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Copper articles written by MiningFeeds and our contributing editors about the copper mining sector.

Oreninc on China's Copper Conspiracy

Benjamin begins by speaking to the recent news that copper has been disappearing in China. He notes that people have been talking about copper stockpiles in China for years, and how he went to China on a trip to find it. However, when he arrived, the stockpiles always had a smaller amount of tonnage than they actually... Read more »

Copper’s Breakdown

Briefly: In our opinion short speculative positions (half) in silver and mining stocks are justified from the risk/reward perspective. There were basically no changes in gold, silver and mining stock charts yesterday, except for gold moving slightly higher on news about increased tensions in Ukraine. Gold’s reaction... Read more »

Tommy Humphreys - Lukas Lundin Interview

“Did you know you were getting the better end of that deal with Kinross?” I asked Lukas Lundin in his Vancouver office earlier this week. “No No No,” he told me, “we thought it was worth more. You always love your own stuff.” Lukas laughed infectiously. Soon I was laughing along with him. The Lundin... Read more »

Gold Loses One Trillion Dollars in Value

Spot market gold prices fell to a fresh two-year low in Tuesday's Asian trading, dropping to $1322 per ounce, before rallying back above $1386, as stock markets extended yesterday's losses. Silver dropped to its lowest level since September 2010 at $22.10 an ounce before it too recovered some ground. Oil was down... Read more »

Mining Stocks to Watch in 2013 - Part 1

It's time for our annual Stocks to Watch list. 2013 is well underway and we've seen some very interesting developments in the mining markets. Despite the obvious issues facing the global economy, there is a subtle optimism brewing that perhaps the worst is behind us. To some degree, watching the DJIA hit new 52 week... Read more »

Mining Stocks to Watch in 2013 - Part 2

2. Hudbay Minerals, Inc. (Stock Profile - TSX:HBM & NYSE:HBM) Hudbay Minerals is a Canadian integrated mining company with operations, development projects and exploration activities across the Americas. The company is... Read more »

Top Mining Minds: Stan Bharti, Forbes & Manhattan

Stan Bharti is a professional mining engineer, business consultant, international financier, and entrepreneur. In 2002, Mr. Bharti founded Forbes & Manhattan, a private merchant banking organization with a focus on the natural resources sector. Today, Forbes & Manhattan has investment interests in a large... Read more »

Tekoa Da Silva - Ross Beaty Interview

I had the great opportunity yesterday to connect with legendary resource developer & financier, Ross Beaty, founder and chairman of the $2.7B Pan American Silver Corp., and executive chairman of Alterra Power Corp. Throughout his 37 year career, Ross has generated an astounding sum of over $4B worth of shareholder... Read more »

Mining in British Columbia Today

While grassroots mineral exploration activity appears to be down in 2012 compared with 2011, there were many advanced exploration projects including New Gold’s Blackwater (Stock Profile - TSX:NGD), Pretium’s Brucejack (Stock... Read more »

Tommy Humphreys - David Lowell Interview

The Atascosa Ranch is walking distance from the US/Mexico border, just outside of Nogales, Arizona. It’s owned by Dave Lowell, an affable 84-year-old man who’s spent the past 75+ years hunting for buried treasure. Today, he’s known as the most successful mining explorationist of the past century, having discovered... Read more »

Junior Mining Stocks - Buy, Hold or Sell?

As we begin to count down the remaining days in 2012 many investors in junior mining stocks are faced with the same decision - do I sell my shares for a tax loss or do I hold onto hope for 2013? Yes, that is the scope of the carnage in the junior mining markets today. 2012 was, without question, one of the worst... Read more »

Geologix Delays Create Uncertainty

Last week Geologix Explorations announced they are now evaluating a new engineering concept and an alternative processing procedure for their flagship Tepal gold-copper project in Michoacan state, Mexico. Analysts expected the Tepal project to reach production in 2014. But with the news from last week, further delays... Read more »

Brazil & Kaziakhstan Buy Gold, Germany Sells

Gold prices climbed back above $1725 an ounce Wednesday morning in London, making up some ground lost the previous day, while stocks and the Euro recovered losses made in Asian trading immediately after the news that European policymakers had failed to reach a deal on Greece. "Upside targets [for gold] are now found... Read more »

Are Mining Stocks Oversold?

