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US backs protecting Yellowstone’s northern gateway from mining

By: Reuters     Updated 7 hours ago New mining claims should be banned for 20 years on more than 30 000 acres north of Yellowstone National Park to preserve scenery, wildlife habitat, waterways and outdoor recreation that fuels tourism in nearby Montana towns, the US Forest Service said Friday. The recommendation to withdraw 30... 

Goldman backs commodities as trade war fury now met with shrugs

By: Bloomberg     21st September 2018 Commodity bull Goldman Sachs Group says raw materials are poised to gain into the end of the year as investors have now become used to trade-war tensions, growth in top economies remains strong, and consumers who’d put off purchases in recent months start buying again. Copper jumped. “This week... 

The industrialisation debate in SA – what are the lessons?

By: Saliem Fakir     21st September 2018 Manufacturing has been in slow decline in the past decade or so. The sector has always been treated as a useful link between mining and higher-value beneficiation. Light and heavy industrialisation were, and in some respects still are, at the core of South Africa's industrial base. Before the... 

US iron miner helps launch ad campaign to sing tariff praises

By: Bloomberg     14th September 2018 Some US companies have reacted to the divisive issue of metal tariffs by saying as little as possible. Cleveland-Cliffs, on the other hand, has not only publicly backed the levies, now it’s putting up money to sing their praises. The US iron-ore producer says it’s deploying a promotional... 

Iran says it plans to boost ballistic, cruise missile capacity

By: Reuters     3rd September 2018 Iran plans to boost its ballistic and cruise missile capacity and acquire modern fighter planes and submarines, the Iranian state news agency IRNA quoted a senior Defence Ministry official as saying on Saturday. News of the military development plans came a day after Iran dismissed a French call... 

Gold's dismal run sets half-decade mark as dollar and stocks win

By: Bloomberg     31st August 2018 Gold is set for a fifth straight monthly decline, the longest losing run in half a decade, as the dollar gets a twin boost from trade tensions and the Federal Reserve’s path for higher interest rates, while inflation remains stuck in hibernation and US equities notch record after record. Bullion... 

IMF supports South African land reform provided it's 'rules based'

By: Reuters     30th August 2018 The International Monetary Fund (IMF) gave its full backing to South Africa's land reform plan on Thursday, as long as the highly contentious process is transparent and based on the constitution. The Fund's senior resident representative in South Africa Montfort Mlachila told Reuters that the... 

US–China trade tensions to shackle copper prices

By: Reuters     29th August 2018 Copper prices have recovered from a recent rout, but the possibility of the trade dispute between the Washington and Beijing escalating and its potential to crimp demand in China, the world's top consumer, is expected to cap gains. Benchmark copper on the London Metal Exchange at $6 100 has... 

South African farmers play chicken with Trump tariffs

By: Reuters     29th August 2018 Herman Pretorius is just the kind of white South African farmer US President Donald Trump expressed concern for when he barged into the country's delicate land reform debate by ordering an investigation into the "large-scale killing of farmers". But for the greying, bespectacled 58-year-old,... 

Mexico's next leader says NAFTA deal preserves energy 'sovereignty'

By: Reuters     28th August 2018 Mexican president-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador welcomed a deal between Mexico and the United States to overhaul the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) that he said preserved Mexican "sovereignty" in the energy sector. The U.S.-Mexico deal was announced by US President Donald Trump... 

Linde, Praxair try to save $83bn merger after antitrust blow

By: Reuters     22nd August 2018 Industrial gases giants Linde and Praxair are in talks to try to salvage their $83-billion merger after US competition regulators demanded they sell assets that generate more than $4.3-billion in sales. Linde said on Wednesday the divestments were expected to reach a level that would allow either... 

Trump proposes unwinding Obama's coal-plant pollution curbs

By: Bloomberg     21st August 2018 President Donald Trump’s administration on Tuesday unveiled its plan to dramatically weaken carbon dioxide limits on coal-fired power plants by shifting most of the regulatory burden to states in a further assault on the Obama climate legacy. The Environmental Protection Agency’s "Affordable... 

Sweden's Granges halts plans for US aluminium joint venture

By: Reuters     17th August 2018 Sweden's Granges put on ice on Friday plans to form an aluminium manufacturing joint venture in the United States with Japan's Mitsubishi Aluminum Co, saying that the project was less attractive in "current circumstances". It did not specify what circumstances it was referring to though a Granges... 

