PCS Pursues Potash Producer

By Steve Fiscor, Editor-in-Chief

During late June, Canada’s Potash Corp. of Saskatchewan (PCS), the largest potash producer, made an offer to acquire Germany’s K+S, the world’s largest salt producer and the No. 6 potash producer. K+S said the process was ongoing and it is currently assessing available options.

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PGMs and Pricing Pressure

Thomson Reuters recently published the GFMS Platinum & Palladium Survey 2015, which offers an in-depth review of market fundamentals for platinum group metals (PGMs) and an outlook for the future.

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The End of the Bear Cycle for Gold?

The authors of Gold Focus 2015, an annual report that contains comprehensive historical supply and demand statistics and a detailed forecast for 2015, believe that gold will continue to face challenges in the near-term, in particular the global macroeconomic backdrop remaining unfriendly toward the metal.

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Copper Market Trends Working for Miners

SNL CopperWhile most precious and base metal prices languished during March, copper posted a 7.5% gain climbing $431 per metric ton (mt) to $6,146/mt from $5,715/mt. The International Copper Study Group (ICSG) also released preliminary 2014 copper supply and demand data during March. The refined copper balance for the full-year 2014 indicated a production deficit of 475,000 mt. This compares with a production deficit of 270,000 mt in 2013.

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