Iron – Iron ore prices have lost 16 percent so far this year, and that trend does not look ready to change anytime soon.
Gas – Mirroring the expansion of the shale gas industry elsewhere, China is experiencing a boom in shale gas production.
Water shortage or scarcity is a serious social problem in many parts of the world.
Gold – Barrick Gold is shaking off its financially precarious position by divesting high-cost, low-return projects and focusing on low-cost mines in Nevada.
Diamond – What's a natural fancy colored diamond supplier doing at wealth management conferences? Leibish & Co.'s Yaniv Marcus explains.
Uranium – At this year’s Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada conference, Investing News Network spoke with Mercenary Geologist Mickey Fulp, who is hopefully optimistic in today’s resource market.
Diamond – Peregrine Diamonds, North Arrow Minerals and Mountain Province Diamonds are among the diamond companies that John Kaiser likes.
Silver – Avino Silver & Gold Mines Ltd. (TSXV:ASM,NYSEMKT:ASM) announced an expansion update from the Avino mine, which is located on its Mexico-based Avino property. David Wolfin, the company's president, CEO and director, said he is "extremely pleased" with the progress being made there.
Tungsten – Thor Mining plc (ASX:THR) announced that new work, including ore sorting and better metallurgical processing, has resulted in a 13-percent cost reduction at its Molyhil tungsten project, located in Australia's Northern Territory.
Nickel – Mincor Resources NL (ASX:MCR) provided its quarterly report for the period ended March 31, 2014, commenting that it produced 2,203 tonnes of nickel-in-ore at a cash cost of AU$5.65 per pound of payable nickel.
Nickel – Mirabela Nickel Ltd. (ASX:MBN) announced that the ad-hoc committee of holders of more than 65 percent of the company's unsecured notes due April 15, 2018 will allow Mirabela to draw down upon the US$10 million still available under a $45-million loan obtained in December 2013.
Gold – Barkerville Gold Mines Ltd. (TSX-V:BGM) talks about gold production in 2014 and various projects in British Columbia, Canada.
Gold – Latin American Minerals (TSXV:LAT) CEO Miles Rideout spoke to Resource Investing News about its Paso Yobai property in Paraguay.
Uranium – Toro Energy Limited (ASX:TOE) Managing Director Vanessa Guthrie spoke to Resource Investing News about the Wiluna Project, Western Australia’s emerging uranium mine.
Potash – Potash West (OTCPINK:PWNNY,ASX:PWN) Managing Director Patrick McManus spoke to Resource Investing News about the Dandaragan Trough Project in Western Australia.
Gas – ITAR-TASS reported today that Kiev is in talks with European gas companies regarding a national gas consortium that would help Ukraine with its natural gas transportation system. Ukraine's parliament-appointed Minister of Energy and Coal Industry Yuriy Prodan told ITAR-TASS that he country has forwarded proposals to European gas companies, but that Kiev is not in talks with Moscow concerning the issue.
Coal – Bloomberg reported that Australian mining companies are producing and exporting coal at a loss due to take-or-pay contracts with freight companies.Losses from exporting coal at current low prices are much less than what it would cost to default on the freight agreements.
Coal – Reuters reported today that U.S. rail shipper Norfolk Southern (NYSE:NSC) reported a drop of 18 percent in profits for the first quarter of 2014, largely due to a 15 percent fall in earnings from coal shipments. However, Norfolk Chief Executive Wick Moorman told Reuters that the company expects a rebound following this quarter.
Oil – Reuters reported today that Nigeria has awarded oil contracts worth roughly $40 billion a year to domestic oil companies. The contracts make up the majority of Nigeria's long-term oil contracts, and the move is in line with the country's policy to increase the role of local businesses in the oil industry, according to Reuters.