Copper Mining News

Serengeti brings Freeport onboard to hunt copper-gold near Mt. Milligan

Small B.C.-based junior Serengeti Resources (TSX-V: SIR) signed on a sizeable partner to explore territory thick in prospective copper-gold porphyries. Mining giant Freeport McMoRan Copper & Gold (NYSE: FCX) inked an exploration agreement with Serengeti Resources that could see a 51-49-percent joint venture in Freeport's favour formed on Serengeti's Choo and Tchentlo properties, not far from Thompson Creek Metals' Mt. Milligan copper-gold project.

Partnership budgets $91mn for prefeasibility study of ginormous Pebble Project

The Pebble Partnership has approved US$91 million of program expenditures this year with the objective of completing a prefeasibility study next year, which will lead to the beginning of permitting for the massive Alaskan copper, gold and molybdenum project under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). Activities to be undertaken this year at the Pebble Project include engineering to complete a pre-feasibility project design in 2011, as well as environmental studies to finalize an Environmental Baseline Document in preparation for project permitting.

Seabridge adds 15-year minelife, $1.3B cost to massive KSM copper-gold project

In an updated prefeasibility study of its proposed KSM mega-mine, Seabridge Gold (TSX: SEA) makes major additions to the cost, size, and operating plan of its flagship project in northwestern B.C. Already one of the largest undeveloped copper-gold porphyry projects in the world, perhaps the most significant changes are reserves increasing by 8.5 million ounces gold and 3 billion pounds copper, much of which came from the newly defined Iron Cap zone.

Three Cs Going Crazy in Commodities

With silver spiraling out of control, it's worth checking in on some of the other commodities. Indeed the agricultural or soft commodities have, as a group, been surging in recent times, sending the Dow Jones UBS commodities index up over 30% year on year. Not only have they inflated returns on broad based commodity investment products but they've inflated prices, political tensions, and economic risks around the globe.

Greystar releases positive scoping study for Angostura underground operation

Greystar Resources Ltd. (TSX:GSL)(AIM:GSL) is pleased to announce receipt of a positive scoping stage Preliminary Assessment under National Instrument 43-101 ("Scoping Study") for an underground only operation at its 100%-owned Angostura gold-silver project in northeastern Colombia. Image by Greystar Resources Ltd.

China's Jinchuan silent on media reports regarding Lundin Mining bid

No word yet from China's Jinchuan Group as to whether the company is officially in the market for Canada's Lundin Mining. Canadian media reports claim a consortium headed by Jinchuan, which includes sovereign wealth fund China Investment Corp., was planning a takeover bid for the Canadian base metals miner.

Zambia copper output to more than double by 2015

Copper output in Zambia, Africa's top producer of the metal, will rise to 2 million tonnes by 2015 from around 900,000 tonnes this year as new mines open and others are expanded, the country's finance minister said on Saturday.

Caterpillar Surprises With Massive Profit Gain

Caterpillar (NYSE:CAT) reported Friday a surprising five-fold jump in first quarter profits, reaching an all-time quarterly record as the company benefits from a recovering economy and a resulting boost in construction equipment demand.

Today in Commodities: Tipping Point

We feel that some commodity prices are getting overextended and very close to their tipping pint. Far from an ultimate top but ready for a healthy correction. Crude traded to its highest level in two […]

China group in talks to buy Lundin: Globe and Mail

The months-long saga over the future of Lundin Mining took another interesting twist on Friday, when a consortium of Chinese companies jumped in with a potential bid, according to a story in The Globe and Mail. Lundin has been the target of two takeover bids, the first by Inmet Mining, which recently fell through, and the second by Equinox Minerals, which unveiled a $4.8 billion hostile takeover bid to counter the Inmet offer. That deal was derailed when China's Minmetals Resources tried to acquire Equinox, which has since been acquired by Barrick Gold, which presented a richer offer worth $7.3 billion.

Reuters: Inmet profits from higher copper, Ok Tedi sale

Inmet Mining bettered its earnings in the first quarter compared to Q1 of last year, Reuters reported: Inmet Mining's (IMN.TO) first quarter profit rose on higher metal prices and higher sales volumes, the Canadian copper producer said on Thursday. Inmet earned C$59.4 million, or 97 Canadian cents a share, from continuing operations. That compared with C$49.4 million or 96 Canadian cents a share in the year-ago period. The Toronto-based company sold its 18 percent stake in Ok Tedi Mining for $335 million in January.

