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Gold's bulls and bears have plenty to chew over in New Year

By: Bloomberg     29th December 2017 It is not just politics that’s polarised right now. Gold investors are also split down the middle. A Bloomberg survey of 38 market professionals shows a $700 divide between the most optimistic and most pessimistic forecasts for prices next year. That leaves the median estimate of $1 290/oz at... 

India silver imports seen extending rebound from four-year low

By: Bloomberg     15th December 2017 Silver imports by India, one of the world’s top buyers, may keep rising next year after bouncing back this year from a four-year low in 2016, boosted by weak prices. Overseas purchases are estimated at as high as 5 500 metric tons in 2017 and may rise to about 6 000 t next year, surging from 3... 

Inside one billionaire's fight against global iron-ore glut

By: Bloomberg     24th October 2017 The global iron-ore market may be oversupplied for as long as half a decade, keeping prices under pressure, according to billionaire Anil Agarwal’s Vedanta, which plans to fight back by raising the quality of its output amid a global shift toward higher-grade material being driven by China’s... 

Coal India signs salary increase deal with workers unions

By: Bloomberg     11th October 2017 Coal India Limited signed an agreement with workers unions to raise salaries of its non-executive staff, ending months of negotiations over the increase that affects pay until 2021. The State-run miner will incur an average annual cost of 56.67-billion rupees ($868-million) because of the rise,... 

World's first diamond futures exchange starts trading in India

By: Bloomberg     28th August 2017 The world’s first diamond futures exchange will begin trading in India on Monday, enabling companies in the largest producer of the cut and polished gems to better hedge price risks. “Indian manufacturers most require this type of financial product,” said Sanjit Prasad, MD of the Indian... 

Gupta firms sue Bank of Baroda to try stop account closures  

By: Bloomberg     17th August 2017 Companies controlled by the Gupta family, whose accounts are being closed down by Bank of Baroda, said they’re taking legal action against the lender to try and stop the termination, which comes after South Africa’s four biggest lenders cut banking services for the family that’s in business with... 

Russian bank sees gold jumping to $1 400 on world tension

By: Bloomberg     14th August 2017 Gold prices are set to jump to a four-year high of $1 400/oz by the end of the year over mounting tensions between North Korea and the US, and surging demand in the world’s biggest consumers, according to the head of precious metals at a Russian investment bank. Bullion could rise to $1 360/oz... 

Top India court orders policy changes to stop 'rapacious' mining

By: Bloomberg     2nd August 2017 India’s top court has directed the government to revise the National Mineral Policy by December at the latest to more effectively regulate the mining industry and stop illegal activity. A two-judge Supreme Court panel, led by M.B. Lokur, said the policy effective from 2008 “seems to be only on... 

India's Vedanta Q1 consolidated profit doubles

By: Reuters     25th July 2017 Vedanta, the Indian unit of diversified energy group Vedanta Resources, reported a doubling of quarterly consolidated profit on Tuesday, as higher zinc prices helped the company to reap improved margins. Consolidated profit came in at 15.25-billion rupees in the quarter ended June 30, with... 

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

By: Bloomberg     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... 

Belgian bank KBC seizes assets from storied Antwerp diamond firm

By: Bloomberg     4th July 2017 Belgian bank KBC Group seized assets from one of the diamond industry’s most storied names as it seeks to recover unpaid loans, according to court documents. KBC is seeking to recover €26-million ($29-million) from Exelco, and had bailiffs search the firm’s Antwerp offices as well as offices... 

India tax hike could boost illegal bullion, jewellery sales

By: Reuters     4th July 2017 A hike in taxes on gold sales in India could stoke under-the-counter buying and drive up appetite for precious metal smuggled into the country, where millions of people store big chunks of their wealth in bullion and jewellery. As part of a new nationwide sales tax regime that kicked in on July... 

Adani must pay royalties on Carmichael mine, Queensland says

By: Reuters     26th May 2017 India’s Adani Group will be required to pay full royalties on its $16.5-billion Carmichael coal project in Australia’s Queensland, according to the state’s premier. The Carmichael mine “will pay every cent of royalties in full” under a new policy unanimously agreed to by the state’s cabinet for... 

