Author Archives: Stuart Burns

“There’s (still) copper in them there hills” — maybe that should be the catchphrase on the lips of small-cap miner Strongbow Exploration and its partner Cornish Lithium.

While prospecting for lithium brines in Britain’s extreme southwest county of Cornwall, Cornish Lithium’s initial boreholes hit big — not just in lithium, but for copper, too.

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The president tweeted and the world’s media rushed out news reports on Sunday that a deal had been reached between Saudi Arabia, Russia, OPEC and the U.S., a deal that would reduce oil output by nearly 10 million barrels a day to support prices and save oil-producing countries’ budgets.

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Provisional anti-dumping duties have been imposed on some stainless steel products from the three Asian stainless steel producing countries — China, Indonesia and Taiwan — after eight months of monitoring and deliberation by E.U. officials, Reuters reports.

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The duties on hot-rolled stainless steel sheets and coils include a rate of 17% on shipments from two Indonesian subsidiaries of Chinese stainless steel maker Tsingshan Holding Group, whose rapid expansion and low production costs in the southeast Asian country have left E.U. producers fretting over market share, the report states.

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Many industries are hurting at the moment, more from the steps taken to counter the spread of the COVID-19 virus than from infection hitting crews or ports.

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With China slowly emerging from lockdown and both Europe and North America in the grips of extended lockdowns, container traffic has collapsed.

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The Copper Monthly Metals Index (MMI) fell 10% this month.

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The Aluminum Monthly Metals Index (MMI) fell 8.8% this month.

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2019 was a pretty gloomy year for the world’s automakers and their supply chain.

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There has been a lot of talk at the European level about collective action in response to the economic impact of the coronavirus outbreak.

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To date, there has been precious little concrete action.

Unlike the U.S. and the U.K., where sovereign governments can make decisions, a collective policy in Europe requires just that – collective decision making and agreement.

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Boasts of a deal between Saudi Arabia and Russia, leaders of the OPEC+ oil producers alliance, to lead cuts in output by 10 million to 15 million barrels per day may have boosted oil prices for the time being.

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But talk of a deal is already being called into question, as Russia firmly denies any such deal is in the offing — worse, saying no specific talks have even taken place.

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Sporadic reports of mine closures and special working arrangements have gathered momentum during March and into April, in some cases sparking fears of ore supply shortages.

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Few places have had quite the profound impact that closures in South Africa have caused.

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