PGMs and Pricing Pressure

Thomson Reuters recently published the GFMS Platinum & Palladium Survey 2015, which offers an in-depth review of market fundamentals for platinum group metals (PGMs) and an outlook for the future.

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The End of the Bear Cycle for Gold?

The authors of Gold Focus 2015, an annual report that contains comprehensive historical supply and demand statistics and a detailed forecast for 2015, believe that gold will continue to face challenges in the near-term, in particular the global macroeconomic backdrop remaining unfriendly toward the metal.

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Copper Market Trends Working for Miners

SNL CopperWhile most precious and base metal prices languished during March, copper posted a 7.5% gain climbing $431 per metric ton (mt) to $6,146/mt from $5,715/mt. The International Copper Study Group (ICSG) also released preliminary 2014 copper supply and demand data during March. The refined copper balance for the full-year 2014 indicated a production deficit of 475,000 mt. This compares with a production deficit of 270,000 mt in 2013.

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Supply Disruptions Could Push Uranium Prices Higher

The uranium spot price could be in for some big moves, according to Uranium Investing News, following major accidents at Rio Tinto’s Rössing mine in Namibia and BHP Billiton’s Olympic Dam in Australia. Rössing and Olympic Dam are two of the largest uranium mines, accounting for 8% of the global uranium supply in 2014. Production stoppages could impact supply. The uranium spot price is currently $38.25/lb of U3O8.

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