Lithium price plunges to 4-year low

Investment in battery manufacturing plants and electric vehicle factories continues to boom around the world, but for now the market for lithium shows no signs of emerging from a four-year slump. Prices for the raw material used in lithium-ion batteries fell again at the end of last year, according to the December price assessment released […]

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Gold ends 2019 on shiny note; may hit Rs 45,000 per 10 gram in 2020

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Gold is set to remain more expensive in the New Year as continuing geopolitical tremors, economic woes and rupee volatility are expected to push the yellow metal even to Rs 45,000 for 10 gram, says a PTI report. Thanks to various government policies and soaring stock market, gold witnessed periodic as well as steep price fluctuations in […]

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India’s rough diamond imports fall sharply in 2019 over liquidity crunch

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Liquidity crunch due to financing cuts by banks leading to cutters and polishers reducing purchases has resulted in India experiencing the steepest decline in net rough diamond imports sharply in 2019 so far. According to the data from the Gem and Jewellary Exports Promotion Council, the overall gross import of rough diamonds between April to […]

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Agri commodity markets impacted by unprecedented incidents and severe conditions in 2019: RaboBank

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In 2019, agri commodity markets were impacted by several unprecedented incidents and uncommonly severe conditions, says RaboBank’s 12 month outlook report. As macro, political, and climate risks continue to make their mark on agri commodity markets in 2020, producers, processors, traders, and retailers need to prepare, the report warns. China’s hog herd declined significantly, as […]

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China to buy $50 billion in US farm products in return for tariff concessions

Washington has set its terms for a trade deal with China, offering to suspend some tariffs on Chinese goods and cut others in exchange for Beijing buying more American farm goods, Reuters reported quoting US sources. Beijing’s silence, however, fuelled questions over whether the two sides can come to a truce in their bitter trade […]

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