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.)

Copper price boost as Chinese imports rebound

November cargoes up 31% to 380,000 tonnes in November compared to previous month.

Huge jump in Chinese iron ore, coal imports

At 92 million tonnes November iron ore imports were the third highest on record, while China's coal imports doubled during the month from a year ago.

Iron ore price surges to 27-month high

"Iron ore is weird because the inventories are very high in China and it's got to be pure spec flows."

Nevsun off to the races after eye-popping Serbia assays

Drilling results from Vancouver-based company's super high-grade Timok copper-gold project lifts market value to within sight of US$1 billion.

Win for Barrick's giant South America gold project

Top gold producer's plans to revive giant Pascua Lama gold-silver-copper project on course after Chile rejects community attempts to block revisions.

World's top single mine iron ore firm needs 500–600 workers

Pilbara's Roy Hill is ramping up to 55m tonnes per year capacity.

Palladium price rally may be overdone

Ample above ground stocks, rising mine supply could dampen prospects for 2016 best performing precious metal.

Trump's impact on metals and mining in one chart

Interactive: Donald Trump's victory has created winners and (huge) losers for the mining industry.

Big mining's age of austerity far from over

But asset sales will slow says new report.

Can North Korea save the coking coal price rally?

Met coal's stunning run is reversing as consensus forecasts point to $125 drop by year-end, but new UN sanctions could cost China its number two supplier.

Giant Australian coal mine near Reef one step closer

Indian conglomerate's $16 billion Carmichael coal mine in Queensland clears "final major State and Federal Government approval".

Copper price: Warnings over US trade with China, Mexico

Moody's says base-metals will come under pressure in 2017 – and that includes the zinc price.

Hedge funds make $5 billion bet on rising copper price

Large scale speculators in copper futures lift bullish positioning to unprecedented 2 billion pounds.

Italy's resounding no lifts gold price

Gold price up 1% with with eurozone in turmoil and Italian prime minister stepping down.

CHARTS: Death of the coking coal contract

Coking coal prices retreated on Friday, but only slightly, holding above $300 a tonne after two months of insane gains.

Lundin shares bounce on payout, guidance

Following $1.1 billion Congo mine sale Toronto-based copper-zinc miner announces inaugural dividend and strong operational forecast.

CHART: Trump slump for gold mining stocks

The world's largest gold producers have lost a collective $15 billion in market value since Donald Trump's election as US president.

Gold price hit by fresh weakness

Strong dollar, imminent rate hike in US sends gold price to 10-month low.

Study: Private capital investment in US coal is over

At over $43 billion, 2016 is set to be a record year for raising capital to invest in North America's energy sector, but not a single fund is targeting coal.

Iron ore, met coal prices plunge on Chinese steel meltdown

Wednesday sees more heavy losses with steel, coking coal futures on course for biggest one-day declines on record – iron ore drops 8%.

Hedge funds have never been this bullish about copper price

Managed money speculators in copper futures in New York go long 1.9 billion pounds of copper – 55% more than the previous record.

Rio CEO: We'll cut iron ore output to boost cash flow

Chief of world number two producer Jean Sebastien Jacques signals flexibility after moderating view of Chinese demand.

SEC said to be probing Rio Mozambique coal deal

World number two miner acquired Southern African coal assets for $3.7 billion in 2011 – sold it for $50 million three years later.

Trump infrastructure bump forecast for global economy

New report predicts US infrastructure spending promised by president-elect could propel global growth to highest since 2011 further boosting metals demand.

CHART: Mining capex decline set to continue

Global miners have been cutting spending on new projects and expansions since 2012.