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  • TORONTO, April 23- Freeport-McMoRan Inc is mulling a public offering of its oil and gas business to help kick-start production growth for its energy business, along with joint ventures or asset sales, the diversified miner said on Thursday. Weighted by a $20.3 billion debt load, Freeport has been studying several options to secure capital but found joint...

  • These iron ore players face metal fatigue: Goldman Sunday, 19 Apr 2015 | 8:43 PM ET
    Bars of pig iron sit on the dockside ahead of export at the Port of Mariupol, one of Ukraine's biggest commercial sea ports, in Mariupol, Ukraine.

    Iron ore's price plunge is likely to start claiming corporate casualties among the industry's smaller players, Goldman Sachs said.

  • April 15- Diversified Canadian miner Sherritt International Corp confirmed a strike by some employees at its Ambatovy processing plant near Toamasina, Madagascar. Sherritt said on Wednesday the strike was not expected to affect the miner's 2015 production forecast. A strike by employees at its Ambatovy nickel mine last month had forced the company to curb...

  • Canada's Sheritt confirms strike at Madagascar plant Wednesday, 15 Apr 2015 | 2:26 PM ET

    April 15- Diversified Canadian miner Sherritt International Corp confirmed a strike by some employees at its Ambatovy processing plant near Toamasina, Madagascar. Sherritt said on Wednesday the strike was not expected to affect the miner's 2015 production forecast. A strike by employees at its Ambatovy nickel mine last month had forced the company to curb...

  • Citi analysts call the 'end of the Iron Age' Monday, 13 Apr 2015 | 9:31 AM ET
    Stackers load crushed iron ore onto a stockpile at an ore processing facility in Pilbara, Western Australia.

    Oversupply and a lack of demand growth has led some market analysts to speculate that iron ore prices will never recover to former levels.

  • TORONTO, March 24- Diversified U.S. mining and energy company Freeport-McMoRan Inc said on Tuesday it is slashing its quarterly dividend by 84 percent in response to the impact of lower commodity prices. The company is cutting its dividend to 5 cents a share from 31-1/ 4 cents a share/ The stock was off 2.7 percent to $18.80 in trading before the morning bell in New...

  • Tracking Sri Lanka's business environment   Tuesday, 24 Mar 2015 | 1:43 AM ET
    Tracking Sri Lanka's business environment

    Emily Lee, executive director of Lanka Graphite, discusses the state of Sri Lanka's business environment following a change in power early this year.

  • *South32 net debt at $674 mln, well below forecasts. *Net assets $12.95 bln, based on book value. MELBOURNE/ LONDON, March 17- BHP Billiton said a proposed $13 billion spinoff of South32 would give the world's biggest miner a strong chance to ride out tough conditions in commodity markets and was a more attractive option than an asset sale.

  • JOHANNESBURG/ LONDON March 12- The sliding rand is a double-edged sword for mining companies in South Africa, with cost inflation, wage claims and potential labour unrest outweighing the gains that exporters traditionally derive from domestic currency weakness. The drop in the rand, near 13- year lows against the dollar, should benefit diversified mining...

  • Cyclone slams into northeast Australia Thursday, 19 Feb 2015 | 10:31 PM ET
    Surfers head out Snapper Rocks as Cyclone Marcia approaches the coast of Queensland on February 19, 2015 in Gold Coast, Australia.

    A powerful cyclone hits northeast Australia, causing massive damage and causing flash flooding, while a second storm made landfall to the west.

  • TORONTO, Feb 12- Shares in Teck Resources Ltd rose on Thursday after the diversified Canadian miner posted quarterly revenue and gross-profit figures that beat analysts' expectations, with currency gains and lower oil costs offsetting the blow from falling commodity prices. Shares in the Vancouver- based miner rose 3.6 percent to C $18.25 in Toronto.

  • Feb 12- Canadian miner Sherritt International Corp reported a much wider-than-expected quarterly loss as nickel prices fell due to a supply glut and weak demand from China. Sherritt, however, is betting on a rebound in the nickel market later this year as a sustained period of excess supply ends due, in part, to Indonesia's continuing ore export ban.

  • Be bullish on Rio Tinto: Pro   Friday, 6 Feb 2015 | 4:40 AM ET
    Be bullish on Rio Tinto: Pro

    Fraser Jamieson, head of metals and mining research at JPMorgan, discusses the earnings outlook for the U.K. mining firms.

  • Miners crash, Glencore at low as copper tumbles Wednesday, 14 Jan 2015 | 11:48 AM ET

    Mining stocks sold off sharply on Wednesday, with Glencore falling to an all-time nadir, after copper plunged to a five-and-a half-year low.

  • Copper price falling is 'no surprise'   Wednesday, 14 Jan 2015 | 11:30 AM ET
    Copper price falling is 'no surprise'

    Copper prices have slumped to 2009 levels. Nic Brown, head of commodities research at Natixis, discusses what's leading the selloff, saying he's been pretty "bearish on copper for a while."

  • Investors go long gold, short copper in oil freefall Tuesday, 13 Jan 2015 | 10:13 AM ET
    An employee arranges one-kilogram gold bars for a photograph at a Tanaka Kikinzoku Kogyo K.K. store in Tokyo

    Gold has extended gains to climb to its highest level since last October as copper has fallen further below $6,000, beyond five-year lows.

  • Metals malaise weighs on equity markets Monday, 22 Sep 2014 | 6:13 AM ET

    The prices of a range of commodities slid further Monday, dragging down stocks as investors feared more pain ahead for the asset class.

  • Iron ore price sinks, what that means for miners?

    While low-cost producers will survive the recent fall in iron ore prices, high-cost miners in Australia are the most vulnerable, says Jonathan Barratt, Chief Investment Officer at Ayers Alliance Securities.

  • Glencore launches $1 billion share buyback Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 | 2:53 AM ET
    A logo sits on a sign outside Glencore Xstrata Plc's headquarters in Baar, Switzerland.

    Miner Glencore said on Wednesday it will launch a share buy-back program of up to $1 billion over the next six months.

  • Investors reject BHP deal, hunt for value elsewhere Tuesday, 19 Aug 2014 | 8:48 PM ET

    Shares of mining giant BHP Billiton closed 4.9 percent lower in London on Tuesday after the group announced plans to spinoff businesses worth around $16 billion.