CHART: Commodity prices slump to 50-year low against US stocks

The Dow Jones, S&P 500 and Nasdaq closed at record highs on Friday despite signs that US jobs growth is slowing down and that expansion of the world’s largest economy remains stuck around the 1% level.“Following the notion of mean reversion, we should be seeing attractive investment opportunities” In contrast the S&P GSCI All Commodities index is[…]

Dozens trapped, two killed in Iranian coal mine explosion

Two coal miners have died and more than 50 remain trapped after an explosion in a mine located in Iran’s northern Golestan province. Speaking to Press TV, the English-language arm of Iranian state television, the head of the provincial Red Crescent, Hossein Ahmadi, said there were 26 people trapped. Sadegh Ali Moghadam, the provincial director general[…]

South32 buys stake in Canada’s Arizona Mining for $81 million

Australia’s South32 (ASX, LON, JSE:S32) is investing some of its $1.5 billion of cash in a minority stake in Canada-listed Arizona Mining (TSX:AZ), which plans to develop a zinc-lead-silver project in Arizona. Deal comes only two weeks after South32 walked away from a $200 million planned acquisition of Peabody Energy’s coal mine in New South Wales. As part of[…]

‘Trump effect’ on resurgent Iranian mining sector close to none — analysts

The government of US President-elect Donald Trump will have no significant impact on foreign investments into Iran’s mining sector, as any re-instatement of sanctions will, if at all, pose minimal additional hurdles to entrepreneurs, according to analysts. In a note Monday, BMI researchers say they rather see other factors, such as domestic operational challenges and[…]

CHART: How every commodity performed in 2016

Courtesy of: Visual Capitalist 2016 Commodity Performance It was an up and down year for commodities, but things ultimately finished in the black. The S&P Goldman Sachs Commodity Index (GSCI) climbed 10.1% on the year – it was just enough to edge out the S&P 500, which ended 2016 with a 9.5% return. WINNERS IN[…]

South32 looking for more coking coal mines

South32 (ASX, LON, JSE:S32), the Australian miner spun off from BHP Billiton last year, it’s interested in acquiring more coal mines producing the steelmaking kind, following its recent acquisition of Peabody Energy’s Metropolitan coal mine. The company, however, has decided to stay away from thermal coal assets due mainly to uncertainties over demand linked to climate[…]

South32 scoops up Peabody's Metropolitan coal mine in $200m deal

South32 (ASX, LON, JSE:S32) has finally scored a deal by grabbing Peabody Energy’s Metropolitan coal mine in Australia for $200 million. The BHP Billiton’s spin-off, which had been looking for assets to add to its portfolio for quite a while, mainly lithium and copper ones, said the deal includes a 17% interest in the Port Kembla[…]

CHART: Despite unnerving gold price fall, mining rally's intact

Gold’s slide may be hurting sentiment and uranium and potash prices seem to be plumbing new depts every week, but 2016 is still a banner year for mining and metals. Gold is just hanging onto bull market status with a 20.1% improvement since the start of the year, but recent weakness has seen platinum and palladium[…]

Precious metals, nickel, zinc likely to outperform over next 2 years — analysts

Image by Sam Valadi | Flickr | Creative Commons. Despite some ups and down, 2016 has been a good year for commodities. By June, prices of most metals and minerals were very close to enter into bull market territory (defined by a 20% increase from previous lows), rebounding from their lowest in at least 25[…]