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[…]

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[…]

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[…]

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[…]

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[…]

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[…]