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S&P’s sees further improvement in most metal prices in year ahead

MEGAN VAN WYNGAARDT on MINING WEEKLY | 5 March 2018 “Metals prices have benefited from the improved global economy and from a recently weaker US dollar, in which most commodities are valued, with the Standard & Poor’s (S&P’s) GSCI reaching a two-year high on January 26, aiding the uptick in global exploration, the research firm’s […]

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Global metals exploration likely to rise 20% in 2018 – S&P Global

Global metals exploration likely to rise 20% in 2018 – S&P Global

HENRY LAZENBY on MINING WEEKLY | 5 March 2018 Global mining exploration budgets are expected to swell about 20% this year, bolstered by the generally positive trend in metals prices extending into early 2018, a new report by S&P’s Global Market Intelligence has found. Global spending on the search for nonferrous metals rose 15% year-on-year […]

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Gold expected to peak at $1 500/oz this year – Thomson Reuters

Gold expected to peak at $1 500/oz this year – Thomson Reuters

MIA BREYTENBACH on MINING WEEKLY | 25 January 2018 “Gold prices are expected to average $1 360/oz and hit a 2018 peak of more than $1 500/oz later this year, according to research firm Thomson Reuters GFMS, which published its fourth-quarter Gold Survey on Thursday. The firm noted that the survey’s forecast discounts three federal […]

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financings

2018 minerals-focused financings off to slow start

HENRY LAZENBY on MINING WEEKLY | 22 January 2018 “In the wake of a slow start to mineral-focused financing activity, analysts are predicting more of the same for at least the first four months of 2018. This year is also not expected to surpass 2017 in the number and value of mineral-focused financings undertaken at […]

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energy metal supplies

WoodMac urges automakers to ‘get out their chequebooks’, secure energy metal supplies

HENRY LAZENBY on MINING WEEKLY | 17 January 2018 “Auto manufacturers are ramping up strategies to cash in on the accelerating worldwide acceptance and demand for electric vehicles (EVs), prompting advice from research and consultancy group Wood Mackenzie for automakers to ‘get out their chequebooks’ and take stakes in mines or new mine projects to […]

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electronic waste

Electronic waste at new high, squandering gold, other metals – study

REUTERS on MINING WEEKLY | 14 Dec 2017 “Electronic waste rose to a record 45-million tonnes worldwide in 2016, squandering valuable metals such as gold and copper since few trashed televisions, cellphones or other products get recycled, a UN-backed study showed on Wednesday. Rising incomes and falling prices for everything from solar panels to fridges […]

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Unctad

Crucial for commodity countries to build economic resilience – Unctad

MARTIN CREAMER on MINING WEEKLY | 11 December 2017 “Without policy change, commodity-dependent developing countries risk falling short of achieving their sustainable development goals (SDGs) by 2030, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (Unctad) economic affairs officer Stefan Csordas warned on Monday. Unctad and the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations have […]

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electric cars

‘Miner’s revenge’ is coming with electric cars, Friedland says

BLOOMBERG via MINING WEEKLY | 1 Dec 2017 “Surging demand for metals like copper, nickel and cobalt for use in electric vehicles promises to overturn the balance of power between mining companies and their customers, according to billionaire investor Robert Friedland. Automakers will have to change the way they approach procurement if they want to […]

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energy metal supplies

Cobalt’s dramatic demand bump gives rise to novel investment vehicle

HENRY LAZENBY on MINING WEEKLY | 1 December 2017 “Cobalt supply constraints, coupled with a never-before-seen boom in the adoption rate of electric vehicles (EV) across the globe, have conspired to create an ideal market in which a pure-play cobalt investment and participation vehicle’s profits can outpace its peers. Cobalt, a critical ‘energy metal’ used […]

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