Silver Wheaton may soon be named Wheaton Precious Metals

March 22, 2017 Cecilia Jamasmie   In late 2015, Silver Wheaton acquired a portion of future silver output from Glencore’s (LON:GLEN) Antamina copper mine in Peru for $900 million cash. (Image courtesy of Antamina) Canada’s Silver Wheaton (TSX, NYSE:SLW) plans changing its name to Wheaton Precious Metals Corp as half its revenue now comes from gold, the firm said Tuesday while delivering its fourth quarter results. The company’s bullion production has steadily increased since 2013, to the point that its revenue was evenly split between silver and gold in the second half of 2016.The Vancouver-based precious metals streaming company said its bullion production has steadily increased since 2013, to the point that its revenue was evenly split between silver and gold in the second half last year. Streaming, something that Silver Wheaton pioneered in 2014, means that a firm typically provides a chunk of cash upfront to mining companies to secure a “stream” of precious metals down the road. These sorts of deals have become increasingly popular of late, as miners have had great difficulty raising cash on stock and bond markets. Shareholders will be asked to support the name change at the firm’s annual meeting in May. If approved, the firm will also replace its TSX and NYSE ticker symbol from SLW to WPM. Silver Wheaton also reported fourth-quarter net income of $10.9 million, a significant recovery from the loss it registered in the same period a year earlier. Net income was of 2 cents per share, while earnings — adjusted for asset … Continue reading

Investors keep flocking to gold, push metal to three-month high

February 9, 2017 Cecilia Jamasmie (Image: Shutterstock.) Gold prices climbed Wednesday for a fifth-straight session as geopolitical uncertainty ahead of European elections pushed the metal to its highest price in about three months. Holdings in the SPDR Gold Shares ETF rose 8.3 tonnes to 827 tonnes as of Tuesday, the highest since Dec. 20.Bullion was last up at $1,242.20 an ounce, after hitting $1,245.40 earlier in the day. This means that, so far this year, the precious metal has gained more than 8%. In contrast, the ICE U.S. Dollar Index has lost about 1.9% even though it traded slightly higher on Wednesday. Meanwhile, holdings in the SPDR Gold Shares ETF rose 8.3 tonnes to 827 tonnes as of Tuesday, the highest since Dec. 20, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. Investors remain worried about the potential implications of a French presidential election that remains too close to call. Far-right candidate Marine Le Pen is gaining momentum by vowing to take France out of the euro zone and hold a referendum on European Union membership if she wins. At the same time, US President Donald Trump’s political agenda and his team’s comments on the undervaluation of certain currencies keep rocking markets. … Continue reading

How every commodity performed in 2016

Visual Capitalist | Jan. 8, 2017, 2:50 PM Iron ore and zinc were the best performing commodities on the face of the planet in 2016. Iron finished up 81%, its first calendar gain in four years. Meanwhile, zinc shot up 65.7% on the year as major zinc mines shut down, and supply stockpiles dwindled. Courtesy of: Visual Capitalist 2016 Commodity Performance It was an up and down year for commodities, but things ultimately finished in the black. The S&P Goldman Sachs Commodity Index (GSCI) climbed 10.1% on the year – it was just enough to edge out the S&P 500, which ended 2016 with a 9.5% return. WINNERS IN 2016 The biggest winners on the year were base metals and the oil and gas sector. Here’s how base metals did: Base Metal Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 2016 Iron Ore 37.0% -6.2% 6.3% 31.1% 81.0% Zinc 20.0% 13.1% -3.2% 26.1% 65.7% Nickel -3.1% 13.9% 11.9% -5.0% 17.3% Aluminum 3.8% 7.2% 1.4% 4.0% 17.3% Copper 0.1% 3.9% -0.5% 13.1% 17.1% Iron ore and zinc were the best performing commodities on the face of the planet in 2016. Iron finished up 81%, its first calendar gain in four years. Meanwhile, zinc shot up 65.7% on the year as major zinc mines shut down, and supply stockpiles dwindled. Oil and gas also posted a major comeback in 2016: Energy Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 2016 Natural gas -17.0% 53.3% -2.7% 28.0% 58.5% Oil (Brent) 0.6% 35.1% -1.2% 13.6% 52.4% Oil (WTI) -3.2% 37.3% -2.1% 11.4% … Continue reading

Did You See This – Gold Stolen From Mexico Mine

Frik Els | April 7, 2015 McEwen Mining (NYSE:MUX)(TSX:MUX) on Tuesday reported an armed robbery at its El Gallo 1 mine in Sinaloa, Mexico. According to a statement an estimated 900 kilograms of gold-bearing concentrate containing approximately 7,000 ounces of gold were stolen from the refinery. Based on today’s prices the the heist is worth over $8 million.The Toronto-based company said it maintains insurance against these types of incidents and is working closely with its insurance carrier to determine the extent of available coverage, but its policy will not be sufficient to cover the entire expected loss. No employees were seriously injured and there was no material damage to any of the facilities at the mine. Mining and processing activities have not been impacted and continue uninterrupted said McEwen. The Mexican authorities are investigating the incident “vigorously” says the company. Advertisement: Join us at CommonStockWarrants.com for the only listing and details on all stock warrants trading in the United States and Canada. All industries and sectors are represented and many opportunites for investors. Don’t overlook this unique opportunity. Visit our website now.   … Continue reading

Trading the parabolic dollar

Adam Hamilton – Zeal Intelligence | March 14, 2015 The mighty US dollar has been red-hot in March, rocketing higher on the incredible divergence of major central-bank policies.  While the Federal Reserve’s first rate-hike cycle in 9 years looms, the European Central Bank has started aggressively monetizing sovereign debt for the first time ever.  The resulting yield differential has catapulted the dollar parabolic, portending a major reversal and fantastic trading opportunity. Currency trading is the biggest financial market in the world, with trillions of dollars changing hands every day.  Yet since major currency price levels generally meander slowly, this massive market lurks beneath the surface with scant limelight.  But this month the soaring US dollar and plummeting euro have utterly dominated mainstream financial news.  These warring currencies’ huge price moves have been epic. The dollar and euro are opposite sides of the same coin.  When one rallies the other necessarily falls, and vice versa.  The flagship metric for tracking the US dollar’s price levels is the venerable US Dollar Index, which was launched in early 1973.  It measures the dollar against a basket of six currencies.  And since the euro’s birth in early 1999, it has commanded an overshadowing 57.6% weighting in this benchmark! When traders are watching the dollar, they’re usually following this USDX which the euro dominates mechanically.  And indeed the recent dollar parabola has been fueled by an utter collapse in the euro.  As of the middle of this week, it had plummeted 12.8% year-to-date!  For the major currency markets that usually move with … Continue reading