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Chilean court freezes sale of stake in lithium giant SQM to Tianqi

By: Reuters     12th October 2018 SANTIAGO – A Chilean court on Thursday suspended the sale of a coveted stake in lithium producer SQM to China's Tianqi Lithium, saying it will consider a lawsuit filed by the Chilean company's controlling shareholders, who oppose the deal. The lawsuit, filed on Wednesday, alleges a previous... 

China swoops in on Canadian oil that's $50 below US crude

By: Bloomberg     11th October 2018 Chinese oil buyers are making a beeline for a bargain across the Pacific. With Canadian oil over 60% cheaper than US benchmark West Texas Intermediate and global marker Brent, China’s refiners are being lured to the heavy, sludgy crude. That’s because – apart from being a source of fuel – it’s... 

SQM controlling shareholder moves to block stake sale to China's Tianqi

By: Reuters     11th October 2018 The controlling shareholder in Chilean lithium producer SQM on Wednesday filed suit with Chile's Constitutional Court to block a deal allowing the sale of nearly one-fourth of the miner to China's Tianqi Lithium. The lawsuit alleges that Chile's antitrust court last week failed to follow due... 

China aluminium exports to surge on trade war - CRU

By: Reuters     9th October 2018 Chinese aluminium exports are expected to surge in coming months and next year after Beijing boosted tax rebates as part of a package to soften the impact of a trade war with the United States, according to industry consultancy CRU. High Chinese exports of metals such as aluminium and steel in... 

Chile eyes new copper markets to shield economy from trade war

By: Reuters     9th October 2018 Chile aims to find new copper markets and expand its lithium industry as it seeks to shield its economy from a US.China trade war, the mining minister of the world's biggest copper producer said on Monday. Baldo Prokurica also told Reuters the South American nation was considering further... 

Chinese delegation to witness proudly South African logging system 

By: Martin Creamer     8th October 2018 The high-ranking delegation from China, which is due to arrive in South Africa next Monday to undertake a three-week study of South Africa’s globally recognised mineral reporting codes, will be given insight during their visit into a South African borehole logging system that is poised to go... 

Chinese delegation to study South Africa’s mineral codes

By: Martin Creamer     2nd October 2018 South Africa’s meticulous set of mineral reporting codes has succeeded in attracting a high-ranking Chinese delegation from the Mineral Resources and Reserves Evaluation Centre of the Ministry of Land and Natural Resources (MRREC) in Beijing. South Africa’s Samcodes Standards Committee (SSC) will... 

China's at 'peak steel' right now, top iron-ore shipper says

By: Bloomberg     2nd October 2018 The world’s largest steel market is about to go into reverse. Production in China will peak in 2018 and then shrink next year as local demand drops, according to forecasts from the Australian government, which says the shift will add to headwinds for core ingredient iron ore. Mainland steel... 

China battery firms set up $700m nickel JV in Indonesia

By: Reuters     28th September 2018 Chinese battery firm GEM on Friday said it was teaming up with four companies to invest a total of $700-million in a project to produce battery-grade nickel chemicals in Indonesia. The investment comes as several global metals producers have also set their sights on Indonesia's nickel reserves,... 

Chinese petcoke buyers turning to Russia, Mideast after US tariffs

By: Reuters     21st September 2018 Chinese importers of petroleum coke are buying more volumes from Russia and the Middle East due to a hefty tariff on shipments from the United States, previously one of China's main sources of the material used in aluminium and cement production. China slapped a 25% tariff on US petroleum coke,... 

Armadale appoints marketing consultant

By: Creamer Media Reporter      21st September 2018 Aim-listed Armadale Capital has appointed  an experienced Beijing-based marketing consultant, Jenny Lee, to pursue offtake agreements ahead of an anticipated decision to mine at its Mahenge Liandu graphite project, in Tanzania, in early 2019. Lee, who s MD of Jialin International Trading, will be... 

Goldman backs commodities as trade war fury now met with shrugs

By: Bloomberg     21st September 2018 Commodity bull Goldman Sachs Group says raw materials are poised to gain into the end of the year as investors have now become used to trade-war tensions, growth in top economies remains strong, and consumers who’d put off purchases in recent months start buying again. Copper jumped. “This week... 

