Palladium jumps above $2 000 amid optimism over China reopening

Palladium jumped by the most since March amid renewed optimism about China’s economy reopening and planned stimulus for automakers, the biggest consumers of the metal. Palladium held above $2 000/oz, after gaining 6.7% as of 2:06 p.m. in London. It has dropped about a third since hitting a record in late February as the coronavirus pandemic dented automaker demand for the metal used in pollution control devices.

As coronavirus rages, Rusal puts brakes on Nornickel’s palladium JV

Russia's Norilsk Nickel said on Friday that Russian Platinum, its partner in an Arctic palladium project, had withdrawn from talks on creating the joint venture due to a lack of approval from Rusal, one of Nornickel's shareholders. Nornickel is the world's largest producer of palladium, which along with its sister metal, platinum, has been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic and its expected economic fallout. Palladium has plunged by 45% from February highs as some investors dumped the precious metal for cash. Aluminium producer Rusal, which holds 27.8% in Nornickel, has not issued corporate approvals for the miner to participate in the joint venture, Nornickel said in a statement.

Palladium’s hot run turns cold in metal’s biggest-ever turnabout

During market crashes, palladium isn’t the first commodity that comes to mind. That’d typically be reserved for gold, the oldest of all safe havens, or maybe oil, a notoriously volatile asset. But while those two have garnered plenty of attention this week, no commodity has cratered more spectacularly than palladium, stunning investors with a 30% plunge that included a 20% drop in one day alone in the spot market. Futures on Friday tumbled as much as 24%. Palladium’s dramatic ascendance in the past 13 months has turned into an equally shocking rout as the coronavirus outbreak crushes demand prospects for the metal used in cars. After fears of supply constraints sent palladium cruising through multiple record highs, making it one of the best performing commodities of 2019, concerns about auto sales sent the metal plunging into a bear market. And the fall continued Friday.

Nornickel sees no major palladium substitution in near term

Russia’s Norilsk Nickel (Nornickel), the world’s largest producer of palladium and high-grade nickel, expects the palladium market to continue to be in a deficit of about 500 000 oz this year, driven by the continuing increase in loadings in autocatalysts. Underpinning the company’s market forecast for palladium is the rolling out of the China 6 vehicle emissions standard and the introduction of real driving emissions (RDE) tests in Europe to measure pollutants. The miner states that palladium’s substitution with platinum will be limited in 2020, as an “effective technical solution is not available”.

Anglo’s giant palladium mine poses key question for new CEO

When Natascha Viljoen takes the helm of Anglo American Platinum in April, she will find a “fierce crocodile” in her in-tray. In the local Tswana language, that’s Mogalakwena, the largest palladium mine outside Russia. The metal’s surge to a fresh record is turbo-charging the giant openpit’s cash-generating powers, and the new chief executive officer, announced on Thursday, must decide whether to expand further.

China’s massive car-sales slump threatens palladium’s rally

A record 22% slump in China’s January car sales is threatening to derail the rally in palladium, used to curb emissions from vehicles. The precious metal generated a 59% return for investors last year, the most of any commodity tracked by a DCI BNP Paribas gauge. The rally was fueled by expectations that stricter Chinese environmental standards will spur higher loadings of the material in cars. The bullish sentiment is wavering, with hedge funds paring their bets on higher prices to an eight-month low. On Thursday, the China Passenger Car Association predicted a worsening outlook for the industry, saying sales may drop more than 30% in February. “Suspended operations could create a short-term bottleneck and a temporary dip in demand” for palladium, Suki Cooper, precious metals analyst at Standard Chartered Bank, said. “The key question will be how deeply auto sales are impacted thereafter.”

Big News Expected in the Gold Miners Before BMO and PDAC

Coronavirus concerns and fear of a global economic slowdown because of this outbreak has not derailed the rally in the US markets.  However, base metals, oil and copper have taken it on the chin as Chinese cut back on imports.

Prices have stabilized after a precipitous fall.  The President of China just came out in public after not being seen in weeks to hopefully signal to the World things are getting better.

I hope and pray it is.  Crude Oil and Copper have been hardest hit but could be a discount v shaped reversal for those with long term bullish beliefs.

This divergence between stocks and commodities could be that both China and the USA are printing money at the highest rate ever flooding the equity market with liquidity which is going into a few select stocks.  The risk capital has not yet flowed into the commodities markets yet which is still at record all time low valuations versus the equity, fixed income or real estate market.

The wave for hard assets is coming again.  The rich billionaires are now positioning in junior miners after one of the longest and most brutal bear markets.

This multi year bear market in energy, commodities and metals comes at the same time when Central Bankers are printing money at the highest rates ever!

Deficits have soared in the past two decades, money printing is at record levels and hard assets are still ignored by the masses.

US household debt reaches new record at over $14 trillion!  Even though gold has hit new highs in all the currencies except the US dollar, the junior explorers have not been able to keep up pace yet.  But it is coming and when it comes the move will be like a sling shot and the only ones who win are those positioned.

