Palladium Mining News

Russia's mining sector reverses output declines

According to a new report by Business Monitor International Russia's mining sector is set to grow slowly over the forecast period to 2015, marking a reversal of the declining output seen since 2006. Business Monitor forecasts the value of the mining sector to reach US$259bn in 2015 from US$134bn in 2010, marking an annual average growth rate of 2.6%.

PGMs, nickel explorer ends dispute with Constance Lake First Nation

Thunder Bay-based Zenyatta Ventures has ended its dispute with Constance Lake First Nation after the leadership of the 1,470-strong community decided to no longer pursue a motion of injunction against the junior explorer in exchange for better co-operation and preferential job opportunities. Zenyatta can now advance its Albany project south of the so-called Ring of Fire in the James Bay lowlands where it is exploring for nickel and platinum group metals with a purported value in excess of $1 billion.

Palladium set to regain title of most precious metal of all

In 2001 palladium reached $1,080/oz when gold was only $300/oz and platinum $715/oz. Three factors will help fuel palladium to surpass its 2001 high and well beyond says Market Oracle: Chinese auto production is expected to go from 18 million units in 2010 to a staggering 30 million vehicles by 2020. A vehicle's catalytic converter requires about 1/20th of a troy ounce of palladium and/or platinum and since platinum costs 124% more than palladium ($1,735 vs $776) it is reasonable to assume automobile manufactures will elect to use cheaper palladium. Secondly the looming palladium supply deficit and thirdly the exemplary success of pure palladium ETFs which already have over $1 billion in assets representing roughly 1.3 million oz of palladium taken off the market.

Norilsk restarts Australia nickel mine mothballed during recession

Norilsk Nickel, world number one nickel and palladium producer and Russia's biggest miner, announced on Friday it is restarting operations at its Maggie Hays mine near Lake Johnston in West Australia. Norilsk mothballed Maggie Hays bought from BHP and the other Australian operations it acquired in 2007 two years later as the financial crisis cut demand. Stainless steel production accounts for around two-thirds of nickel consumption.

North American Palladium draws bullish bets

Shares in the platinum and precious metals mining company rose as much as 6.4% at the start of the session to an intraday high of $4.98 before the broad market soured during Fed Chairman Bernanke’s second day of testimony on Capitol Hill.

Stillwater Mining plans US$487.1 million acquisition of Peregrine Metals

Stillwater Mining, the only platinum and palladium producer in the U.S., announced on Monday that it will acquire Peregrine Metals for US$487.1 million. Peregrine Metals is a publicly-traded exploration and development company with gold and copper projects in Argentina and Peru. The company is listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange.

EQS – Eqstra Holdings Limited – Update: Disruptions at Pilanesburg Platinum Mine

EQS EQS Eqstra Holdings Limited (Incorporated in the Republic of South Africa) (Registration number 1998/011672/06) ISIN: ZAE000117123 Share code: EQS UPDATE: DISRUPTIONS AT PILANESBURG PLATINUM MINE On 24 June 2011, Eqstra Holdings Limited ("Eqstra")

Operations resume at Platmin mine, says contractor MCC

JSE-listed Eqstra Holdings, which owns mining contractor MCC Holdings, said on Monday that operations have resumed at Platmin’s Pilanesberg platinum group-metals mine in South Africa, following illegal industrial action

Anglo Platinum sees six month earnings rising slightly

The world's top platinum producer said Monday that higher prices and sales of the metal were expected to boost headline earnings per share for the six months to June Anglo Platinum, the world's top producer of the precious metal, said on Monday that

Medium term platinum outlook – volatility and decline!

World No. 2 platinum miner CEO, David Brown, expects a slowdown in platinum demand increase in the months ahead while CPM also suggests prices may drift. JOHANNESBURG (Sunday Times) - Platinum looks set for a couple of quarters of volatility and decline,

One-Step Separation of Platinum, Palladium, and Rhodium: A Three-Liquid-Phase Extraction Approach

Three-liquid-phase extraction and one-step separation of platinum, palladium, and rhodium in the system composed of diisoamyl sulphide (S201), polyethylene oxide-polypropylene oxide random block copolymer (EOPO), Na2SO4, and H2O were investigated.

