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,,, 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.)

Gold price rebounds as ETF investors pile in

And on futures markets hedge fund bulls now outnumber bears by a ratio of 20 to 1 – the highest since 2012.

Copper rout continues as price dips below $3.00

Consensus forecast points to at least another 10% drop before the end of the year.

Friedland confident Congo copper project will be bigger than Grasberg

Ivanhoe boss transforms what could have been a set of exciting drill results into 43 holes of “global significance in the copper world”.

Tahoe shares surge after Guatemala ruling

Vancouver-based producer rises 33% after Supreme Court of the central American nation reinstates operating licence for world's third largest silver mine.

Centerra shares jump again on confirmation of Kyrgyz settlement

Canadian miner announces comprehensive settlement over Kumtor gold mine – Asian nation unfreezes cash and drops all environmental claims, lawsuits.

Copper, iron ore price drops bring mayhem to mining stocks

Is the industrial metals and steelmaking raw materials rally at en end?

Copper price rally comes to crashing halt after Chinese data disappoint

Copper price drops more than 3% after Chinese imports stay flat for fourth month in a row and concentrate cargoes decline.

Gold price gains for 2017 top $200 after latest rally

Metal's status as hedge burnished on Thursday.

Platinum price pressured as market moves into oversupply

A rise in refined supply (despite a 9% dip in mine-level output) and a drop in automotive and industrial demand erases Q1's 305,000-ounce deficit.

Centerra Gold shares soar on Kyrgyz settlement talks

Canadian miner outlines terms of proposed environmental settlement with Asian nation that would remove cloud over massive Kumtor gold mine.

Gold price breaks higher as hedge fund bulls outnumber bears most since 2012

North Korea sends gold price back to September 2016 levels as trading volumes soar to second highest on record.

Copper price hits fresh 3-year high as output at world's top producer falls

Chile's state-owned Codelco reports over 5% drop in first half copper production, rising costs.

Govt electricity supply report 'will not save US coal'

There's nothing in Dept of Energy's electricity grid reliability analysis that'll stop substitution of coal by natural gas and renewable energy says Moody's.

Rio opens 16th Pilbara iron ore mine

Silvergrass adds 10 million tonnes of iron ore to the market as price stabilizes in the mid-$70s.

No 1 producer joins copper rally skeptics as price hits new 3-year high

Chairman of Chile's state-owned copper miner Codelco: "I'm a little the short-term."

Copper price powers on but doubts are starting to creep in

Hedge funds' bullish bets set new record, but is the copper market "overreacting to short-term conditions and ignoring several warning signs"?

Gold price leaps to 10-month high

Hedge funds flock to the gold market.

BHP seeking $2 billion Jansen stake sale

Working with an investment bank to off-load 25% interest in giant potash project in Saskatchewan according to new report.

Copper price rally is only gathering momentum

Copper price jumps to near three-year high as likely impact of Chinese scrap metal import ban sparks another session of speculative buying.

Shale may be gone but BHP won't ditch potash

After pressure BHP is exiting oil and gas. Expect similar calls for shelving its $12 billion Jansen potash project in Saskatchewan to fall on deaf ears.

BHP exiting oil and gas

After posting a fourfold rise in profits, world's number one mining company now "actively pursuing options to exit" its US oil and gas business bought for $20B six years ago.

Iron ore price jumps again – up 47% in two months

Another big day on Chinese futures markets as seaborne iron ore prices approach $80 a tonne.

Copper price rallies after Grasberg violence

Copper above $3.00 after former workers torch dozens of buildings, vehicles at Freeport's Indonesia operations blocking access to world number two mine.

Giant Peru mine blockade lifted after state of emergency

Copper price rally cools after threat to global supply from top 5 Las Bambas mine is averted.

Gold price scales $1,300, highest since Trump election

Gold bulls turn attention from North Korea to US domestic turmoil.