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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.

Less than 20 years after launching the Shanghai Gold Exchange has become the world’s largest physical gold exchange. This trend is set to continue with two new futures contracts connecting CME Group gold futures to Shanghai Gold Exchange having launched in October.

Swine flu has reeked havoc on pork supplies around the world and has hit China very hard and has now spread to ten European countries. Chinese food prices in July jumped 9.1% consumer staples pork prices up 27% fresh and fruit prices up 39.1% from a year ago.

Nornickel, the world’s largest palladium producer, reported a huge jump in first half profit with higher palladium prices offsetting a decline in nickel, copper and platinum prices. expects a global palladium deficit of 600,000 troy ounces for 2019.

California is considered the world's largest marijuana market and it's legal cannabis market is currently on track to grow 23% in 2019 to $3.1 billion and to reach $7.2 billion in 2024, a 19% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) over the next five years.

China’s July food prices jumped 9.1% consumer staples pork prices up 27% fresh and fruit prices up 39.1% from a year ago. Overall, China’s consumer inflation rose 2.8% from a year ago and producer prices fell 0.3% from a year ago. Economists say there is no problem.

Glencore PLC is closing its Mutanda mine in Congo, one of its largest copper and cobalt mines. Cobalt hit a peak of near $40 a pound in late 2017 and is now trading at around $12.50 a pound as trade war between U.S. and China hit commodity prices.

Recent strength in precious metals and weather affected grains has seen commodities prices largely higher for the first half of 2019, the energy heavy GSCI is up 16.% on the year with the more balanced Bloomberg index up 5%.

Soft demand for aluminum and cost deflation has seen LME futures prices in narrow range with low volatility. China is the world’s top aluminium producer and continues to defy low prices as falling alumina costs boost margins.

China's Luckin Coffee is making it's first overseas move, opening coffee shops in the Middle East and India after it raised $561 million in May in a U.S. IPO. $LK aims to unseat Starbucks as the No.1 coffee chain in China 

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