Wolverine plans to spend $5 million on Yukon properties

Wolverine Minerals Corp. (TSX-V:WLV) min is pleased to announce that after a comprehensive review of historical information and analysis of the results of last year's programs, it has now finalized its work program and budget for the 2011 field season on the Company's Yukon properties optioned from Strategic Metals Ltd ("Strategic"). Estimated expenditures will be approximately $5 million, with the majority of this work to be focused on eight of the Company's core properties. Through Archer, Cathro & Associates (1981) Limited ("Archer Cathro"), all crews, camps, equipment, drills, helicopters and other necessary supplies have been arranged and the following programs will begin on June 1, 2011: Image by Wolverine Minerals Corp.: DDD-Shamrock property.

Russian metals firms constrained by rail

Russia's two main rail lines into Asia and, in particular China, are increasingly overburdened which is causing a headache for metals firms looking to increase exports.

Trading the globe: let the copper wars continue

News that gigantic gold miner Barrick (ABX) wants to buy junior copper miner Equinox (EQXMF.PK) keeps reverberating through the commodity markets.

A longer-term view of inflation: industrial metals vs. gold

I found an interesting dataset at the IMF of commodity prices going back to 1980. What makes it interesting is to look at the longer-term price trends of some of the industrial metals you don't often don't see charted, such as aluminum, tin, lead, zinc, and nickel.

Commodities: No bubble here

With commodity prices up so much over the past several years, you can forgive long-term value investors for giving them a miss. Who wants to risk exposure to another asset bubble so soon after the dot-com implosion and the U.S. housing mess?

Today in Commodities: Status quo from Fed

Nothing new to report from Uncle Ben and his cronies but at least there was more talk of inflation with rising commodity prices. The $2.50 range carried on in Crude again today as traders try […]

Barrick's Q1 earnings rise 22 percent to $1.0 billion

Barrick's Q1 earnings rose 22% to $1.0 billion, up from $820 million a year ago. The company, which released its quarterly financial results on Wednesday, said the rise was due to better than expected production results and higher prices for copper and gold. Barrick's earnings per share were an even $1.00. The total cash cost per ounce of gold is $437 while net cash cost is $308. Barrick said cash costs were ahead of budget due to higher production at its Cortez, Goldstrike and Veladero operations.

La Quinta enters LOI to acquire BC massive sulfide project with 171 g/t silver, 6.7% copper

La Quinta Resources Corporation (TSX VENTURE:LAQ) ("La Quinta") is pleased to announce that it has entered into a Letter of Intent (LOI) to acquire the Carruthers Pass, B.C. massive sulfide project from Cariboo Rose Resources Ltd. (TSX VENTURE:CRB) ("Cariboo Rose"). Under the terms of the LOI, the Company can acquire 90% of the project from Cariboo Rose over a six (6) year term by spending $2 million in work commitments on the project, and making payments of $470,000 cash and issuing 2 million shares of the Company's common stock to Cariboo Rose.

Has copper become the new gold?

Soaring global demand for copper makes the metal a better bet than gold and explains a surprise bid by Barrick Gold Corp, the world's No. 1 bullion producer, for copper miner Equinox Minerals.

Equinox shares jump in Australia after Barrick bid

Shares in Equinox Minerals (EQN.AX) jumped 7 percent in Australia on Wednesday after the copper miner accepted a $7.7 billion takeover offer from the world's largest gold miner, Barrick Gold (ABX.TO).

Minmetals rejects bidding war after Barrick's C$7.32bn offer for Equinox

hina's Minmetals Resources announced Tuesday, "Following the announcement yesterday by Equinox that it will recommend that its shareholders accept an offer it has received from Barrick Gold Corporation of C$8.15 per share, MMR has decided not to pursue its planned bid for Equinox."

First Nickel provides update on Lockerby restart

First Nickel Inc. ("First Nickel" or the "Company") (TSX:FNI) is pleased to provide an update on its Lockerby Depth Project and its plans to resume production at the Lockerby nickel/copper mine, located in Sudbury, Ontario, […]

Japan rolled copper output for March fell the most in 17 months

Japan's output of rolled copper product fell 3.7 percent in March from a year earlier, its biggest fall in 17 months, after the March 11 earthquake devastated the northeast of the country and disrupted supply chains of automakers, which are big consumers of copper parts.

Is copper the new gold for Barrick?

Has world top gold miner, Barrick Gold, given up on its principles to remain predominantly a gold producer? While the copper content of Barrick's business has been growing in recent years as the acquisition and development of some of its biggest new gold projects involve the co-mining of copper from big gold/copper porphyry type orebodies, today's announced agreement to acquire copper miner Equinox seems designed to move it even more into the polymetallic production space.