Industrial metals

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Copper’s shine will fade

Copper has gained around 10% since the start of 2017. But don’t count on high prices lasting.

What’s next for the US dollar?

A potential peak in industrial metals prices could mean the US dollar is set to go higher. But nothing is certain, says Dominic Frisby. Here’s how he’s playing it.

More mileage in palladium

Palladium reached a near-two-year high of almost $800 an ounce last week. And there may well be further to go.

Can the uranium rally keep going?

Last week the price of uranium bounced by 10% after Kazakhstan, the world’s biggest producer, said it would cut output by a tenth, or 3% of total global production.

It's comeback time for this despised commodity

There can be few commodities that are quite as heavily despised as uranium. But 2017 could be the year it makes a comeback. John Stepek explains why.

White-hot iron ore will cool

The price of iron ore looks “unstoppable”. But the rally may have gone too far.

This metal is enjoying one of the quietest bull markets of 2016

Zinc isn’t a glamorous, rare or particularly controversial metal. But it’s had a stellar year so far. Dominic Frisby examines way, and picks the best ways to buy in.

I’ve just bought some platinum – here’s why

Platinum prices have been hit hard in recent months, but now looks like it could be a great buying opportunity. Dominic Frisby explains.

Zinc – 2016’s top metal – has further to go

Zinc, this year’s best-performing industrial metal, has jumped by 50% because the market is so tight. And there’s more to come.

Chart of the week: The car metals’ comeback

Platinum and palladium, used in catalytic converters for diesel and petrol engines respectively, have come roaring back this year, and there is scope for more price rises.

British profit warnings at post-crisis high

A headwind for British equities may be gathering strength: corporate profit warnings have reached their highest level since the financial crisis.

Celebrate the Welsh renaissance

Don’t listen to the doom-mongers over British steel. The Welsh economy is doing perfectly well, says Matthew Lynn. But it could do even better.

Gamble of the week: the bottom of the market for iron

On the face of it, things couldn’t look bleaker for iron ore, says Alex Williams. But the career of one mining boss gives a different angle.

British steel: a rake’s progress to ruin

The threat of Tata closing all of its steel plants in Britain has led to soul-searching about the fate of British manufacturing. Matthew Partridge reports.

Saving Port Talbot is hardly 'strategic'

‘Strategic’ is the usual excuse for using taxpayer money to bail out a failing industry, says Merryn Somerset Webb. But this time it isn’t enough.

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