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Codelco now mines copper for $1.40 a pound

Frik Els | August 28, 2015
Codelco now mines copper for $1.40 a pound

Chile's state-owned giant slashes costs 11% and boosts production as it takes the fight to the competition amid slumping copper price.

First Quantum begins production at $2.1bn Sentinel copper mine in Zambia

Cecilia Jamasmie | August 28, 2015
First Quantum begins production at $2.1bn Sentinel copper mine in Zambia

The Vancouver-based miner aims to produce 280,000 to 300,000 tonnes of the red metal a year, but commercial levels won't be reached until state power utility Zesco finish connecting the mine to the power grid.

Power shortages, cost cuts to hit Congo’s copper output

Cecilia Jamasmie | August 28, 2015
Power shortages, cost cuts to hit Congo’s copper output

With the only exception of gold, production numbers for most other commodities mined in the Central African nation are also expected to decline this year.

Indonesian mining – attractive, not always easy

Project Monitor | August 28, 2015

The Tujuh Bukit project reflects both the attractions and difficulties facing foreign companies working in Indonesia's mining sector.

Freeport-McMoRan cuts spending, production and jobs: shares soar

Cecilia Jamasmie | August 27, 2015
Freeport-McMoRan cuts spending, production and jobs: shares soar

The miner has responded to deteriorating market conditions by slashing spending and cutting jobs, mostly at its North American operations.

Goldcorp, Teck combine projects, create new $3.5 billion mine in Chile

Cecilia Jamasmie | August 27, 2015
Goldcorp, Teck combine projects, create new $3.5 billion mine in Chile

The miners expect significant savings and environmental advantages by combining the two neighbouring projects, which are only 40 kilometres apart.

Greek court hands legal win to Eldorado Gold over halted mine

Cecilia Jamasmie | August 27, 2015
Greek court hands legal win to Eldorado Gold over halted mine

The verdict, however, doesn't allow the company to resume operations at its gold-copper Skouries mine.

About 80% of Colombia’s gold output comes from illegal miners — Gov't

Cecilia Jamasmie | August 27, 2015
About 80% of Colombia’s gold output comes from illegal miners — Gov't

Authorities say the $2.5 billion illicit mining industry is creating a parallel economy that is deemed to damage the business of those who operate legally.

Frik Els

Iron ore still in a bull market. What does it say about China?

Frik Els | August 26, 2015
Iron ore is still in a bull market

No commodity is more exposed to China and the iron ore price is up 20% from its 2015 low. Has the steelmaking raw material become a leading indicator?

One way Chinese investors are coping with stock rout

Frik Els | August 26, 2015
One way Chinese investors are coping with stock rout

New statue depicting the bull's triumph over the bear is drawing crowds and raising eyebrows.

Jim Rogers: Commodity bull market hasn't gone away

Frik Els | August 26, 2015
Jim Rogers: Commodity bull market hasn't gone away

Commodity investing legend says the Chinese market is on its way to "finding a good bottom."

Cecilia Jamasmie

EPA under fire for failing to comply with mine spill probe

Cecilia Jamasmie | August 26, 2015
EPA under fire for failing to comply with mine spill probe

The Congress-led investigation aims to determine the agency’s role in triggering a 3-million-gallon toxic spill into Colorado’s Animas River on Aug. 5.

Canada, Australia, US, Chile and Mexico, the top destinations for mining investors

Cecilia Jamasmie | August 25, 2015
Canada, Australia, US, Chile and Mexico, the top destinations for mining investors

Despite current adverse conditions, advisory firm Behre Dolbear is recommending mining stakeholders to focus on markets that have been able to ride the wave relatively well so far.

BHP Billiton posts worst profit in over 10 years

Cecilia Jamasmie | August 25, 2015
BHP Billiton posts worst profit in over 10 years

As prices for the company's four key "pillar" commodities —iron ore, metallurgical coal, copper and oil and gas — have all dropped to multi-year lows in the past 12 months.

Frik Els

CHART: Stop panicking about China and mining

Frik Els | August 24, 2015
GRAPH: Stop panicking about China and mining

We're not in 2008 – plotting global economic growth against commodity prices shows metals and mining sell-off is disconnected from realities on the ground.

Canadian mining stocks outperform metals prices

Frik Els | August 24, 2015
Canadian mining stocks outperform metals prices

Canadian junior and mid-tier mining companies also raised 62% more capital in the second quarter than in 2014.

Anglo American sells copper mines in Chile to UK investment firm

Cecilia Jamasmie | August 24, 2015
Anglo American sells copper mines in Chile to UK investment firm

The price for the two assets could rise to $500m from $200m, depending on an eventual recovery of copper prices and the execution of an expansion plan for the Mantoverde mine.

Haywood's Mick Carew explains why now is an 'opportune time for consolidation' in the mining space

The Gold Report | August 24, 2015
Handshake agreement mining

Mick Carew, a research analyst with Haywood Securities, hopes we have found the bottom of the commodity cycle but expects M&A activity to continue apace through the rest of this year and into 2016.

Greek protesters arrested in clash over Eldorado suspension of 2,000 workers

Cecilia Jamasmie | August 24, 2015
Greek protesters arrested in clash over Eldorado suspension of 2,000 workers

More demonstrations are expected Monday, as mine workers rally near the Canadian company's mines.

South32 survives mining sector slump, to cut $350m in costs until 2018

Cecilia Jamasmie | August 24, 2015
South32 survives mining sector slump, to cut $350m in costs until 2018

The company said is not keen on Rio Tinto's thermal coal assets, currently up for sale.

China fresh sell-off sends commodities, markets to the pits

Cecilia Jamasmie | August 24, 2015
China fresh sell-off sends commodities, markets to the pits

The US has suspended the futures market on the Nasdaq index, as panicking traders have driven it down 5% — the maximum allowed under Wall Street rules.

Frik Els

Mining private equity is being fundamentally transformed

Frik Els | August 23, 2015
Mining private equity is being fundamentally transformed

Appian Capital founder Michael Scherb: "You're now seeing the same changes in mining that happened in oil and gas which is now heavily supported by PE"

First Nickel locks gates to Sudbury mine

Andrew Topf | August 23, 2015
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Three dozen miners out of work, as low metals prices shutter operation earlier than expected.

Visual Capitalist

INFOGRAPHIC – On the precipice: Will global markets follow commodities off the cliff?

Visual Capitalist | August 21, 2015
INFOGRAPHIC - On the precipice - graph

Today may be the end of this trend of divergence. US equities are at a precipice: fueled by low rates and quantitative easing for years, they have finally started to tumble from record highs.

Metals heading for worst week of 2015

Cecilia Jamasmie | August 21, 2015
Metals heading for worst week of 2015

Metals from copper to aluminum fell again Friday, and were heading for their worst week of the year, after data showed Chinese factory activity shrinking at the fastest pace since 2009.

Forget slower growth, worry about Chinese GDP contraction

Frik Els | August 20, 2015
Forget slower growth, worry about Chinese GDP contraction

Chinese rail freight tonnage – a key indicator for economic activity and the commodities trade – has plunged by 10.2% this year.

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