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.)

Mining M&A jumps to five-year high

1,349 announced mining deals valued at $86B through December 18, up 60% from 2017.

Copper price falls despite China's promise of more 'economic miracles'

Industrial metal prices tumble as President Xi's defiant speech intensifies trade war fears, offer little on economic stimulus or market reforms.

Platinum price gets $6 billion shot in the arm

But short term pain will persist.

Uranium price: best performer of 2018 set for more gains

New report forecasts sustained structural deficit for uranium market and more gains for uranium price, up more than 20% this year.

This Congo project could supply the world with lithium

The DRC has a stranglehold on crucial battery material cobalt, but central African nation also has potential to become major lithium player.

Trade truce lights fire under mining stocks

Relief that an escalation in the trade war between the US and China has been avoided – at least for now – sparked a huge rally in mining stocks on Monday.

The lithium price bulls were right

OK; half right.

Iron ore price craters 8%

Fears over slowing Chinese growth and impact of trade war with the US removes floor under iron ore price.

Sinking shipping gauge signals trouble for iron ore, coal price

Rates for dry bulk cargo carriers have collapsed 70% since August.

Cobalt prices could rally 30% by mid-2019

Glencore's suspension of Congo exports shows how cobalt production expansion plans can go awry.

Surging US steel helps iron ore price to 9-month high

Global steel production stays strong in September with Chinese furnaces blasting at near record pace and US output surging 9%.

Copper price drop prompts expansion rethink at top producer

Freeport-McMoRan CEO Richard Adkerson says reduced spending on large-scale projects will add to the impending supply gap on global copper markets.

Vanadium price leaps to near-record high

New rebar standards in China and spiking demand from green energy storage sector pushes vanadium up 550% in two years.

White Gold jumps on drill results

White Gold's partners are Agnico Eagle Mines Limited (NYSE:AEM) and Kinross Gold Corp (NYSE:KGC).

Rocketing vanadium price primed for 'Elon Musk moment'

"To build a gigafactory of vanadium flow batteries, companies will need to own a mine or lease the fully recyclable vanadium" – Simon Moores.

Nevada Copper building first US copper mine in a decade

Pumpkin Hollow goes into production next year, but the underground mine is only the first phase of a planned Nevada copper operation four times the size.

Mining exploration spending in Australia jumps to 5-year high

Drilling at new projects up 57% as spending on gold exploration reaches 21-year high.

Lithium price plunge claims first victim

Namibia's Desert Lion Energy ceases all operations as Chinese lithium prices plummet to three-year lows – down by half since the start of 2018.

Copper price takes another beating

Chinese manufacturing gauge drops to 14-month low.

Nevada Copper shares jump on construction decision

Toronto-listed company's board okays construction of Pumpkin Hollow underground mine.

Canadian cobalt company says thieves stole 76 tonne hoard

Cobalt 27 stockpile worth $5 million stolen from Rotterdam warehouse.

Reduced cobalt electric car batteries delayed amid price fall

"Poorer life cycle, reduced safety and misrepresented relative cost savings are all major concerns for electric vehicle producers."

Copper price: Ford recall puts EV charging infrastructure in spotlight

Carmaker recalls more than 50,000 electric vehicle chargers in North America, where aluminum often substitutes for domestic copper wiring, over fires.

The gold price and the big short

Speculators in gold price futures are short 670 tonnes – the biggest bearish position in 25 years.

Lithium price: Chile giant’s scorched earth strategy

Playbook follows success in the iodine market