Here's why the iron ore price is tanking

The destruction of iron ore and coking coal prices in the past week has been brutal. Northern China 62% Fe import prices are down more than 12% since last Friday after losing another $4 on Friday to below $60 a tonne. Measured from its February peak, the steelmaking raw material is down a stomach-churning 37%.[…]

Another BHP investor pressing for oil spinoff, board shake-up

Australia’s Tribeca Investment Partners became Friday the second shareholder in world’s largest miner BHP Billiton (ASX: BHP) (LON:BLT) to publicly press for strategic changes at the company. Tribeca, a Sydney-based boutique hedge fund, has sent the miner an eight-page letter titled “Making BHP Great Again,” in which it says the company could raise nearly $10 billion from the[…]

South32 buys stake in Canada’s Arizona Mining for $81 million

Australia’s South32 (ASX, LON, JSE:S32) is investing some of its $1.5 billion of cash in a minority stake in Canada-listed Arizona Mining (TSX:AZ), which plans to develop a zinc-lead-silver project in Arizona. Deal comes only two weeks after South32 walked away from a $200 million planned acquisition of Peabody Energy’s coal mine in New South Wales. As part of[…]

BHP puts US shale assets back on the block amid investors pressure

Mining giant BHP Billiton (ASX, NYSE:BHP), (LON:BLT) is once mulling the future of its US-based Fayetteville shale gas assets to focus on more lucrative opportunities in oil, but said decision was not related to activist investor Elliott Management’s call earlier this month for an overhaul of the firm. The company, which last year logged its largest-ever[…]

Iron ore, copper price plunge brings carnage to mining stocks

Mining and metals investors were offloading the sector’s big names on Wednesday after sharp drops in iron ore and copper prices over worries about the robustness of the Chinese economy and heightened tensions surrounding North Korea with President Trump sending an “armada” of US warships to the region. While gold was setting fresh 2017 highs on the back of safe[…]

BHP brands Elliott's overhaul proposals as flawed, costly

BHP Billiton (ASX: BHP) (LON:BLT) has come up with a detailed response to activist investor Elliott Management, which issued a 10-page letter on Monday calling for major changes at the world’s largest mining company. In its extensive presentation, the Melbourne-based miner said the minor shareholder’s proposal to overhaul BHP’s structure and spin off its US petroleum division[…]

BHP Billiton to escalate defence from Elliott with Goldman’s help

BHP Billiton (ASX: BHP) (LON:BLT) is working with Goldman Sachs Group Inc. on a detailed response to activist investor Elliott Management, which yesterday issued a 10-page letter calling for major changes at the world’s largest mining company. The bank’s involvement in the issue is nothing new, people with knowledge of the matter told Bloomberg. In fact,[…]

BHP rejects activist fund Elliott urge to spin off US oil assets

BHP Billiton (ASX: BHP) (LON:BLT), the world’s largest mining company, has rejected a push by activist investor Elliott Management to unlock shareholder value by spinning off about $22 billion of its US oil assets and list them in New York. The hedge fund manager’s demerger proposal, BHP said in a statement, included the suggestion of[…]

Coking coal price close to $300 a tonne on Australian disruptions

Coking coal prices closed the week 86% higher, climbing 34% on Friday alone to $283.10 a tonne, after damage caused by a cyclone that struck Australia’s north-east coast in late March has put supply at risk. One of the largest disruption to Australia’s coking coal exports in six years has caused a record surge in prices. Major producers including BHP[…]