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    1. August 3, 2015

      Industrialist walks away from buying Tata’s Scunthorpe steel plant

      An Anglo-American industrialist has walked away from buying a UK steel plant, saying its 6,000 workers were “being led...

    2. July 31, 2015

      ArcelorMittal warns on emerging market weakness

      ArcelorMittal warned that China and other emerging markets remained weak even as the Luxembourg-based steelmaker...

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    1. July 29, 2015

      Struggling nickel at mercy of positioning

      The price of nickel is back to the low levels last seen during the height of the global financial crisis, notes Leon...

    2. July 29, 2015

      Goldman says Chinese metals in for a ‘hard landing’

      China’s statistics pose multiple difficulties for analysts, especially since they were called “man-made” by the current...

    3. July 23, 2015

      Metals correlation goes against the grain

      Recent sessions have seen some wholesale selling of metals amid lingering worries about meek global demand, patches of...

    4. July 17, 2015

      Production cuts by Vale and Rio will not solve iron ore glut

      The bruised and battered iron ore industry finally received some good news this week. First, Vale said it would...

    5. July 16, 2015

      An iron ore civil war plays out on social media in Australia

      “Our family. Our jobs. Our future,” is the message conveyed on the Facebook page and Twitter feed. Gazing out from the...

    6. July 16, 2015

      Tata targets 720 job cuts at English steel plants

      More than 700 workers are likely to lose their jobs with Tata Steel because high energy costs and cheap imports have...

    7. July 13, 2015

      Nyrstar appoints Bill Scotting as new chief executive

      Nyrstar has ended a seven-month search for a chief executive, turning to a mining industry veteran to try to improve...

    8. July 8, 2015

      Alcoa takes upbeat tone despite dented aluminium price

      Alcoa, the aluminium group, has reported earnings below analysts’ expectations but taken an upbeat tone on the rest of...

    9. July 8, 2015

      China’s equity rout sparks metal meltdown

      The $3tn rout of Chinese equities has spilled over into commodities, pushing nickel, zinc and iron ore into bear market...

    10. July 2, 2015

      Commodity markets diverge as supply and demand come to the fore

      Divergence was the name of the game for commodities markets in the second quarter as gasoline and iron ore jumped but...

    11. June 29, 2015

      Greece and China weigh on commodities

      Commodities did not escape the market turmoil caused by Greece’s capital controls and a hefty drop in Chinese equities,...

    12. June 23, 2015

      Copper’s supply glut takes shine off short-term price outlook

      High in the mountains of Peru, one of the biggest copper projects ever developed is about to enter production, as its...

    13. June 19, 2015

      Tata Steel UK strike called off

      Plans for the first major steel strike in the UK in more than 30 years were called off on Friday after the unions said...

    14. June 9, 2015

      Supply glut puts pressure on aluminium

      Aluminium prices show few signs of recovering as the world remains in a glut of the lightweight metal used in cars and...

    15. June 8, 2015

      Lower China imports from two big suppliers support iron ore price

      Iron ore held firm at its highest level in almost four months after government figures showed that imports of the...

    16. June 5, 2015

      Miners on the ropes as market capitalisation and returns fall

      The mining sector is battered and bruised by falling commodity prices and waning shareholder interest. So it is perhaps...

    17. May 26, 2015

      Fortescue soars on Chinese investment rumours

      Shares in Fortescue Metals surged on Tuesday amid reports that Chinese-linked companies have applied to Australia’s...

    18. May 25, 2015

      Europe steps up fight over cheap steel imports

      Steelmakers in Europe are counting on stronger protective measures in the fight against cheap imports of steel,...

    19. May 15, 2015

      Chinese exports damp aluminium rally

      The recent rally in the price of aluminium has lost momentum as Chinese exports of the lightweight metal continue to...

    20. May 13, 2015

      Commodity markets wary of false alarm as El Niño blows back

      After a five-year absence, El Niño is back. The last time the weather event emerged in 2009-10, droughts damaged crops...

    21. May 12, 2015

      Chinese fund doubles down on copper short

      One of the Chinese funds reckoned to be behind a precipitous fall in the price of copper at the start of the year has...

    22. May 12, 2015

      Zinc traders dig in as price rebounds

      Forty-three miles from Milan, an Australian company is busy resurrecting a zinc mine left dormant since the 1980s....

    23. May 12, 2015

      El Niño confirmation puts farmers and climate specialists on alert

      Farmers, commodity investors and climate specialists are braced for extreme weather this year after Australia’s...

    24. May 11, 2015

      Chinese rate cut stokes iron ore rally

      Iron ore, the key ingredient in steelmaking, has extended its recent breathtaking rally after China cut interest rates...

    25. May 8, 2015

      Commodities bulls boosted by oil recovery

      Commodities from copper to iron ore have rebounded, helped by a rising oil price and a weaker US dollar, raising the...

    26. May 6, 2015

      German rail strike begins to slow Europe’s powerhouse

      German steelmakers said on Wednesday they were looking at switching more of their logistics to barge, truck and...

    27. April 30, 2015

      Iron ore rally starts to fade

      Iron ore has resumed its downward trajectory after a rally that sent the price of the steelmaking commodity up by 25...

    28. April 27, 2015

      Rusal battles with LME on aluminium price

      Rusal, the world’s largest aluminium producer, has reignited its war of words with the London Metal Exchange, saying...

    29. April 24, 2015

      Rallies point to commodities turnround

      Sharp rallies in the price of two key commodities have raised hopes that the sector — the worst performing major asset...

    30. April 23, 2015

      China ends export tax on rare earths and other metals

      China will eliminate its export tariffs on rare earths and other metals, the Ministry of Finance said on Thursday,...

    31. April 20, 2015

      Steelmakers braced for China slowdown

      Global steel demand is forecast to grow at a lower rate this year, and reduce the profitability of steelmaking...

    32. April 20, 2015

      Sustainability in commodities accrues momentum

      Ensuring the metals in your mobile phone are not perpetuating conflict; knowing your coffee is not destroying the...

    33. April 15, 2015

      Why raw materials are losing the love

      Industrial raw material prices initially held up pretty well after the meek Chinese growth data on Wednesday. But...

    34. April 13, 2015

      Iron ore rallies on China inventory fall

      The price of iron ore rallied more than 3 per cent on Monday supported by a reduction in Chinese steel inventories and...

    35. 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...

    36. April 10, 2015

      Sinking iron ore price hits smaller producers

      Casualties are mounting among the world’s smaller iron ore producers as the steelmaking ingredient continues a dramatic...

    37. 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...

    38. April 1, 2015

      Iron ore slides beneath $50 a tonne

      The price of iron ore, a key source of profits for some of the world’s biggest mining companies, has dropped below $50...

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