Copper prices will top $6,500/tonne in the fourth quarter of 2009 on the back of increased demand. The outlook for copper is bullish over the next three years.
Copper producer KGHM dropped plans to boost production by some 40% next year because it no longer planned to make a large acquisition of foreign deposits.
Fortescue Metals broke ranks to forge a slightly cheaper iron ore price with Chinese steel mills in exchange for up to $6 billion in funding, giving Beijing's beleaguered industry group a much-needed face-saving win.
Democratic Republic of Congo may review its decision to cancel a copper and cobalt project in which First Quantum Minerals is the majority stakeholder.
Copper prices rose to a new 10 and a half month high on Friday as hopes for an economic recovery held sway and overshadowed concerns prices had gone up too high too soon.
The omens for industrial metals next year are not good because consumer and corporate confidence as well as demand could disappoint.
First Quantum said it was mystified by a newswire story saying the Democratic Republic of Congo government had cancelled its $600m tailings treatment project.
Zambia asks mining firms to cut output as it tests a recently rehabilitated power plant.
China's Jinchuan Group will take a stake of about 51% in Zambia's sole nickel mine Munali, which is due to resume output in September.
Rio Tinto's Palabora Mining declared a substantial interim dividend on Tuesday following a drop in net earnings coupled with an increase of cash in hand.