November 2017

HOTTER ON METALS: Shareholders hold sway in Rio Tinto chairman search

Mining giant Rio Tinto has retracted its offer to a new chairman after pressure from a group of shareholders.

HOTTER ON METALS: Single-dealer platforms get LME support

The London Metal Exchange is consulting on plans to introduce an over-the-counter (OTC) booking fee next year.

LORD COPPER: Investors welcome cobalt to the party

Cobalt's transformation from industrial commodity to investment asset continues apace, as the guest list at one LME Week reception Lord Copper attended recently attests.

HOTTER ON METALS: Zimbabwe’s political turmoil

After 37 years in power, Robert Mugabe has been sacked as the leader of Zimbabwe’s ruling party and is under intense pressure to step down as the country’s president. What might this mean for investment in the mineral rich nation?

LORD COPPER: Stocks need to drop for nickel to join cobalt in EV ride

Nickel prices trading on the London Metal Exchange were buoyed by optimism over electric vehicles during LME Week, but the industry needs to tackle the ever-present warehouse stockpiles before the lithium-ion battery raw material can mirror cobalt’s successes, Lord Copper argues.

HOTTER ON METALS: Rolling with the copper premiums

US copper market participants are broadly expected to roll over terms for 2018 physical contracts when they hold talks during the American Copper Council’s autumn meeting in the US state of Texas this week.

After the chrome, manganese ore price explosion

Jim Lennon, managing director of Red Door Research Ltd, on the rise and fall of chrome and manganese.