Iron Ore Prices Driving Mining Stocks

Iron Ore Prices Driving Mining Stocks

The shares of iron-ore mining stocks have risen dramatically over the past few weeks, as Chinese iron-ore futures have climbed.

Ore producers Cliff Natural Resources and Vale S.A. are up over the past month, mirroring the price movement of their focus commodity. 

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Why Buy Gold Stocks in 2017?

Are you wondering when is the best time to take the plunge and buy gold stocks? Is 2017 going to continue to build on the gold trends that began in 2016? We believe it will be another strong year for gold, and especially strong for gold stocks. 

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Why invest in Copper Stocks in 2017

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If you are looking for a hedge against inflation, it is common to be recommended gold or silver as an investment option. So why not invest in copper?

Well, buying up large quantities of copper bullion is largely impractical. It is also not readily understood what an investment in copper represents. 

Gold Stocks Dominate Top Value Fund – Up 40.5%

There was a great article in the Wall Street Journal recently highlighting Aegis Value Fund’s 40.5% gain over the past 12 months. Aegis Value, which is managed by Scott Barbee, has benefited greatly from the rise in gold stocks this year. 

Mining Stock Outlook for 2017: Europe vs. the Americas

Deutsche Bank recently suggested that based on the continued strength of the US dollar vs the Euro and the Pound, the European mining sector is headed for a 20% drop. Copper has fallen 9% from its peak in Q1 2016, the USD has grown by more than 2%, and the European market has overperformed by 30%. 

Mining Automation Dramatically Cuts Costs

Once the territory of science-fiction movies, recent large-scale adoption of automated heavy equipment is allowing mines to greatly reduce their labor costs. Trucks, loaders, boring and drilling machines and more are now available with remote or semi-autonomous capacity.  Other upcoming automation advances, such as fully-automated long-haul trains (which are now being tested), will continue to expand the range of tasks that require few or no workers to be involved.