A sneaky thing happened over the last five trading days. The major gold mining companies leapt back into oversold territories (when measured against gold), the likes of which are only seen a few times a century.  This summer as many mining analysts pointed out, miners hit their most oversold levels in the last 30 years,... Read more »

Eurozone Enters Recession

The Eurozone fell into recession in Q3, according to official gross domestic product data published Thursday. Eurozone GDP shrank 0.1% from Q2, a 0.6% year-on-year drop. Germany and France both grew 0.2% quarter-on-quarter, while Italy's economy shrank by 0.2%. Spain's economy also contracted, shrinking 0.3% in the... Read more »

Global Copper Production Under Stress

Capital inputs account for about half the total costs in mining production - the average for the economy as a whole is 21 per cent. Obviously many of the costs, once incurred, cannot be recovered by sale or transfer of the fixed assets. Mining is an extremely capital intensive business for two reasons. Firstly mining... Read more »

Obama "Favored" by Commodities Markets

With one day left before the US election, opinion polls show Barack Obama and Mitt Romney are neck and neck. "Obama is clearly 'favored' by the commodities markets," says a note from Commerzbank, "mainly because of his support for Ben Bernanke and the ultra-expansionary monetary policy of the US Fed, [but] any 'disappointment'... Read more »

Teck Resources - Rated Outperform

Canadian diversified mining company Teck Resources has business units focused on copper, steelmaking coal, zinc and energy; and, Teck is also a significant producer of specialty metals such as germanium and indium. The company is the second largest seaborne exporter of steelmaking coal. Coal accounts for just under... Read more »

Will Ivanplats follow Facebook's IPO Path?

It what was the most widely anticipated IPO in Canada this year, Ivanplats raised $300 million last week and began trading on the TSX Exchange. Ivanplats (Stock Profile - TSX:IVP) is Robert Friedland's latest mining company to hit the public markets... Read more »

Funding for Junior Miners Improving

Small mining companies have enjoyed a decade long commodities boom. But now, many have long spent the monies raised via the equity markets and are struggling to come up with new cash to fund operations. About $400 million was raised through fewer than 30 deals in the spring and summer of 2012, compared with roughly... Read more »

Freeport-McMoRan: Positive Copper Fundamentals

Freeport-McMoRan executives James R. Moffett, Chairman of the Board, and Richard C. Adkerson, President and Chief Executive Officer, said in their most recent earnings report, "We are positive about the long-term fundamentals of the metals we produce."  This despite concerns about weak global growth and slowing Chinese... Read more »

Gold and Silver Hold Gains

Gold prices hovered in a tight range just below $1780 an ounce for most of Tuesday morning in London, just below a new 2012 spot market high touched yesterday following comments from US Federal Reserve policymakers. Silver prices traded... Read more »

Rick Rule, Sprott US Holdings

Rick Rule has dedicated his entire professional career to natural resource investing. In addition to the knowledge and experience gained in a long career as a licensed stock broker and founder of Global Resource Investments Ltd., he has a worldwide network of contacts in the natural resource and finance worlds. In... Read more »

Top Mining Minds

Top Mining Minds is an ongoing editorial and interview series from MiningFeeds.com, the internet's #1 investment website focused exclusively on mining. We connect with some of the world's most successful and influential mining industry magnates. From company builders to company financiers, we feature the mining industry's... Read more »

Yukon Mining Districts - Part 1

Famous for the Klondike Gold Rush, the Yukon Territory is a barren land with 35,000 inhabitants. Located in Canada's deep north, the Yukon yields an annual three to five month exploration window for mining companies. With summer coming to an end, drill results are pending and many miners are hoping to find the Yukon's... Read more »

Yukon Mining Districts - Part 2

The latest Yukon discoveries to fuel rushes include the Selwyn Basin in 1953, the Finlayson Lake District in 1994 and the White Gold District in 2009. Located in eastern Yukon, the Selwyn Basin is one of the world’s largest underdeveloped lead-zinc districts. The Faro deposit, discovered in 1965, contained a combined... Read more »

