Category: Markets

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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Potash Demand Grows Steadily

The potash or Muriate of Phosphate (MOP) market has experienced a significant recovery since 2016. Potash prices are now approximately 58% higher than its lows in late 2016 and world demand has increased markedly. According to...

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ILZSG Offers Lead and Zinc Forecasts

The Standing Committee of the International Lead and Zinc Study Group (ILZSG) met recently in Lisbon. During the meeting, the committee received a review of the 2019 outlook for trends in world supply and demand for lead and...

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Copper at the Crossroads

The fundamental outlook for copper in 2019 remains very positive, according to Wood Mackenzie. The market is set to register a sizeable deficit and with stocks drawn down to well below-average levels, from a fundamental...

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Dam Failure Pushes Iron Ore Prices Higher

By Steve Fiscor, Editor The tragic collapse of the tailings dam at Vale’s Corrego do Feijão iron ore mine near Brumadinho, Brazil, caused global spot prices for iron ore to move higher. According to the E&MJ Price Index,...

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For Whom the Golden Bell Tolls

By Ross Norman There is probably no more irritating an adage than the old Wall Street one which says “no one rings a bell at the bottom or top of a market” … but it does highlight the purpose or value of making a trading call —...

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Palladium Settles Above Gold

Recent trends among metals markets continue. Among the precious metals, palladium prices posted a new record, while platinum prices declined and the price of gold held steady. Prices for most base metals moderated during the...

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Chinese Demand Drives Silver Market

Fueled by continued industrial demand and silver mining activity, China will continue to be a major driver in the global silver market for years to come, according to the Silver Institute. China is by far the largest consumer of...

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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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