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WSJ: Newmont, Barrick merger talks break down

Frik Els | April 18, 2014
WSJ: Newmont, Barrick merger talks break down

World's top gold producers tried and failed again to tie-up.

We have to talk about Fanya Metal Exchange

Frik Els | April 18, 2014
We have to talk about Fanya

The rare earth storm has passed, but a new critical metal conundrum could be ahead for the West.

Economic outlook darkens

GoldMoney | April 18, 2014

Many decades of Keynesian-inspired economic and monetary corruption have left advanced economies with a legacy of debt and low savings.

Ex-US president Jimmy Carter comes out against Keystone XL

Cecilia Jamasmie | April 16, 2014
Ex-US president Jimmy Carter comes out against Keystone XL

He is first US former president to urge the current administration reject TransCanada's pipeline.

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.

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.

American girl gets $20K for diamond found in park

Cecilia Jamasmie | April 14, 2014
American girl gets $20K for diamond found in park

The 14-year-old found the unique a 3.85-carat jellybean-size piece in an Arkansas state park last year.

Goldman: No reason to change prediction of 20% drop in gold price

Frik Els | April 14, 2014
Goldman: No reason to change prediction of 20% drop in gold price

Goldman Sachs said it's sticking to its original forecast of gold at $1,050 an ounce by the end of the year.

Planned uranium mine in South Dakota clears key hurdle

Cecilia Jamasmie | April 14, 2014
Planned uranium mine in South Dakota clears hurdle

Powertech Uranium's proposed mine may have gotten a license to operate last week, but opponents say they'll fight the ruling.

Canada’s First Nations may build alternative to Northern Gateway pipeline

Cecilia Jamasmie | April 14, 2014
Canada’s First Nations may build alternative to Northern Gateway pipeline

Eagle Spirit Energy Holdings and Aquilini Group say they have signed non-disclosure agreements with a substantial number of First Nations in northern British Columbia to earn a “social licence” for the project.

US coal demand slipping, but some basins faring better than others

SNL Financial | April 11, 2014
US coal demand slipping, but some basins faring better than others

Coal remains the largest source of fuel for electric generation in the United States. However, demand is shrinking.

Gold and bail-ins

GoldMoney | April 11, 2014
bank vault door 3d view from safety room

The ability of western central banks to bail out bullion banks in the future is compromised by the emptiness of their vaults.

US gold and silver production dips, copper jumps

Frik Els | April 11, 2014
US gold and silver production dip, copper jumps

US copper mine production grew 5% to 1.23 million tonnes in 2013 according to the latest US Geological Survey, but silver and gold recovered slid.

Iran said to be exporting more oil than allowed

Cecilia Jamasmie | April 11, 2014
Iran said to be exporting more oil than allowed

February’s levels were the highest since the West slapped sanctions on Tehran in June last year, says the International Energy Agency (IEA).

Former JPMorgan commodities chief under federal probe

Cecilia Jamasmie | April 11, 2014
Former JPMorgan commodities chief under federal probe

The probe was opened following a settlement with regulators that alleged JPMorgan manipulated power markets in the Midwest and California.

Gold price up on Fed minutes, Ukraine worries and tanking stocks

Frik Els | April 10, 2014
Gold price up on Fed minutes, Ukraine worries and tanking stocks

Trifecta boosts gold to two-week high.

Copper, iron ore imports defy China weakness

Frik Els | April 10, 2014
Copper, iron ore imports defy China weakness

China's iron ore imports jump 21% to 74 million tonnes while copper imports surge 31%.

SNL Energy: James River Coal's recovery from bankruptcy could be hindered by contracts

SNL Financial | April 10, 2014
coal- loading2

Rocked by weakening thermal coal demand and a depressed metallurgical coal market, James River Coal Co. filed for bankruptcy reorganization April 7.

The case for higher US interest rates AND higher gold

Frik Els | April 10, 2014
The case for higher US interest rates AND higher gold

The historic inverse relationship between the gold price and US treasury yields does not necessarily predict triple digits per ounce.

US firms unprepared for upcoming conflict minerals rule enforcement

Cecilia Jamasmie | April 9, 2014
US firms unprepared for upcoming conflict minerals rule enforcement

A PwC survey shows that only 4% of the 700 companies polled across 15 industries said they have completed a draft of their SEC conflict minerals filings.

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.

Study: Copper surplus likely to push price down to $2.75 a pound

Frik Els | April 8, 2014
Study: Copper surplus likely to push price down to $2.75 a pound

The closely-watched Thomson Reuters GFMS annual copper survey paints a grim picture for the copper price in 2014 and beyond.

Mining, oil and gas companies, at highest risk of cyber-attacks: report

Cecilia Jamasmie | April 8, 2014
Mining, oil and gas companies, at highest risk of cyber-attacks: report

Personal assistants at large mining companies and PR people were the most targeted by online criminals.

US gas revolution claims first coal mining victim: James River files for bankruptcy

Cecilia Jamasmie | April 8, 2014
US gas revolution claims first coal mining victim: James River files for bankruptcy

The coal firm was hard hit a steep drop in prices and demand for both thermal and steel-making coal.

Tommy Humphreys

Peak copper

Tommy Humphreys | April 8, 2014
peak copper

Depending on how you look at it, the copper business will either be a great place or a scary place to be in the coming years.

Rio Tinto walks away from massive Pebble copper-gold project

Cecilia Jamasmie | April 7, 2014
Rio Tinto walks away from massive Pebble copper-gold project

Rio becomes the second large diversified miner, after Anglo American, to back out of the project in less than seven months.

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