China’s staggering demand for commodities

Story by Jeff Desjardins Courtesy of: Visual Capitalist China’s staggering demand for commodities >50% of all steel, cement, nickel, and copper goes there The Chart of the Week is a weekly Visual Capitalist feature on Fridays. It’s said that in China, a new skyscraper is built every five days. China is building often, and they are building[…]

Shipping gauge shows iron ore, copper prices heading for fall

Drifting into the doldrums? The Baltic Dry Shipping Index came to prominence at the start of the Chinese-led commodity supercycle around a decade ago. The London-based Baltic Exchange tracks the cost of moving commodities along more than 50 routes around the world and the BDI is considered one of the go-to barometers of the global[…]

Anglo American 'shows off' — doubles profits, halves debt, pays highest divvy in a decade

Global miner Anglo American (LON:AAL) was full of good news Thursday as it announced it had doubled its net profit in 2017, slashed debt and said it would pay its highest dividend in a decade, thanks mainly to rising commodity prices and lower costs. The company, the last of the world’s largest miners to report annual[…]

Glencore gives investors $2.9bn in dividends after ‘strongest’ results ever

Miner and commodities trader Glencore (LON:GLEN) said Wednesday it would pay shareholders $2.9bn in dividends after achieving what it called its “strongest results on record”, which attributed mainly to a sharp recovery on commodity markets and a strong performance from its marketing unit. The 2017 results leave Ivan Glasenberg, the head of the Swiss company, well positioned to[…]

BHP rebuffs Elliott as first-half profit hits three-year high

BHP Billiton Ltd. rejected a new activist call for a corporate overhaul and joined rivals in boosting investor returns as first-half profit rose to a three-year high. The world’s biggest miner raised interim dividend payments 38 percent to beat estimates as underlying earnings rose by 25 percent to $4.1 billion, according to a Tuesday statement.[…]

Mining M&A jumps to 4-year high – expect more in 2018

The value of global mining and metals deals hit a four-year high in 2017, according to accountancy firm EY, boosted by a jump in money raised on stock exchanges to a six-year high. Mining and metals deals totalled $51 billion last year, up 15% from 2016. Activity was dominated by coal and steel transactions. However,[…]

Moody's bullish on base metals, US steel

Base metals should continue to do well in 2018 along with the US steel industry, though American coal will continue to lose ground to natural gas. These are the key conclusions of Moody’s Investor Service, which released a recent report summarizing commentary from analysts at a Jan. 18 teleconference. Probably the most positive aspects of[…]

The periodic table of commodity returns

Jeff Desjardins on January 18, 2018 If for some reason, you still think that the commodity markets are predictable, today’s chart provides a nice piece of humble pie. The Periodic Table of Commodity Returns, which comes to us annually from our friends at U.S. Global Investors, shows the returns of commodities over each year of the past[…]

CHARTS: Big mining's surge in value shames tech giants

Big cap diversified miners are riding a wave of optimism as global growth prospects – especially in manufacturing – continues to strengthen.  Global economic activity as measured by the JP Morgan global manufacturing and services index showed output rising at the fastest pace since March 2015. The manufacturing index has now signalled expansion for a record 82 months[…]

Blue skies, green cars and a year of revolution for industrial metals: Andy Home

LONDON, Dec 22 (Reuters) – A little bit of metals history was recorded on March 29 this year. The small Central American country of El Salvador became the first nation to ban all exploration, mining and processing of metals. Don’t worry if you didn’t notice. El Salvador doesn’t have any operating mines. It was going[…]