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    1. April 15, 2015

      China regulation is key to copper pricing

      In spite of the drop in commodity prices, western mining executives are sounding upbeat at the world’s annual copper...

    2. April 14, 2015

      Antofagasta sounds warning on Chile copper industry

      Chile’s copper industry risks losing its competitiveness, as productivity declines to levels last seen in the early 1990s...

    1. April 13, 2015

      Miners take toll on FTSE after broker downgrades

      Mining stocks took a heavy toll on the FTSE 100 on Monday after a series of downgrades from Citigroup. The shakedown on...

    2. April 12, 2015

      Copper market divided as industry gathers in Chile

      The world’s top copper conference opens in Chile, the largest producer, on Monday as prices for the metal hover near...

    3. April 2, 2015

      Commodities Explained: Metals trading in China

      Once already this year traders in London have been dragged out of bed at 1am when copper plunged in Shanghai. That could...

    4. April 1, 2015

      Tough first quarter for commodities markets

      It’s been a tough first quarter in the commodities markets. Oversupply, a stronger dollar and crude weakness weighed on the...

    5. March 30, 2015

      Copper finance incentives hurt China demand

      Incentives that for years drove Chinese imports of copper to obtain short-term loans are starting to become less attractive,...

    6. March 23, 2015

      Weaker dollar lifts copper above $6,000

      Copper held above $6,000 a tonne on Monday, returning to levels seen at the beginning of the year as the dollar retreated...

    7. March 10, 2015

      Copper fate hinges on Chinese demand

      Copper prices have rebounded from five-year lows hit in January, giving a glimmer of hope that the end of Chinese new year...

    8. February 26, 2015

      Copper hits highest level since China fund attack

      Copper has risen to its highest level since Chinese funds attacked the metal six weeks ago. Last month, aggressive selling...

    9. February 12, 2015

      Commodity prices go back to basics

      Commodity markets are going back to basics. Instead of moving up (or down) in lockstep with each other, and with other...

    10. February 5, 2015

      Mongolia raises hopes over Oyu Tolgoi mine expansion

      Mongolia’s prime minister has suggested the state cut its share in big mining projects in return for higher royalty...

    11. February 4, 2015

      Bearish bets on copper begin to fade

      Are copper bears closing their bearish bets? That’s the talk in the market place. Open interest — the number of futures and...

    12. February 3, 2015

      London Metal Exchange rings the changes

      In 2016, when the 138-year-old London Metal Exchange relocates from Leadenhall Street in the City of London to a new...

    13. January 30, 2015

      Miners look to another round of spending cuts

      For the past couple of years the mining industry has been on an efficiency drive, slashing thousands of jobs and putting...

    14. January 29, 2015

      Cost curves

      As bulk and base commodities continue to fall because of rising supplies and weak demand, investors are trying to make sense...

    15. January 27, 2015

      Freeport McMoRan cuts spending as oil price drops

      Freeport-McMoRan has posted a $2.9bn quarterly loss and cut its capital spending after being forced to write down the value...

    16. January 26, 2015

      Zambia’s copper belt reels as price falls

      The legacy of copper mining on Kitwe, a small but bustling city in the heart of Zambia’s Copperbelt province, is...

    17. January 26, 2015

      Marubeni halves profit forecast on $1bn writedown

      Japan’s Marubeni has halved its annual profit forecast due to writedowns totalling $1bn, as a slump in oil and copper prices...

    18. January 22, 2015

      Copper falls as LME inventories rise

      Copper was under pressure on Thursday as investors and physical buyers continued to shun the industrial metal and stockpiles...

    19. January 20, 2015

      China funds become new force in global commodity trade

      China’s Shanghai Chaos investment fund is named after the pioneer of chaos theory Edward Norton Lorenz, who coined the term...

    20. January 15, 2015

      China funds bring Chaos to metals markets

      Until a few days ago, only copper market cognoscenti had heard of Shanghai Chaos. But now the Chinese hedge fund is the talk...

    21. January 15, 2015

      Chinese hedge funds drive copper plunge

      What caused copper to plunge precipitously on Wednesday? Market participants say aggressive selling by Chinese hedge funds...

    22. January 14, 2015

      Copper miners: panned

      Copper’s conductivity enables, among other things, communication networks. Recently, however, rather than transmitting...

    23. January 14, 2015

      Copper slump heightens concern over state of mining sector

      Shares in global miners were pummelled on Wednesday after sharp falls in the price of copper exacerbated investor concerns...

    24. January 14, 2015

      Australian dollar hit by copper slump

      Commodity-linked currencies took a heavy hit on Wednesday as the rout on commodities markets reached base metal prices,...

    25. January 14, 2015

      Lord Copper deemed to have come a cropper, but only up to a point

      Lord Copper, a press baron invented by writer Evelyn Waugh, was too important ever to be wrong. The stock response of...

    26. January 14, 2015

      Miners hit FTSE as copper prices slide

      Miners dominated the list of falling stocks on a retreating FTSE 100 on Wednesday as the rout on commodities markets took...

    27. January 14, 2015

      Copper slumps on Chinese selling

      Copper slumped to its lowest levels in five-and-a-half years on Wednesday, driven down by aggressive selling by Chinese...

    28. January 12, 2015

      China’s Maike says copper set to rebound

      Copper will rebound from its lowest level since the financial crisis as demand from construction in China picks up,...

    29. January 8, 2015

      Investors bet on copper price fall

      Investors are betting the price of copper will fall further as the US dollar continues to strengthen and global economic...

    30. January 6, 2015

      Miners face challenge tapping copper opportunities

      The giant Chilean Escondida mine produces more copper than anywhere on earth. Some 1.2m tonnes emerge from the BHP...

    31. January 2, 2015

      Copper declines as China demand weakens

      Copper ended a third week of losses to trade within a whisker of its lowest level in four-and-a-half years on the back of...

    32. December 10, 2014

      Glencore forecasts copper deficit

      An expected copper surplus may not materialise next year, according to Glencore, the third-biggest producer of copper in the...

    33. December 3, 2014

      Antofagasta appoints Iván Arriagada Herrera as new mining chief

      Antofagasta has appointed a new mining chief executive, extending a rethink of its executive roles following a boardroom...

    34. December 1, 2014

      Sliding oil leads to commodity volatility

      Volatility hit the commodities markets on Monday as crude prices rebounded after hitting a new five-year low while copper...

    35. October 28, 2014

      Sharp fall in copper stocks points to rally

      Industry figures on Tuesday showing that a single party controls more than half of the copper held in London Metal Exchange...

    36. October 27, 2014

      Strike action by miners boosts copper

      Copper moved higher on Monday as reports of strikes at two big mines added to concerns about tight supplies of the red...

    37. October 23, 2014

      Figure from LME Sumitomo scandal returns

      It is eighteen years since Norma Cohen, a Financial Times reporter, introduced this newspaper’s regular commodities column...

    38. October 22, 2014

      Copper hopes ‘bright despite volatility’

      Copper is set for a period of price volatility as the market digests new supply but long-term prospects remain bright due to...

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