Rio Tinto’s first-half profit soars 93%, investors getting $3bn back

Rio Tinto (ASX, LON:RIO), the world’s second largest miner, gave its shareholders an early Christmas present Wednesday as it declared its biggest interim dividend in the company’s 144-year history, thanks to climbing commodity prices that made first-half profit jump an impressive 93%. The Anglo-Australian company also said it will increase its share buy-back program this[…]

Here’s how to avoid being caught in mining scams

Calling a class “bullshit,” and in public, would normally be considered inappropriate, but there’s one where students can get away with it. Two University of Washington professors are teaching a course to help learners “think critically about the data and models that constitute evidence in the social and natural sciences,” according to the introduction to the[…]

Kumba resumes divvy thanks to stronger iron ore prices in first half

Shares in Kumba Iron Ore (JSE:KIO) rallied Tuesday after the miner announced it would reinstate dividends after a two-year hiatus thanks to stronger prices for the steelmaking ingredient earlier this year. Delivering first-half results, the South Africa-based company noted that more efficient production helped boost earnings in the period earnings by 53%. The miner’s stock shot[…]

South Africa intends to suspend issuing mining rights

* Chamber of Mines says believes decision “unlawful” * Tussle over mining code raises uncertainty in sector * Mining makes up 7 percent of S.Africa’s GDP (Adds chamber response) South Africa intends to suspend the granting of applications for prospecting and mining rights as well as any renewals pending a court case to review new[…]

Anglo American appoints takeovers expert as new chairman

Anglo American (LON:AAL), the world’s fifth largest diversified miner, has appointed Stuart Chambers to succeed Sir John Parker as chairman of the group. Chambers, 61 and former chairman of UK chip designer Arm, will join Anglo as a non-executive director in September, replacing Parker in November. Stuart Chambers is known for his active participation in the sale of several[…]

Top 50 biggest mining companies

Less red ink more blue sky MINING.com and sister company IntelligenceMine‘s ranking of the world’s 50 largest mining companies based on market value continues to show an industry in recovery. At the end of the first quarter this year the top 50 companies had a combined worth of $842 billion. In total these companies’ added $258[…]