The spot price of copper jumped to $4.40 on December 31, exceeding previous highs set daily over the past week. Today we discuss copper’s meteoric price rise during the past five months, dissect current supply […]
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There are more than a few explorations companies drilling holes in the Philippines these days, all with the quiet hope that the country soon finds favour with serious resource investors in the much the same way that Ventana Gold and others became overnight rock stars, if you will, with their projects in Colombia.
The global uranium market is dominated by just 10 players – companies that account for 60% of the world’s production of yellow cake. While Canada’s Athabasca Basin remains the hotspot for the highest-graded uranium coming out of the ground, other countries are pushing hard to ramp up their own uranium markets, such as Kazakhstan, Tanzania and Namibia, which is about to finalize its first nuclear policy by the middle of the year.
The U.S. decision last month to launch a Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Export initiative should turn out to be yet another boon for lithium producers, who are or will be trying to sell into a growing lithium ion battery market for technological and electric car uses.
The global tin market is generally driven by producers in Indonesia, China and Peru. The production of the silverly, malleable metal – used for things like steel-plating – has been in decline in these markets, in part because poor weather has challenged operating conditions and undermined transport.
Zinc and cobalt often fall into that esoteric metals category called byproduct, meaning they are generally an afterthought for miners who are keen at getting at, say, nickel or copper deposits. Still, both metals are being increasingly targeted for their use in growing markets, such as rechargeable batteries for electric cars.
The iron ore market will never be as a sexy as its gold and silver counterparts; it’s much more about hard hats and dirty Dodge RAM 3500 trucks – you know, the ones that can pull big fishing boats up mountainsides, something I did just this past weekend.
The steel-gray metal – one known for its high melting point, which makes it ideal for use as a filament, superalloy or in military applications – is making a resurgence as market machinations in China restrict exports and western miners scramble to meet demand.
At the Ying Mine in China, Silvercorp Metals reported on Monday the results of a underground diamond drilling program that showed high grade silver, lead and zinc.
Does it make a difference if a Central Bank buys local production or on the international market?
Jittery investors sold in earnest this week on speculation that China is going on some kind of austerity kick, destined no doubt to wreak havoc on the civilized world.
Chinese officials say the country will continue with rare earth exports and are still pondering 2011 rare earth export quotas, but promise a timely decision.
The global economy has become so unbalanced that even government ministers who would normally have trouble explaining supply or demand clearly recognize that something has to give.
Ordos, Mongolia is home to the world's most efficient mine and one of China's biggest carbon capture and storage projects. Chinese miners and scientists are ramping up production and finding new ways to burn and bury carbon, as The Guardian newspaper reports. Click here to watch the video:
China is in the midst of a ‘State visit’ to the U.S. but this time China will get a state banquet. This implies a changed attitude to China by the U.S.
(Editor's note: This story was originally published on Jan. 11, 2011) China's pilot nuclear reprocessing project could extend the life of the nation's domestic uranium reserves by thousands of years if it becomes commercially viable, […]
ETFdb reports that Toyota may find substitute for some of the rare earths it consumes: Toyota is sinking vast sums into research and development of new technologies which seek to limit the needs for rare […]
The Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) announced on November 3, 2010 that it would purchase longer-term Treasury securities at a pace of $75 billion dollars per month through the Federal Reserve’s Permanent Open Market Operations (POMO) facility by the end of the second quarter 2011 and potentially beyond.
Despite the best efforts by the American mainstream financial media, the eager PR division of the United States Dollar Ponzi Scheme, to paint the rosiest of rosy pictures for blindly optimistic readers, the stubborn image of a debt-swollen jobless behemoth economy slowly toppling persists.
During the last decade, gold has emerged, once again, as a global currency and as an alternative to paper assets and paper currencies. While bond dealers and stock brokers continue to persuade clients to invest in equities and financials, the benefits of owning gold are totally ignored.
Xinjiang Xinxin to pull out all the stops to meet environmental regulations and get government go-ahead to build copper smelter.
Rise in net profit due to price hike in gold and base metals prices, along with increased copper and zinc production.
Never mind the correction in the price of silver, says Silver Strategies Editor Sean Rakhimov; better things are ahead. "It may be volatile; it may be steep; but it should be short-lived," he says, adding that he expects silver to rise well above its 2010 high at some point in 2011. Some of that price support could come from governments entering the silver market. Find out all the reasons for this and read about some of Sean's favorite silver plays in this exclusive interview with The Gold Report.
As relief courses through the Eurozone government bond markets at the success of Portugal’s, Spain’s and Italy’s government bond auction, the sharp edge of the crisis appears to go away, for now at least.
A number of analysts are now predicting a nickel surplus this year as Chinese stainless steel growth slows and new nickel mine projects come on stream.