Copper Price Update: Q1 2018 in Review

Copper prices had a rocky start of the year, declining more than 6 percent in the first three months of 2018. Increasing geopolitical concerns, surging warehouse inventories and a weaker Chinese demand put pressure on prices.

Crude Oil Prices Shrug Off Trump's OPEC Blast to Settle Higher

Crude oil prices settled at nearly three-and-a-half year highs as the Joint Ministerial Monitoring Committee confirmed OPEC and its allies compliance with the deal to curb production rose to its highest ever, further stoking expectations for market rebalancing later this year.

Battery Markets and Metals Markets Have Officially Collided

The rise of electric vehicles and energy storage is contributing to turbulence in lithium, cobalt and nickel pricing, new research suggests.

US coal loadings drop across all major basins, NAPP up 18.1%

US coal train loadings dropped 1.2% on week due to decrease in shipments across major basins except Northern Appalachia.

Asian potash hits new high as tight availability bites

Southeast Asian standard-grade muriate of potash (MOP) prices hit a new high this week, as hefty freight costs and tight availability pushed offers up, leaving buyers scrambling for what little volume was available.

Russia’s first-quarter chemical production up 2.1%

Russia’s index of chemical production increased by 2.1% in the first quarter, year on year, despite a month-on-moth decrease in March of 2.3%, according to statistical agency Rosstat.

Largest US methanol plant closer to start-up with mechanical completio

This year’s big event in US methanol drew a little closer on Friday as OCI announced that its new Texas plant is mechanically complete.
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