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  1. April 15, 2014

    China concerns spark metals fall

    Base and precious metal prices dropped sharply on Tuesday after disappointing data from China, a stronger US dollar and...

  2. April 10, 2014

    Nickel jumps above $17,000 in wake of Indonesia export ban

    The price of nickel has risen above $17,000 a tonne for the first time since March 2012 as speculative investors opened...

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  1. Central and eastern Europe: Automotive and Manufacturing 2013

    Competition is fierce for slices of a smaller pie...
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  1. April 9, 2014

    Codelco chief says miner at “inflection point”

    Codelco, the world’s biggest copper miner, is at an “inflection point” after tackling soaring costs and bringing a new mine...

  2. April 3, 2014

    Aluminium jumps after halt to LME plan

    Aluminium has jumped 6 per cent in the week since the London Metal Exchange was forced to halt a plan to cut queues at its...

  3. April 3, 2014

    Traders turn optimistic on commodities

    Commodity trading executives tend to speak bluntly. This week has been no exception. The oil sector is “stuck in a rut”,...

  4. March 31, 2014

    Banks’ retreat empowers commodity trading houses

    Over the past decade, the world’s largest banks have with little fanfare become immersed in a business far removed from...

  5. March 28, 2014

    Rusal warns on $10bn debt pile as losses reach $3.2bn

    Rusal warned of “material uncertainty” over its future as the world’s largest aluminium producer reported a $3.2bn loss in...

  6. March 27, 2014

    Nickel trade poised for longs and shorts battle

    Colleagues last week noted how nickel has been the star performer among the industrial metals this year. It has come off...

  7. March 27, 2014

    LME halts plan to cut metals queues after court ruling

    The London Metal Exchange has been forced put on hold a new rule to tackle the long warehouse queues that US politicians and...

  8. March 26, 2014

    Australia lowers iron ore price forecasts

    Australia’s official commodities forecaster has lowered its forecast for iron ore prices as the market prepares to digest a...

  9. March 20, 2014

    Indonesia export ban turns nickel into a star

    Last year nickel was the dog. This year it is the star turn – the one commodity to stand firm during the recent sell-off in...

  10. March 14, 2014

    Dr Copper catches a dose of Chinese flu

    “Dr Copper” is poorly. And the prognosis isn’t clear. The red metal suffered a brutal sell-off last week that pushed the...

  11. March 13, 2014

    Iron ore pulls away from 18-month low

    Iron ore, the main commodity used in steelmaking, continued to pull away from Monday’s 18-month low as buyers returned to...

  12. March 11, 2014

    Copper futures fall by daily limit

    Copper continued to take a pummelling, with Shanghai traded futures in the metal falling by their daily limit on Wednesday...

  13. March 10, 2014

    Mining shares hit by iron ore tumble

    Billions of dollars were wiped off the market value of the world’s biggest mining companies on Monday after fresh concerns...

  14. March 7, 2014

    Copper tumbles after China bond default

    Copper dropped to a seven-month low in heavy volume after a bond default in China added to growing concerns about slowing...

  15. March 6, 2014

    Palladium jumps on South Africa strikes

    Palladium prices rose to a near two-and-a-half year high on Thursday, above $780 a troy ounce, as strikes in South Africa...

  16. March 5, 2014

    Nickel benefits from Indonesia export ban

    Nickel has risen to its highest level in nine months on signs that Indonesia’s export ban on unprocessed mineral ore is...

  17. February 21, 2014

    M&A in the metals sector at an 8-year low

    Merger and acquisition activity in the metals sector plunged 30 per cent in 2013 to an eight-year low, as slow global...

  18. February 18, 2014

    Oversupply forces aluminium industry cuts

    Two of the world’s three biggest aluminium producers have announced cuts to production in the latest sign of how weak prices...

  19. February 12, 2014

    Supply cuts light up uranium prospects

    Nearly three years after the Fukushima nuclear accident in Japan, the tremors continue to reverberate through the uranium...

  20. February 11, 2014

    Tata Steel’s return to profit raises hope of turnround

    A mild recovery in European demand helped Tata Steel, India’s largest private sector steelmaker by revenue, to post a modest...

  21. February 10, 2014

    Iron ore derivatives see growth spurt

    Call it a theory of evolution for commodities. First, prices are set on long term contracts; then indexation and the spot...

  22. January 30, 2014

    Aluminium falls to a 4½-year low

    Aluminium prices slid to a four-and-a-half year low, amid a wider sell-off in base metals triggered by a strengthening US...

  23. January 28, 2014

    China smog crackdown boosts high-grade iron ore

    Will seaborne supply growth overwhelm Chinese steel production? Or will it manage to keep pace? These have been key...

  24. January 27, 2014

    Biggest aluminium buyer attacks prices

    The world’s largest buyer of aluminium, Novelis, has hit out at rising prices for the metal, saying that record premiums...

  25. January 26, 2014

    Anglo chief warns on pace of innovation

    One of the world’s senior mining leaders has called on the sector to speed up innovation or risk being marginalised by...

  26. January 21, 2014

    Iron ore tumbles as China stocks jump

    The calm before the storm? Last week iron ore, one of the best-performing commodities of last year, broke out of the narrow...

  27. January 16, 2014

    Aluminium premiums hit record high on tight physical market

    “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner” is not the first thing that comes to mind when thinking of the aluminium market but...

  28. January 15, 2014

    The only way is up for commodities

    Numerous factors suggest commodity prices are poised for a cyclical recovery this year. First, commodities have...

  29. December 19, 2013

    Resources pessimism may offer opportunity

    Amid the avalanche of analysts’ recommendations for the coming year, Trading Post finds the following among the more...

  30. November 25, 2013

    Platinum dragged lower by fall in gold

    Platinum has fallen to a one-month low, dragged down by gold prices, which lost ground amid easing political tensions after...

  31. October 28, 2013

    Decoding the LME’s silence on warehousing

    Oh London Metal Exchange, you tease! The entire metals industry is bursting to know what the LME will do about warehousing....

  32. October 25, 2013

    Tale of two updates reveals state of mining sector

    They were two very different updates – one bearish, one bullish. But this week’s trading statements from BHP Billiton and...

  33. October 7, 2013

    Warehousing to new supply – it’s LME week

    Steel yourselves (and your livers): it’s that time of year again. LME week, the largest annual gathering of the metals...

  34. October 2, 2013

    Australia raises China iron ore import forecast

    Australia’s official commodities forecaster has increased its expectations for Chinese iron ore imports, which it sees...

  35. September 30, 2013

    Graphene pioneer warns of sales delay

    Graphene NanoChem, a company specialising in the so-called miracle material, warned of a delayed launch of a key product as...

  36. September 12, 2013

    Italy’s Riva Group to close plants after court seizes assets

    Italy’s Riva Group, owner of one of Europe’s largest steel plants, has announced it will shut down almost all the companies...

  37. June 26, 2013

    Ukraine steel industry: Fuel price rise compels mills to change

    With cyclical peaks and troughs, not least being the 2009 economic crisis, the global steel market is a difficult one for...

  38. June 23, 2013

    Mining companies: Slash and earn

    After growth comes a focus on costs. It does not take a management degree to work that one out. Cost control and capital...

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