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Gold Fields going all out to put South Deep gold mine into black 

By: Martin Creamer     14th February 2018 Gold Fields is going all out to push Gauteng's uniquely mechanised deep-level South Deep gold mine into the black once and for all. The company is ploughing R200-million a year into training, which it believes will set South Africa on an exciting new successful course in the pioneering fields of... 

Gold Fields pays dividend on net loss, flat production, two fatalities

By: Martin Creamer     14th February 2018 Gold mining company Gold Fields on Wednesday announced a final dividend on a net loss and flat production, impacted by two fatalities. As per its trading statement released on February 8, headline earnings for 2017 were $194-million, or $0.24 a share, and net loss for the year was $35-million, or... 

Browns Range pilot plant on track for completion in June

By: Simone Liedtke     12th February 2018 Despite heavy rains in the area over the last two weeks causing some delays, rare earths developer Northern Minerals MD George Bauk confirmed in a progress update on Monday that the Browns Range pilot plant project, in Western Australia, was on track for completion by the end of June. He said in... 

Magnis-linked consortium buys equipment for lithium-ion battery factory

By: Anine Kilian     9th February 2018 ASX-listed Magnis Resources has reported that Imperium3 New York (IM3NY) placed the winning bid for the acquisition of second-hand lithium-ion battery manufacturing equipment currently located in North Carolina, US.   The lithium-ion battery plant assets consists of equipment from major US and... 

New payment infrastructure designed to meet modern financial demands

By: Schalk Burger     9th February 2018 A new payment architecture and infrastructure is being designed to provide the transactional capabilities necessary to allow for new and faster financial services, says South Africa-based automated payments clearing house BankservAfrica CEO Chris Hamilton. BankservAfrica has renewed its... 

Bears Ears' mining rush falls flat as no one bothers to show up

By: Bloomberg     8th February 2018 Early on Friday morning, vast swathes of the red-rock high plateau that surrounds federally protected buttes in southern Utah were officially thrown open to miners. A controversial decision weeks earlier by President Donald Trump had shrunk the size of two national monuments – known as Bears Ears... 

Exxon's silent treatment on earnings is rankling Wall Street

By: Bloomberg     8th February 2018 Wall Street wants answers from Exxon Mobil. For at least a decade, Exxon’s top executives haven’t taken questions from Wall Street analysts during quarterly conference calls. Instead, Exxon only fields its VP for investor relations, a unique practice among the top ten S&P 500 Index companies and... 

US stocks sink most since 2011 as rout deepens: markets wrap

By: Bloomberg     6th February 2018 US stocks plunged the most in 6 1/2 years, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average sinking more than 1 100 points, as the equity selloff reached a fever pitch amid rising concern that inflation will force interest rates higher. Treasuries rallied and gold rose on haven demand. Volatility roared... 

Palladium rally may mean auto catalytic converter price hikes coming

By: Reuters     5th February 2018 With the price of palladium spiking to a record high last month, the effects could be felt in the automotive industry as manufacturers of catalytic converters consider raising their prices and may change the mix of metals in their products. Increased automotive industry demand and a supply... 

Elliott sees $22bn uplift in value with a simpler BHP

By: Bloomberg     5th February 2018 Activist investor Elliott Management Corp has called on BHP Billiton to immediately review its dual structure after commissioning research that argues reorganizing as a single company in Australia would add more than $22-billion in value to the miner’s shareholders. Creating a unified company,... 

BHP is said to mull shale split to speed $10bn sale

By: Bloomberg     1st February 2018 BHP Billiton, seeking to accelerate the sale of its US shale unit, is prepared to offer the assets in as many as seven packages, including three in the prized Permian Basin, according to people with knowledge of the producer’s plans. The world’s biggest miner continues to favour a sale of the... 

Airbus’ new long-range narrow-body airliner makes first flight

By: Rebecca Campbell     31st January 2018 The latest model in Europe-based aerospace group Airbus’ single-aisle airliner family, the A321LR, made its maiden flight from Hamburg in Germany on Wednesday. The aircraft is MSN7877 and is a long range version of the A321neo (new engine option), hence the suffix “LR”. It is powered by CFM... 

