Of particular interest this week:

Currency: CHF removes link to EUR  (p.3)

Port of Singapore: Traffic reflecting slowdown in Asia.  (pp.1-2)

World Bank:  Economic growth comments  (p.8)

Iron Ore:  Forecasts of price recovery in the Dec15HY. (p.20)

SUMMARY

Copper  – Cu prices are recovering from lows upon announced Chinese stimulus plans .

Nickel  – Mincor (MCR) announced strong Ni intercepts at its Cassini prospect.

Zinc & Lead  – MMG advancing Las Bambas Cu, and Golden Grove (Zn).  Ivernia suspending Paroo Stn (Pb).

Tin  – ITRI seeking out niche uses for Sn, including pollution controls.

Aluminium  – Alcoa confident of aluminium demand growth for 2015.

Gold  – Kingsgate’s Chatree mine has suspended operations.

Platinum & Palladium  – Northam Platinum suspended Zondereinde mine operations, with strikes under way.

Oil  – US Congress to consider oil export ban and the Keystone XL pipeline.

Coal  – An active week in Newcastle thermal coal.  Indonesian shipments to China have reduced.

Iron Ore  – Prices forecast to rebound during latter HY of 2015.

Shipping  – After last week’s multi-year lows shipping rates have increased slightly.

General  – Singapore shipping reflects slower economic activity in early 2015.

nb: new tables of Interest Rates & other Asian foreign exchange data