Base metal stocks Articles

Tax Loss Selling is About to Begin - Are You Prepared?

Nov 16 2018 12:56PM / Kitco Commentary

As you read this, the calendar is halfway into November. For some folks, this means heading south to a warm place like Florida. For some, it means breaking out the winter coats and hats. For top resource investors, it means tax loss selling bargain season. It means Christmas comes early...and the presents can lead to hundreds of thousands - even millions - of dollars in extra profit. At the end o...Read More

Wall Street and Main Street are both bullish in the weekly Kitco News gold survey.

Nov 16 2018 11:38AM / Kitco News

(Kitco News) - Fifteen market professionals took part in the Wall Street survey. Nine respondents, or 60%, predicted higher prices by next Friday. There were three votes, or 20%, for both lower and sideways prices.Meanwhile, 502 people responded to an online Main Street poll. A total of 311 respondents, or 60%, called for gold to rise. Another 123, or 26%, predicted gold would fall. The remaining...Read More

GFMS: Global Silver-Market Surplus Increasing In 2018

Nov 16 2018 9:14AM / Kitco News

(Kitco News) - The surplus in the global silver market will rise to 35.3 million ounces in 2018, an increase from 2.4 million in 2017, the GFMS team at Refinitiv reported late Thursday.Johann Wiebe, lead analyst for the GFMS team, reported on the GFMS/Silver Institute Interim Silver Market Review during the annual silver industry dinner hosted by the Silver Institute. The report includes provision...Read More

Commerzbank: Palladium Creeps Closer to Gold Price

Nov 16 2018 8:17AM / Kitco News

Palladium prices hit a record high Thursday and at one point were within $30 an ounce of gold, Commerzbank says, although the spread has since widened again. Nevertheless, palladium’s recent gains may have been “excessive,” Commerzbank says. “We attribute the price surge - which happened very quickly - to buying on the futures market, as the trading volume yesterday was twi...Read More

Solid Gold Gains As U.S. Stock Market Wobbles, USDX Sinks

Nov 16 2018 8:12AM / Kitco News

(Kitco News) - Gold prices are solidly higher and setting new daily highs in early U.S. trading Friday, on safe-haven demand as U.S. stock indexes are pointed toward lower openings when the New York day session begins. The U.S. dollar index is also selling off and hitting its session low, further supporting buying interest in the precious metals markets. December gold futures were last up $9.60 an...Read More

Bitcoin Daily Chart Alert - Bulls Work To Stop The Bleeding - Nov. 16

Nov 16 2018 8:09AM / Kitco News

Editor's Note: Welcome to Kitco's new Bitcoin Daily Technical Alert. Every trading day veteran Kitco technical analyst Jim Wyckoff will provide you with a concise and easy-to-understand near-term technical brief on Bitcoin. Importantly, Jim will glean the short-term charts and technical studies, and then alert you to the signals he sees regarding upcoming potential bigger price moves or price tren...Read More

Gold Sticks The Landing

Nov 16 2018 8:02AM / Kitco Commentary

Like a gymnast, gold stuck a perfect landing as it tumbled from the $1,240 level, holding the $1,200 support level the last few days. The pattern for gold remains solid, although the selling before the landing was rather uncomfortable.Traders and investors look to the news for reasons to buy or sell when the simple truth is all the news plays out in the chart long before it ever hits the mainstrea...Read More

LIVE FUTURES REPORT 15/11: LME zinc rallies 3% in mixed LME close; nickel, lead lose gains

November 16, 2018 / Staff reporter

Zinc futures on the London Metal Exchange rallied 3% at the close on Thursday November 15, ending a weeklong downtrend and supported by a decade-low downdraft in total LME inventories.Across the entire base metals asset class, volumes traded on the exchange were moderately high, with the trading of zinc's 15,062 lots the most since Thursday August 16 and second on the day to copper's 16,465 lots."...Read More

Swiss investment bank UBS Group applies for LME Category II membership

November 16, 2018 / Staff reporter

Swiss multinational investment bank, UBS Group, has applied for Category II membership on the London Metal Exchange, according to a note released by the exchange on Thursday November 15. The LME currently has 32 Category II members and the Swiss bank's London subsidiary, UBS Ltd, is already a member. Last month, Chinese broker Nanhua Futures similarly took steps...Read More

Jiangxi Copper takes lead in 2019 TC/RC benchmark negotiations, agrees deal with Antofagasta at $80.80/t [UPDATE]

November 16, 2018 / Staff reporter

[updating with detail and comment throughout]Jiangxi Copper and Antofagasta agreed terms on 2019 copper concentrates treatment and refining charges (TC/RCs) at $80.80 per tonne/8.08 cents per lb on Thursday November 15, sources from both companies told Fastmarkets.The deal is in line with market expectations and is 1.8% lower than the benchmark of $82.25/8.225 cents agreed in 2018 between Freeport...Read More