AngloGold output up but loss looms on impairment, retrenchment, silicosis costs

By: Martin Creamer     31st January 2018 Gold mining company AngloGold Ashanti produced more gold in the 12 months to December 31 than in the same period of 2016, but is heading for a basic loss for the period on impairment, retrenchment and silicosis settlement costs, the company said in a trading statement on Wednesday. Full-year... 

Rand weaker ahead of Eskom corporate results

By: Reuters     30th January 2018 South Africa's rand weakened against a stronger dollar in early trade on Tuesday, as investors waited anxiously for cash-strapped power utility Eskom to post their financial results. At 0611 GMT, the rand traded at 12.0200 per dollar, 0.59 percent weaker than its New York close on Monday. 

Copper deals off to best start in 12 yrs as prices surge

By: Bloomberg     27th January 2018 Copper mining deals are off to the best start in at least 12 years – and more money could be pouring into the sector this year. More than $500-million in transactions are pending or were completed so far this month, the most recorded for January in Bloomberg data going back 12 years. Merger... 

Rio Tinto talks loom as a lifeline for Freeport in Indonesia

By: Bloomberg     26th January 2018 When it comes to finally reaching a deal to secure Freeport-McMoRan’s long-term right to keep mining in Indonesia, the ball appears to be firmly in Rio Tinto Group’s court. Over an almost two-hour conference call Thursday, CEO Richard Adkerson made it clear that the company’s efforts to get a... 

World-class events benefit the township economy

By: Sydney Majoko     26th January 2018 Most South African townships are built along similar physical lines. They consist of a lot of bland structures that provide for the basic need of accommodation but nothing more. Sure, some people have displayed the need to be different and embarked on changing their dwellings. But in terms of... 

Copper inventories surge most in ten months, sending prices lower

By: Bloomberg     23rd January 2018 Copper slumped to a one-month low as a large delivery of metal into exchange warehouses in Asia refocused attention on demand during a seasonally weak period for industrial activity in China. 

Novelis to build $300m aluminium plant amid auto optimism

By: Bloomberg     23rd January 2018 Aluminium flat-rolled products maker Novelis Inc. plans to build a $300 million plant in Kentucky targeted at automotive customers looking to minimise vehicle weight amid more stringent efficiency rules. “It just reiterates the industry’s view on this very strong penetration as the material of... 

Insatiable appetite for gold-backed ETFs lures Australia mint

By: Bloomberg     23rd January 2018 The party in gold exchange-traded funds is raging so hard that the Australian government is trying to crash it. With holdings in gold-backed ETFs at the highest level since 2013, New York Stock Exchange Arca is seeking to list the Perth Mint Gold ETF Trust, according to a US government filing.... 

2017's worst-returning precious metal becomes hedge fund darling

By: Bloomberg     22nd January 2018 After lagging behind other precious metals last year, platinum is finally outperforming, and hedge funds are taking notice. Money managers increased their bets on a rally for platinum, a commodity used in pollution-control devices for cars. Investors had been pessimistic on prices until the... 

ADM has made takeover approach to Bunge – WSJ

By: Reuters     20th January 2018 Agricultural processing and trading company Archer Daniels Midland has proposed a takeover of Bunge, the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday, a move that could set up a battle for Bunge with London-based rival Glencore in an industry moving towards consolidation. Bunge and other top grains... 

Gold losses in years past keep producers from buying more mines

By: Bloomberg     17th January 2018 Stung by some lousy investments that led to billions of dollars in losses a few years ago, the world’s major gold producers have cut way back on mining deals – even as metal prices posted their biggest rally since 2010. The value of the industry’s transactions, from acquisitions to... 

Only four diamonds are bigger than one just found at famed mine

By: Bloomberg     16th January 2018 A small, embattled diamond miner just hit the jackpot. The 910-carat stone found by Gem Diamonds Ltd. high in the mountains of Lesotho in southern Africa is the fifth-largest in history. Here are the bigger ones: THE CULLINAN DIAMOND 

Palladium bulls rule as prices hit record on tight supply

By: Bloomberg     15th January 2018 Palladium bulls are having a party. The metal used to curb pollution from gasoline-fueled engines climbed to a record in the spot market amid signs of robust demand. In China, Honda Motor Co.’s vehicle sales climbed 16% to a record last year. General Motors Co.’s sales in the Asian nation, the... 

