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Growing demand for synthetics not a threat to natural diamonds

By: Nadine James     14th September 2018 Although the global diamond market is currently worth about $87-billion, laboratory-grown diamonds only constitute 2% of that market, or $1.9-billion, says New York-based independent diamond analyst Paul Zimnisky. While the laboratory-grown diamond jewellery market is forecast to grow to about... 

US iron miner helps launch ad campaign to sing tariff praises

By: Bloomberg     14th September 2018 Some US companies have reacted to the divisive issue of metal tariffs by saying as little as possible. Cleveland-Cliffs, on the other hand, has not only publicly backed the levies, now it’s putting up money to sing their praises. The US iron-ore producer says it’s deploying a promotional... 

Growing demand for synthetics not a threat to natural diamonds

By: Nadine James     14th September 2018 Although the global diamond market is currently worth about $87-billion, laboratory-grown diamonds only constitute 2% of that market, or $1.9-billion, says New York-based independent diamond analyst Paul Zimnisky. While the laboratory-grown diamond jewellery market is forecast to grow to about... 

De Beers sales cycles delivering consistent value

By: Martin Creamer     11th September 2018 The global sightholder sales and auction sales of diamond company De Beers have this year continued to deliver consistent value, with the latest seventh sales cycle coming in at $505-million, a virtual carbon copy of the $507-million realised in the seventh sales cycle of last year. The steady... 

Viceroy says it's shorting Canadian miner Pretium Resources

By: Bloomberg     6th September 2018 Viceroy Research said it’s shorting Pretium Resources, arguing the company has artificially inflated the value of its Canadian gold mine, which risks being taken over by creditors in coming months. The New York-based short seller – which rose to prominence last year with research into financial... 

DRDGold expecting rapid gold output from West Rand tailings project 

By: Martin Creamer     5th September 2018 The high quality of the gold tailing retreatment infrastructure that surface gold mining company DRDGold has acquired on the Far West Rand in partnership with Sibanye-Stillwater is enabling the company to get into production very quickly, DRDGold CEO Niél Pretorius said on Wednesday. Speaking in... 

DRDGold shares leap on higher-grade fillip 

By: Martin Creamer     5th September 2018 A 10% increase in gold production provided an important fillip for surface gold mining company DRDGold, which benefitted from high-grade sand material in the 12 months to June 30. The Johannesburg- and New York-listed company, which saw its share price rise by 6.09% in early morning trade,... 

DRDGold operating profit up

By: Martin Creamer     5th September 2018 Surface gold producer DRDGold on Wednesday reported a sharp rise in operating profit, higher gold production and a spurt of cash flow. The Johannesburg and New York-listed company chalked up 38% more operating profit to R355.2-million, a 10% increase in gold production to 4 679 kg and a free cash... 

Magnis raises A$11m from new investor

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     4th September 2018 ASX-listed Magins Resources has secured an A$11.1-million investment from AL Capital Holding, giving the firm a 4.98% shareholding in the graphite miner. The placement was made under Magnis’ existing capacity, and the 30-million shares were issued at a price of 37c each, representing a 4%... 

Inside Albemarle's quest to reinvent the lithium market

By: Reuters     30th August 2018 As global demand for lithium hits overdrive, Albemarle Corp is investing millions of dollars to engineer specialised types of the light metal for electric car batteries, part of a strategy to remain the niche market's top producer. The pivot comes as battery makers such as Panasonic Corp, the... 

Phoenix Global Mining seeks New York funds after London disappoints

By: Reuters     29th August 2018 Phoenix Global Mining, which is reopening a US copper mine abandoned during World War II when its workforce left to fight, plans to list in New York in September after a disappointing launch on London's AIM market. The London market is dominated by institutional investors and junior miners... 

Platinum-using fuel cells making more headway

By: Martin Creamer     29th August 2018 Last month’s initial public offering (IPO) on the New York Stock Exchange of Bloom Energy suggests a second, much larger market may be emerging for fuel cells, Greentech Media reported this week in an article recording the deployment of Bloom’s technology at 25 Fortune 100 companies. The... 

