Rising gold prices are providing a ray of light for a mining sector that is struggling to cope with a commodity slump. Australian gold production has risen to a 12-year high as mothballed mines are brought back online, while high-cost South African gold operations have received a boost as the rand plunges against the dollar. Why is gold the best-performing commodity of early 2016, and what effects could this have on the industry?
The price of gold got off to a running start this year, rising by 17% in the first quarter and outperforming other commodities by 14%. The positive performance of this precious metal has sparked speculation on whether the rate will continue to rise, plateau, or drop, and what this will mean for a mining sector plagued by the low price of commodities. Read more in article by Taylor Heyman, mining-technology.com