Platinum palladium to resume uptrend soon

Platinum, palladium to resume uptrend soon Commerzbank looks for Platinum to rise into year-end. These markets “tightened considerably” last year due to a rebound in demand following the recession-related weakness of the previous year. “The

Platinum, Palladium ETFs Down on Growth Concerns

Exchange traded funds that invest in platinum and palladium were lower in the first half of 2011 on concerns about the global economy, the Japan earthquake and the European debt crisis. Platinum and palladium are precious metals like gold and silver. However, they are also favored for their industrial uses, such as automobile production.

Precious metals to remain subdued on profit booking

Dilip Kumar Jha | 2011-07-03 00:10:00 Gold is likely to remain subdued this week on profit booking by global investors. Lack of safe haven buying support may continue, pulling the yellow metal further down and giving an opportunity to new investors to

China’s massive appetite for commodities sparks concern

China’s massive appetite for commodities is creating concerns for the global economy, the environment and workers in other countries. In a series of reports, VOA is looking at the economic power modern China wields. Chinese government and company officials are signing agreements at a dizzying pace around the world, including in places where few other foreigners invest.

Japanese firm to recover gold silver from E waste

For the first time in Japan, a leading recycling firm announced a project to recover precious metals like gold, silver and copper from electronic devices. Nippon Magnetic Dressing Co it will extract rare and precious metals from cellphones, home appliances, cars and medical equipment for sale to metal smelters, reports asahi.com Image from Wikipedia.

Precious metals hurt by oil reserve release

IBTimes reports that the release of reserve oil caused commodity prices to drop across the board with the greatest toll affecting the precious metals markets.

Commodities fall most in seven weeks

Bloomberg reports that commodities dropped the most in seven weeks after the International Energy Agency announced plans to release emergency oil supplies.Gold for August delivery fell 2.4 percent to $1,516.60 an ounce, the first drop in eight sessions, and palladium for immediate delivery declined 2.2 percent to $747.25 an ounce.

The ultimate guide to palladium investing

By some estimates, one in four products either contains a platinum group metal or uses one in the manufacturing process. Palladium, like platinum, is used widely in the manufacture of catalytic converters, creating a link between the price of the metal and the health of the global auto industry. As such, palladium as an investment vehicle has characteristics of both industrial metals such as copper and precious metals such as gold. There are a number of different options for investing in palladium, including exchange-traded futures contracts, stocks of companies engaged in the extraction and sale of the metal and exchange-traded products

Should I Stay or Should I Go Now?

The sweet Clash song “Should I Stay Or Should I Go?” seems to be the song most suited for the Greek situation right now. France and Germany are bailing them out and Greece is trying to pass large budget cuts to the disdain of their citizens.

Jewellers provide support as gold prices bounce

Gold rebounded on Tuesday after posting its biggest one-day loss in a month in the previous session on growing worries about another global economic downturn, but a weaker U.S. dollar and bargain hunting by jewellers offered support. While signs of a cooling Chinese economy could weigh on industrial metals, dealers expect no change in China's appetite for bullion. Investors were also awaiting a trail of U.S. data later in the day which could set the tone for commodities.

Today in Commodities: USDA big news today

No curve balls from the USDA but as for food prices look for prices to stay elevated. Crude will settle approximately 1% higher in today’s session trading briefly over $102/barrel in the July contract. We […]

Profit margins at world’s top 40 mining companies fall

Profit margins for the world's top 40 mining companies are below the historical peaks of 2006 and 2007 as higher costs outweigh record commodity prices, PricewaterhouseCoopers said on Tuesday. Revenues for the world's 40 largest […]

Gokhran may have enough palladium for exports in 2012, but what of 2013?

A Russian Finance Ministry official has reportedly said that the State repository has sufficient palladium stocks to continue to export in 2012, while it is also looking to upgrade some of its existing material (Gokhran has sufficient palladium to continue exports in 2012 - report). In their authoritative reviews released last month, both Johnson Matthey and GFMS addressed this issue and the two houses are of similar views with respect to the outlook on this issue.

Stillwater Mining's outlook good

The Japanese earthquake and tsunami did substantial damage to the Japanese auto industry. Some speculated that the global platinum supply would rise eightfold due to the impact of the quake. Platinum is an essential component in making catalytic converters for the auto industry. The futures for both platinum and palladium both plunged but have since recovered significantly.