Hedge funds kept betting against gold even as prices began rally

By: Bloomberg     27th August 2018 Hedge funds’ record net-bearish bets on gold signal how quickly investor appetite for the precious metal could turn. On Friday, bullion futures climbed the most in five months after Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell signaled policy makers are sticking to gradual interest rate increases. That... 

Nothing comes before safe production – Sibanye-Stillwater 

By: Martin Creamer     23rd August 2018 Precious metals mining company Sibanye-Stillwater on Thursday spent the most part of its half-year presentation of financial results reiterating ongoing commitment to safe production and taking safety to the next level. The Johannesburg- and New York-listed company, which reported 26%-higher... 

Trump proposes unwinding Obama's coal-plant pollution curbs

By: Bloomberg     21st August 2018 President Donald Trump’s administration on Tuesday unveiled its plan to dramatically weaken carbon dioxide limits on coal-fired power plants by shifting most of the regulatory burden to states in a further assault on the Obama climate legacy. The Environmental Protection Agency’s "Affordable... 

Rapid Moab integration boosts Harmony Gold’s cash flow 

By: Martin Creamer     21st August 2018 The rapid integration of the Moab Khotsong gold mine into the Harmony Gold group has boosted the company’s overall underground gold grade, lifted production, driven down all-in sustaining unit costs and doubled free cash flow. Harmony acquired the deep-level Moab Khotsong mine from AngloGold... 

Harmony enters 1.5m oz gold production realm

By: Martin Creamer     21st August 2018 The growth aspiration of Harmony Gold to produce at a rate of 1.5-million ounces of gold a year is within a hair’s breadth of becoming a foregone conclusion as production at Hidden Valley in Papua New Guinea and Moab Khotsong in South Africa click in optimally during the current financial year.... 

Gold trading volumes double in Turkey amid currency crisis

By: Bloomberg     18th August 2018 First Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan argued citizens should buy gold, then he said sell. Add dramatic swings in the lira, and the country’s traders are now enthusiastically doing both. Gold futures volumes have surged on the Borsa Istanbul as the volatile currency attracts speculation and... 

Resources investor Ian Henderson joins Bluejay board

By: Creamer Media Reporter      15th August 2018 Aim- and FSE-listed Bluejay Mining has appointed well-known resource investor, Ian Henderson, as a nonexecutive director with immediate effect. The appointment is designed to promote Bluejay and its flagship Dundas ilmenite project, in Greenland, to the international mining investment industry,... 

Mozambique's ruby mining goes from ‘wild west’ to big business

By: Bloomberg     13th August 2018 Sebastiao Pedro struck it lucky in 2014 when, as a 21-year-old small-scale miner, he found a large red ruby in northern Mozambique. He sold it to a buyer from Vietnam for $43 000, returned to his family 900 miles away and built a house with the proceeds. Then the money ran out. 

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... 

Russia's shield against sanctions draws praise from Moody's

By: Bloomberg     7th August 2018 Russia is ready to absorb the blow from any new sanctions the US throws its way, according to Moody’s Investors Service. Measures to cut down holdings of Treasuries and reduce exposure to the dollar have made the economy less vulnerable to the threat of deeper penalties, Moody’s analyst Kristin... 

World's priciest precious metal set to blossom as shortage looms

By: Bloomberg     3rd August 2018 The world’s most expensive precious metal is set to get even pricier as a mining retreat in South Africa threatens a supply shortage. Rhodium – a byproduct of platinum mining that’s used in the chemical sector and by the auto industry in catalytic converters – has more than trebled in value since... 

C-suite moves rock lithium as industry expands in battery boom

By: Bloomberg     29th July 2018 Unexpected leadership changes within a day at the world’s two largest lithium producers underscore concerns over a lack of executive experience in the industry amid a nascent boom for the battery metal. On Wednesday, Albemarle announced the replacement of its lithium president John Mitchell, who... 

Barrick Gold cuts jobs and offices in decentralisation push

By: Bloomberg     26th July 2018 Barrick Gold, the world’s largest gold producer, cut jobs and closed offices in the second quarter as part of its strategy to decentraliSe operations. “We completed an extensive review of all positions sitting above operations, reallocating roles where appropriate, eliminating those no longer... 

