April 2020

HOTTER ON METALS: Freeport may get Indonesia smelter reprieve

The Covid-19 pandemic may well provide Freeport-McMoRan with a silver lining it had never expected.

HOTTER ON METALS: LME metals pricing will not hit negative like oil

When the oil price fell into negative price territory at the start of the week ended April 24, it fueled fears that a similar situation could materialize in metals.

HOTTER ON METALS: Negative oil and the storage super contango

Last month, analysts started warning that oil prices could fall below zero. On Monday April 20, they did.

HOTTER ON METALS: Africa's Covid-19 crisis

The Covid-19 pandemic is a unifier in that it impacts all. But sub-Saharan Africa is facing an unprecedented health and economic crisis that threatens to throw the region off its stride, reversing the development progress of recent years and hitting the mining sector hard.

HOTTER ON METALS: Miners fail to step up tailings safety

When a tailings dam ruptured in the state of Minas Gerais in southeast Brazil last year, it was a harsh reminder for the mining sector that it needs to consistently operate within the parameters of strict controls and stay alert to potentially tragic risks.

HOTTER ON METALS: Covid-19 response should be different from 2008-09

The Covid-19 pandemic has inevitably drawn comparison with the global financial crisis of 2008-09. But while there are similarities, the differences are greater, meaning the remedy needs to be different too.

HOTTER ON METALS: Covid-19 may seal fate of unprofitable aluminium smelters

The Covid-19 pandemic may have just sealed the fate of already-struggling aluminium smelting capacity.

HOTTER ON METALS: US infrastructure bill idea revived as Covid-19 tightens grip

A much vaunted infrastructure bill could be back on the agenda again while the United States moves to shore up its economy and stem job losses amid the Covid-19 pandemic.