Category: Markets

What to Expect From Zinc in 2018

During 2017, the combination of scheduled mine closures, Glencore’s strategic cuts, and the impact of environmental inspections in China depleted global stocks of zinc concentrate. The consequent constraints on refined...

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Metal Prices End 2017 on a High Note

By Steve Fiscor, Editor-in-Chief For the most part, metal miners enjoyed robust prices in 2017. While the dynamics affecting the markets were different, most metals finished the year with record prices. The two exceptions were...

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Lead Market to Remain in Deficit

Lead Market to Remain in Deficit The International Lead and Zinc Study Group (ILZSG) held its 62nd Session in Lisbon, Portugal, on October 26-27. The session included a meeting of the group’s statistical and forecasting...

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Zinc Outlook for 2018

Zinc Outlook for 2018 The International Lead and Zinc Study Group (ILZSG) held its 62nd Session in Lisbon, Portugal on October 26-27. The session included a meeting of the group’s statistical and forecasting committee, which...

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Markets – October 2017

Palladium Overtakes Platinum With the exception of lead and zinc, which posted month-on-month gains of $146 per metric ton (mt) and $77.50/mt, respectively, most metals gave up some of the August gains in September. The big...

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Markets – July 2017

State of the Mining Market Q1 2017 Activity in the mining industry reflects the global economy generally and industrial production in particular. After encouraging price increases last year, there was a mixed performance for...

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Markets – June 2017

Parlaying the Positives of PGMs On May 17, Chis Griffith, CEO, Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) addressed London Platinum and Palladium Markets during Platinum Week in London. He is passionate about platinum group metals and...

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Markets – May 2017

Global Lithium Ion Battery Market to Explode Over the Next Decade The global lithium ion battery (LIB) market is expected to grow six fold over the next 10 years, creating unprecedented opportunities for graphite developers....

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Markets – April 2017

Zinc Market Expected to Grow for Next Five Years According to the latest market study released by Technavio, the global zinc market is projected to grow to 19.68 million metric tons (mt) by 2021, at a compound annual growth rate...

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Markets – March 2017

Cobalt Prices Surge on Investor Buying Cobalt prices broke out in February climbing to $51,250/metric ton (mt) from $37,750/mt, a 35.8% increase, according the E&MJ Price Index. With the exception of lead, which was down...

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Despite the Soft Market, Silver Remains in Deficit

At the Annual Silver Industry Dinner hosted by the Silver Institute in mid-November, Johann Wiebe, senior analyst in the GFMS team at Thomson Reuters, presented the GFMS/Silver Institute Interim Silver Market Review, which included provisional supply and demand forecasts for 2016.

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Metal Prices Finish Strong

At the beginning of 2016, metals markets were searching for direction as far as prices. Many miners who were completing optimization programs in 2015 as margins were dwindling were hoping the direction would be up and their prayers were answered in 2016. While knocking on wood, E&MJ can report, as of press time, the mining industry has noted a positive change in prices with cautious optimism, wondering if it’s a flash in the pan or a truly strengthening market fundamental.

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