Category: Markets

Demand Slows as Gold Prices Climb

May began with gold closing above $1,700 per ounce (oz). The high price and market lockdowns have led to a decline in physical demand for gold. According to Refinitiv, it fell to 753 metric tons (mt) in the first quarter — the...

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Metal Prices Decline Amid Uncertainty

By Steve Fiscor, Editor-in-Chief For months, this column has speculated on the possible impacts of the coronavirus (COVID-19) on the demand for mined commodities. During March, the disruptive forces aligned and the market began...

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COVID19 Impacts Aluminum Market

By Xinlin Chen The outbreak and subsequent spread of the coronavirus (COVID19) is fuelling uncertainty for all the base metals, including the aluminum market. The price for aluminum on the London Metal Exchange (LME) hit a...

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Copper, China and the Coronavirus

After it was diagnosed in late 2019 in Wuhan, China, the capital city of Hubei Province, the coronavirus quickly spread to other Chinese cities. The outbreak was declared a public health emergency by the World Health...

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Year-end Metal Prices Remain Strong

By Steve Fiscor, Editor-in-Chief The prices for metals dipped during 2019, but they finished strong for the most part. Base metals began to claw back lost ground at the end of the year when it seemed that the U.S. and China were...

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Nickel Prices Drop 20% During November

During the last month, palladium continued its steady march toward $2,000 per ounce (oz), while gold slipped below the $1,500/oz level. For December 4, the E&MJ Price Index is reporting a palladium price of $1,858/oz...

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Exploration Recovery Stalls in 2019

Newly released 2019 global exploration budget data from S&P’s Corporate Exploration Strategies reveals that the industry recovery, which began in late 2016, faltered this year. The global nonferrous exploration budget is...

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Copper Prices Slip in H1 2019

The International Copper Study Group (ICSG) released preliminary data for June 2019 world copper supply and demand, which indicates that world mine production declined by about 1.4% in H1 2019, with concentrate production...

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Indonesia Bans Nickel Ore Exports

On August 30, the Indonesian Ministry of Energy and Minerals Resources (ESDM) officially announced a ban on nickel ore exports starting January 1, 2020. This is two years ahead of the planned date of January 1, 2022, that was...

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Gold Rallies, Others Lose Ground

By Steve Fiscor At the beginning of August, gold prices settled above $1,500/ounce (oz) for the first time since April 2013. On August 8, gold closed at $1,500.70, more than $90/oz higher than the previous month. The yellow...

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Outlook for Base Metal Prices Softens

By Steve Fiscor, Editor-in-Chief At the end of June, gold prices had climbed to a five-year high of more than $1,400/ounce (oz), an $84/oz gain (6.3%) since the beginning of the month. Silver prices, which ordinarily trade in a...

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