Copper Stocks Articles

Sprott monthly market update with Rick Rule: Cobalt bubble coming; Kaminak & The Yukon; streaming & royalties

May. 19, 2016, 9:37 AM / Palisade Radio

In the current bull market, with more equity available, streaming and royalty companies continue to provide much needed revenue in the base metals and industrial materials sectors.By-product precious metals revenues in a base metals companies can trade at 5 - 7 times EBITDA and top tier companies at 15 - 20 times EBITDA. Gold equities are in the midst of a momentum trade having been under-owned an...Read More

Caterpillar retail sales drop 12% in first three months of the year

May. 19, 2016, 6:31 AM / Cecilia Jamasmie

World's number one heavy equipment manufacturer Caterpillar (NYSE:CAT) logged Thursday retail machines sales results for the first three month of the year, which were down 12% compared to the same period of 2015, making it the 41 straight month of sales declines.Results mark the 41 straight month of retail sales declines.Energy and transportation led the drop, down 34%. Resources industries sales...Read More

Geoscience BC receives $5 million in new funding for mineral, water and energy earth science

May. 18, 2016, 12:14 PM / Geoscience BC

Vancouver, BC - May 18, 2016 - Geoscience BC commended the provincial government for its commitment of $5 million in new funding to support mineral, water and energy earth science in British Columbia, which was announced earlier today."We sincerely appreciate the generous support and confidence the government of British Columbia has shown in Geoscience BC over the years," said Robin Archdekin, Pre...Read More

Copper price won't lag spiking oil for much longer

May. 17, 2016, 2:41 PM / Frik Els

The price of copper in New York was drifting lower on Tuesday with July futures exchanging hands for $2.0870 a pound in late afternoon trade.Last week large scale investors in copper futures like hedge funds made a 138% about turn from bullish positioning, returning to a net short position on the Comex market indicating expectations of lower prices further out.After a brutal couple of weeks of...Read More

Copper purification system to cut shipping costs

May. 17, 2016, 2:05 PM / The Lead South Australia

NEW technology to improve the purification process of minerals will allow a major Australian miner to significantly reduce shipping costs.South Australian company OZ Minerals has designed a refining process that allows it to increase the quality of its copper concentrate and exponentially reduce export costs.OZ Minerals' hydromet technology improves the leaching process and purifies copper concent...Read More

Chilean mining powerhouse looks to new options to emerge from global mining slump

May. 17, 2016, 9:48 AM / Field Public Relations

One of the world's mining powerhouses - Chile - says the country has now adopted a proactive stance to reduce foreign investment barriers in its mining sector as it joins a plethora of mining jurisdictions worldwide battling to mitigate the resources downturn.Addressing the first day of the two day Paydirt 2016 Latin America Downunder conference in Perth today, Chile's Vice Minister of Mining, HE...Read More

Infographic: Weird world currency

May. 16, 2016, 10:58 AM /

The rise of alternative payment methods like Bitcoin, contactless credit cards and Apple Pay has reduced our everyday reliance on cold, hard cash.With that in mind, we took a look at some of the weird and wonderful things that have been used as alternatives to money around the world, some of which are still in use today.The rise of alternative payment methods like Bitcoin, contactless credit cards...Read More

Getting a heartbeat on British Columbia miners

May. 16, 2016, 10:21 AM / Richard Mills - Ahead of the Herd

PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC) has recently released their 48th annual British Columbia Mining Report.We all know commodity prices have been on a downward trend for the past five years. We also know several mines in the province have been put on care and maintenance and many early stage projects have seen their funding dry up.Let's take a look at some of the stats in PwC's B.C. mining report:Gro...Read More

Eldorado Gold to sell remaining assets in China to Yintai Resources for $600 million

May. 16, 2016, 8:00 AM / Cecilia Jamasmie

Canada's Eldorado Gold (TSX:ELD) (NYSE:EGO), until now the largest foreign gold producer in China, is selling its stakes on two mines and development project to an affiliate of China's Yintai Resources (SHSZ:000975) for US$600 million in cash.The transaction, expected to close in the third to fourth quarter 2016, includes Eldorado's interest in the White Mountain and Tanjianshan mines, as well...Read More

KGHM delays expansion of flagship mine in Chile, shares jump

May. 16, 2016, 4:01 AM / Cecilia Jamasmie

Shares in Polish mining giant KGHM (WSE:KGH), Europe's second-largest copper producer, soared Monday after earnings at overseas units helped it beat analysts estimates for the first-quarter profit.The stock jumped as much as 4.7%, and was trading 4.41% percent higher at 65.8 zloty at 2:33 p.m., reversing this year's decline to a 3.5% gain.As copper prices trade near the lowest level in more than t...Read More

