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  1. September 15, 2014

    Oil slides on fears over China demand

    Crude oil and metals prices tumbled on Monday, pressured by weak Chinese economic data released over the weekend and worries...

  2. September 10, 2014

    Iron ore slides to five-year low

    Iron ore has continued its seemingly inexorable slide with the price of the steelmaking commodity slipping to a fresh...

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  1. September 5, 2014

    Miners’ shares lag behind iron ore price plunge

    The commodities super cycle is not dead, proclaimed Ivan Glasenberg, the boss of trading house Glencore last month. Demand...

  2. September 3, 2014

    Iron ore hits lowest level since 2009

    Concern about slowing demand in China has pushed the price of iron ore, a key steelmaking ingredient, to its lowest level...

  3. September 2, 2014

    Base metals: zinc or swim

    Buy what China takes, sell what it makes. Follow this rule over the past decade and big bucks would have come from bull...

  4. August 27, 2014

    Iron ore tumbles to two-year low

    Iron ore fell for the eighth day in a row on Wednesday, tumbling to a fresh two-year low. Benchmark Australian ore, with a...

  5. August 4, 2014

    Nickel rises as stockpile concerns recede

    Nickel bounced from a one-month low on Monday as analysts said concerns about rising stockpiles outside China had been...

  6. July 29, 2014

    Aluminium gains industrial lustre

    When it comes to conductivity, copper is king of the industrial metals. Thanks to its low level of resistivity – how...

  7. July 25, 2014

    Lead jumps to highest in eight months

    Lead ballooned to an eight-month high on Friday as the recent rally in base metals prices showed no sign of ending. The...

  8. July 24, 2014

    Iron ore miners ramp up output to offset price weakness

    Iron ore is under renewed pressure with the price of the key steelmaking ingredient falling for a sixth consecutive session....

  9. July 22, 2014

    Aluminium prices hit 17-month highs

    Zinc and aluminium continued their strong recent rallies on Tuesday, hitting three-year and 17-month highs respectively. The...

  10. July 17, 2014

    Aluminium jumps to 16-month high amid falling inventories

    The price of aluminium has reached its highest level for 16 months as falling inventories, smelter closures and a strong...

  11. July 14, 2014

    Zinc lifted by falling stocks and supply concerns

    Zinc has reached its highest level in almost three years, lifted by ongoing concerns about mine supply and falling warehouse...

  12. July 9, 2014

    Base metals return to investors’ radar

    At the end of the first quarter only one industrial metal had recorded a positive performance – nickel. By the end of the...

  13. July 3, 2014

    Copper confounds bears with strong gains

    Copper rose for a 10th successive day on Thursday, boosted by an improved outlook in China and increased investor confidence...

  14. June 30, 2014

    Sun finally shines on commodities

    After years of losses and investor pessimism the sun finally shone on commodities in the first half of 2014. The Dow...

  15. June 27, 2014

    Ripples spread from alleged China metals fraud

    The Chinese company at the centre of an alleged financing fraud at the northeastern port of Qingdao had guaranteed loans by...

  16. June 26, 2014

    Alcoa: name-changer

    Alcoa (“the Aluminum Company of America”) may want to consider a name change. After its $2.9bn deal for UK jet parts maker...

  17. June 24, 2014

    South Africa strike casts shadow over white metals

    After 152 days, the longest, costliest strike in South African mining history is finally over. The industrial action by...

  18. June 15, 2014

    ArcelorMittal’s path to China not paved with steel

    ArcelorMittal may have dodged a bullet when China blocked its plans to buy in to regional steel mills a decade ago. In 2005,...

  19. June 12, 2014

    Ripples spread from China metals probe

    The port city in northeastern China is famous for its Tsingtao brewery that was founded more than a century ago with 400,000...

  20. June 11, 2014

    Zinc gains on lower stocks and expected supply cuts

    Zinc rose to a fresh 15-month high on Wednesday as investors took heart from falling warehouse stocks and anticipated cuts...

  21. June 10, 2014

    China probe sparks metals stocks scramble

    Metals traders are rushing to secure copper and aluminium stocks following a financing probe in the northeast Chinese port...

  22. June 9, 2014

    Aluminium price hits nine-month high as bearish wagers are off

    Aluminium has risen to its highest level in nine months after investors cut bearish wagers and Rusal, the world’s biggest...

  23. June 4, 2014

    Copper retreats on China financing fears

    Copper prices slipped on the back of a stronger dollar and concerns over the use of the commodity in financing deals in...

  24. May 29, 2014

    Rising supply splits iron ore bulls and bears

    In 2013 iron ore defied the sceptics. Demand in China, the largest importer of the commodity, grew at a stronger pace than...

  25. May 27, 2014

    Rio Tinto: Guinea digs

    “The meek shall inherit the earth, but not its mineral rights.” J. Paul Getty, who said that, clearly did not count on the...

  26. May 22, 2014

    Platinum jumps on South Africa strike fears

    Platinum has risen to its highest level since September on concerns that a crippling four-month strike at South African...

  27. May 21, 2014

    Aluminium poised for price rise on Indonesia export ban

    Indonesia’s export ban on mineral ore has already sent one industrial metal into the stratosphere. The price of nickel, used...

  28. May 21, 2014

    Lead poised for polish and price shift

    The price of lead has been stuck in a $300-a-tonne range for nearly a year. That relatively tight channel suggests investors...

  29. May 19, 2014

    Iron ore below $100 on China demand worry

    Iron ore fell below $100 a tonne for the first time since September 2012 on concerns over reduced demand in China. Benchmark...

  30. May 16, 2014

    Iron ore hits 20-month low on China concerns

    Iron ore fell to its lowest level in 20 months on Friday after bearish signs from the Chinese steel industry and persistent...

  31. May 13, 2014

    Platinum gains as South Africa dispute continues

    Platinum gained ground after industrial action in South Africa continued on Tuesday despite producers suggesting that miners...

  32. May 12, 2014

    Nickel extends gains on Indonesia export ban

    Nickel surged as much as 8 per cent on strong investor interest on Monday, extending the yearly gains for the commodity...

  33. May 9, 2014

    Iron ore slips to 20-month low

    The price of iron ore has slipped to its lowest level since September 2012, weighed down by rising supply from low-cost...

  34. May 5, 2014

    Nickel soars as Indonesia sales ban bites

    It is not as light as aluminium, as soft as lead or as easy to melt as tin. Other industrial metals have exotic histories,...

  35. April 29, 2014

    Iron ore edges down amid Beijing loan investigations

    Iron ore prices stabilised on Tuesday after a frantic start to the week which saw the price plunge 2.2 per cent to near...

  36. April 24, 2014

    Zinc producers eye resuming operations

    Strong demand for zinc coupled with the imminent closure of several large mines is tipping the market towards deficit and...

  37. April 23, 2014

    Aluminium production reaches new high

    Global aluminium production reached a new high in March despite cuts to capacity by the biggest manufacturers. Companies...

  38. April 22, 2014

    El Niño could start as early as July

    An El Niño weather phenomenon, which can trigger extreme weather patterns around the world and disrupt commodities markets,...

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