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  • Australian exports to China still face hurdles Tuesday, 18 Nov 2014 | 6:14 PM ET

    A trade deal signed with great fanfare between China and Australia may not provide Australia with the economic boost that many anticipate.

  • China protectionism threatens commodity imports Thursday, 13 Nov 2014 | 6:20 PM ET

    Businesses are complaining about Beijing's use of non-tariff barriers from customs clearance to quality restrictions to curb raw material imports.

  • Here's why iron ore will stay below $100 a tonne Wednesday, 12 Nov 2014 | 5:35 PM ET
    Here's why iron ore will stay below $100 a tonne

    Due to ongoing structural shifts in the sector, iron ore prices are unlikely to recover beyond $100 a tonne, says Daniel Hynes, Senior Commodity Strategist at ANZ.

  • We've 'come out strong' after issues: Lonmin CEO Monday, 10 Nov 2014 | 3:15 AM ET
    We've 'come out strong' after issues: Lonmin CEO

    Ben Magara, CEO of Lonmin, says the company has stabilized after facing a host of issues including an industrial strike in which 30 workers were killed after police opened fire in 2012.

  • Australia bears sharpen their claws Thursday, 6 Nov 2014 | 7:36 PM ET

    Australia's economic data may have been only "meh," but some economists see dark clouds on the horizon, spurring sharp cuts to growth forecasts.

  • 'Cautiously optimistic' on Australia jobs: Pro Thursday, 6 Nov 2014 | 12:17 AM ET
    'Cautiously optimistic' on Australia jobs: Pro

    Despite slow progress, Australia's job market is stabilizing and will continue to improve over the next few months, says Steve Shepherd, Employment Market Analyst at Randstad.

  • BHP Billiton still making good margins: EY Wednesday, 22 Oct 2014 | 12:42 AM ET
    BHP Billiton still making good margins: EY

    Mike Elliott, Global Mining & Metals Leader at EY, discusses the miner's decision to increase the capacity of its Western Australian operations despite plummeting iron ore prices.

  • This is Australia's next growth driver Thursday, 16 Oct 2014 | 6:50 PM ET
    Skyline of Downtown Perth, Australia.

    Australia's once-booming resources sector is fizzling, but HSBC says a new engine may propel the economy: housing and infrastructure.

  • Why Klesch wants Tata European operations Thursday, 16 Oct 2014 | 11:50 AM ET
    Why Klesch wants Tata European operations

    Gary Klesch, founder and chairman of Klesch Group, explains why Klesch wants to acquire Tata's European loss-making operations, saying there is a "big upside opportunity" to this deal.

  • Glencore will return for Rio Tinto bid: Pro Wednesday, 15 Oct 2014 | 4:30 AM ET
    Glencore will return for Rio Tinto bid: Pro

    John Meyer, analyst at SP Angel, says Glencore will come back with another merger bid for Rio Tinto.

  • Is Rio Tinto becoming a value trap? Wednesday, 15 Oct 2014 | 3:15 AM ET
    Is Rio Tinto becoming a value trap?

    Jeff Largey, head of metals and mining research at Macquarie Group, says Rio Tinto needs to deliver on production growth and on share buyback and highlights it is "highly cash generative".

  • 'Compelling logic' behind Glencore's Rio Tinto bid: Pro Wednesday, 8 Oct 2014 | 2:15 AM ET
    'Compelling logic' behind Glencore's Rio Tinto bid: Pro

    Paul Gait, senior metals and mining research analyst at Sanford Bernstein, says there was a "compelling" strategic logic behind Glencore's merger bid for Rio Tinto.

  • Why Glencore wants to acquire Rio Tinto Tuesday, 7 Oct 2014 | 4:00 AM ET
    Why Glencore wants to acquire Rio Tinto

    Nik Stanojevic, equity analyst at Brewin Dolphin, says there is a "very strong industrial rationale" behind Glencore's potential takeover of Rio Tinto.

  • Rio Tinto rejected Glencore merger bid Tuesday, 7 Oct 2014 | 1:05 AM ET
    Rio Tinto rejected Glencore merger bid

    Rio Tinto rejected a merger approach from rival Glencore in August, the miner said on Tuesday. CNBC's anchors discuss what it means for the sector.

  • Rio Tinto: We rejected Glencore's bid in August Monday, 6 Oct 2014 | 9:23 PM ET
    Conveyor belts transport copper ore at the processing plant of Rio Tinto Group's Northparkes copper and gold underground block cave mine in Parkes, New South Wales, Australia, on Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012.

    Rio Tinto rejected a merger approach from smaller rival Glencore to create a $160 billion mining and trading giant in August.

  • Ebola epidemic: Which sectors to watch Friday, 3 Oct 2014 | 9:09 AM ET
    People wearing protective clothing for the Ebola virus, in Freetown, Sierra Leone, September 28, 2014.

    The Ebola epidemic could have “significant implications” for commodities, Deutsche Bank warned, as deaths top 3,300.

  • Pro's gold bets: FNV & RFLD Thursday, 25 Sep 2014 | 5:39 PM ET
    Pro's gold bets: FNV & RFLD

    Catalysts that are driving gold prices, with Frank Holmes, U.S. Global Investors CEO & CIO. He likes Royal Gold and Franco-Nevada.

  • BHP freezes pay for chief and top executives Thursday, 25 Sep 2014 | 12:16 AM ET

    BHP Billiton freezes pay for its executives and management team, as the downturn across the mining sector continues. The Financial Times reports.

  • Can Australia survive the iron ore slump? Wednesday, 24 Sep 2014 | 9:34 PM ET
    Can Australia survive the slump in iron ore prices?

    Mike Harrowell, Director, Resources Research at BBY, discusses the impact of falling iron ore prices on major miners like BHP Billiton.

  • Iron ore prices sink but big miners ramp up production Tuesday, 23 Sep 2014 | 6:37 PM ET
    Iron ore prices sink but big miners ramp up production

    Gaurav Sodhi, Resources Analyst at Intelligent Investor, discusses why major producers like Vale are cranking up iron ore output despite the recent slump in prices.