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    1. February 17, 2015

      Concerns raised as China steel enters ‘peak zone’

      Zhang Guangning, who was elected chairman of the China Iron & Steel Association last month, did not mince his words when he...

    2. February 13, 2015

      Time to say buy buy from Mining Indaba

      The annual Mining Indaba event in Cape Town has become a place to take the pulse of the world’s industry. So what state is...

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    1. February 10, 2015

      Chinese banks bulk up in London’s commodity sector

      Under large chandeliers in London’s ornate Gibson Hall, China’s largest bank earlier this month celebrated its $690m...

    2. February 4, 2015

      China supply could limit aluminium gains

      The aluminium market faces the prospect of a growing surge of supply from China this year that could disrupt expectations of...

    3. 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...

    4. 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...

    5. 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...

    6. January 26, 2015

      Iron ore falls to lowest since May 2009 on weak China demand

      The price of iron ore has declined to $63 a tonne for the first time in five and a half years, hit hard by concerns about...

    7. January 22, 2015

      Rare metals offer Sheffield a glint of hope

      Steel was a big part of Sheffield’s past, now titanium and tantalum could be as important for its future. These rarely used...

    8. January 21, 2015

      The price-supply disconnect

      The commodities cycle is all about supply and demand responding to prices. To put it very simply, as prices rise companies...

    9. January 20, 2015

      Iron ore drops as Chinese steel output slows

      The post-new year funk in iron ore has continued with the steelmaking ingredient drifting lower on concerns about slowing...

    10. January 13, 2015

      Falling oil price fuels lower costs for miners

      Who is the lowest cost iron ore producer of them all? A couple of months ago the answer to that question was relatively...

    11. January 11, 2015

      Chinese group General Nice takes over Greenland mine

      A Chinese mining company is taking over a planned $2bn iron ore mine in Greenland, making it the first Arctic resources...

    12. January 6, 2015

      Iron ore bounce likely to be shortlived

      Few in the iron ore industry will remember 2014 with any fondness. The steelmaking ingredient was the worst performing major...

    13. December 12, 2014

      Miners lose billions in commodity plunge

      Miners have lost hundreds of billions in revenue from the fall in commodity prices this year, according to a new analysis,...

    14. December 11, 2014

      Dominant holder highlights problems in aluminium market

      For years buyers of aluminium have put the metal in warehouses, borrowed against it, and waited for prices to rise. It was...

    15. November 27, 2014

      Industrial metals beat wider slump

      Miners have watched iron ore sink precipitously this year to a five-year low. That has been repeated for oil and coal, as...

    16. November 26, 2014

      Nyrstar starts search for new CEO after parting ways with Junck

      Nyrstar is looking for a new chief executive after the world’s largest zinc producer abruptly parted company with Roland...

    17. November 25, 2014

      Iron ore keeps falling despite China rate cut

      Iron ore fell to a new five-year low on Tuesday, putting increasing pressure on the world’s largest miners of the...

    18. November 24, 2014

      EU energy costs turn up heat on aluminium sector

      Aluminium workers at the Alunorf plant in the German city of Neuss aptly call one of their production lines “the grill”....

    19. November 24, 2014

      Global metal trading becomes more difficult to regulate

      Global metals markets are becoming more difficult to regulate as manipulation takes more subtle forms and new trading...

    20. November 21, 2014

      Miners in a hole should stop digging

      The only way to have a quick war is to lose it. In the boardrooms of the world’s top trio of iron ore miners, the directors...

    21. November 20, 2014

      US report details metal warehouse issues

      The two-year US Senate investigation into banks’ commodities business has thrown a sharp light on the relationship between...

    22. November 19, 2014

      Nickel gains after Indonesia reaffirms ore export ban

      Nickel outperformed its base metal peers on Wednesday and hit its highest level in a month after Indonesia said a ban on...

    23. November 18, 2014

      Hebei Iron and Steel buys controlling stake in trader Duferco

      China’s Hebei Iron and Steel Group has agreed to acquire a controlling stake in global steel trader Duferco, as the...

    24. November 18, 2014

      Iron ore hit by weak Chinese housing

      Iron ore fell to a five-year low on Tuesday as China’s property market showed renewed signs of weakness. Benchmark...

    25. October 27, 2014

      LME taps China investors’ metals interest

      It is a tradition at the London Metal Exchange’s annual black tie dinner in the ballroom of the Grosvenor House Hotel to bet...

    26. October 24, 2014

      Iron ore falls on China demand fears

      Iron ore slipped below $80 a tonne in thin trading on Friday as concerns about supply growth and weak demand continued to...

    27. October 19, 2014

      BHP Billiton leads miners’ retreat from supersizing

      More trucks, more shovels, bigger holes in the ground: the mining sector has been supersizing itself for years, convinced...

    28. October 14, 2014

      Palladium stands out from commodities crowd

      “Palladium is the outlier in the metal space,” says Walter de Wet, commodities strategist at Standard Bank. Speculative...

    29. October 13, 2014

      Nickel bear market belies outlook

      Five months ago nickel was shining brightly. The silvery-coloured metal had surged to a two-year high on the back of an...

    30. October 8, 2014

      LME wins UK appeal over metals delivery

      The London Metal Exchange has won an appeal against a court ruling that stalled a key measure aimed at easing delivery...

    31. 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...

    32. 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...

    33. 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...

    34. 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...

    35. 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...

    36. 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...

    37. 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...

    38. 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...

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