Russia

Platinum, palladium sell off after producers raise wage offer

Frik Els | April 17, 2014
Platinum strikers vow to fight on even as metal price goes soft

Platinum hits 3-week low and palladium falls back below $800 an ounce.

Oilprice.com

Ukraine falling to economic warfare and its own missteps

Oilprice.com | April 15, 2014

As protests in Ukraine's eastern region turned violent on Sunday leading to the death of a Ukrainian security officer in a shootout with pro-Russian militia, Kiev threatens military action while Moscow flexes its geo-economic warfare muscles.

BHP going after PotashCorp again: report

Cecilia Jamasmie | April 15, 2014
BHP going after PotashCorp again: report

Speculation is mounting as the industry has shifted enough to make a buyout attractive.

Ukraine escalation lifts gold price to 3-week high

Frik Els | April 14, 2014
Ukraine escalation lifts gold price to 3-week high

Safe-haven buying sparked after Ukraine calls for UN Peacekeepers and chances of "gas war" increases.

Only US platinum, palladium producer on massive tear

Frik Els | April 14, 2014
Only US platinum, palladium producer on massive tear

Now a $2 billion stock, Stillwater Mining gaps higher again on Monday as South Africa-Russian supply picture darkens.

Six ways to profit from Russia’s geopolitical posturing

Daily Gains Letter | April 12, 2014

Russia is a major trading partner with the eurozone as well, supplying about 40% of the energy requirements in the area. That is why an escalation in Crimea could devastate the region, especially at a time when the economy is finally growing in the eurozone.

Imperialism Déjà Vu

Major powers are scrambling for as much of the world’s resources as they can control. Exploration and drilling intensify daily. Previously inaccessible or unprofitable areas are targeted – the days of easy access to the globe’s resources no longer exist.

The big palladium rally is finally under way

Frik Els | April 11, 2014
Palladium breaks through $800

Palladium breaks through $800 to two-and-a-half year high as lease rates double and ETFs attract 270,000oz in two weeks.

Gold fear trade returns on Ukraine escalation

Frik Els | April 8, 2014
Gold fear trade returns on Ukraine escalation

Retakes $1,300 an ounce after Russia says Ukraine headed for a civil war.

Rick Rule: platinum, palladium supply squeeze will turn ugly

Sprott Group | April 7, 2014

The real reason platinum and palladium should rise over the coming years has nothing to do with geopolitics or labor issues, Rick believes.

Platinum, palladium prices tank

Frik Els | April 7, 2014
Platinum, palladium prices tank

Defying all expectations of a continued rally, palladium lost 3% and platinum fell back to pre-strike levels on Monday.

Cecilia Jamasmie

PotashCorp brings Doyle era to a close, former Inmet boss Tilk named new CEO

Cecilia Jamasmie | April 7, 2014
Potash Corp. brings Doyle era to a close, former Inmet boss Tilk named new CEO

Doyle, 63, will probably be remembered the most as the CEO who fended off BHP Billiton’s hostile takeover bid for the Canadian fertilizer producer.

Crimean artifacts caught up in Ukraine-Russia dispute

Ana Komnenic | March 30, 2014
Crimean artifacts caught up in Ukraine-Russia dispute

A Crimean museum's ancient gold collection in limbo after Russia annexation of the Ukrainian territory.

Ukraine to pay 80% more for Russian gas

Ana Komnenic | March 28, 2014
Ukraine to pay 80% more for Russian gas

Ukraine uses gas for about 40% of its energy needs, and more than half of that supply comes from Russia.

Rio Tinto, Russians to begin work at massive Canadian potash deposit by 2017

Cecilia Jamasmie | March 25, 2014
Rio Tinto, Russians to begin work at massive Canadian potash deposit by 2017

KP405 is said to have enough of the fertilizer ingredient to sustain a mine for decades.

Five reasons the platinum price should take off

Frik Els | March 24, 2014
Five reasons the platinum price should take off

Stats like platinum-backed ETF holdings surging to a record high have so far failed to move the price. Speculators are betting that's about to change.

Oilprice.com

Russia looks east as relations with Europe deteriorate

Oilprice.com | March 24, 2014

The more or less severing of relations between Russia and Europe will accelerate a Russian pivot towards China.

A revolution in industrialization is underway

tesla-table

Cobalt is considered a ‘technology enabling’ substance as its at the forefront of technological developments and innovation.

Oilprice.com

Birth of a new Ukrainian nation? Interview with Robert Benshn

Oilprice.com | March 22, 2014

What the lof Crimea means for Ukrainian energy?

Palladium price soars on South Africa strikes, Russia tensions

Frik Els | March 21, 2014
Palladium price soars on South Africa strikes, Russia tensions

Precious metal hits two-and-half-year high over supply uncertainty from top producing countries.

Gold falls over 1% ahead of Fed meeting, Russian attempts to defuse tension

Cecilia Jamasmie | March 18, 2014
Gold falls over 1% ahead of Fed meeting, Russian attempts to defuse tension

Futures for April delivery hit a low of $1,358 an ounce and stood at $1,360.90 by 07:30 GMT, down $12.00.

Gold takes dip as investors chew on results of referendum in Crimea

Cecilia Jamasmie | March 17, 2014
Gold takes tiny dip as investors chew on results of referendum in Crimea

Traders are now focusing on the US Federal Reserve next interest rate announcement coming up Wednesday.

Gold prices to rally this week on Ukraine and China worries

Cecilia Jamasmie | March 16, 2014
Gold prices to rally this week on Ukraine and China worries

Traders are closely following Sunday’s poll in Ukraine's Crimea region, as its results could further increase geopolitical tensions and hence affect gold prices.

The state of global rough diamond supply 2014

Paul Zimnisky | March 13, 2014
Rough diamond supply 2014

50 mines are estimated to account for 90% of global rough diamond supply in 2014.

Gold near six-month high

Ana Komnenic | March 12, 2014
Gold price near six month high

Developments in China and Ukraine are likely the driving forces.

Wary of dependence on Russia, Poland incentivises shale gas industry

Ana Komnenic | March 11, 2014
Wary of Russia, Poland incentivises shale gas industry

Prime Minister promises tax breaks until 2020.

More »