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  1. April 8, 2014

    Mint ratio points to risk appetite worries

    After the “pennant” we noted in the Brent crude chart, we can see a similar formation for silver. A nine-month range from...

  2. April 7, 2014

    Ample stocks mute platinum strike effect

    Ample stocks are keeping the price of platinum in check even as industrial action in South Africa, the world’s biggest...

  1. March 25, 2014

    South Africa strike costs platinum producers $1bn

    The world’s top three platinum producers warned on Tuesday that a more than eight-week wage strike in South Africa has cost...

  2. March 24, 2014

    Palladium jumps on Russia concerns

    The price of palladium has hit its highest level in more than 2½ years amid concerns about potential trade sanctions against...

  3. February 27, 2014

    Impala fears strike will reverse industry gains

    Impala Platinum, the world’s second-largest producer of the precious metal, reported a rise in its first-half profits but...

  4. February 17, 2014

    South Africa mine strikes boost platinum price hopes

    Production stoppages in South Africa and an expected pick-up in demand from a recovering European economy are fuelling hopes...

  5. February 14, 2014

    Gold posts highest weekly gain in six months as dollar weakens

    Gold posted its highest weekly gain in six months, rising as much as 4 per cent to $1,320 a troy ounce on Friday, lifted by...

  6. February 10, 2014

    Silver positioned for a break higher

    The latest data from the Commodity Futures Trading Commission shows that in the week ending February 4, speculator positions...

  7. January 20, 2014

    Platinum jumps on South Africa strikes

    Platinum rose to its highest level since October on Monday following the announcement of strikes at the world’s three...

  8. January 20, 2014

    South African platinum producers braced for strikes

    The world’s largest platinum producers are bracing themselves for an industry salary strike this week as a South African...

  9. January 19, 2014

    Silver Wheaton pioneers payment streams for miners

    Silver Wheaton is one of the world’s largest producers of silver in spite of not owning a single mine. Its business is...

  10. December 26, 2013

    Mining sector faces fresh pain as Canadian listings drop

    A crisis in confidence in the mining sector, fuelled by a steep decline in metal prices, is set to deepen as the number of...

  11. 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...

  12. November 13, 2013

    Small investors fuel US silver coin surge

    Demand for US silver coins has surged to a record high this year as small investors defy broader bearishness about precious...

  13. November 13, 2013

    Vulnerable silver may get Yellen respite

    Traders will be watching Janet Yellen’s confirmation hearings in Washington on Thursday for any guidance on the course of...

  14. October 25, 2013

    Gold producers accused over ‘misleading’ data

    A furious row has broken about between a high-profile gold investor and the industry body charged with promoting the...

  15. October 22, 2013

    China and Russia hold key to palladium price

    Traders of a technical bent may look at the price chart for palladium and see a pretty bullish image. At mid-session on...

  16. September 11, 2013

    Supply fears arrest palladium price slide

    Industrial troubles in South Africa and easing fears of a US strike on Syria have helped arrest a three-week slide in...

  17. September 4, 2013

    Bulls back platinum to rise

    Fundamental and technical factors look more bullish for platinum prices. On supply, another round of industrial action by...

  18. July 10, 2013

    Slum Randlords

    Prevarication has been a hallmark of Jacob Zuma’s presidency. By resisting firm policy prescriptions on contentious issues,...

  19. May 23, 2013

    Silver’s slide shows hedging benefits

    Silver bugs may have been complaining this week as the price of the commodity tumbled to a 2½-year low; but many of the...

  20. May 13, 2013

    South African platinum output falls to 11 year low

    South Africa’s platinum mining industry suffered its lowest output levels in 11 years as large scale labour unrest disrupted...

  21. April 4, 2013

    Lonmin: in a deep hole

    It takes a brave man to steer a company in an industry on bumpy ground. Take Lonmin, which this week announced that Ben...

  22. February 19, 2013

    Amplats halts South Africa production

    Wildcat strikes at Anglo American Platinum forced the world’s biggest producer of the precious metal to suspend production...

  23. February 11, 2013

    Miners feel the widespread tremors

    Gold is not the only mining sector facing tough times. The travails of platinum producers were graphically brought to the...

  24. February 11, 2013

    Impala warns of plunge in earnings

    Impala Platinum warned on Monday that it expected its earnings for the six months to the end of December to plummet by more...

  25. January 15, 2013

    Platinum jumps on shortfall concerns

    Platinum prices jumped nearly 3 per cent after Anglo American announced production cuts that analysts said would push the...

  26. January 14, 2013

    Amplats blames strike for full-year loss

    Anglo American Platinum, the miner that was hit by weeks of violent wildcat strikes, warned on Monday that it would report a...

  27. January 14, 2013

    India tackles its costly gold addiction

    It was no surprise that a deliberate threat at the start of this year by Palaniappan Chidambaram, Indian finance minister,...

  28. November 13, 2012

    Platinum shortfall largest in decade

    Supplies of platinum will fall short of demand this year by the most in a decade on the back of the crisis in the South...

  29. November 9, 2012

    Lonmin rejects takeover bid by Xstrata

    Lonmin, the London-listed platinum miner at the heart of weeks of industrial unrest in South Africa, has rejected a proposal...

  30. November 4, 2012

    Miners digging hole on mega-projects

    Listening to senior mining executives talking about delaying their mega-projects, cutting costs and making return on capital...

  31. October 26, 2012

    Anglo American – time to change

    It is hard to think of a time during Cynthia Carroll’s tenure as boss of Anglo American when she was not under pressure. If...

  32. October 11, 2012

    SA gold producers extend strike deadline

    South Africa’s leading gold mining companies have extended a deadline for workers to accept new wage offers after miners...

  33. September 19, 2012

    Lonmin – damage limitation

    Lonmin has fixed the strike. Can it fix itself? The London-listed platinum mining group agreed a deal earlier this week with...

  34. August 24, 2012

    Platinum prices rise on South Africa unrest

    Platinum prices hit a four-month high this week as spreading unrest among mineworkers in South Africa – which accounts for...

  35. August 23, 2012

    S African platinum mine strikes spread

    Platinium mine after platinum mine, the labour unrest in South Africa is spreading. Terence Goodlace, chief executive at...

  36. August 23, 2012

    Cry the beloved country no more

    When I first went to South Africa as a callow correspondent in the last year of white rule, veteran colleagues said that of...

  37. June 14, 2012

    Platinum prices rise on Aquarius move

    The announcement of production cuts supported sentiment in the platinum market, where prices have rallied 5 per cent since...

  38. May 17, 2012

    Rhodium fails to regain lustre

    If you don’t work in the precious metals industry you may not even have heard of it. But over the last couple of years...

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