The move is going to come.  Parabolic moves in equity markets don't end well.  Look at what happened during the dot com bubble and most recently with the cannabis and crypto crazes.  I know everyone is in tech stocks and real estate but maybe its time to just think out of the box and put a little into the neglected hard assets.

We are still witnessing parabolic moves in the US tech stocks most notably Apple $AAPL, Tesla $TSLA and Microsoft $MSFT whose market caps surpass the entire German Economy.  The Germans are moving into recession territory.

German automakers are still recovering from the Volkswagen Dieselgate Scandal and are trying to catch up to rivals like Tesla leading the electric vehicle revolution.

The Lithium stock ETF $LIT and Lithium Bellwether Albemarle $ALB are breaking out and the battery metals space appears to be heating up.

Look at the chart of Ganfeng who is partnered with Lithium Americas on the verge of a two year downtrend change and appears to be a takeout target by the Chinese who have taken majority control of their lithium asset is Argentina.

Its amazing the Nikola Motor has put out a powerful electric pickup with 600 mile range.  There will be huge advancements in battery technology.  This week we hear news of major financings in this area.  There were a lot of shorts who lost billions as Tesla rebounded.  This is not an area to short.

US Uranium stocks $URA continue to get support from President Trump who has included a special uranium reserve so that USA doesn't have to be so reliant on the Russians for everything nuclear related.

China and Russia are trying to monopolize the nuclear sector and Trump isn't standing for that.  He has put $150 million into the uranium budget to lessen USA reliance on uranium from Kazakhstan.  I am on the lookout for good uranium stories in the USA with clean balance sheets.

The Trump Administration is extremely supportive of the rare earth sector and for the US military to become less reliant on China for these magnet metals.  This week the US Government has charged China with spying on the American People.  Tensions with China are the worst in my lifetime.  I have never seen anything like this.

Listen to this unique near term rare earth producer in the USA who has interest from the US Dept of Defense as well as additional parties to start a rare earth refinery in the USA.  Remember these electric vehicles require rare earths in the motors that power the traction.  Maybe they will get US funds from recent budget?

I am continuing to search for new mining technologies that are cleaner and could cut processing costs.  This new nanotechnology being used by Kinross can replace activated carbon and capture almost 10x more gold!  It could change gold mining and just went public today.  It could replace 100 year old activated carbon, capture more gold, use a lot less water and save miners a lot of money.  Check it out yourself.

For months now I have been following this Nevada Gold Explorer which has attracted the top Placer Dome Geo in Nevada as Chairman of this tiny junior.  He has loved this project for 20 years and believes they could be onto something massive right in Northern Nevada surrounded by massive 20 million ounce gold mines.  This company is actively drilling with lots of news pending.  Insiders just participated in the financing.  Its still a tough market at the stock has corrected as the company is waiting on results.  Click here to listen a recent interview with the CEO who is well known in the mining industry and has put his reputation and lots of money on the line for this project.

A major discovery backed by Newmont in the Yukon put out a resource today and puts together years of recent drilling success.  The stock has been ignored possibly due to large amounts of copper.  But I think its a powerful story in the Yukon that has been overlooked but if gold and copper takes off this could have huge leverage and see a powerful reversal as its one of the highest grade porphyry discoveries in Canada and the World.  Newmont should continue to finance this project as they have done in British Columbia recently with that Golden Triangle discovery. 

Its been ten years online and 20 years investing in the junior mining sector.  The past 8 years have been painful for precious metal investors and its been the first real bear market I have lived through.  Its also one of the worst and most painful.  There have been many times I've wanted to quit and many times when I've felt on top of the world.  Winners are not people who never fail but people who never quit.  I believe this could be a huge turning point for investors at stock markets continue into record overbought territory and hard assets hit 100 year lows.  Remember great gains can be made but it is often after severe losses.  Its not an easy game and its not all sunshine and rainbows.  You must keep going despite getting knocked down.

The Junior Gold Miners $GDXJ are holding the 50 DMA and forming a cup and handle.  We could see a bounce starting soon.  Big news is expected from some junior miners before the annual BMO and PDAC events in early March which are the biggest mining conferences of the year.


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Jeff Christian from the CPM Group – Fri 7 Feb, 2020

An extended interview discussing the drivers in gold, silver, gold stocks, copper, and palladium

Jeff Christian, Managing Partner at the CPM Group joined me for an extended discussion what he sees driving a wide range of metals prices. We start with gold and silver then move to the base metals. This is more than just a price forecast but also a look at the financial system around the world.

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John Kaiser Exclusive – Thu 6 Feb, 2020

Comments on Investing in Palladium and What Sectors Have John’s Attention This Year

John Kaiser joins me this morning with initial comments on Palladium. We discuss why Palladium has run and what stocks John is watching. Next up is assessing the situation in China with the Coronavirus and how it could disrupt the overall global supply chain.

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Brien Lundin Commentary – Mon 3 Feb, 2020

A Look Into Some Of The Other Precious Metals – Palladium and Rhodium

Brien Lundin kicks off today with his thoughts on some of the other precious metals that get less attention than gold and silver but have been screaming higher. We start with Palladium and the stocks Brien likes. Next is Rhodium and comments on where this metals fits into an investment thesis.

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