R/€ = 15.06 Change: 0.09
R/$ = 12.92 Change: 0.12
Au 1255.03 $/oz Change: 1.19
Pt 936.50 $/oz Change: 2.50


Trump America-first pipeline plan draws ire of American oil

21st July 2017 Donald Trump’s allies in the oil industry are warning the president that his bid to boost US steelmakers could backfire against their efforts to achieve his goal of "American energy dominance." The intense lobbying effort comes as the Commerce Department faces a Sunday deadline to give the... 

Iron’s surge to $70 draws out sceptics as prices reverse

21st July 2017 Iron-ore’s strong start to the second half and surge above $70 a metric ton will probably fade through the year-end as demand from top buyer China slows and global mine supplies remain robust, according to Sucden Financial and Bank Julius Baer & Co. “Any significant uptick in seaborne cargoes... 

Zinc rally set to last as producer sees best price in decade

21st July 2017 The rally in zinc prices has the potential to jump this year to levels not seen in a decade as demand continues to outstrip supply amid mine output disruptions, according to Hindustan Zinc, Asia’s biggest producer by market value. Prices may rise to about $3 000 a metric ton on the London Metal... 

Trump urged by CEO to nationalise the only US rare-earths mine

19th July 2017 The head of an advanced-materials manufacturer said he met with President Donald Trump’s chief strategist, Steve Bannon, on Monday to persuade him that the US should nationalise the country’s only mine of rare earth minerals, which are used in military applications. “The staff understood the... 

Rio's quest to add more diamonds takes hunt to Canadian forest

18th July 2017 Rio Tinto Group’s pursuit of new diamond output to tap rising demand in Asia is focusing on an unheralded exploration project in the Canadian forest. The world’s second-biggest miner on Tuesday added the Fort a la Corne joint venture, about 60 kilometers (37 miles) east of Prince Albert in... 

Silver extreme pits big investors versus small as ETFs surge

18th July 2017 Silver, known for being a market of extremes, is living up to its reputation this year. Prices rallied 17% in the first four months of the year, only to reverse and wipe out those gains. Despite the selloff, investors are pouring money into exchange-traded funds, and assets have reached a record... 

Top Peru gold miner to weigh copper growth if recovery extends

18th July 2017 Peru’s biggest precious-metals producer will consider taking a deeper dive into copper if prices of the industrial metal keep rising. Cia. de Minas Buenaventura is tripling annual output at its Marcapunta copper mine to about 60,000 metric tons. Another expansion would take it to 100 000 tons,... 

Canada wildfires prompt lumber price surge, mine shutdowns

18th July 2017 Wildfires sweeping across British Columbia, the world’s biggest exporter of softwood lumber, sent timber prices surging and forced the closure of two copper mines in the western Canadian province. More than 375 fires have swept across the province, burning forests, displacing an estimated 37 000... 

Vitol drops plan to buy Gupta stake in RBCT

18th July 2017 Vitol Group, the world’s largest independent oil trader, walked away from a deal to buy a stake in the Richards Bay Coal Terminal from a company controlled by South Africa’s Gupta family. “The consortium comprising Vitol and Burgh Group Holdings will not be proceeding with the acquisition,” the... 

Ivanhoe's Congo success follows deals with President's brother

18th July 2017 In the two decades since billionaire mining investor Robert Friedland founded Ivanhoe Mines, his small team has made some of the biggest mineral discoveries in the world. In the Democratic Republic of Congo, it has done so while trading and contracting with companies controlled by one of... 

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