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[…]

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[…]

CHARTS: Big mining's surge in value shames tech giants

Big cap diversified miners are riding a wave of optimism as global growth prospects – especially in manufacturing – continues to strengthen.  Global economic activity as measured by the JP Morgan global manufacturing and services index showed output rising at the fastest pace since March 2015. The manufacturing index has now signalled expansion for a record 82 months[…]

Former Xstrata CEO Mick Davis may become Rio Tinto new chairman

Former Xstrata chief executive Mick Davis, the current leader of Britain’s ruling Conservative Party, is said to be the frontrunner to become Rio Tinto’s new chairman. People familiar with the matter told Sky News the South African-born businessman has held talks with Rio over the position held until the end of the year by retiring chairman Jan[…]

Canadian junior miners worth jumps for second year in a row

The rising number of exploration projects, equity and debt financings, as well as mergers and acquisitions, indicates a renewed confidence in the junior sector. (Image: Pure Gold Mining’s Madsen gold project in Ontario’s Red Lake gold camp.) After years of struggling following a drop in commodity prices, Canadian junior miners are seeing renewed confidence in[…]

CHARTS: Mining's 2017 rally forecast to fizzle out

Gold’s retreat during September may be hurting sentiment and iron ore and coking coal prices have come in for renewed punishment, but so far in 2017 the mining sector has been able to build on last year’s strong gains. Gold and silver prices were just hanging onto double digit year-to-date gains at the end of Q3 while[…]

Glencore to spend $956M to increase stake in Peru's largest zinc producer

Miner and commodities trader Glencore (LON:GLEN) is buying 26.73% of the voting shares in Peru’s largest zinc producer, Volcan Compañía Minera SAA, in a deal worth at least $531 million. The Swiss company will pay $1.215 per class A common share, which will help it boost its current 7.68% interest in Volcan and which could[…]

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[…]