Follow Mining Stocks

As an investor in mining stocks it is difficult to stay connected with your investments and the companies on your watch list. Wouldn't it be great if someone designed an email application that sent you daily updates featuring company-specific news and media articles? Well, it is great and it's a free service from... Read more »

Mining Stock Indexes

At MiningFeeds, we are committed to providing mining investors with the best information available on the internet. But we are not just fans of mining, we are also fans of technology. In April, 2012 we launched our unique and proprietary "Mining Stock Indexes". These indexes are connected to the category listings... Read more »

Exploration vs Development vs Production

Only you can decide the level of risk you can tolerate and how much patience you have to sit while developments, the story, plays out. The most upside (and by far the greatest risk) comes from buying a junior when they are exploring and make an initial discovery. Great drill assay results can send a juniors share... Read more »

Copper - Potential Supply Constraints

There may come a time in the not too distant future when copper will be in shorter supply than the current shortage of rare earth elements (REEs). While this is not the situation today, an examination of the longer-term outlook for copper indicates this scenario might not be so far-fetched. According to the International... Read more »

Mining Hot Spots in 2011

According to Metals Economics Group’s (MEG) recent Strategic Report, the 2011 dollar volume of significant ($25 million minimum) acquisitions totaled $47.4 billion—down 4% from 2010’s $49.3 billion. In the context of an ongoing European economic crisis and lower growth expectations for China, 2011’s total spending... Read more »

Mexico: 3 Mining Stocks to Watch

According to the Mexican Mining Chamber, in 2010 revenue mining and metallurgical production (US$13.16 billion) surpassed the revenue generation of Mexico's tourism industry and established mining as the country’s second most productive sector after oil and gas. The growth of the sector has led to increased exploration... Read more »

Mining in Mexico: Part 1

Mexico is a major producer of silver, gold and base metals. In addition, the country is also a leading producer of celestite, bismuth, fluorite, cadmium, molybdenum, graphite, and manganese. In the Fraser Institute's most recent Survey... Read more »

Mining in Mexico: Part 2

In 2010, Mexico overtook Peru in silver production, reaching the world’s top position, with 128.6 million ounces produced. Mexico currently ranks 12th in gold production, and many think the country has a strong possibility of ranking among the top five within the next few years. In terms of foreign investors, Canada... Read more »

Upcoming Q2 Mining Milestones

Perhaps we should call this article, "PDAC Revisited". While meeting with mining company executives at the annual Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) convention in Toronto in March, we wanted to know what was coming up in Q2, 2012? For some companies, it was business as usual, but a number of... Read more »

Metals and Minerals Investment Sector

There is always a sector among the raw materials on the verge of a period of "euphoria". On the chart below, each resource is represented by a company, because the indexes do not exist for all of the individual resources. Notice that, for 10 years, there is always a sector that is in a phase of "boom",... Read more »

Will Mining Stocks Beat the Market?

The past year has been a rough ordeal for nearly every sector of the market, but the metals and mining industry seemed to be battered on all fronts, despite previous run-ups in commodity prices across the board.  As if a stalled economic recovery on a global scale and a debt crisis in Europe were not enough, the industry... Read more »

PDAC 2012 - Mining Milestones in March

After meeting with mining companies for the past two days at the annual PDAC convention in Toronto, we're pleased to present a list of upcoming mining milestones in March. Or shall we say, March/early April as prefaced by many of the executives in attendance at this year's convention. In alphabetical order, here's... Read more »

Junior Mining Financing Down 24% in 2011

From Metals Economics Group’s (MEG) Exploration Activity Services, the dollar amount of junior financings declined 24% in 2011 to $21.5 billion from $28.1 billion in 2010 and increased 12% from 2009 and 43% from 2008 totals. Of the total, financing amounts for base metals fell 32%, while the decline for gold... Read more »

Cashed-Up Catfish Report

We are delighted to bring you the MiningFeeds bottom fishing report. And to catch these fish, you don't need to know how to noodle. Noodling is the term used for fishing with your bare hands. Noodling is practiced primarily in the southern United States and the primary choice of noodlers is the flathead catfish. Flathead... Read more »

China's Demand for Copper Expected to Rise

Base metals were the laggards among commodities last year, with copper one of the worst performers, losing 21 percent. Global consumption of copper increased only 4 percent in 2011, which is lower than the 10 percent growth in 2010, but higher than the decade-average of around 3 percent, says Macquarie Research.... Read more »

Is Copper set to Rally in 2012?

