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[…]

INFOGRAPHIC: The numbers behind the world's closest trade relationship

Courtesy of: Visual Capitalist Whether we’re discussing the ancient merchants that traversed the legendary Silk Road, or the transfer of goods across modern border lines, trade has always been about building close relationships. There are many examples of strong and mutually-beneficial trade relationships all throughout history, but one doesn’t have to look far back to[…]

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[…]

Top 50 biggest mining companies

Less red ink more blue sky MINING.com and sister company IntelligenceMine‘s ranking of the world’s 50 largest mining companies based on market value continues to show an industry in recovery. At the end of the first quarter this year the top 50 companies had a combined worth of $842 billion. In total these companies’ added $258[…]

Human activity creates 208 new mineral species

Nealite [Pb4Fe(AsO3)2Cl4·2H2O] From an ancient slag site in Greece, formed by slag meeting seawater. Credit RRUFF. For the first time more than 200 mineral species has been identified that originated either principally or exclusively due to human activities – primarily as a result of mining. The study led by Robert Hazen of the Carnegie Institution[…]

Did this financier just call the end of the mining rally?

After four-plus years of declines, 2016 was a comeback year for the mining industry – with only a couple of exceptions, energy, metal and mineral prices rallied strongly last year. The turnaround in the sector has convinced at least one private equity firm that it may be time to lock in some profits. Reuters reports the[…]

Frank Holmes: Time to grab the commodity bull market by the horns

Frank discusses the gold and bond markets and how they have been driven by global uncertainty. Bond rates have begun to decline again which is bullish for the gold market. He talks about forward looking industrial indicators which are currently positive and how they are predictive of future global economic demand. Holmes says this is[…]

Private capital rotating into mining and metals

After four-plus years of declines, 2016 was a comeback year for natural resources and the oil and mining industries – with only a couple of exceptions, energy, metal and mineral prices rallied last year. According to a new report by private capital tracker Preqin, the improving conditions of last year did not filter through to all[…]

Canada's gold miners to embrace green energy to control costs

Canadian gold miners are expected to adopt even more alternative energy this year as the sector continues to focus on paring down costs to remain competitive in a volatile gold price environment, a new report suggests. According to BMI Research, declining ore grades will drive Canadian gold miners costs higher, pushing companies to find fresh[…]