Category: Markets

Gold Slips Against a Strong Dollar in August

Gold fell to a 20-month low last month. The World Gold Council said it believed the gold price would bounce back and it did for now. Consumer demand is likely to be supportive in the second half of 2018. And, short positioning...

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Cobalt Cools in June

During June, cobalt prices declined from $90,000 per metric ton (mt) to $77,800/mt, according to the London Metal Exchange. Only time will tell if this is a slight dip in cobalt’s meteoric run or the market reaction to new...

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PGM Prices Should Remain Healthy

Thomson Reuters recently released its GFMS Platinum Group Metals Survey 2018, looking at developments in the global platinum group metals (PGM) markets over the past year and setting the scene for the rest of 2018. The survey...

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Copper Demand Improves With World Economy

After a decline of 1.5% in 2017, world mine production is expected to grow by around 3% in 2018 and remain essentially unchanged in 2019, according to the International Copper Study Group (ICSG), which met in Lisbon, Portugal,...

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Aluminum: Caught Between Tariffs and Sanctions

By Steve Fiscor, Editor With workers from steel and aluminum mills on hand at a signing ceremony in the White House, U.S. President Donald Trump fulfilled another of his “America First” campaign pledges, promising tariffs on the...

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Demand From EVs Push Cobalt Higher

Last year, the electric vehicle (EV) and energy storage narrative began to influence the metals and mining space, according to the first report from Wood Mackenzie’s Battery Raw Materials Service, which reviews some key...

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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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