A new era of batteries spells trouble for gas in America

By: Bloomberg     12th January 2018 California, the state that helped birth the global boom in battery-toting electric vehicles, is trying to spark a similar transformation for utilities. And that spells trouble for power plants all across the U.S. that run on natural gas. The California Public Utilities Commission approved an... 

South African regulator reviewing volatile share trading

By: Reuters     12th January 2018 A South African market regulator said on Friday it was reviewing volatile trading activity sparked by market speculation that a research group would release a negative report on a listed firm. The regulator confirmed in an emailed response to questions that it was reviewing unusual activity in... 

Growth of European gold-backed ETFs outpaces US funds in 2017 – WGC

By: Reuters     9th January 2018 European gold-backed exchange-traded funds added more than double the amount of t that North American ones did in 2017, growing their assets by 13.9%, the World Gold Council (WGC) said on Tuesday. Though North America contained more than half the amount of global exchange-traded fund holdings,... 

Gold ETF starts 2018 with record winning streak as dollar falls

By: Bloomberg     3rd January 2018 Call it a new golden age. The SPDR Gold Shares ETF (ticker GLD) kicked off 2018 with an advance of 1.2% on January 2, extending its streak of gains to 11, a record. It retreated slightly at the start of regular trading on January 3, but is still up for the year. 

Even with Trump minerals order, US miners seen trailing China

By: Henry Lazenby     23rd December 2017 Even if Donald Trump’s initiative on 'critical minerals' strengthens the US mining industry, domestic companies would still struggle to compete with low-cost Chinese competitors, according to Bloomberg Intelligence. The president signed an executive order this week to identify new US sources of... 

Trump signs order to boost US production of critical minerals

By: Bloomberg     21st December 2017 President Donald Trump signed an executive order to reduce dependency of critical minerals used in everything from batteries to phones. “The comprehensive order aims to identify new sources of critical minerals, ensure miners and producers have access to the best data, and streamline the leasing... 

Zimnisky Diamond Price Index rises as demand improves

By: Henry Lazenby     20th December 2017 The Zimnisky Global Rough Diamond Price Index has gained 2.7% up to mid-December, with polished prices are down 3.5% in the same period, diamond analyst Paul Zimnisky said in a new blog post. The reason for this, according to the New York-based analyst, is that 2017 has been a year of excess... 

Fed spells relief for gold traders worried over rate-hike pace

By: Bloomberg     14th December 2017 Spot gold headed for the biggest gain in three weeks after Federal Reserve officials stuck with a projection for three interest-rate increases in the coming year, easing concerns that quickening economic growth would spur an even faster pace of monetary tightening. By a 7-2 vote, the Fed on... 

Macron: World is losing battle against climate change

By: News24Wire      13th December 2017 French President Emmanuel Macron delivered a stark warning on climate change at a meeting in Paris, urging political and business leaders to launch an urgent new phase in the fight against global warming. "We are losing the battle," Macron said at Tuesday's " One Planet " summit.  "We must all... 

Bitcoin contracts still pipsqueaks in world of commodity futures

By: Bloomberg     12th December 2017 The first reliable lens into tick-by-tick liquidity for bitcoin shows a financial commodity that is still a baby relative to its peers. From 6 pm Sunday to 9:30 am Monday in New York, 2 923 contracts changed hands in a total of 2 494 trades, representing an overall value of $50.2-million, data... 

Biggest African phone-tower firms said to be mulling 2018 listings

By: Bloomberg     8th December 2017 Three of Africa’s largest telecommunication towers companies plan to pursue share sales in either London or New York early next year, taking advantage of high industry valuations to fund expansion, according to people familiar with the matter. Closely-held IHS Towers, targeting an enterprise... 

Top iron-ore miner threatens to flood market if prices jump

By: Bloomberg     7th December 2017 Vale SA has a somber message for anyone betting on iron-ore prices returning to the heady days of 2011. The world’s biggest producer of the steel-making ingredient is prepared to unleash as much as 50 -million metric tons of spare capacity to balance the market if prices get too high, CEO Fabio... 

Newmont poised to oust Barrick as world's top gold producer

By: Bloomberg     7th December 2017 Newmont Mining’s Gary Goldberg has the title of world’s biggest gold producer within his grasp. The CEO raised his 2018 production forecast to a range of 4.9-million to 5.4-million ounces. That exceeds Barrick Gold’s 2018 guidance of 4.8-million to 5.3-million given in February, which doesn’t... 

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