion copper project in Peru

30-year reserve life.

Copper price plunges to 1-year low

Metal market mayhem with $13 billion worth of copper futures offloaded by lunchtime.

Tesla to open Shanghai plant with capacity of 500,000 cars a year

Chinese electric vehicle ecosystem continues to expand.

Electric vehicle demand will double nickel price – as soon as 2022

New report says EV boom is bifurcating nickel mining and short supply of battery-grade material will see prices climb near $30,000 mark within five years.

CHART: Copper, nickel, zinc prices – plenty upside just to revert to mean

Even after two years of gains, industrial metals trade well below 10-year mean prices. Silver looks cheap, but gold, crude may be fully priced already.

The Vancouver junior shaking up the lithium mining industry

MGX Minerals is rolling out technology that cleans and harvests lithium from wastewater generated by oil and gas – 80m barrels a day in North America alone.

Copper price takes another huge hit

Bears ignore soothing words about US-China trade war dropping copper to near 1-year low in frenzied trade.

Thermal coal prices hit 6-year high

Seaborne price for coal used in electricity generation scales $120 a tonne as South Africa diverts exports for domestic use and Asian demand spikes.

Gold price 'cleared for rally' after hedge funds dump 700 tonnes

Large scale gold price speculators have cut bullish positions to levels last seen at the end of 2015 when gold hit a 6-year low of $1,050 an ounce.

CHARTS: Halfway through 2018 and the mining rally is over

“China’s buoyant mood is giving way to concerns around tightening credit and a slowing manufacturing sector."

Platinum price plunges to 14-year low

Platinum prices drops 5% on Monday to lowest since July 2004 as US–Europe car trade spat adds to precious metal's woes.

Australia govt sees more iron ore price pain

Top iron ore exporter forecasts a return to the $50s as Chinese imports starts annual decline after decades of growth.

Copper price drops to 9-month low, but what about strikes?

Copper bears drop price 11% in 3 weeks, but new report shows labour contracts still up for renewal threaten 3 million tonnes of production just in Chile.

Escondida labour dispute is unresolved

Mine accounts for 2.5 per cent of Chile's economy.

Automakers spending $255B on EVs a 'pile-up of epic proportions'

Battery materials can charge mining's next supercycle but new study says automakers will "throw away tens of billions" making electric vehicles no-one wants.

Trade worries aside, copper price has further to fall

"Metals markets are well supplied and weaker demand from China will prove too strong a headwind for prices," says new report.