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[…]

Trump administration’s plan to boost coal, nuclear power rejected

The Republican-controlled Federal Energy Regulatory Commission or FERC unexpectedly and unanimously rejected Energy Secretary Rick Perry’s plan to boost nuclear plants and slow down the closure of coal-powered plants. According to Perry, the US’ power grid would become vulnerable if more coal-fired power plants were to close down, a common occurrence in past years as[…]

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[…]

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[…]