ThursdayNov 30, 2023 12:36 pm

Could ETFs Offer Investment Opportunities Amid Gold’s Recent Rally

After months of relatively lackluster performance, market conditions are increasingly turning in favor of gold. Inflation rates are trending downward, central banks around the world seem to be stepping back from their aggressive interest rate hikes, and all signs indicate that the global economy isn’t going into a freefall but a usual slowdown. All these conditions, coupled with recent conflicts in the Middle East, which significantly increased gold’s safe haven appeal, caused gold to rally for the first time in several months. Currently investor interest in the precious metal is skyrocketing amid rocky economic conditions in most major markets, and…

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WednesdayNov 29, 2023 2:45 pm

Copper Supply Could Improve as Treatment Charges Drop at Smelters

Chilean mining giant Antofagasta recently signed its first major concentrates supply deal for next year with the China-based Jichuan Group. Although it is still unclear if the terms of the new deal will form a yearly benchmark for other deals amid a changing copper-concentrates landscape, it will most likely be impacted by an unforeseen but welcome fall in headline treatment and refining charges (TC/RCs) Treatment and refining charges refer to the costs involved in converting mineral concentrates into refined metal at a smelter. This conversion from raw concentrate to refined and usable metal is a key step in the mining…

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WednesdayNov 29, 2023 9:45 am

Prospera Energy Inc. (TSX.V: PEI) (OTC: GXRFF) (FRA: OF6B) Announcing Development Update

Prospera Energy recently announced that its sixth horizontal well has commenced drilling The well forms part of the company’s phase 2 initiatives, which will see it drill a total of ten horizontal and 8 vertical wells across its Cuthbert and Heart Hill properties Recent successes within the program – has seen drilling work and production profiles come in well ahead of expectations – this has prompted Prospera to extend its second phase beyond the initially planned ten horizontal wells The company separately revealed that it has reached a production of 1,100 boe/d from its five initial wells as of end…

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TuesdayNov 28, 2023 12:43 pm

Gold Miners Report Strong Fundamentals in Q3 2023

Top gold miners around the world have reported strong financial results for Q3 2023, thanks to a combination of lower mining costs and increasing gold prices that resulted in skyrocketing profits through the third quarter of the year. Growth in the global gold industry over the third quarter was so substantial that major miners were able to overcome depletion and maintain relatively stable collective output. Some gold stocks registered the highest-ever growth in earnings amid high gold prices that are likely to attract institutional investment to the relatively struggling gold sector. The mining industry as a whole has struggled to…

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MondayNov 27, 2023 2:37 pm

Analysis Finds That to Meet Emissions Goals, Coal Use Must Reduce Seven Times Faster

A new report has found that major shifts will be needed if any meaningful change in the fight against climate change is expected to occur. The report, published last week, points to the seriousness of the challenges policymakers face as they prepare for the upcoming climate change summit set to occur in the UAE this November. The report centered on the 2015 Paris Agreement, whose aim was to restrict global warming to 1.5o Celsius. It developed targets for 2030 and 2050 that aligned with the agreement, highlighting that only one indicator was set to meet its 2030 target: the sale…

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WednesdayNov 22, 2023 2:09 pm

Swiss Court Decision Deals a Blow to Making Gold Industry More Transparent

The Switzerland Federal Court has snubbed a request from a Swiss NGO that would require the provision of more detailed data on imported gold and increase transparency in the industry. Gold has attracted the attention of unscrupulous players since time immemorial, and the global gold industry is still inundated with bad players who flout human rights and other laws in their bid to profit from the precious metal. Refineries are often secretive about the origins of their gold ore, likely because a decent portion is sourced from conflict regions such as eastern Congo where militias, criminal groups and even mercenaries…

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TuesdayNov 21, 2023 2:45 pm

Market for Synthetic Graphite Recovers from COVID-19 Shocks

A recent report has revealed that the global market for synthetic graphite is poised to experience substantial growth over the next five years. The "Synthetic Graphite Market Size & Share Analysis - Growth Trends & Forecasts (2023 - 2028)" report predicted that the worldwide market for this commodity will grow from an approximate value of $2.99 billion this year to $4.16 billion by 2028 at a compound annual growth rate of 6.83%. The market has effectively rebounded from the shocks caused by the coronavirus pandemic, and experts predict it will maintain its expansion in the near future. According to the…

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TuesdayNov 21, 2023 10:30 am

Ucore Rare Metals Inc. (TSX.V: UCU) (OTCQX: UURAF) Makes Visionary Pitch for Domestic REE Supply Chain at Fall Mining Showcase 2023

Rare earth element (“REE”) enterprise Ucore Rare Metals Inc. is developing an innovative separation technology for REEs critical to modern computer technologies The company is preparing to advance the operational machinery being used to demonstrate Ucore’s proprietary RapidSX(TM) solution side-by-side with conventional separation technology, designing a similar commercial operation that will begin commissioning next year in Louisiana China currently dominates the global market for mining, processing, and product creation for REEs, leading to American concerns about vulnerability to price and supply policies controlled by China’s government Ucore has received a $4 million award from the U.S. Department of Defense to…

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MondayNov 20, 2023 3:58 pm

Western Producers of Rare Earths Seek Premium Prices to Counter China’s Dominance

A handful of Western critical-mineral explorers are looking to command premium prices for metals that will be key to the green-energy transition in exchange for ridding western countries of their reliance on China in the rare-earth metal segment. China is a key player in this sector and controls roughly 95% of the supply and production of all rare-earth metals, granting it a monopoly in an industry with significant strategic value. With tensions between China and western countries rising, and China using its monopoly to dictate prices as well as control export to stir conflict among end users, these countries are…

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FridayNov 17, 2023 11:47 am

Chinese Companies Heavily Invest in Indonesia’s Nickel Sector, Complaints about Working Conditions Abound

Chinese companies have invested more than $14 billion into Indonesia’s nickel sector over the past decade building smelters, refineries, a nickel museum and a new metallurgy school. Nickel’s primary applications are in stainless steel production, but the metal is also key to the fledgling electric vehicle industry because of its use in EV batteries. With most nations pledging to switch to battery electric cars over the next few decades, nickel is poised to see explosive demand. These Chinese companies have secured the metal’s supply for at least a decade. However, while producing green-transition metals such as nickel and creating job…

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