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INVESTMENT: Putting commodities ETFs into perspective

  • Date: 30-01-20
  • Category: INVESTMENT
  • Source: Visual Capitalist

In recent years, the universe of exchange-traded funds (ETFs has been rapidly expanding to include almost every asset class, sector, and investment goal imaginable.

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AUTO PRODUCTION: Tumble in UK car output 'a grave concern', says trade body

UK car production sank to its lowest in almost a decade in 2019, with output forecast to continue falling this year.

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FERROCHROME: End of the road for Merafe Resources?

  • Date: 30-01-20
  • Category: FERROCHROME
  • Source: Business Live

In a dark portent for SA’s ferrochrome industry, the Glencore-Merafe Chrome Venture is restructuring, and could cut up to 665 jobs at its Rustenburg smelter, which is suffering "material financial losses".

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HYDROGEN: Rhodium photocatalyst does double duty to generate hydrogen

  • Date: 30-01-20
  • Category: HYDROGEN
  • Source: Chemical & Engineering News

Artificial photosynthesis offers a way to store the energy of sunlight within chemical bonds and could be used to produce renewable solar fuels like hydrogen. Researchers hoping to harness the Sun’s energy in this way tend to mimic the strategy of natural photosynthesis, using separate molecules to capture light and catalyze chemical reactions.

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES: GM resurrecting Hummer as an all-electric ‘super truck’ with 1,000 horsepower

DETROIT – General Motors is resurrecting the Hummer, best known as a gas-guzzling, military-style SUV, as an all-electric “super truck” with massive horsepower, acceleration and torque.

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PALLADIUM: Palladium to remain strong despite added Nornickel supply

  • Date: 29-01-20
  • Category: PALLADIUM
  • Source: Kitco

(Kitco News) - Palladium prices are likely to remain strong despite news that Russian producer Norilsk Nickel will release three metric tons of palladium ingots from its stockpiles, traders and analysts said.

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PGM PRODUCERS: Anglo American Platinum to post bumper R19bn earnings

JOHANNESBURG - Anglo American Platinum, (Amplats) is set to post bumper earnings of up to R19 billion for the full year ended in December as the upswing in the commodity price cycle has seen new records for rhodium and palladium.

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SOUTH AFRICA: SA miners plan to supply 609MW of independent power provided regulations allow

THE South African mining industry was ready to help ease the country’s power shortages by building up to 609MW in electricity generating capacity, said Bloomberg News.

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