India's Vedanta swings to profit after metal rally, zinc payout

By: Bloomberg     15th May 2017 Vedanta reported a fourth-quarter profit as India’s biggest base metals producer benefited from a rally in prices and a special dividend announced by its zinc arm. Net income attributable to owners was 14.1-billion rupees in the three months through March and revenues were Rs246.1-billion, the... 

Supply disruption hits Vedanta's aluminium plant in eastern India

By: Reuters     20th April 2017 Diversified miner Vedanta said on Thursday its 500 000 t aluminium smelter in the eastern state of Odisha was hit by a power outage this week that damaged over one-third of its processing capacity. The company said 228 out of a total of 608 pots that process molten aluminium were damaged by the... 

Law firm aides two major Guinea projects

     14th April 2017 Global law firm Norton Rose Fulbright’s teams in London, New York, Paris, Singapore and Washington have successfully advised on two mining projects in Guinea. The team assisted bauxite producer Compagnie des Bauxites de Guinée (CBG) in reaching financial close for the financing of its Sangaredi... 

Billionaire Agarwal creates BHP-style Indian resources major

By: Bloomberg     12th April 2017 Anil Agarwal has sealed the merger of his mining and energy businesses in India, creating a BHP Billiton-like resources conglomerate, even as a recent investment in Anglo American Plc raises questions about how far the-billionaire’s ambitions stretch. Vedanta combined with unit Cairn India on... 

Adani coal mine in Australia faces fresh wave of protests

By: Bloomberg     22nd March 2017 A new environmental campaign to stop the development of Adani Group’s $16.5-billion coal mine in Queensland will be launched Wednesday with the high-profile backing of former Australian Greens party leader Bob Brown. “Adani and the federal government have no idea of the scale of opposition and... 

Adani to start Carmichael construction in August

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     20th March 2017 Construction on the A$21.7-billion Carmichael coal and rail project is expected to start in August, Indian major Adani confirmed to Mining Weekly Online. Chairperson Guatam Adani told a media conference in Mumbai that the outstanding approvals and licences were in the pipeline for approval and... 

Indian gold imports said to almost triple on wedding demand

By: Bloomberg     8th March 2017 Gold imports by India, which competes with China for the role of world’s biggest consumer, are said to have risen almost three-fold in February from a year earlier as jewelers increased stockpiles before the festival and wedding period that starts next month. Shipments jumped 175% to 96.4 metric... 

Gold set for best month since June as investors fret over Trump

By: Bloomberg     31st January 2017 Gold climbed back above $1 200 and headed for its best month since June as jitters over Donald Trump’s actions since he took office as US President just over a week ago sent investors scurrying for a haven. Bullion has risen almost 5% in January, partly recouping a 13% loss in the fourth quarter,... 

India’s diamond exports to top buyer US seen rising on Trump

By: Bloomberg     13th January 2017 India’s diamond cutters, who polish 14 of every 15 of the world’s gems, are betting on Donald Trump to sustain the expansion of their biggest market in the US, even as Asian buying of luxury stones falters. India expects to export 10% to 15% more polished diamonds to the US in the year beginning... 

Financing solutions will be focus of diamond summit

By: Martin Creamer     12th January 2017 Finding real solutions to a wide range of financing problems will be the intense focus of the diamond industry's upcoming Presidents’ Meeting and Finance Seminar in Mumbai next month, where a financing task force is expected to be created. The biennial meeting of the World Federation of Diamond... 

Tax change seen as good for diamonds

By: Martin Creamer     19th December 2016 World Federation of Diamond Bourses (WFDB) president Ernie Blom has praised Israel Diamond Exchange president Yoram Dvash and other industry heads in the country following the signing of what is seen as a tax breakthrough that will benefit the diamond business. The upshot of the new tax... 

Amplats highlights importance of jewellery market at PlatAfrica awards

By: David Oliveira     25th November 2016 Platinum major Anglo American Platinum (Amplats), in association with Platinum Guild International (PGI) India and South African precious metals refining company Metal Concentrators, held the seventeenth PlatAfrica Jewellery Design Awards at the Inanda Club in Sandton, Johannesburg, earlier this... 

Top gold buyer sees demand slumping on ‘black money’ curbs

By: Bloomberg     25th October 2016 In the world’s largest gold-consuming country after China, demand has just fallen off a cliff. Saurabh Gadgil, a sixth-generation jeweler, says it’s the worst year in India since he took charge of the family business in 1999. The 39-year old chairperson of PN Gadgil Jewellers, which has stores in... 

