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    1. 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 coffee...

    2. 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, with...

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    1. 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...

    2. 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 they...

    3. 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 cans....

    4. 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...

    5. 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 no...

    6. 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 Foreign...

    7. 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, especially...

    8. 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 hit the...

    9. 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 in...

    10. 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 not...

    11. 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. Energia...

    12. 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 meteorology...

    13. 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 for a...

    14. 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...

    15. 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 alternative...

    16. 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 per...

    17. 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 the LME...

    18. 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 class...

    19. 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, ending a...

    20. 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 companies —...

    21. 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 ecosystem;...

    22. 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 according...

    23. 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 the...

    24. 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...

    25. 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...

    26. 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...

    27. 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 a...

    28. 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...

    29. March 31, 2015

      Nickel drops to 6-year low

      Nickel dropped to its lowest level in almost six years on Tuesday, with selling accelerating this week as investors worry...

    30. March 25, 2015

      Thermal coal retreats on fears over Japanese deal

      Australian thermal coal prices — the benchmark for the giant Asian market — have surrendered recent gains as traders fret...

    31. March 20, 2015

      Castleton hires Sellars for metals push

      Energy trader Castleton Commodities International is expanding into industrial metals, hiring a former head of metals at...

    32. March 18, 2015

      Iron ore falls to post-financial crisis low

      The price of iron ore has dropped to its lowest level since the financial crisis on fresh concerns about demand in China,...

    33. March 17, 2015

      US Steel: heavy metal

      As a title for a restructuring plan, the Carnegie Way may be the rare clever choice. This is the name of the efficiency...

    34. March 10, 2015

      Views diverge on China steel outlook

      Analysts and the world’s biggest miners are increasingly at odds over the outlook for steel in China, the world’s biggest...

    35. March 5, 2015

      Iron ore falls below $60 on China cuts vow

      The price of iron ore, a key steelmaking ingredient, dropped below $60 a tonne for the first time since 2009 as China vowed...

    36. 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...

    37. 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...

    38. 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...

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