Palladium

South Africa drops out of top 10 in Africa for mining investment

Frik Els | February 24, 2015
South Africa drops out of top 10 in Africa for mining investment

Namibia and Botswana top the latest mining investment attractiveness index for the continent and move into top 25 worldwide.

Anglo American's big write-down

Michael Allan McCrae | February 13, 2015
minas rio anglo american write down brazil

Minas Rio.

Consensus forecast 2015 gold price average: DOWN

Frik Els | January 29, 2015
Consensus forecast 2015 gold price average: down again

Of 35 analysts polled by the London Bullion Market Association Ross Norman of Sharps Pixley is most bullish at $1,321, but 5 others see a dip below $1,000.

Here is how metal-eating bacteria may make asteroid mining profitable

Cecilia Jamasmie | January 29, 2015
Here is why metal-eating bacteria may make asteroid mining profitable

The technique, known as biomining, is already being tested here on Earth as a sustainable treatment of ores and mine waste.

Mining M&A: Private equity can't run away fast enough

Frik Els | January 29, 2015
Mining M&A: Private equity can't run away fast enough

The smart money is waiting for fire sale prices before jumping into metals and mining. Or worse; has simply lost interest in the sector.

Ivanhoe Mines excoriates Globe and Mail over Platreef report

Cecilia Jamasmie | January 12, 2015
Ivanhoe Mines backlashes report on its Platreef platinum mine

Article implies that the company engaged in illicit practices to obtain the necessary permits for its Platreef mine in South Africa.

Platinum, palladium prices in 2015: Start your engines

Frik Els | January 8, 2015
Platinum, palladium prices in 2015: Start your engines

The stars will again align for a rise in PGM prices in 2015, but all bets are off if… Putin.

Frank Holmes - U.S. Global Investors

Epic price reversal for commodities in 2014

Investors pile back into gold stocks, Goldcorp up $2bn in a week

Whereas total returns for the S&P 500 Index and 10-Year Treasury bond stayed relatively stable throughout the year, commodities and the U.S. dollar both made an incredible about-face starting around late June, early July.

Mickey Fulp - Mercenary Geologist

Dollars and gold revisited

Mickey Fulp - Mercenary Geologist | December 28, 2014
gold leaning mickey fulp

Monetization of treasury bonds to the tune of $300 billion will not be nearly enough to solve our country’s financial problems.

Deep-sea mining pioneer now hunts for resources in space

Cecilia Jamasmie | December 16, 2014
Deep-sea mining pioneer now hunts for resources in space

Julian Malnic, the founder of world's first deep-sea miner Nautilus Minerals has joined the board of Deep Space Industries.

UK company sells gold, silver refineries after 162 years

Frik Els | December 15, 2014
UK company sells gold, silver refineries after 162 years

Johnson Matthey sells refineries in US and Canada to metal recycler for $184 million in cash.

Vietnam’s emerging nickel-sulphide district

Frik Els | December 9, 2014
Vietnam’s emerging nickel-sulphide district

Asian Mineral Resources blazes a trail in South East Asia.

Precious metals firm is Britain’s most admired company

Frik Els | December 3, 2014
Precious metals firm is Britain’s most admired company

200-year old Johnson Matthey refines precious metals, manufactures autocatalysts and produces the platinum group metals industry's most watched research.

Low oil prices good for PGMs

Mineweb | November 30, 2014

A Scotiabank analyst noted Thursday that when oil prices drop heavily on ample supply and strengthening consumer demand, car demand tends to surge.

Price fixing lawsuits come to platinum, palladium market

Frik Els | November 26, 2014
Platinum, palladium price-setting technology ‘optimum’ for gold: LME

Goldman, BASF, HSBC and Standard Bank accused of front-running and spoof orders while in charge of the London PGM Fix since 1989.

Police and protestors clash at Ivanhoe mine in South Africa

Cecilia Jamasmie | November 26, 2014
Police and protestors clash at Ivanhoe mine in South Africa

Locals were protesting the imminent construction of Platreef platinum mine.

Weak oil price, currencies helping miners stay afloat

Frik Els | November 11, 2014

A simple rule of thumb is that price changes have a two-to-one impact on the bottom line, while cost changes have a one-to-one impact.

Ivanhoe OK to build one of world’s biggest platinum mines

Cecilia Jamasmie | November 5, 2014
Ivanhoe ok to begin building one of world’s biggest platinum mines

South Africa’s Department of Mineral Resources has finally approved the miner's Platreef platinum project.

Mick the Miner in talks to buy Anglo’s assets, no deal tabled

Cecilia Jamasmie | November 3, 2014
Mick the Miner in talks to buy Anglo’s assets, no deal tabled

Sources close to X2 Resources, Davis' new company, have cast doubts on reports that the firm had made an offer.

Why gold and silver are the good news metals

MoneyMetals.com | October 29, 2014

Analysts and some precious metals’ sellers tend to focus on the “insurance” aspect of owning precious metals. They point out that having some in your possession helps protect your wealth in case of inflation, political unrest, or for use as an “alternate currency” during a natural disaster, war, etc.

Space miner loses first satellite in rocket explosion

Cecilia Jamasmie | October 29, 2014
Space miner loses first satellite on rocket explosion

The affected company is Planetary Resources, the U.S.-based start-up aiming to mine asteroids.

Greenland explorer tearing it up after assays

Frik Els | October 21, 2014
Greenland explorer tearing it up after assays

Vancouver-based junior jumps 7% after assays from prospect on 3,600km2 coastal property returns strong copper-nickel-cobalt and platinum group results.

Platinum, palladium price-setting technology ‘optimum’ for gold: LME

Cecilia Jamasmie | October 17, 2014
Platinum, palladium price-setting technology ‘optimum’ for gold: LME

The LME says its electronic solution for the platinum and palladium price — LMEbullion — could benefit gold bugs.

Mick Davis has now almost $5 billion to build new mining empire

Cecilia Jamasmie | October 15, 2014
Mick Davis has now almost $5 billion to build new mining empire

The former Xstrata boss' new venture, X2 Resources, is "currently reviewing a number of opportunities in the metals and mining sector."

South Africa considers declaring certain minerals as strategic

Reuters | October 14, 2014

Under the bill, such minerals "will be sold for production costs excluding transportation. That is the mine-gate price.

September precious metal price meltdown

Frik Els | September 30, 2014
Monster rally for gold stocks

Fresh selling sees gold price end September down 6% vs historical average gain of 3%, silver tanks 13%, platinum drops 9% and palladium collapses 15% over the course of the month.

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