Best of Spend Matters: MetalMiner (Part 1)

What a year it's been for our sister site, MetalMiner! Traffic has literally blown up in the last half of the year, making the site the number one metals publication in the sector based on traffic. Look for MetalMiner in 2011: there will be conferences added to the in-depth (and usually controversial) coverage you're used to. Here's the best from 2010:

Hungarian Alumina Refinery Disaster – What Exactly is This Red Mud? -- We have had lead contamination, mine accidents, and now it is the turn of the aluminum industry to come under the microscope following a major, and we mean major, spill of liquid waste from the Hungarian Aluminum Production and Trade Company (MAL) alumina refinery between Ajke and Kolontal in Hungary.

The Case For Rare Earth Metal ETFs -- The rare earth metal industry is abuzz with fresh news. We've covered a few of these developments over the past couple of days. The big news of the week of course involves the creation of a new rare earth metal ETF from REE Fund that will make investments in over 30 rare earth metal companies from "mine to market."

Is the Copper Market Hiding Two Million Tons of Stock? -- LME week is always a great time for headlines, either announcing new projects, major players transactions or what the LME loves best, market rumors! Well a Reuters report this week covered the comments made by the veteran market trader David Threlkeld, president of metals trader Resolved Inc regarding unreported stockpiles of copper on the world market.

Sheena Moore

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