India's Oct gold imports to hit 9-month high on festive demand – industry

By: Reuters     20th October 2016 India's overseas purchases of gold likely hit a nine-month high in October, as a flip in domestic prices to a premium prompted banks and refiners to resume imports ahead of the festival season, industry officials told Reuters. While higher purchases could widen India's trade deficit given... 

Vedanta wins Cairn nod for BHP-style resources conglomerate

By: Bloomberg     13th September 2016 Vedanta’s plan to create an Indian resources heavyweight to compete with the likes of BHP Billiton got a boost Monday after shareholders in its oil unit, Cairn India, agreed to a proposal to combine the two companies. Cairn India’s shareholders “will benefit from exposure to Vedanta’s... 

Coal India monthly output, shipments slump to lowest in 3 years

By: Bloomberg     2nd September 2016 Coal India, the world’s biggest miner of the fuel, reported the lowest production and shipments in three years after heavy rains flooded its mines. Coal production in August dropped 10.4% from a year ago to 32.4-million metric tons and shipments declined 9.6% to 36.72-million tons, both plunging... 

Alrosa helps start Russian diamond hub targeting Asian market

By: Bloomberg     2nd September 2016 Alrosa PJSC is helping to start a diamond center in Russia’s Far East to attract trading and manufacturing companies, and boost gem sales to Asian countries including China, the second-biggest buyer. About $1-billion of business should go through the Eurasian Diamond Center in 2018, when more... 

India to seek $15bn of investment to double mining output

By: Bloomberg     29th August 2016 India expects to woo one-trillion rupees ($15-billion) of investment over five years to double mining output and cut mineral imports. The government’s goal is to fast-track exploration, including upfront payments for discovered deposits when the mines are auctioned, Mines Minister Piyush Goyal... 

Strike at world’s biggest coal miner seen blunted by Indian glut

By: Bloomberg     25th August 2016 India’s ample coal stockpiles may blunt the power of unions planning a strike at Coal India, the world’s biggest miner of the fuel. Labor groups including All India Coal Workers’ Federation are demanding the company start early wage talks and begin recruiting to fill vacancies, as well as calling... 

Old rings are treasure as gold rally revives scrap recycling

By: Bloomberg     23rd August 2016 The surprising rebound in gold prices this year has given new life to unwanted jewelry, coins and trinkets – in the melting pot. More than a third of the world’s bullion supply usually comes from recycled metal, but purchases at pawn shops and cash-for-gold companies had slowed during a... 

Vedanta sweetens deal for Cairn merger to sway shareholders

By: Bloomberg     22nd July 2016 Vedanta sweetened the deal for Cairn India Ltd. shareholders by increasing the number of preference shares four times to salvage a deal which would help create a natural-resources group to compete with BHP Billiton and Vale. Vedanta will offer minority shareholders of Cairn India one equity share... 

Coal India sees rising import costs helping to trim stockpiles

By: Bloomberg     15th July 2016 Coal India, the world’s biggest producer of the fuel, sees rising international prices helping it shrink swollen stockpiles and gain more buyers as domestic customers shun imports in favor of local supplies. Increasing Australian and South African prices have made imports more expensive, which... 

Indian group could build power plant at Moz coal mine

By: Keith Campbell     15th July 2016 Indian coal company International Coal Ventures Limited (ICVL) is considering building a thermal power plant at its Benga coal mine in Mozambique’s Tete province. ICVL is a consortium of State-owned companies, originally created in 2009 in an initiative by the Ministry of Steel, the main members... 

Gold rises for second day as investors seek havens after Brexit

By: Bloomberg     27th June 2016 Gold rose a second day as financial markets continued a selloff following the UK’s vote to exit the European Union, with inflows into bullion-backed funds surging the most by value since 2012. Bullion for immediate delivery advanced as much as 1.5% to $1 335.55 an ounce before trading at $1... 

Indian gold imports said to drop for fourth month on slow demand

By: Bloomberg     6th June 2016 Gold imports by India, which vies with China as the world’s top consumer, tumbled for a fourth straight month as a 16% increase in domestic prices since the start of the year kept buyers away, according to a person familiar with provisional Finance Ministry data. Inbound purchases dropped 51% to... 

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