Europe to become 'massive' buyer of US LNG, Trump says

By: Bloomberg     25th July 2018 Europe will build more terminals to import US liquefied natural gas, the head of the European Commission told US President Donald Trump during a meeting aimed at averting a transatlantic trade war. “They want very much to do that, and we have plenty of it,” Trump said, referring to the US shale... 

Rising profits meet trade fears as commodity producers report

By: Bloomberg     24th July 2018 Investors will probably like most of what they see when energy, mining and farm-products companies report earnings for the most recent quarter. It’s the rest of the year they’re worried about. Commodity bellwethers including Exxon Mobil, Freeport-McMoRan, and Archer-Daniels-Midland are among a... 

Barrick exit raises power questions at biggest gold miner

By: Bloomberg     23rd July 2018 Kelvin Dushnisky’s departure as president of Barrick Gold raises the question of whether his replacement will get more, or less, power at the world’s largest gold producer under executive chairman John Thornton. Dushnisky, 54, is set to take over as CEO of Johannesburg-based AngloGold Ashanti as... 

Barrick Gold is the undisclosed bidder for Detour Gold

By: Bloomberg     23rd July 2018 Barrick Gold is the undisclosed gold miner that was asked to sign a confidentiality agreement alongside activist investor John Paulson to discuss potentially buying Detour Gold, according to people familiar with the matter. While Barrick’s level of interest in Detour is unclear, neither Paulson... 

Uranium tariffs threaten nuclear plants Trump is trying to save

By: Bloomberg     20th July 2018 The Trump administration’s decision to consider tariffs on uranium imports may raise the cost of fuel for nuclear reactors and undermine a separate initiative to shore up struggling electricity generators. The Commerce Department said Wednesday it will probe whether uranium imports “threaten to... 

SSR Mining reports mixed bag in June quarter

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     13th July 2018 TSX- and New York-listed metals producer SSR Mining Inc has reported a mixed bag from its three operating mines during the three months to June Gold production from the Marigold operation increased by more than 15% during the quarter, to 49 436 oz, compared with the 42 960 oz delivered in the... 

Rio Tinto unveils large vivid pink Argyle diamond

By: Creamer Media Reporter      12th July 2018 Rio Tinto has unveiled the largest vivid pink diamond in the history of its Argyle pink diamonds tender, during a preview in Sydney. The 3.14 ct polished emerald cut diamond, known as The Argyle Alpha, is part of the line-up of 63 rare pink, red and violet diamonds in the 2018 Argyle pink... 

Hurting for buyers, US coal miners are learning to love India

By: Bloomberg     12th July 2018 The big bright spot for US coal miners is located halfway around the world. India almost tripled its imports of the rock from America in the first quarter from a year earlier, helping fuel its fast-growing economy and making it the largest foreign buyer of US coal, according to the US Energy... 

Stocks decline as Trump reloads the tariff bazooka

By: Bloomberg     11th July 2018 Stocks fell, the dollar gained and commodities slid with emerging-market assets after the US fired a new shot in its brewing trade war with China. S&P 500 futures slumped with the Stoxx Europe 600 Index and MSCI Asia Pacific Index following the Trump administration’s release of the biggest list... 

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... 

Battery-skeptic funds wait out cobalt rally seen as fleeting

By: Bloomberg     9th July 2018 Call them battery skeptics. Bets on surging demand for electric vehicles have made cobalt and lithium hot commodities, but some investors say the outlook is leaving them cold. While prices have more than doubled in the past three years on worries over shortages of the metals used in batteries,... 

For State of American coal, look at West Virginia's mining stats

By: Bloomberg     6th July 2018 No place tells the story of America’s coal markets better than West Virginia right now. According to US government estimates released Thursday, mining in the northern half of the Mountain State – the part known for its bounty of thermal coal, used to fuel US power plants – slid 7% in the first... 

Commodities face a twin threat, Morgan Stanley says

By: Bloomberg     29th June 2018 Commodities face a twin threat in the coming months, according to Morgan Stanley, which flagged burgeoning risks to consumption from a potential escalation in global trade tensions, especially for metals, as well as any slowdown in China. “Escalating global trade tensions bring a risk of demand... 

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