Michael Montgomery studied Political Science and Economics at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado. While working with Resource Investing News, Michael has covered a wide range of commodities with a primary focus on rare earth, molybdenum, manganese, vanadium, and silver. Michael’s background and passion for international politics and economics is suited well to cover some of these emerging markets dominated by growth patterns. Michael’s articles have received acclaim from industry insiders and have been co-published by The National Engineer, by The National Association of Power Engineers, the oldest engineering association in the United States, and by Australian Resources and Investment Magazine. Michael currently resides in San Francisco, California.
Investors looking to capitalize on the build-up of nuclear power don’t have to rely on uranium projects alone, as massive amounts of molybdenum will be needed for nuclear power reactors to strengthen the steel alloys used in their construction.
While steel production has remained strong in China and North America, the price of molybdenum has remained weak. China became a net importer of molybdenum in 2010, however, on the year the country is a net exporter of the metal. This trend however may be reversing.
The price of molybdenum on the LME is down to its lowest level since July of 2010. Weak demand for stainless steel and the summer slowdown in the production of steel are factors. This could represent a bottom for the price as supporting factors come into play in the coming months.
Japan will need massive amounts of steel to rebuild what the tsunami washed away. Infrastructure and new automobiles will pave the way for steel demand in the country. While the events in Japan are horrific and depressing, and may affect global markets for quite some time, the need for steel will likely use up a large portion of the surplus that is currently holding down the price of moly.