Rio investors asked to push miner to leave Minerals Council of Australia

Shareholders of world’s second largest miner Rio Tinto (ASX, LON:RIO) are being recruited to demand the company quit Australia’s top mining lobby group. The Australasian Centre for Corporate Responsibility (ACCR) is looking to persuade about 100 investors to co-file a resolution at Rio Tinto’s upcoming annual general meeting, in which it will ask the group to leave[…]

Commodity boom has a dark side as cost creep erodes windfall

Mining and metal companies are rediscovering the downside of rallying prices: higher costs. A sharp rebound in commodity markets in the past two years put producers in a profitability sweet spot after years of cost-cutting to cope with low prices. Now, as the upturn matures and the higher cost of energy and other materials starts[…]

These are top-10 global mining trends expected for 2018

To thrive in the mining industry’s historical boom and bust cycle and capitalize on new opportunities, companies must rethink the traditional mining model. (Image: PlusONE| Shutterstock.) In the last 10 years, the mining industry has been on a roller-coaster, with commodity prices reaching both historic highs and lows, as well as operational realities shifting irrevocably[…]

Rio Tinto autonomous trucks now hauling a quarter of Pilbara material

Mining giant Rio Tinto’s (ASX, LON, NYSE: RIO) driverless trucks fleet has achieved a major milestone as it moved its one-billionth tonne of material in Western Australia’s Pilbara region last month, the company said. The figure corresponds to roughly 25% of both ore and waste material hauled last year across the company’s five sites in[…]

Agarwal plans to keep his Anglo American stake for a long time

(Bloomberg) — Anil Agarwal, the Indian commodities billionaire, said the rally in Anglo American Plc vindicated his personal bet in the mining group, adding that he plans to own the shares for a long time. Agarwal surprised Anglo’s management last year when he took a 21 percent stake in the company, becoming its top shareholder.[…]

The periodic table of commodity returns

Jeff Desjardins on January 18, 2018 If for some reason, you still think that the commodity markets are predictable, today’s chart provides a nice piece of humble pie. The Periodic Table of Commodity Returns, which comes to us annually from our friends at U.S. Global Investors, shows the returns of commodities over each year of the past[…]

Mining profits are super-charged and BlackRock wants to get paid

 (Bloomberg) — The world’s mining sector is firing on all cylinders again, and one of it’s biggest investors can’t wait to get paid. After five years of under-performance, a combination of synchronous global growth and under-investment in new supply has driven up commodity prices, increasing cash flow and profit margins for the world’s biggest[…]

Reform overdue to drive growth and protect Australia from future downturn

The National Energy Guarantee has the potential to help policy-makers navigate from the quagmire of policy distortion to the mainstream of market selection of fuels and technologies. In particular, the Reliability Guarantee recognises the reality that industrial users (who account for 70 per cent of national electricity consumption) require affordable and reliable sources of baseload[…]

Coal dwarfs battery metals in mining deals despite war on pollution

LONDON (Reuters) – Coal and iron ore dominated mining takeovers in 2017, Thomson Reuters data shows, with buyers favoring the heavily polluting devil they know over the uncertainties of a battery-powered future. While the biggest deal was in Brazil, China was a top player despite planning to reduce domestic coal and steel-making to tackle smog[…]