BHP exiting oil and gas

World number one mining company BHP posted a fourfold rise in underlying profits on Tuesday in Australia of $6.7 billion. Free cash flow also surged, coming in at $12.6 billion. ADRs of the Melbourne-based giant was unchanged in after hours following a 1.3% gain during regular trading. The stock (NYSE:BHP) is up 14.3% in value this[…]

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[…]

Teck's steelmaking business jumps from $52M to $785M in 2Q

Teck ( NYSE:TECK) reported a profit of $577 million ($1.00 per share) in the second quarter compared with $15 million ($0.03 per share) a year ago largely thanks to its metallurgical coal business. The Canadian integrated miner said that its gross profit in the second quarter from its steelmaking coal business unit was $785 million[…]

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[…]

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[…]

BHP iron ore output hits new record but copper production tanks

The world’s number one mining company BHP  (NYSE:BHP) reported record full-year production at its Western Australia iron ore division on Tuesday. The Melbourne-based giant said thanks to the continued ramp up of additional capacity at its Jimblebar operations in Western Australia production at its iron ore unit rose 4% year-on-year to 231m tonnes for the[…]