R/€ = 15.73 Change: -0.10
R/$ = 13.84 Change: -0.12
Au 1281.31 $/oz Change: -12.55
Pt 794.99 $/oz Change: -8.87


Gold bull McEwen sticks with his $5 000 call as pot stocks peak

18th January 2019 Gold mining veteran Rob McEwen is nothing if not optimistic. The founder of Goldcorp is sticking with his bold prediction that the precious metal will soar almost fourfold to $5 000/oz, bolstered by a weaker dollar and waning demand for trendy assets like pot stocks. 

IEA sees oil demand growth defying economic slowdown for now

18th January 2019 Global oil demand remains on course to be stronger this year than in 2018 as a boost from lower fuel prices counters slowing economic activity, according to the International Energy Agency. “We have seen prices fall very significantly since the peak at the beginning of October, and that is... 

South African gold mining sector enters final phase of slow death

18th January 2019 Back in 1987, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa – then a 34-year-old labor union leader – led 300 000 black miners in a strike that symbolized resistance to the apartheid regime. Now, striking gold workers face a less politically charged battle, but one they can’t win. The nation’s... 

Palladium hurtles through $1 400 as breakneck rally continues

17th January 2019 Palladium rocketed through $1 400/oz the first time, extending its precipitous rally despite signs that global vehicle sales are slowing. The precious metal, primarily used in the auto industry for catalytic converters, has surged more than 65% since the middle of August. The bull run has been... 

GOP senate backs end to sanctions on firms tied to Putin ally

17th January 2019 The Senate blocked a Democratic bid to force the Treasury Department to keep sanctions on three Russian companies linked to oligarch Oleg Deripaska, as most Republicans backed the Trump administration’s plan to lift the penalties. The 57-42 Senate vote Wednesday was three short of the 60 needed... 

Hudbay investor seeks to replace CEO and most of its board

17th January 2019 Hudbay Minerals’s second-largest investor is seeking to oust the Toronto miner’s CEO and replace most of its board. Waterton Global Resource Management will nominate eight new directors at Hudbay’s upcoming annual meeting with a slate that includes former mining executive Peter Kukielski and... 

Pimco favours 'unloved' platinum that's looking cheap to gold

16th January 2019 Platinum could be the dark horse among precious metals, according to a money manager at Pacific Investment Management Co. Nic Johnson, Pimco’s managing director and portfolio manager for commodities, says he prefers the metal over gold. Used in autocatalysts of diesel engines and jewelry, it’s... 

Senate advances measure to keep sanctions on Deripaska companies

16th January 2019 The Senate advanced a resolution to block the Treasury Department from lifting sanctions on three Russian companies linked to oligarch Oleg Deripaska, with 11 Republicans aiding Democrats in a rare split with President Donald Trump. The 57-42 vote to take up the measure Tuesday came shortly... 

Gold veteran says bigger may not be better as M&A blitz hits

16th January 2019 The $15-billion flurry of deal-making that will super-size the gold industry’s leading producers is no guarantee of better performance, according to an Australian miner who’s been outpacing larger competitors. Rising gold prices and a hunt to boost additional reserves of the precious metal have... 

Mexico mining-union head turned senator reviewing contracts

16th January 2019 Mexican mining-union leader and newly installed Senator Napoleon Gomez Urrutia is ready to take on companies that he says don’t pay enough taxes, pollute the environment and enjoy concessions he deems are too long. Mining shares tumbled. An old foe of Grupo Mexico, Gomez Urrutia is reviewing... 

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