Industrial metals

Dr Copper’s grim prognosis for the global economy

The price of copper has slumped by 18% in the past year it –  a worrying sign for the global economy.

What Dr Copper is telling us about China’s tough balancing act

The price of copper has tumbled as China’s leaders struggle to keep their economic plan on the road. John Stepek explains why that matters for your money.

Platinum will regain its shine

Platinum futures have slumped to around $840 an ounce, a near-ten-year low. But the gloom looks overdone.

The most-hated metal in the world is due a comeback

During the commodities boom, uranium was the bubbliest metal of them all – but the price of the nuclear fuel has collapsed, alongside support for nuclear power. Dominic Frisby asks: is now the time to buy?

Chart of the week: copper is getting red hot

Fears of a trade war have dented confidence in copperof late, but the longer-term outlook is encouraging.

It’s only a matter of time before this hated metal makes a comeback

Having hit an all-time high in 2007, the price of uranium has fallen every year since. But it’s time will come again, says Dominic Frisby, Here’s how to play it.

Rhodium: the niche alternative to gold

Bored with gold? Uninspired by silver? Platinum too cheap for your tastes these days? Perhaps, says Chris Carter, you need to find a more intriguing metal – here’s one that fits the bill.

Commodities make a comeback

Raw-materials prices rose sharply in 2017 – and they have made a strong start to 2018, too.

Chart of the week: cobalt’s rise will level out

Cobalt left other industrial metals “in the dust” in 2017. The price jumped from $30,000 a tonne to $75,000, and has tripled in two years.

Copper: now a precious metal

We usually think of gold and silver, and sometimes platinum and palladium, as precious metals. But increasingly, copper is a precious metal too.

This precious metal is rapidly losing status – which is a good time to buy

Upheaval in the car industry could affect demand for one precious metal commonly found in cars today. John Stepek explains why, and how to play it.

Chart of the week: red metal is red hot

Growth in China and the rise of the electric car sees copper prices rebound after several poor years.

Why “peak” arguments are always wrong

First we had “peak oil”, now electric cars will bring about “peak lithium”. But don’t worry, says John Stepek, “peak” arguments are always wrong. Here’s why.

Chart of the week: supply squeeze boosts aluminium

A stronger global economic backdrop has bolstered demand for aluminium, while in China, a clampdown on pollution and excess capacity after years of rampant growth is squeezing supply.

This stealth bull market is still in its early stages

The mining sector has performed extremely well in recent months, even as investors worry about the state of the wider market. But, asks John Stepek, can this bull market last?

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