Trump says his steel tariffs will save the US industry – WSJ

By: Reuters     16th August 2018 President Donald Trump said on Wednesday his tariffs on foreign steel are saving the US industry and he predicted that in the future American steelmakers will mostly face domestic competition, the Wall Street Journal reported. In a 20-minute interview with the newspaper, Trump said some people... 

Threat of contagion in emerging markets deepens commodity risk

By: Bloomberg     13th August 2018 When Thailand devalued its currency two decades ago, few in global commodity markets took note. Within a year, the crisis morphed into an emerging-market rout that eviscerated the price of everything from crude oil to copper. Fast forward to today and Turkey is presenting a similar challenge. The... 

Tipping point?

By: Terence Creamer     10th August 2018 The dust has well and truly settled on of the tenth Brics summit, hosted in Johannesburg last month. While the event was generally viewed as positive from a South African perspective, it failed to capture the popular imagination. Most public interest centred on whether Russia’s strongman... 

Should we worry about Chinese generosity?

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     10th August 2018 Back in March, former US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson became the umpteenth Western big gun to urge Africans to beware of Chinese generosity on the continent, which has taken the form of freebies such as the African Union headquarters in Addis Abba, Ethiopia – built at a cost of $200-million... 

Gold may hit $1 300 by end of year, ICBC says

By: Bloomberg     6th August 2018 Gold’s plunge to the lowest level in more than a year may be close to ending, and prices could climb back to $1 300 by December, according to ICBC Standard Bank. Bullion is set to average $1 26/oz in the third quarter and rise further in the following three months as interest rate increases are... 

Japan steelmakers shrug off US tariffs in earnings but warn on automobile duties

By: Reuters     2nd August 2018 Japanese steelmakers reported little fallout in their first-quarter earnings from the US import tariffs on steel, but they all voiced growing concerns over possible US duties on automobiles which could hurt a wide range of Japan's industries. US President Donald Trump ordered a national security... 

Turkish steel makers eye exports to West Africa amid US tariff setbacks

By: Reuters     31st July 2018 Turkish steel makers are looking to expand in West Africa and other emerging markets in response to tariffs and planned quotas which threaten their sales to the United States and the European Union (EU), a senior sector official said. Namik Ekinci, board chairperson for the Turkish Steel Foreign... 

SA HIPPO applauds trade minister for dissolving SABS board

By: Creamer Media Reporter      30th July 2018 Dr Rob Davies, the South African minister of Trade and Industries dissolved the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) Board on 28 June 2018 and placed the SABS under administration owing to SABS failing to exercise its fiduciary duties in terms of the Standards Act and the Public Finance... 

G20 agriculture ministers slam protectionism, pledge WTO reforms

By: Reuters     30th July 2018 Agriculture ministers from the G20 countries criticized protectionism in a joint statement on Saturday, and vowed to reform World Trade Organization (WTO) rules, but did not detail what steps they would take to improve the food trade system. In the statement, they said they were "concerned about... 

Global steel output jumps in H1 as strong margins tempt mills to ramp up

By: Reuters     26th July 2018 Global crude steel output, a gauge of economic health, rose 4.6% in the first half of this year versus the same period last year, as strong margins prompted mills in major producing countries to ramp up, industry data showed on Thursday. Crude steel production for the 64 countries reporting to... 

WTO chief sees trade war ending in political talks

By: Reuters     26th July 2018 The nascent global trade war will have to be ended by a political agreement between world leaders, because continuing down the current path will only damage the global economy, the head of the World Trade Organization said on Wednesday. WTO Director General Roberto Azevedo said that world leaders... 

Europe to become 'massive' buyer of US LNG, Trump says

By: Bloomberg     25th July 2018 Europe will build more terminals to import US liquefied natural gas, the head of the European Commission told US President Donald Trump during a meeting aimed at averting a transatlantic trade war. “They want very much to do that, and we have plenty of it,” Trump said, referring to the US shale... 

