North Korea coal exports down to zero on China ban, UN cap

North Korea’s global coal exports went down to zero in April, data released Friday shows, mainly due to China’s recent decision to ban imports from its nuclear-armed neighbour for the rest of the year. According to the US Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) latest brief, coal shipments from North Korea to an unnamed country fell from[…]

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%.[…]

INFOGRAPHIC: The numbers behind the world's closest trade relationship

Courtesy of: Visual Capitalist Whether we’re discussing the ancient merchants that traversed the legendary Silk Road, or the transfer of goods across modern border lines, trade has always been about building close relationships. There are many examples of strong and mutually-beneficial trade relationships all throughout history, but one doesn’t have to look far back to[…]

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[…]

Australia greenlights Rio Tinto’s $2.45bn sale of coal mines to Yancoal

Australian authorities have given Yancoal (ASX:YAL), the subsidiary of China’s Yanzhou Coal Mining, the green light to go ahead with its planned $2.45 billion acquisition of Rio Tinto’s (ASX, LON:RIO) thermal coal assets in the Hunter Valley. The Coal & Allied unit includes Rio’s stakes in the Hunter Valley Operations mine, Mount Thorley and Warkworth mines, as well[…]

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[…]