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.)

Copper price: Hedge funds slash bullish bets to 16-month low

The last time large-scale copper price futures speculators were this bearish, copper was trading 30% lower than today's price.

$2 billion Congo-Brazzaville iron ore project stalled

London-listed Zanaga Iron Ore Company shares plunge after switching to small-scale early production mine at flagship central Africa project.

Copper, iron ore prices drop as Chinese imports plunge

But the customs data look worse than it is.

Rush for cobalt, lithium as prices stay on the boil

Electric vehicle boom sees number of companies exploring for lithium and cobalt tripling to 188 as budgets balloon according to new report.

The world's top 10 largest gold mining companies – 2017

Rough year shuffles ranks of global gold mining giants as Freeport makes a comeback – 2018 forecasts point to another tumultuous year.

Copper price felled as Chinese factory reading drops most in 5 years

Slowdown in Chinese manufacturing blamed on impact of Beijing's pollution clampdown, cooling construction sector.

Platinum price crashes through $1,000 after German diesel ban

Emissions scrubbing in vehicles accounts for over 40% of platinum demand, and landmark ruling will hasten demise of engine technology.

Iron ore price jumps to 10-month high

China's war on smog benefitting exporters of high-quality ore as domestic steelmaking output cuts are extended.

Shipping gauge shows iron ore, copper prices heading for fall

CHART: Baltic Dry Index has plummeted 32% since December, opening up huge gap to closely correlated industrial metal prices.

Nickel-copper-cobalt find vaults Vancouver junior to top of TSX-V ranking

Garibaldi Resources beats out tech, energy, life sciences firms for Toronto market's annual crown with 2,351% market cap gain and 150m shares traded.

Cobalt price: Supply scramble heats up with Canadian deal

Cobalt 27, RNC Minerals shares pop after inking $70m deal on world's largest undeveloped cobalt, nickel sulphide deposit.

Southern Copper to splash $2.5 billion on Peru project

Winning bidder for Michiquillay project says production will start in 2025 to become one of the largest mines in the world's number two producing country.

BHP takes top spot in brand value ranking

Glencore drops 11% in brand value after various allegations against it in the Paradise Papers.

Gold price drops most since December 2016

Financial market volatility spreads to gold.

Southern Copper wins auction for massive Peru copper project

Rio Tinto, Teck Resources, Hudbay were among copper miners interested in $2 billion Michiquillay project in Peru.

Undersea mining's bizarre origins – a CIA cold war plot

BBC report details 1974 CIA operation to salvage Soviet submarine carrying nuclear missiles under guise of a Howard Hughes-financed seabed manganese mine.

Mining M&A jumps to 4-year high – expect more in 2018

New report says "deals in lithium, copper and cobalt are expected to feature high on the agenda of management teams across the industry."

Rio Tinto’s Mongolian copper worries mount

Ulaanbaatar orders Rio Tinto to build domestic power plant for $5.3 billion expansion of Oyu Tolgoi copper-gold mine.

US Congress members send letter to Guatemala's president urging improved investment climate

The current environment in Guatemala is actively harming American companies doing business in the country.

Copper, iron ore price jump sparks rally in mining stocks

Top listed copper producer Freeport jumped 7.4% and with Vale – up 6% – was among the NYSE's top 10 most actively traded stocks.

US inflation surprise lights fire under gold price

Gold price surges in best trading day since Brexit mid-2016 as world's largest hedge fund pours money into gold-backed ETFs.

BMW mining deals imminent as cobalt price powers on – report

"The aim is to secure the supply all the way down to the level of the mine, for 10 years."

Gold price: Value of ETF bullion tops $100 billion for first time in 5 years

New report shows money continues to pour into gold-backed exchange traded funds with North American investors responsible for 75% of January inflows.

Copper steadies, iron ore price climbs on blockbuster Chinese imports

Chinese traders chase copper concentrate and iron ore cargoes lifting January import volumes 25% and 19% over already record-breaking 2017.

Copper price plunges to 8-week low

"Keep an eye on what we call China’s old economy – the property market, the infrastructure segment. That’s where we expect a slowdown sometime this year.”