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  • Higher platinum demand HALVES surplus stocks - could this be the year for platinum?
  • The platinum price has been depressed for a couple of years because of high surpluses on the back of mining and recycling of the metal putting more of it in the system than is being bought up by investors and producers. But 2019 saw this take a turn. Platinum demand for 2019 is already up significantly. Full year forecasts puts the metal's demand at 8,045 koz, compared to the 2018 figure o... ››› more
  • [09 October 2019]
  • Oil's been doing quite well, but it's unlikely to continue…
  • Over the past few weeks, the oil price has rallied. This is mostly thanks to a weaker dollar and the chance that supply of US shale oil is slowing. So will oil keep climbing? Let's take a closer look… How the oil industry has changed The big change in the whole oil industry has been the success of US shale oil. More efficient fracking led to oil reserves that were once inacces... ››› more
  • [16 October 2015]
  • Could a fall in production propel platinum higher?
  • The price of platinum has almost halved over the last five years. After scaling the dizzy heights of $1,800 following the financial crisis, the price of the precious metal has now settled below $1,000 an ounce. But production of platinum is set to fall. Investment into the sector is also dwindling. Could these factors be what platinum needs to send its price higher? Let's take a close... ››› more
  • [22 September 2015]
  • The oil price comes under renewed pressure as OPEC reiterates it won't cut production
  • In June last year, the oil price started its descent. By January, the oil price had lost over 50% of its value. Since the middle of January, the price has picked up. But yet again it's been under pressure. And today, oil fell close to $55 a barrel. So what's going on with the price of oil? Let's take a closer look… Comments made by Saudi Arabia’s oil minister sends the oil p... ››› more
  • [23 March 2015]
  • Lonmin is to slash costs as the platinum price remains under pressure
  • Earlier today, Lonmin released its production report for its first quarter. The platinum producer, which is the world's third largest, said it plans to keep output unchanged, but is cutting costs. Let's take a closer look at what Lonmin revealed… Lonmin plans to cut spending by 26% Lonmin [JSE:LON] says it “will cut its capital expenditure” for this year as the near term prosp... ››› more
  • [29 January 2015]
  • As oil plunges to under $62 a barrel, OPEC reiterates it has no plans to cut production
  • Friday saw another 3% drop in the price of Brent crude oil. This takes the price down to a five-year low. Yesterday, the secretary general of OPEC (the Organisation of Oil Exporting Countries) said they have no plans to cut production to support the oil price. Let's take a closer look at what's going on… Friday saw 3% wiped off the oil price The oil price “fell 3% to plumb new f... ››› more
  • [15 December 2014]
  • Oil plunges to $72 a barrel as OPEC decides to keep producing at current levels
  • Yesterday, the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) met in Vienna. On the agenda was how to respond to an ebbing oil price. If the organisation decided to cut production, it could help deal with the current oversupply, which is contributing towards a low oil price. But OPEC decided against a cut in production. The oil price fell hard on the news. Let's take a closer look ... ››› more
  • [28 November 2014]
  • Uranium: It's time for this essential unloved resource to rally
  • When sentiment turns against an asset, the result is a plunging price. And when this happens, the price levels don't make economic sense. But the fact is, the longer sentiment is negative, the longer prices stay down. Yet, at some point, market forces will rule. And this is the case for this unloved, but essential, resource. So let's take a look at why uranium looks set to fight back… ... ››› more
  • [15 August 2014]
  • Shares in Sibanye jump higher as the miner boosts gold production
  • Earlier today, Sibanye Gold released its results for the six months to the end of June. The gold mining company showed a robust rise in gold production along with a steady rise in operating profit. Earnings per shares felt the impact of a share issue in May. Let's take a closer look at what the results revealed… Gold production rose 8% For the six months to June, Sibanye grew i... ››› more
  • [31 July 2014]
  • A large rise in South African diamond finds boost Petra Diamonds' production
  • Petra Diamonds, a London-listed diamond producer, says it's seen a large rise in diamond production for the year to the end of June. The majority of the diamond company's mines are in South Africa. Last month, Petra Diamonds unearthed a rare 122.5 carat diamonds from its Cullinan mine near Pretoria. Let's take a closer look at what the company revealed… Five of Petra Diamonds'... ››› more
  • [28 July 2014]
  • Anglo American reports a 40% drop in platinum production
  • The parent company of Anglo American Platinum (Amplats), Anglo American, released its second quarter production report earlier today. Not surprisingly, the diversified miner reported a sharp drop in platinum production. But other resources mined showed strong growth. Let's take a closer look at the report… Anglo American shares dipped on release of the report On release of the report... ››› more
  • [17 July 2014]
  • Workers take the first steps to getting back to work at the platinum mines
  • Following the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) and the platinum producers signing new wage deals yesterday, workers are streaming back to the mines today. But it will be at least a week before any type of production resumes. Let's take a closer look at what's going on… The longest strike in South African history is over This morning saw thousands of workers going back... ››› more
  • [25 June 2014]
  • Why a bull market is just getting started for platinum
  • Platinum has had a rough year so far. The strike hitting the world's three largest platinum producers is nearly four months old. And through this the supply of platinum continue to be under severe pressure. There's a supply crunch on the horizon. But these aren't the only reasons why platinum is set to take off. Let's take a closer look at two reasons why this is only the beginning of a bull marke... ››› more
  • [22 May 2014]
  • How China's 'nuclear winter' is about to cause a boom in the iron ore price
  • Chinese scientists have warned that the country's toxic air pollution is now so bad that it resembles a 'nuclear winter', slowing photosynthesis in plants — and potentially wreaking havoc on the country's food supply. Chinese officials know they have a massive problem on their hands if they want to transition into a consumer driven economy. Nobody wants to raise a family in a place that'... ››› more
  • [16 May 2014]
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