Shipping gauge shows iron ore, copper prices heading for fall

Drifting into the doldrums? The Baltic Dry Shipping Index came to prominence at the start of the Chinese-led commodity supercycle around a decade ago. The London-based Baltic Exchange tracks the cost of moving commodities along more than 50 routes around the world and the BDI is considered one of the go-to barometers of the global[…]

Mining M&A jumps to 4-year high – expect more in 2018

The value of global mining and metals deals hit a four-year high in 2017, according to accountancy firm EY, boosted by a jump in money raised on stock exchanges to a six-year high. Mining and metals deals totalled $51 billion last year, up 15% from 2016. Activity was dominated by coal and steel transactions. However,[…]

These are some of the top mining assets on the block

Big mining companies, restored to health following the 2015-16 price crash, are seeking to rationalize their portfolios and acquire assets in line with heightened focus on the best quality minerals and anticipated demand for battery materials. Still, the mood remains cautious and the focus has been on smaller deals after the damage inflicted by steep[…]

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[…]

Glencore raises marketing guidance, lowers output

LONDON, Oct 30 (Reuters) – Glencore on Monday cut its output forecast for core commodities including zinc, but raised its marketing division’s full-year earnings before interest and tax (EBIT) to between $2.6 billion and $2.8 billion, reflecting higher raw materials prices. Its previous 2017 marketing, or trading, EBIT guidance was $2.4 billion to $2.7 billion,[…]

Why did this slide wipe $1.3B from Teck's market value?

Vancouver-based Teck Resources, Canada’s largest diversified miner which is close to completing a major oil sands project, reported on Thursday a nearly four-fold increase in quarterly profits. The metallurgical coal business of Teck, also a major copper and zinc producer, accounted for 72% of its gross profits during the first nine months of the year. Operationally[…]

Teck Resources shares fall on weaker own coal price outlook

VANCOUVER, Oct 26 (Reuters) – Canada’s Teck Resources Ltd reported weaker-than-expected third-quarter earnings on Thursday and forecast softer prices for its coal in the fourth quarter, sending its shares tumbling more than 8 percent. Teck, the world’s second-biggest exporter of steelmaking coal, said it expects a larger proportion of its coal sales in the fourth[…]