Industrial metals

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.

The decline of British steel

A global supply glut caused by China’s slowdown has halved steel prices this year. Can Britain’s steel industry survive? Simon Wilson reports.

The copper price won’t bounce far

While the copper price could stage a temporary recovery, don’t count on the bounce lasting.

Chart of the week: VW scandal boosts palladium

Palladium has just had its best week in four years thanks to the bad press over diesel engines.

Elon Musk: The Bond villain planning world domination

Electric car entrepreneur Elon Musk is plotting great things from his lair. Smart investors should get behind him, says Bengt Saelensminde.

Giant miner Glencore makes a U-turn

Commodities trading and mining giant Glencore has bowed to shareholder calls to fortify the group against the slump in raw-materials prices.

The assets to buy now – September 2015

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

How to profit from falling commodities prices

Commodities are plunging lower and that could be a signal everything else will follow. Alex Williams looks at how clever investors can still profit.

The collapse in commodities

The fall in commodity prices has moved centre stage in investors’ worries, with the pace quickening in the past few days.

A great bear market in raw materials

The Bloomberg Commodity index, which tracks 22 hard and soft raw materials, has fallen to a 13-year low.

Why an electrified version of F1 is great news for these mining stocks

With the arrival of ‘Formula E’, electric cars have come of age. That’s great news for lithium miners. Matthew Partridge looks at the prospects for the ‘fuel of the future’.

How to invest in lithium – the fuel of the future

A new battery technology, based on lithium, is being born which could fuel big changes in mobile phones and cars. Here’s how to invest.

London’s electric 'love-mobiles' are a transport trend you can’t ignore

A new scheme coming to London is proof that electric cars are entering the mainstream, says John Stepek. Here, he looks at the next stage in the green transport revolution.

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