Xi Jinping, Ramaphosa say Brics should uphold multilateralism, reject trade war

By: Terence Creamer     25th July 2018 The Presidents of China and South Africa, Xi Jinping and Cyril Ramaphosa, offered an unequivocal rebuke of US President Donald Trump’s trade war on Wednesday and called on the Brics countries of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa to act to uphold multilateralism and defend the... 

South Africa 'collateral damage' in US-led global trading war – Davies

By: African News Agency      25th July 2018 South Africa has become "collateral damage" in the trading war involving mainly the United States, China, Canada and the European Union, with tariffs imports on its steel exports, Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies said on Wednesday. Global tensions have flared up as other countries hit... 

French metals group Eramet warns favourable outlook could be dented by trade rows

By: Reuters     24th July 2018 A sharp rise in manganese ore and nickel prices helped Eramet post higher profits in the first half of the year, but the French metal and mining group warned on Tuesday that current favourable markets could be hurt by global trade tensions.In an interim results statement on Tuesday, Eramet... 

In Senegal, China's President Xi pledges stronger Africa ties

By: Reuters     23rd July 2018 China's President Xi Jinping pledged during a visit to Senegal on Saturday to strengthen economic ties with Africa, a continent already awash with cheap Chinese loans in exchange for minerals and huge construction projects. Xi arrived in Senegal on Saturday for a two-day visit to sign bilateral... 

Commodity price volatility will prevail as long as trade war threats prevail – BMI

By: Marleny Arnoldi     20th July 2018 Research firm BMI says most commodity prices will remain neutral on a three-month horizon, with the exception of oil prices which it expects to increase. Commodity prices performed poorly over June and July, but BMI believes the downside is limited for now as the drop in sentiment overshot... 

Gold edges up as US dollar trades below 1-year highs

By: Reuters     20th July 2018 Gold prices edged up in volatile trade on Friday, after hitting a one-year low in the previous session, as the US dollar eased from its highest in a year. Spot gold was trading at $1 224.55 an ounce at 0811 GMT. In the previous session, it fell to its weakest since July last year at $1 211.08 an... 

Trade war could knock 3% off global GDP – Bank of France study

By: Reuters     20th July 2018 An international trade war with wide-ranging tariff hikes could cut global gross domestic product by as much as three percent, according to a study by the French central bank on Thursday. The direct impact of a generalised 10 percentage point increase in import tariffs could alone knock 1% off... 

Uranium tariffs threaten nuclear plants Trump is trying to save

By: Bloomberg     20th July 2018 The Trump administration’s decision to consider tariffs on uranium imports may raise the cost of fuel for nuclear reactors and undermine a separate initiative to shore up struggling electricity generators. The Commerce Department said Wednesday it will probe whether uranium imports “threaten to... 

CLOUDS GATHER

20th July 2018 Trade tensions continued to rise between the US and China this month, with President Donald Trump imposing new tariffs and China retaliating. Bloomberg reports that China has told companies to boost imports of goods – from soybeans to seafood and automobiles – from countries other than the US... 

EU mulls coal, pharma, chemicals tariffs if US hits cars – Wiwo

By: Reuters     19th July 2018 The European Union (EU) will consider introducing tariffs on coal, pharmaceuticals and chemical products from the United States if President Donald Trump imposes restrictions on European cars, Germany's Wirtschaftswoche magazine reported on Thursday. "Depending on progress made during the visit... 

Cameco following US uranium trade investigation ‘closely’

By: Mariaan Webb     18th July 2018 Canadian uranium major Cameco does not expect the Trump administration’s investigation into uranium imports to have an immediate impact on its shipments into the US, but the company’s president and CEO Tim Gitzel said he is following developments “very closely”. He affirmed that Cameco, which is... 

US plans uranium import probe that may lead to tariffs

By: Bloomberg     18th July 2018 The Trump administration plans to open an investigation into whether uranium imports are harming national security, a move that could lead to tariffs on foreign shipments of the metal, said three people familiar with the matter. US uranium producers Energy Fuels and Ur-Energy filed a petition in... 

Google hit with record $5bn EU antitrust fine

By: Reuters     18th July 2018 EU regulators hit Google with a record €4.34-billion ($5-billion) antitrust fine on Wednesday for using its Android mobile operating system to squeeze out rivals. The penalty is nearly double the previous record of €2.4-billion, which the US tech company was ordered to pay last year over its... 

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