History says that government policy shifts can have a tremendous affect on the economy and the markets. While no one can predict the future, you can use probability in your favor. For example, Chinese stocks have historically moved with money supply. In the webcast, Analyst Xian Liang showed the chart below plotting the... Read more »

Anglo American's Fancy Footwork

ANGLO American's (LSE:AAL) recent corporate maneouvres have really caught the eye, especially the sale of its 24.5% stake in Anglo American Sur, its Chile base metals company, to Mitsubishi. Analysts have described it as 'fancy footwork' and 'corporate theater'; another, in martial terms as Anglo... Read more »

European Debt and the Price of Commodities

The ongoing crisis in Europe has not only affected emerging markets, it has also negatively influenced the price of many commodities. UBS states that an “escalating bank funding stress in Europe is forcing a profound deleveraging process.” As U.S.money markets have been forced to pull their funds out of Europe, the... Read more »

Movers and Shakers

Here are your "Movers and Shakers" for the week ending September 16th, 2011 on the TSX and TSX-V Exchanges. In no particular... Read more »

Rio Tinto increases stake in Ivanhoe Mines

Last night Steve Jobs announced his retirement from Apple stating that he felt he could no longer fulfill his duties as the head of what has possibly become the world's most famous company. An announcement that was perhaps expected given his ongoing health issues and frenetic work schedule. In response to the announcement,... Read more »

Majors rediscovering British Columbia

The Province of British Columbia, Canada is experiencing a mining renaissance. What’s happening in the province, in regards to mining, should be on every investors radar screen. Vancouver is undoubtedly one of the greatest mining centers in the world and British Columbia should be a mining powerhouse when one considers... Read more »

Silver production largely dependent on base metals

World production of the gray precious metal rose again in 2010. Silver, unlike gold, has seen production levels increase since 2003. This difference in production between gold and silver is not a coincidence due to geology and the history of their production. World production of silver in 2010 was 713... Read more »

Greece gives way to big Gains

Like most Canadians, the TSX took a break for Canada day celebrations on Friday after posting four consecutive positive days. And to the south, U.S. stocks posted their biggest weekly rally in two years with the Dow Jones Industrial Average rising 648 points after Greece took action to avoid default on its debt. “... Read more »

Peru goes to the Polls: 10 Mining Stocks to Watch

A cursory look at Peruvian mining will show you that many of the world's senior mining companies have operations there. The list of majors in the South American county includes Barrick Gold (TSX: ABX), Newmont Mining (TSX: NMC), BHP Billiton (NYSE: BHP), Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold (NYSE: FCX), and Teck Resources... Read more »

The ghosts of Bre-X: mining in Indonesia today

On March 19th, 1997 Michael de Guzman, the exploration manager for would-be miner Bre-X, jumped from an Alouette helicopter flying eight-hundred feet above the Indonesian jungle. The official version of the events state that de Guzman was suffering from hepatitis B and a tormented conscience. He left behind a few hastily... Read more »

Gold + Silver + Copper + Zinc = Eritrea

Eritrea, a funnel shaped country that borders The Red Sea, was, because of its unstable political history, a bit of a mystery to the international mining community. But an unprecedented... Read more »

Dogs of the downturn: worst performing TSX 60 miners in May

Blink and you may have missed it. If the recent downturn in commodities is coming to an end, as some suggest, it was a brief correction. While the recent slump actually contained the worst week for commodities since the recession of late 2008, many believe it's a mere blip. Hussein Allidina, head of commodity research... Read more »

Northwest Transmission Line unplugged?

