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Back pedal 12 months and the commodities landscape looked rather different.

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Prices had been falling since 2011 and the trend carried through into early 2016. Many worried that the declines were set to continue through this year. 10 months in, the picture looks brighter: Chinese demand for metals has picked up and cost-cutting by producers has boosted profitability.

Commodities Are Up… But Why?

The S&P GSCI Commodities Index has risen from a low of 271.8 in late January to 372.4 today, a rise of 37%, aided by a doubling in oil prices during the period. Mining stocks are among the better-performing asset classes of 2016 and were doing well even before Brexit boosted the fortunes of London-listed stocks. There is a sense of cautious optimism about a recovery in commodities much of which has to do with improved sentiment toward China. (more…)

Welcome back to the MetalMiner Week-in-Review! As the week began we marveled at (and questioned) the latest GDP figures from China, as the People’s Republic is chugging along at 6.7% despite a slowdown pretty much everywhere else.

Is it time to exit free trade pacts?

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This happened even as we received yet another warning that global steel overcapacity, particularly production in China, must change. This strange dichotomy of demanding that China change while also relying on her for growth to bolster the global economy seemed to haunt our coverage like a particularly effective Halloween ghost this week.

Anti-Dumping Duties for Overproduced Products

There were final tariffs for welded circular steel pipe, some as high as 113%, this week. Then vanadium from South Korea got the same treatment.

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The world seems more protectionist every day. It’s not just the U.S. The European Union is coming very close to scuttling its long-term trade agreement with Canada, the European and Canadian Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement, over the objections of a regional government in the German-speaking Wallonia area in Belgium. (more…)