Freeport McMoran Triples Profit With Record Copper Prices

Freeport-McMoRan, the world’s biggest publicly listed copper producer more than than tripled its profit in Q3. Higher copper prices and an increase in demand for the metal at a time when copper inventories are plunging. $FCX has been repaying debt and distributing dividends from the surge in revenues.

Rio Tinto Delays First Production From Oyu Tolgoi Copper Mine in Mongolia

Australian mining giant Rio Tinto Group(RIO)on Friday announced it is delaying first production for the Oyu Tolgoi copper mine in Mongolia by three months to January 2023. $RIO is developing the mine with Canada’s Turquoise Hill Resources (TRQ.TO) in a joint venture.

Mercedes-Benz Take Stake in European Battery Cell Manufacturer Automotive Cells Company

Mercedes-Benz has announced it is joining Stellantis and Total Energies in newly established European battery cell manufacturer Automotive Cells Company (ACC). The automaker are taking an equity stake with the aim of becoming a full battery electric vehicle (BEV) brand. 

Aluminum Prices Soar to Ten Year Highs After Guinea Coup Strangles Bauxite Supplies

Aluminum futures prices soared to their highest in more than a decade after a coup in Guinea fueled concerns over Bauxite feedstock supplies. China gets half of it’s supplies from Guinea and is already struggling with output.

Iron Ore The World’s Most Volatile Commodity and Not About To Slow Down

Iron ore has been a clear leader from the early days of the raw materials rally. It is also the most volatile. Volatility is fed by the ongoing trade war between the world’s biggest producer of iron ore, Australia and one of the biggest users, China.

Copper has Reversed $1,000 a Ton Since All-Time High Last Month

Copper prices fell Tuesday to their lowest level in two months on concerns China may intervene on rising commodity prices. Freeport-McMoRan $FCX, the world’s biggest publicly listed copper producer has also fallen. The strength in copper had been boosted by a supply constraints, a weaker USD and China’s economy.

Citadel Increases Commodity Hedge Fund Management After Billion Dollar Gains

Chicago based Hedge fund Citadel has made massive profits on it’s commodity investments in 2020, over $1 billion according to Reuters.  Much of the gains were in oil and gas from the price swoons from the Covid demand meltdown, Large gains were also said to be have made in agriculture commodities. 

Best and Worse Performing Futures After Black Swan First Quarter of 2020

Futures and commodities were hit violently in the first quarter of 2020 with the black swan Covid -19 event running roughshod over energy markets in particular. The biggest gainers were safehaven elements such as the VIX, treasuries and foodstuffs.

Citigroup Earnings Rise on Fixed Income, Currency and Commodities Trading

Citigroup posted better than expected results before the market with $C revenues from its fixed-income, currency and commodities trading division getting a boost from higher rates during the quarter. $C reported after other money center banks JPMorgan Chase $JPM, Wells Fargo $WFC.

Iran To Tap Turkish Copper Demand With $1 Billion Expansion

Iran is anticipating massive demand for its copper from Turkey in the coming years and is investing $1bn to expand copper production. Iran is opening one of the largest aluminum smelters in the Middle East with over $1bn in investment.