Industrial metals

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.

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.

Here’s why commodity prices are rallying

Commodity prices are rising – some at record rates. John Stepek looks at what’s behind it , and what it means for the global economy – particularly for inflation.

The assets to buy now – March 2016

Asset allocation is at least as important as individual share selection. So where should you be putting your money? Here’s our monthly take on the major asset classes

Are platinum prices ready to rebound?

Platinum prices are still 25% below where they were a year ago, and, unusually, well below the current gold price. Is a rally on the cards, asks Matthew Partridge.

Resource prices are sliding for a simple reason – we have too much

The collapse in oil and commodity prices is freaking markets out. But it’s not the end of the world, says John Stepek. It’s just the normal market cycle playing out.

Carnage in commodities

Commodity prices have hit their lowest level since the late 1990s. And while there is scope for a rally in 2016, an upturn is unlikely to mark the start of the next long-term up-cycle.

Expect a copper bounce

Copper has hit another six-year low, but the gloom looks to be overdone.

Lithium use set to soar

Lithium plays a growing role in the global economy, but new mining concessions can be hard to find.

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