Category: Markets

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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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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