China's iron-ore demand to remain flat as scrap steel use rises

By: Reuters     20th September 2018 China's iron-ore demand is expected to stay flat, said an official from Baoshan Iron & Steel Co, the country's biggest listed steelmaker, as Beijing's stricter environmental rules boost the use of scrap steel. China's growing stockpiles of scrap steel should also increase its use in steelmaking... 

With copper options, China steps up challenge to London, New York rivals

By: Reuters     20th September 2018 The Shanghai Futures Exchange (ShFE) will launch copper options trading on Friday, aiming to take a slice of a $270 billion global market in one of its biggest challenges yet to London and New York rivals. The product, which follows the launch of sugar and soymeal options last year, comes as... 

US gives rare earths reprieve in revised $200bn China tariff list

By: Reuters     18th September 2018 The United States did not include rare earth elements, metals used in magnets, radars and consumer electronics, from its final list of tariffs on $200-billion of Chinese goods, underscoring its reliance on China for the strategic minerals. China is the world's largest producer of rare earths and... 

Chile's lithium miner SQM asks court to reject Tianqi agreement

By: Reuters     14th September 2018 Chilean lithium miner SQM objected to the terms of a deal drawn up between the country's anti-trust regulator and the Chinese miner Tianqi which hopes to buy almost a quarter of SQM, its lawyers told the country's anti-trust court on Thursday. An attorney representing SQM told Chile’s anti-trust... 

Moz rail, port project stimulated by heavy mineral sands development

By: Rebecca Campbell     14th September 2018 The Mozambican daily newspaper “Notícias” has reported that the proposed Chongoene Logistics Corridor project, which would benefit the heavy mineral sands project at Chibuto in the country’s Gaza province, is now being investigated by a partnership that includes the China Railways International... 

Nickel price to benefit from short supply, strong steel demand through 2019

By: Reuters     12th September 2018 Slower production increases in leading supplier Indonesia and continued growth in stainless steel demand are forecast to extend a supply shortage in the global nickel market, supporting price gains through 2019. Nickel, which recently hit its lowest since December, could climb as high as $16 000... 

Gold slips amid US-China trade war concerns

By: Reuters     12th September 2018 Gold fell on Wednesday, but remained stuck in a narrow trading range as investors worry about a simmering trade war between the United States and China. Spot gold was down 0.3% to $1 193.61 an ounce at 1200 GMT, after hitting its lowest since Aug. 24 at $1 187.21 on Tuesday. US gold futures eased... 

Ghana on hook for $2bn China deal if bauxite plan stalls

By: Bloomberg     10th September 2018 Ghana will have to use alternative sources to pay back China’s Sinohydro Corp. for $2-billion in infrastructure if the revenue from an earmarked bauxite project is insufficient to meet installments. Sinohydro agreed to a deal with the West African nation in May to build bridges, roads, hospitals... 

US–China trade tensions to shackle copper prices

By: Reuters     29th August 2018 Copper prices have recovered from a recent rout, but the possibility of the trade dispute between the Washington and Beijing escalating and its potential to crimp demand in China, the world's top consumer, is expected to cap gains. Benchmark copper on the London Metal Exchange at $6 100 has... 

Sweden's Granges halts plans for US aluminium joint venture

By: Reuters     17th August 2018 Sweden's Granges put on ice on Friday plans to form an aluminium manufacturing joint venture in the United States with Japan's Mitsubishi Aluminum Co, saying that the project was less attractive in "current circumstances". It did not specify what circumstances it was referring to though a Granges... 

Threat of contagion in emerging markets deepens commodity risk

By: Bloomberg     13th August 2018 When Thailand devalued its currency two decades ago, few in global commodity markets took note. Within a year, the crisis morphed into an emerging-market rout that eviscerated the price of everything from crude oil to copper. Fast forward to today and Turkey is presenting a similar challenge. The... 

Copper shorts exposed to supply shock as giant mine faces strike

By: Bloomberg     12th August 2018 Copper bears could get caught wrong-footed as a strike looms at the world’s biggest mine. In the US, hedge funds’ bearish bets outnumber bullish wagers by the most since 2016, latest government data show. The top brokers on the Shanghai Futures Exchange boosted their net-short position by more... 

More northeast China cities cancel alumina projects amid public backlash

By: Reuters     6th August 2018 Four more cities in northeast China's Liaoning province have abandoned their pursuit of alumina projects amid public environmental concerns, after Chaoyang last week scrapped plans to build the world's biggest alumina refinery. The new cancellations - announced in recent days by the cities of... 

