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China's war on pollution to push palladium higher still

Frik Els | July 29, 2014
China's pollution problem to push palladium higher still

China produces 20 million vehicles a year and has to double the average palladium load to catch up with US emissions standards.

De Beers changing its diamond sales model

Cecilia Jamasmie | July 22, 2014
De Beers changing its diamond sales model

The world's largest diamond miner by market value said it will adopt a more flexible sales approach.

Gold rises on Ukraine, Gaza tensions

Jeffrey Richmond | July 21, 2014
Gold rises on Ukraine, Gaza tensions feat

Emerging markets may give support going forward.

Diamond miner Alrosa's output down 16%

Cecilia Jamasmie | July 21, 2014
Diamond miner Alrosa's output down 16%

The world's No.1 diamond company by output also said its diamond production dipped in the first half of 2014 by 7%, standing at 15.9 million carats.

Gold spikes as airliner shot down in Ukraine

Jeffrey Richmond | July 17, 2014
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Event increases global tensions and demand for safe-haven metal.

New Potash Corp CEO keeps output tactics

Jeffrey Richmond | July 15, 2014
Potash feat

Last year's fertilizer price plunge called strategy into question.

These photos will show you just how big a Russian diamond mine can be

MINING.com Editor | July 14, 2014
Alrosa's Mirny mine

Mirny's operations lasted 44 years.

Diamond industry recovers place in miners’ hearts on climbing demand, prices

Cecilia Jamasmie | July 8, 2014
Diamond industry recovers place in miners’ hearts on climbing demand, prices

Sector now delivering some of the healthiest returns for many of the world’s biggest miners, including Rio Tinto and Anglo American.

Strike is over but platinum, palladium prices have plenty upside

Frik Els | June 28, 2014
Strike is over but platinum, palladium prices have plenty upside

New report says risks to supply remain substantial.

Rio Tinto’s plans to mine potash in Canada got a lot more serious

Cecilia Jamasmie | June 27, 2014
Rio Tinto’s plans to mine potash in Canada got a lot more serious

While it did not disclose the costs and planned capital expenditure for the Albany project, Rio has previously said the deposit had enough potash to sustain a low cost operation for decades.

Alrosa diamonds sold for an average $118.50/carat in Q1 2014

Paul Zimnisky | June 27, 2014
mirnyy sorting of diamonds feat

Company's rough diamond prices proxy for opaque market.

Alrosa opens Russia’s largest diamond mine

Cecilia Jamasmie | June 27, 2014
Alrosa opens Russia’s largest diamond mine

The Udachny mine, in the country's northeast, is also expected to become one of the world’s biggest underground diamond operations.

Diamond miner Alrosa's profit down 3% in first quarter

Cecilia Jamasmie | June 24, 2014
Diamond miner Alrosa's output down 16%

But the world's No.1 diamond company by output saw a big jump in revenue: up 43% to $1.6 billion

Russia cuts gas supply to Ukraine as talks fail

Cecilia Jamasmie | June 16, 2014
Russia cuts gas supply to Ukraine as talks fail

After months of debate the outcome is that supplies have been “reduced to zero.” The news failed to lift demand for coal.

Platinum, palladium prices tank on strike deal

Frik Els | June 12, 2014
Platinum, palladium prices tank on strike deal

Unions representing 70,000 workers and the three largest platinum mines in the world reach wage deal to end almost 5-month long strike.

Palladium price within striking distance of record high

Frik Els | June 10, 2014
Palladium price within striking distance of record high

A surge in ETF buying lights fire under palladium futures while platinum jumps past pre-strike levels .

Asian gold strategy clarifiying

GoldMoney | June 7, 2014
china dragon gold

China is switching attention to its own back yard which could be described as the maximum boundaries of Genghis Khan’s empire in the thirteenth century, from the Bering Strait to the gates of Jerusalem.

Canadian oil sands not dirty: EU

Cecilia Jamasmie | June 6, 2014
Canadian oil sands not dirty: EU

After years of lobbying, Canada's Federal Government seems to have persuaded the European Commission to change draft rules that would open the way for Alberta crude supplies.

Peter Schiff - Euro Pacific Precious Metals

The platinum supply shock

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Even investors who typically eschew precious metals have been hard-pressed to ignore the platinum industry this year.

INFOGRAPHIC: Why the Russia-China LNG won't crimp BC imports

Michael Allan McCrae | June 1, 2014
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Announced in early May, Russia will sell China $400 billion of natural gas.

Petronas CEO warns BC against 'unrealistic expectations' on LNG

Business in Vancouver | May 22, 2014
Petronas - LNG

The B.C. government’s annual three-day LNG Conference opened May 21 in the shadow of an announcement that Russia had signed a $400 billion, 30-year deal to supply natural gas to China – one of B.C.’s hoped for long-term liquefied natural gas customers.

Pro-Russia rebels seize coal mines in Ukraine, demand explosives

Cecilia Jamasmie | May 22, 2014
Pro-Russia rebels seize coal mines in Ukraine, demand explosives

Separatists seized Thursday four Ukrainian coal mines in the east of the conflict-torn country.

Palladium price hits fresh highs: record deficit predicted

Frik Els | May 21, 2014
Palladium price hits new high: record deficit predicted

Perfectly timed launch of palladium ETFs also play huge role in the PGM's 16% price jump in 2014 to within striking distance of all-time high.

Potash potentate in $4.4 BILLION divorce settlement

Frik Els | May 20, 2014
Potash potentate in $4.4 BILLION divorce settlement

Russian Dmitry Rybolovlev, ex-owner of potash giant Uralkali, loses six-year divorce court battle.

MIT developing platinum replacement

Cecilia Jamasmie | May 18, 2014
MIT developing platinum replacement

A team of scientists is working on a process to replace platinum-group metals (PGMs) with more widely available elements.

CHART: Uranium stocks vs spot price – something's gotta give

Frik Els | May 15, 2014
CHART: Uranium stocks vs spot price - something's gotta give

The rally in uranium stocks this year got way overheated. As the spot price slid to 9-year lows, shares corrected, but there may be more pain to come.

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