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.)

Coking coal resumes sharp decline

Down 4.7% on Tuesday to five-month low as ultra-cheap Mongolian coal gets trucked into market.

Iron ore price hits 2.5-year high

Chinese import volumes rise to second highest on record in January.

Copper price surges on BHP force majeure

Copper hits 20-month high after world's number one miner says can't honour supply contracts from Escondida, responsible for 5% of global output.

Copper price drops despite outages at world's biggest mines

Strike at Escondida, export ban and smelter problems at Grasberg and community clashes at Las Bambas.

Goldcorp buys back gold stream on giant Chile project

Vancouver company pays $65 million cash for a 4% stream on El Morro deposit, half of NuevoUnion, its joint venture with Teck.

Southern Copper wants to shoot the lights out

World number five producer adding 600,000 annual tonnes in six years.

Coking coal price finally breaks fall

Indian consortium plans to restart Benga mine in Mozambique bought from Rio Tinto for a fraction of Melbourne company's original purchase price.

CHARTS: Gold price propped up (only) by Western investors

New report shows 2016 inflows into gold ETFs in the US in Europe increased to second highest on record, but all other sources of demand dropped sharply.

CHART: Mining rally continues into 2017

Seaborne coal, tin prices are the big exceptions.

Gold price jumps to 11-week high – more gains ahead

Survey of 23 gold analysts forecast a bullish 2017 amid increasing global economic and geopolitical uncertainty.

Did this financier just call the end of the mining rally?

Private equity firm Orion selling $1 billion worth of royalty, streaming and offtake assets covering gold, silver, base metals and diamonds.

Quebec gold miner surges after reserves update

Richmont up more than 12% after drilling program at producing Ontario mine increases reserves by more than a third and lifts average grades to 9.2g/t gold.

Freeport, Indonesia work out Grasberg deal

US copper giant to be given temporary exemption under new mining rules to resume copper exports from Grasberg mine.

Hedge funds have never been this bullish about copper price

Chile closes ports servicing some of the world's biggest copper mines due to rough seas while Escondida strike looms.

Nickel price picked as 2017 winner

New report forecasts 20% improvement in nickel price by end-2017 – copper, lead, zinc, gold, silver to retreat.

Global gold mining output to decline further

Only Africa and Oceania bucking the trend says new study.

Report: Freeport can ride out Grasberg storm

Indonesia's concentrate export ban, new ownership rules and licence conversion worry investors in Arizona copper giant.

World Bank's a gold price bear

Gold price to drop 8% in 2017 according to bank's January Commodities Outlook, but industrial metals face much better prospects.

Gold price: Physical demand from India, China craters

Study shows global surplus of gold jumped to highest since 2005 at the end of last year while worldwide jewellery fabrication is back at 1988 levels.

The world's 10 largest copper mining projects

INTERACTIVE MAP: Together reserves at the global top 10 copper mining projects are worth more than $360 billion.

Freeport shares plunge on Grasberg troubles

World's largest listed copper miner said Indonesian export ban will force it to slash spending and operate its giant Grasberg operations at 40% capacity.

BHP iron ore output breaks records

But the world's number one miner cuts full-year copper production guidance.

Copper price jumps to highest since June 2015

Strike threat at BHP's Escondida in Chile, the world's largest copper mine, lifts price to 19-month high.

India's minuscule gold mining industry

Domestic gold production could double in 2017 – to 100,000 ounces.

You can trust official Chinese GDP growth numbers – for now

But at 6.8% in the fourth quarter China's economy "is now expanding faster than is sustainable" says new report.