Gold pinned near one-year lows on dollar strength

By: Reuters     1st August 2018 Gold was stable near one-year lows on Wednesday on a stronger dollar, as the market waited for signals on the direction of US monetary policy from a Federal Reserve meeting later in the day. Spot gold edged down 0.1% to $1 223.08 per ounce by 1045 GMT, close to a one-year low of $1 211.08 reached... 

WTO chief sees trade war ending in political talks

By: Reuters     26th July 2018 The nascent global trade war will have to be ended by a political agreement between world leaders, because continuing down the current path will only damage the global economy, the head of the World Trade Organization said on Wednesday. WTO Director General Roberto Azevedo said that world leaders... 

Premium prices being paid for Kumba’s quality iron-ore 

By: Martin Creamer     24th July 2018 China’s flight to quality iron-ore is benefiting South Africa’s Kumba Iron Ore, which is receiving strong price premiums for high-grade ore.  Two thirds of Kumba ore is lump ore compared with the third or less of its main competitors. 

Copper heads for fifth weekly loss, aluminium awaits Trump-Putin summit

By: Reuters     13th July 2018 Copper headed for a fifth weekly loss on Friday as trade tensions between the United States and China rumbled on, while aluminium hit a three-month low ahead of a summit between US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin. Trump and Putin are due to meet in Helsinki on Monday... 

Copper slides to 1-year low, zinc sinks in broad selloff

By: Reuters     11th July 2018 Copper prices slumped to their weakest level in a year and zinc fell to 13-month lows amid a broad selloff on Wednesday after the Trump administration said it would slap 10 percent tariffs on an extra $200-billion worth of Chinese imports. US President Donald Trump’s latest tariff threat... 

Buzzkill for US coal may come from weak yuan, not tariffs

By: Bloomberg     11th July 2018 Washington’s trade war with Beijing doesn’t pose much of a direct threat to US coal miners, since just a tiny percent of their sales go to China. But Appalachia may feel some heat from the sinking value of the Chinese yuan. A weaker Chinese currency makes it more expensive for the Asian giant to... 

CITIC Metal gets internal green light to buy 19.5% stake in Ivanhoe

By: Marleny Arnoldi     9th July 2018 China State-owned investment company CITIC’s subsidiary CITIC Metal has completed its confirmatory due diligence and has received the necessary internal approvals to complete the long-term, strategic cooperation and investment agreement with TSX-listed Ivanhoe Mines.  

Goldman says buy commodities as clock ticks toward trade war

By: Bloomberg     5th July 2018 Commodity bull Goldman Sachs Group Inc. has poured cold water on the notion that a trade war between the US and China represents a serious threat to raw materials, saying most of them aren’t likely to be significantly impacted, and after recent declines now’s the time to buy. The Wall Street... 

China says former Rio Tinto executive Stern Hu released from prison

By: Reuters     4th July 2018 China's Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday that Stern Hu, an Australian citizen and former Rio Tinto executive jailed in China on bribery charges eight years ago, has been released. Ministry spokesman Lu Kang made the announcement at a daily news briefing in Beijing. 

China continues to encourage foreign mining investment

By: Rebecca Campbell     22nd June 2018 In early April the People’s Republic of China established a new Ministry, that of Natural Resources (MNR). The creation of the new Ministry was part of a programme to restructure the country’s State Council (Cabinet). The MNR took over all the responsibilities of the previous (and now... 

China continues to encourage foreign mining investment

By: Rebecca Campbell     22nd June 2018 In early April the People’s Republic of China established a new Ministry, that of Natural Resources (MNR). The creation of the new Ministry was part of a programme to restructure the country’s State Council (Cabinet). The MNR took over all the responsibilities of the previous (and now... 

Chinalco starts $1.3bn expansion of Peru copper mine

By: Reuters     4th June 2018 Aluminum Corp of China, known as Chinalco, at the weekend said it had started work on a $1.3-billion expansion of its Toromocho copper mine in central Peru. The investment will increase the mine's copper output by 45% by 2020, with the value of production exceeding $2-billion annually, Chinalco... 

EU starts new investigation into steel imports from China

By: Reuters     24th May 2018 The European Commission has opened an investigation into hot-rolled steel sheet piles imported from China to determine whether they are being dumped in Europe, according to a notice in the EU Official Journal on Thursday. The investigation into a form of steel used in construction was launched... 

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