TITANIUM SNAPSHOT: Ferro-titanium price losses persist but floor seen

November 16, 2018 / Staff reporter

Key data from the Wednesday November 14 pricing session in Europe. Key driversThe recent downward trend in the ferro-titanium price has created more losses in the European alloy market. The trend started on September 12, when the market was assessed at $5.80-6.05 per kg.Trading activity was slower this week, with many market participants at Fastmarkets MB' International Ferro-alloys conference in...Read More

2018 ICDA CONF: Oversupply to haunt chrome industry in the short term

November 16, 2018 / Staff reporter

Expansions in chrome capacity over the next five years will lead to a global oversupply in the short term, Fastmarkets learned at the 2018 International Chromium Development Association (ICDA) Conference in Baotou, China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region on November 6-8. There will be an increasing oversupply in the chrome industry over the next five years though it is difficult to gauge whether...Read More

FOCUS: HPAL process 'not a quick solution' to battery-grade nickel tightness

November 16, 2018 / Staff reporter

Planned investment by China in high-pressure acid-leaching (HPAL) projects for nickel mining will materialize, but the projected production timeframes are very likely to be pushed back, and development costs are liable to increase, market participants have told Fastmarkets."[The Chinese are] looking to take advantage of the expected growth [in nickel demand for battery uses]. All of us are skeptic...Read More

Jiangxi Copper takes lead in 2019 TC/RC benchmark negotiations, agrees deal with Antofagasta at $80.80/t [UPDATE]

November 16, 2018 / Staff reporter

[updating with detail and comment throughout]Jiangxi Copper and Antofagasta agreed terms on 2019 copper concentrates treatment and refining charges (TC/RCs) at $80.80 per tonne/8.08 cents per lb on Thursday November 15, sources from both companies told Fastmarkets.The deal is in line with market expectations and is 1.8% lower than the benchmark of $82.25/8.225 cents agreed in 2018 between Freeport...Read More

Alumina index moves closer to $400/t on high-liquidity day

November 16, 2018 / Staff reporter

Liquidity in the Pacific alumina market picked up on Thursday November 15 with prices on a fob Australia basis hitting a fresh eight-month low. Fastmarkets MB's benchmark daily fob Australia index stands at $410.98 per tonne on Thursday, down from $423.33 per tonne the day before. The index is now at levels not seen since March 2018 before Hydro declared force majeure at the Alunorte refinery...Read More

TITANIUM SNAPSHOT: Ferro-titanium price losses persist but floor seen

November 16, 2018 / Staff reporter

Key data from the Wednesday November 14 pricing session in Europe. Key driversThe recent downward trend in the ferro-titanium price has created more losses in the European alloy market. The trend started on September 12, when the market was assessed at $5.80-6.05 per kg.Trading activity was slower this week, with many market participants at Fastmarkets MB' International Ferro-alloys conference in...Read More

Chinese cobalt metal price down, traditional brands lose market share

November 16, 2018 / Staff reporter

The cobalt metal price in China edged lower mid-week, pressured by the overall bearish sentiment toward the cobalt market's outlook following an industry event last week.Fastmarkets assessed the Chinese cobalt metal price at 410,000-430,000 yuan per tonne ($23.10-24.22) per lb, China VAT-free, on Wednesday November 14, down 4.5% from 430,000-450,000 yuan per tonne previously. "Following the event...Read More

DAILY SCRAP REPORT: Prices down on fresh transactions

November 16, 2018 / Staff reporter

Turkish steel producers resumed their deep-sea scrap purchasing on Thursday November 15, following a downturn in prices.A steel producer in northern Turkey booked a Baltic Sea cargo, comprising 20,000 tonnes of HMS 1&2 (80:20) at $335 per tonne cfr.Another steel mill in the Iskenderun region booked a United States cargo, comprising 17,000 tonnes of HMS 1&2 (80:20) at $335 per tonne and 3,000...Read More

TITANIUM SNAPSHOT: Ferro-titanium price losses persist but floor seen

November 16, 2018 / Staff reporter

Key data from the Wednesday November 14 pricing session in Europe. Key driversThe recent downward trend in the ferro-titanium price has created more losses in the European alloy market. The trend started on September 12, when the market was assessed at $5.80-6.05 per kg.Trading activity was slower this week, with many market participants at Fastmarkets MB' International Ferro-alloys conference in...Read More

UK FERROUS SCRAP: November prices rolled over for second month

November 16, 2018 / Staff reporter

UK ferrous scrap prices for deliveries in November have been rolled over due to steady business and a small increase in European export prices to the key destination of Turkey, which meant there has been no support for changes to British domestic scrap prices, trade sources told Metal Bulletin on Wednesday November 14.UK suppliers had initially pushed for an increase of around 5-10 ($6-13) per to...Read More