TORONTO, Dec 3- Rio Tinto Plc's re-commitment to diamonds with a $350 million Canadian mine expansion has highlighted the prospects for a handful of smaller players boasting one of the sector's rarest commodities- new mines. Global consumer demand for diamond jewelry is forecast to grow at 4 to 5 percent annually, to $31 billion in 2018 from $25 billion last year,...» Read More
LONDON, Oct 5- BHP Billiton, the world's largest diversified miner, said it aimed to squeeze more tonnage from its iron mines at less expense per tonne as it aims to overtake rival Rio Tinto as the world's lowest-cost producer. The focus of mining companies has shifted towards cost-cutting as iron ore prices have dropped from about $190 a tonne in 2011 to less than...
The prices of a range of commodities slid further Monday, dragging down stocks as investors feared more pain ahead for the asset class.
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.
The crisis in eastern Ukraine has emboldened Europe and the United States to impose broad sanctions on Russia. But Europe finds itself in a precarious position, with almost a third of the natural gas the continent consumed in 2013 flowing from Russia, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.
LONDON, Aug 20- Commodities group Glencore became the first of the large miners to honor promises to return cash to shareholders, announcing a share buyback program of up to $1 billion as it reported forecast-beating first-half profit.
LONDON, Aug 20- Commodities group Glencore became the first of the large miners to honour promises to return cash to shareholders, announcing a share buyback programme of up to $1 billion as it reported forecast-beating first-half profit.
Miner Glencore said on Wednesday it will launch a share buy-back program of up to $1 billion over the next six months.
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.
VANCOUVER, Aug 18- The Canadian province of British Columbia said on Monday it has ordered an independent review of all tailings ponds at every permitted mine in the province in the wake of a major spill at Imperial Metals Corp's Mount Polley mine.
*China new home prices drop 0.9 percent in July from June. SYDNEY, Aug 18- London copper edged higher on Monday, bouncing off last week's near two-month lows, as traders built up stocks on fresh signs of economic recovery in the United States and a view that the sell-off after weak Chinese data was too heavy.
SYDNEY, Aug 18- London copper was flat on Monday after last week logging its biggest weekly loss in one month and ahead of a fresh reading on China's property market that has dragged on its economy and raised questions over its metals demand.
*Shares up 2 pct, outperform UK mining sector. MELBOURNE/ LONDON, Aug 15- Diversified mining company BHP Billiton declared its preference for a demerger of its aluminium, manganese and nickel assets on Friday, setting the stage for the formation of a separate business that could be worth at least $12 billion.
SAO PAULO, Aug 15- Whichever way Brazil's steel industry looks it sees pain. "Only a crazy person would invest in Brazil right now," CSN Chief Executive Benjamin Steinbruch told a conference in Sao Paulo this week.
Sandfire Resources looks set to return cash to shareholders soon.
The company's shares were up 2.5 percent at 1077 pence at 1457 GMT on the London Stock Exchange. Vedanta Chairman Anil Agarwal said on Friday his comments on Zambia in a video circulating on the Internet had been taken out of context.
"Results were better than expected, with solid operating results in coal and copper," RBC Capital Markets analyst Fraser Phillips said in a note to clients. Teck cut its 2014 copper cost forecast to between $1.95 and $2.05 per pound from $2.00 to $2.20 a pound.
July 24- Canadian diversified miner Teck Resources Ltd reported a 44 percent drop in quarterly earnings, mainly due to "significantly" lower coal prices. On an adjusted basis, Vancouver- based Teck's earnings fell to 13 Canadian cents per share from 34 Canadian cents per share.
July 24- Canadian diversified miner Teck Resources Ltd reported a 44 percent drop in quarterly earnings, mainly due to "significantly" lower coal prices. Net profit attributable to shareholders fell to C $80 million, or 14 Canadian cents per share, in the second quarter ended June 30, from C $143 million, or 25 Canadian cents per share, in the same period a year earlier.
*Copper market seen tilting into deficit from 2016. Copper has lost almost a third of its value from a peak in 2011 due to a slowdown in top metals consumer China, which buys about 40 percent of global output. Copper miners' shares represented by the Thomson Reuters GFMS pure-play copper companies index fell by almost 40 percent over the same period.
Prices of copper – the industrial metal used in everything from cars to houses – have declined this week, heading towards a one-month low.