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IAMGOLD (IAG) is falling Monday as gold prices drop due to high volatility.
2014 hasn't been the best year for the coal market. Next year, Joe Aldina of Wood Mackenzie expects to see more high-cost supply come out of the market, but his firm isn't calling for a material recovery in coal prices for another couple of years.
2014 was a quiet year for the moly space, though December brought two interesting pieces of news. Looking to the future, those hoping to see a stronger moly market in 2015 may end up getting that wish in the short term, but perhaps not in the long term.
Volatility continues in the iron ore space, with the metal's price searching for a bottom and its producers experiencing substantial share price swings. However, BC Iron is perhaps in the sweet spot of having a solid balance sheet and low enough cash costs to survive the current downturn, but high enough costs to offer substantial leverage in the event of an upswing.
Gold stocks down a bit, silver equities up a bit. A decent deposit in GLD---and another withdrawal from SLV. No sales report from the U.S. Mint once again. No in/out movement in gold worth mentioning at the COMEX-approved depositories on Thursday, but big in/out movement in silver.
Bacanora Minerals experienced trading volumes much higher than average both in London and on the TSX Venture on Friday on speculation that it will soon issue a positive update on its Mexican lithium projects. Rare Earth Minerals, which holds a 30-percent interest in Bacanora's subsidiaries, also experienced a price spike and higher-than-average trading volumes.
While iron ore prices have seen a dramatic drop this year, hope could be on the horizon with ferroalloys. Read on for an explanation from Christopher Tuck, commodity specialist with the National Minerals Information Center, US Geological Survey.
Patricia Mohr, Scotiabank economist and commodity market specialist, remains positive on the future of oil, and expects prices to start trending upward in the first quarter of 2015.
Timmins Gold announced it will purchase Goldgroup Mining's 100-percent interest in the Caballo Blanco gold project for as much as US$30 million in cash and shares. Projected production from the project could nearly double the company's annual gold production to 220,000 ounces.
Combining a rich mining history with huge profit potential in the here and now, the Guerrero Gold Belt is one part of Mexico investors should have their eye on. Here's a look at some of the companies operating there today.
Another big up day for the precious metal equities. No change in either GLD or SLV---and no sales report from the U.S. Mint, either. Very little in-out activity in silver and gold at the COMEX-approved depositories on Wednesday.
Leibish & Co.'s Yaniv Marcus on what diamond market participants can expect in 2015.
Barrick Gold announced Thursday morning that it will suspend operations at its Lumwana copper mine in Zambia. The move follows a decision by the Zambian government to jack up royalties on open-pit mining operations in the country by almost 15 percent.
This month's rumors that Coeur Mining was planning to acquire Paramount Gold and Silver turned out to be true on Wednesday morning. The companies announced that Coeur will acquire all outstanding shares of Paramount in an all-stock deal valued at $146 million, securing Paramount's San Miguel project and the Don Ese deposit.
The State of New York will ban fracking due to growing health concerns and lower-than-estimated economic impact for the state.
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