On May 8th, 2011, just two days after the federal government gave the environmental thumbs-up on the Northwest Transmission Line (NTL), two B.C. First Nations say they will join forces to fight... Read more »

Junior abandons "anti-mining" Panama

On February 11th, Erin Ventures (TSXV:EV), a Victoria based junior miner, reported a mysterious website had surfaced belonging to a company called Mineral Mining PLC. In the website the company claimed to own a number of mineral properties that were already owned by Erin Ventures; namely, the... Read more »

Base Metals 101

In mining and economics, base metals are often referred to as non-ferrous metals. Non-ferrous metals is a broad category that includes the likes of aluminum, molybdenum, tantalum and magnesium. However, 'The Big 5' in the group are copper, zinc, lead, nickel and iron. When investors think of base metals they probably... Read more »

10 Base Metal Stocks to Watch in 2011 - Part 1

Base metal mining companies have, for many years, operated in the shadows of precious metal miners. But with increasing demand from China and developing nations around the world, base metal miners may finally be getting the respect they deserve. Patricia Mohr, commodities specialist at Scotiabank, recently went so far... Read more »

10 Base Metal Stocks to Watch in 2011 - Part 2

3. Mirabela Nickel Ltd. (TSX:MNB) By the end of 2008 Nickel prices had fallen by 80% from their May 2007 high of just over (US) $52,000 per tonne. In the first half of 2009, in the midst of the economic crisis, around a quarter of all nickel production from 2008 was suspended. Major producers such as... Read more »

10 Base Metal Stocks to Watch in 2011 - Part 3

Iron is the most commonly used of all metals and accounts for the majority (est. 95%) of the world's total annual metal production. China continues to be the main importer of the mineral and driver of global demand. China's daily crude steel output... Read more »

10 Base Metal Stocks to Watch in 2011 - Part 4

8. Invernia Inc. (TSX:IVW) April showers do not always bring May flowers. On April 5th, 2011 Ivernia’s shares were halted and the company announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, Magellan Metals, discovered mud on the bottom of... Read more »

Copper M&A Mania - who's next?

Copper record highs means the base metal is making headlines most every day; merger and acquisition mania is now in full flight. MiningFeeds.com takes a look at a couple of TSX listed junior copper miners that noted CIBC analyst Ian Parkinson says are ripe for takeover. But first, let's revisit the manic events... Read more »

Quadra FNX celebrates a Sudbury Tuesday Night

In the mining circles of Sudbury, Ontario it takes a lot to raise an eyebrow. The resource business has been ingrained in the town for a long time. Long enough, in fact, that Sudbury's founding dovetails with the very creation of the country. During construction of the the Canadian Pacific Railway in 1883, blasting... Read more »

Teck surges on strong earnings from metallurgical coal

After the market closed yesterday, Teck Resources (TSX:TCK.B) released its Q1 2011 financial results. The rosy report included earnings of $461-million, or 78 cents per share.  Adjusted quarterly profit was $450-million, which was more than double the $198-million reported in the first quarter of... Read more »

Peru election concerns affect miners

Ollanta Humala is not a name that many outside of South America are familiar with. In 2006, however, the Peruvian Nationalist actually won the first round in Peru's 2006 presidential vote. Although Hugo Chavez openly backed him Humala was, ultimately, defeated in a runoff 53 per cent to 47... Read more »

Is the price of cocoa a barometer of mining risk in the Ivory Coast?

In what has become a near daily occurrence, civil unrest erupted in another developing African nation today. The Ivory Coast is in the news once again. On Saturday, the Red Cross said that at least 800 civilians were... Read more »

Patience pays off for Copper Fox investors

Copper Fox (TSXV:CUU) investors are use to playing the waiting game, but the company's management just might be experts. Copper Fox listed on the TSX Venture in June 2004 to explore the potential of Schaft Creek, which the company believes is one one of the largest undeveloped copper deposits in North... Read more »

Equinox Minerals launches hostile bid for Lundin Mining

Today, after twenty-four hours of speculation, Equinox Minerals  launched a hostile bid for Lundin Mining. The move temporarily leaves Symterra blowing in the wind. What is Symterra you ask? That is the proposed name of a new entity resulting from the friendly merger of Lundin Mining and Inmet Mining... Read more »

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