Iron ore nears $80 a tonne

Iron ore prices held steady above $79 per tonne on Tuesday on the back of a strengthening billet market a day earlier, when Chinese steelmakers began stoking production ahead of mandated cuts going into winter. Iron ore is trading higher now than at the beginning of the year. Ore with 62% content in Qingdao traded at $79.65 per[…]

Yancoal seeks $2.5bn from investors to pay for Rio’s Aussie coal mines

China-backed Yancoal Australia (ASX: YAL) said Wednesday it will launch a fundraiser to fetch $2.5 billion it needs to buy Rio Tinto’s (LON, ASX:RIO) Coal & Allied division, which it scored late June after a three-week bidding war with Glencore. The figure is lower than the $2.69 billion originally agreed, thanks to Glencore’s (LON:GLEN) intervention last[…]

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[…]

Caterpillar in search of new CFO as Halverson to retire next year

World’s largest mining and construction equipment maker Caterpillar (NYSE:CAT) announced Tuesday that its chief financial officer Brad Halverson would retire in early 2018, after spending nearly three decades with company. Halverson, who joined the Peoria, Illinois-based company in 1988 as an accountant, has also served as CAT’s group president since January 2013. “Brad assumed the CFO[…]

Upbeat China data sends iron ore soaring, climbs the most in 8 months

Iron ore prices received a major boost Monday hitting its highest level in eight months after upbeat Chinese data showed its construction sector in July grew the most in almost four years. Ore with 62% content in Qingdao jumped 7.2% to $73.70 a tonne, according to the Metal Bulletin, the highest price since April 11 and the largest[…]

Indonesia closer to mining deal with Freeport, but hurdles remain

Indonesia is closer to a deal with Freeport McMoRan Inc on its long-term future in the country, but key issues still need to be resolved before the U.S. miner gets a new operating permit for its huge copper mine, a mining ministry official said. Shares of the world’s biggest publicly traded copper miner jumped to[…]

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[…]

Caterpillar earnings beat estimates, shares hit five-year high

Shares in the world’s largest mining and construction equipment maker Caterpillar (NYSE:CAT) jumped Tuesday, touching a five-year high in early trading, as the company posted better than expected earnings for the second quarter and bulldozed its way to another outlook upgrade. Second-quarter revenues were up nearly $1 billion from a year ago, with earnings per[…]

Luxembourg shoots for the stars with fresh space mining deal

Luxembourg seems to be in a rush to achieve its goal of becoming Europe’s hub for space mining, as it announced Monday a deal with a newly created company specializing in geolocation services and developing space infrastructure. Kleos Space, 100% owned by UK-based Magna Parva, is one of dozens of firms to have either settled[…]

Iron ore soars past $70 a tonne

Iron ore continued this week’s sharp rally and is now back above $70 a tonne, a level not seen since April 11. Ore with 62% content in Qingdao climbed 2% to $70.24 a tonne, according to the Metal Bulletin. It means that since Monday the commodity has surged about 7%. And from the recent low of $53.36 a[…]