Ivan Glasenberg's advice is buy not build, but rival miners aren't listening

May. 13, 2016, 12:10 AM / Australian Financial Review

Annually in May global mining bosses assemble in Miami for an industry summit described as "speed dating for chief executives"."They fly into Miami, they get a chance to talk directly to their big US investors and then they all retreat into private meetings with each other," one miner suggested this week. "That is the real value of going there, they get to look the whole industry in the eye."If th...Read More

A year of few natural disasters shatters hopes for copper bulls

May. 12, 2016, 4:14 PM / Bloomberg

Earthquakes, landslides and strikes drive copper prices up and down in a normal year. 2016 is turning out to be anything but normal.Only 124,000 metric tons of copper, or 1.8 percent of production, has been lost this year to bad weather, labor disputes, equipment failures and low prices, according to Macquarie Group Ltd. If the rest of 2016 stays as quiet, the disruption rate will be the lowest si...Read More

Swedish Bronze Age axes made with copper from Cyprus

May. 12, 2016, 4:01 PM / Andrew Topf

Ancient bronze tools unearthed in Sweden were made using copper from the Mediterranean, showing there was trade between the two cultures, archeologists have found.According to a story carried in Haaretz, an Israeli daily newspaper, copper mined in Sicily, Sardinia, the Iberian peninsula and Cyprus was exchanged for Nordic amber, which was as highly valued as gold in Mycenaean Greece and in the pr...Read More

Miners going broke - worst still to come

May. 11, 2016, 4:21 PM / Frik Els

Already high bankruptcy and default rates in mining & metals and oil & gas will only accelerate this year and the prolonged downturn in commodities will increasingly spill over into other sectors.So says Moody's Investors Service in a new report which forecasts global speculative-grade (sometimes called junk) default rates will continue to rise this year, to reach 5% in November due to continue...Read More

CHARTS: The May mining and metals meltdown

May. 10, 2016, 5:14 PM / Frik Els

Against expectations and in some instances in defiance of fundamentals, commodities managed to climb a wall of worry over the first four months of 2016 giving mining stocks a welcome boost after three years of declines.But seven trading days into May and much of the gains are being wiped out as fears about the health of the Chinese economy returns with a vengeance. Demand for bellwether commod...Read More

BC mining industry faced another difficult year with continued downtown in commodity prices: PwC survey

May. 10, 2016, 9:13 AM / PricewaterhouseCoopers Inc. ("PwC")

Commodity prices have been on a downward trend for the past five years, which has put pressure on the budgets and operations of British Columbia's (BC) mining companies in 2015. According to the annual PwC BC Mining Industry Survey for 2015 the continued drop in the price of key metals and minerals, particularly metallurgical coal and copper, has led to a number of mines in BC being put into care...Read More

A mea culpa for not recognizing the 2011 resource bubble

May. 10, 2016, 5:40 AM / Michael Allan McCrae

There was no commodity paradigm shift and there was no "peak everything" in 2011, says Jeremy Grantham in his recent letter to investors.The storied investor, writing in this spring's GMO Quarterly Letter, runs an autopsy on his own bullish outlook on commodities in 2011 and dissects how it all went wrong.Boston-based Grantham, Mayo, & van Otterloo has more than US$118 billion in assets under mana...Read More

BHP resumes expansion plans, says not waiting for prices to recover

May. 10, 2016, 5:00 AM / Cecilia Jamasmie

Andrew Mackenzie says BHP won't wait for prices to recover, and insists the giant miner continues to drive down costs. (Image from archives)World's largest mining company BHP Billiton (ASX, NYSE:BHP) (LON:BLT) has decided to resume investing in projects aimed to boost production capacity, particularly in copper and oil, even if commodity prices have not fully recovered yet.Speaking at the Global M...Read More

Freeport sells prized African copper mine

May. 9, 2016, 1:05 PM / Frik Els

Top publicly-held copper producer Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold (NYSE:FCX) on Monday announced the sale of its largest African copper mine to China Molybdenum for up to $2.65 billion.Like many of its peers Freeport has been struggling to get its debt load under control which ballooned to $20 billion following the ill-timed acquisition of oil and gas assets three years ago. In February the Phoenix...Read More

Major correction underway for mining stocks

May. 9, 2016, 11:52 AM / Frik Els

Mining and metals investors were offloading the sector's big names on Monday after sharp drops in iron ore and copper prices following weaker than expected imports by top consumer China and renewed fears about the robustness of the 2016 rally in commodity prices.On the Comex market in New York copper for delivery in July fell as much 2.4% to $2.1025 a pound or some $4,635 a tonne. Copper's y...Read More

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