Businessweek quotes a confidential report prepared for South Africa's mining CEOs as saying South Africa’s ruling party is closer to some form of nationalization than at any other time since the end of apartheid. A government takeover of mines could choke investments in a country with metal and mineral reserves estimated at 2.5 trillion and lead to a collapse of the currency, the rand. Firebrand Julius Malema (pictured), the leader of the youth wing of the ruling African National Congress which often acts as kingmaker in the country’s politics, is spearheading the campaign to seize mines, farms and banks. Malema is never far from headlines in the country with racially charged comments but now an anti-corruption police unit is probing a trust fund owned by him allegedly being used to funnel payments in exchange for securing government tenders.
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Move over gold and silver, it's time for platinum to start getting the attention it deserves as a precious metal.
The United States Congress still can't pass legislation to raise the nation's debt ceiling, but a Yale Law professor suggests that President Obama could sidestep lawmakers and ensure that bills keep getting paid by minting platinum coins—about $2 trillion worth. Writing for CNN, law professor Jack Balkin outlines three ways that President Obama could keep paying the bills while congress dithers.
CNBC reports on the precious metals market today after a weak GDP report from the United States.
Anglo American, one of the world's largest miners, today reported strong first half growth with operating profit ahead 40% to $6bn. Chief Executive Cynthia Carroll said that investments made during the downturn would stand them in good stead in the near-term future. "We believe that the fundamentals for the mining industry are very, very strong, and therefore the longer-term outlook is extremely positive." Image by shizhao
South Africa-focused Platinum Australia increased production at its production by more than 700 oz in the June quarter, despite ongoing difficulties at its Smokey Hills mine.
Dundee Precious Metals Inc. (TSX:DPM) said Thursday that stronger metal prices were not enough to offset higher expenses and a weaker U.S. dollar as its second-quarter profit narrowed considerably from last year.
Nortec Minerals Corp. (TSX VENTURE:NVT)(PINK SHEETS:NMNZF)(FRANKFURT:WMQ) has signed a binding Letter of Intent with Otterburn Ventures Inc. (CSNX:OTB). The LOI gives Otterburn the option to earn up to an 80% interest in Nortec's Läntinen Koillismaa project, a 100% owned palladium-platinum–gold–copper-nickel property in north central Finland.
The Zimbabwean reports Angloplat, the world's number one producer said it was optimistic about coming to an agreement with the Zimbabwean government over its Unki mine and Aquarius Platinum's record quarter was thanks to the performance of its Mimosa mine in Zimbabwe amid continuing talks. The government of Zimbabwe, the country with the largest platinum reserves outside number one producer South Africa, is demanding 51% of all foreign-owned mines operating in the country under its so-called indigenisation laws.
Gold is sidelining platinum and palladium and could hit $1 800/oz by Christmas, says UBS bullion bank precious metals strategist Dr Edel Tully, who describes the present as “an extremely exciting time” to be in precious metals. Tully expects gold to be in deficit in 2011 as a result of only moderate mine-supply growth, a lower level of recycling than in 2009 and the steady buying of gold by central banks.
While commodities ETFs - led by precious metals funds like the SPDR Gold Trust (GLD) and the iShares Silver Trust (SLV) - are hot, currency ETFs are even hotter. Flows into 38 U.S.-listed currency ETFs this year stood at $2.2 billion through last week, according to a new review of fund flows by ConvergEx Group.
The world’s fourth-largest platinum miner Aquarius Platinum increased its attributable production by 3% year-on-year to 114 260 platinum group metal (PGM) ounces, but CEO Stuart Murray said on Tuesday volumes from South African operations fell short of the company’s expectations. Challenging conditions at Kroondaal, Marikana and Everest mines negatively impacted on production, but Murray said operations were now moving towards normal production.
At the once-feared commodity trading arms of Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley, the pressure to do better in the second half of this year has never been more intense.
CDE have announced the addition of Pilot Crushtec to their global distributor network with responsibility for South Africaand sub-SaharanAfrica. Pilot Crushtec will promote the full range of CDE washing equipment including the Evowash sand washing plant, Prograde screens, M2500 mobile washing plant, Rotomax logwashers and Aquacycle thickeners.
PGM prices have been given a lift by the latest EU debt agreement but, while Europe remains a focus over the medium term, for now problems in major supplier, South Africa, are likely to come into focus.
Champion Bear Resources Ltd. (CVE:CBA) reports it has completed the private placement of 1,000,000 common shares of to Canadian Platinum Corp.
RIA Novosti reports that Norilsk Nickel has sold 8.06 percent of its shares to two offshore companies, Delmonico Group and Crelios Investment, for over $2.77 billion, the company said in documents obtained by RIA Novosti on Monday.
The value of mergers and acquisitions in the mining sector more than doubled to $96.3 billion in the first six months of the year and could top $200 billion for the whole of 2011 says a new research report. Canadian companies – both as acquirers and as the targets of buyers – dominated corporate finance activity in the first half shaking on more than a deal a day and at 325 deals accounting for almost two-thirds of all the metals and minerals transactions carried out around the world.
The platinum miner said it produced 1.2m ounces in the first half of the year and said it remained convinced it would reach its FY target, despite a tough start to the year.
Analysis suggests that the platinum surplus which reached 1 million ounces in 2010 is set to further rise this year, but palladium deficit seen as increasing and prices to rise.
When it comes to investing in precious metals, most investors tend to focus on gold and silver. With gold in the midst of a multi-year bull market, and trading at $1,600 and ounce, the yellow metal gets most of the media attention. Headlines like ‘Gold
Canada’s mining industry continues to rally from the recent global recession, with this year’s production currently exceeding that of 2010, reports government department Natural Resources Canada (NRCan).
What the heck happened to Stillwater Mining (SWC)? This company is the largest US miner of palladium and platinum. While many analysts are still predicting supply deficits for platinum and palladium, this stock totally collapsed earlier this month.
Time for picking up bargain gold stocks may be nearing a close but the key is to look for companies with great projects in mine-friendly jurisdictions, but more importantly, a management team that can get things done.
Financial markets — including commodities — surged after details from the highly-anticipated EU Summit were released. Germany's demand that private investors be a part of any Greek bailout, which will likely be considered a partial default by ratings agencies, seems to have been met.