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.)

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.

Quebec lithium stock jumps on Korea deal

Canada's Nemaska Lithium now has agreements in place for 90% of production from its Whabouchi hard rock mine and processing plant.

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.

US-China trade spat wipes $57B from top mining stocks in fortnight

Copper, iron ore prices drop, mining majors punished as US threatens more tariffs on "predatory" Chinese imports and Beijing calls it "blackmail".

Copper and cars: Boom goes beyond electric vehicles

UPDATED CHART: By 2025 demand for copper from global vehicle market will double to 3.3 million tonnes.

Trump trade war blows up big week for mining majors

A week choc-a-bloc with billion dollar copper, iron ore and cobalt deals ends with huge drop in prices and sell-off in stocks of mining's biggest names.

Iron ore price: BHP adds high-grade, lump ore for just $42 a tonne

BHP building $3.4B mine amid surging lump premiums, high-grade fines prices up 30% in a year, is latest indicator iron ore is once again a mining cash cow.

China boasts world’s highest sales volume of electric vehicles

China now has the fastest development of EVs in the global market.

Iron ore price: Chinese imports rebound

But port stocks hit new record.

Copper price: Chinese concentrate imports hit 18-year high

As scrap ban bites Chinese traders up May cargoes 37% year on year.

Russia's Polyus big step closer to building world's largest new gold mine

Moscow company's update on Sukhoi Log project envisages annual production of 1.6 million ounces for 35 years at less than $500 per ounce.

Copper price rallies to highest since January 2014

Labour negotiations in the copper mining industry still left to resolve - including Escondida - represent about 2.6 million tonnes out of global copper supply.

Gold price: Investors are pouring $1 billion per month into ETFs

Net inflows into gold-backed exchange traded funds rose again in May, lifting value of private bullion to $103 billion, highest since 2013.

Solgold shares jump on Ecuador drilling

Up 8% at the open after intersects add more bulk to already massive Cascabel copper-gold project in north of South American country.

Copper price soars to 3-month high

Up nearly 4% after union at world's only 1 million tonne copper mine demands owner BHP makes biggest bonus payout ever to Chilean mineworkers.

Cobalt thrifting in EV batteries won’t dent price any time soon

Even best-case, mass early roll-out of new cobalt-light batteries won’t solve cobalt supply issues says new report.