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  • SYDNEY/ MELBOURNE, April 21- Rio Tinto on Tuesday missed first quarter analyst forecasts for iron ore shipments due to bad weather and transport delays, but maintained its full year production target in a bearish sign for prices already at 10- year lows. Iron ore shipments rose 9 percent to 72.5 million tonnes, still less than it mined, following a cyclone and a...

  • Rio Tinto had a strong start to 2015: Expert Monday, 20 Apr 2015 | 7:32 PM ET
    Rio Tinto had a strong start to 2015: Expert

    Mike Harrowell, director of Resources Research at BBY, says the 12 percent rise in first-quarter iron ore production was a "good number" that will help Rio Tinto meet its 2015 guidance easily.

  • SYDNEY, April 21- Rio Tinto on Tuesday posted a sharp rise in quarterly iron ore output amid a push to capture more of the global market despite a mounting supply glut driving ore prices to 10- year lows. The price of iron ore has crashed from highs of $130 a tonne at the start of last year to around $50 a tonne this week. Rio Tinto's average cash cost of iron ore...

  • Why Evolution Mining bought La Mancha's assets Monday, 20 Apr 2015 | 6:33 PM ET
    Why Evolution Mining bought La Mancha's assets

    Jake Klein, executive chairman at Evolution Mining, says the acquisition of La Mancha's Australian gold assets was a "fair-value investment" that offered a "tremendous opportunity."

  • April 20- A trust controlled by British financier Nat Rothschild and the parent of Russia's Siberian Coal Energy Co are considering making a cash offer for coal miner Asia Resource Minerals Plc, which has most of its operations in Indonesia. The potential offer from NR Holdings and SUEK Plc comes less than a week after ARMS received notice of a possible 210...

  • FACTBOX-Potential labor flashpoints for copper in 2015 Monday, 20 Apr 2015 | 12:00 AM ET

    April 20- Contracts at major copper mines, including Antamina in Peru and Grasberg in Indonesia, expire this year in the biggest round of contract negotiations since 2011.. The mine is controlled by BHP Billiton and Glencore Plc which have 33.75 percent stakes. Teck Resources has a 22.5 percent interest, and Mitsubishi Corp has 10 percent.

  • SANTIAGO, April 20- When Antofagasta Chief Executive Diego Hernandez took the stage at the world's biggest copper conference last week, he talked about the growing risks mining companies face from rising worker salaries in South America due to staff shortages and strong unions. Last year, Antofagasta agreed to four-year contracts, including pay increases...

  • Stay away from these stocks amid cheaper iron ore Sunday, 19 Apr 2015 | 10:41 PM ET
    Stay away from these stocks as iron ore plunge

    With more downside ahead in iron ore prices, investors should stay away from Australia's miners, except for BHP Billiton and Rio Tinto, says Gavin Wendt, founding director & senior resource analyst at Minelife.

  • MELBOURNE, April 20- London copper rallied to its highest in four weeks on Monday after China cut the amount of cash that banks must hold as reserves to help combat slowing growth in the world's second biggest economy. *The most-traded June copper contract on the Shanghai Futures Exchange traded down by 0.1 percent to 43,700 yuan a tonne in late Friday trade, but...

  • 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.

  • "China is importing about 30,000 tonnes of tin concentrate a year from Myanmar. There is skepticism about whether Indonesian producers will sign up to the idea of cutting exports, "said Robin Bhar, an analyst at Societe Generale. Indonesia's tin association said its members and PT Timah, the country's biggest tin exporter, will not trade at prices below $17,000 a...

  • "China is importing about 30,000 tonnes of tin concentrate a year from Myanmar. There is scepticism about whether Indonesian producers will sign up to the idea of cutting exports, "said Robin Bhar, an analyst at Societe Generale. Indonesia's tin association said its members and PT Timah, the country's biggest tin exporter, will not trade at prices below $17,000 a...

  • Among miners, who will be the last man standing? Friday, 17 Apr 2015 | 12:23 AM ET
    Among miners, who will be the last man standing?

    David Lennox, resources analyst at Fat Prophets, says big miners like Rio Tinto will have a better chance of surviving the rout in iron ore prices, but it is hard to say for sure in the junior end.

  • MELBOURNE, April 17- London tin capitulated to more than five-year lows on Friday and is on track for a brutal 11 percent weekly fall, as growing supply from Myanmar and torpid demand punish prices. *The tumble in tin prices is likely to trigger production cuts at some smelters in top exporter Indonesia and also in China, industry group ITRI said on Thursday.

  • Declines in iron ore price just started: Pro Thursday, 16 Apr 2015 | 8:44 PM ET
    Declines in iron ore price just started: Pro

    Warren Gilman, chairman & CEO of CEF Holdings, says the price of iron ore isn't going to rebound anytime soon, with the occurrences of mine closures likely to continue.

  • China slowdown sparks friction in Australia Thursday, 16 Apr 2015 | 8:06 PM ET

    The last time Western Australia was engaged in a dispute with Canberra of this magnitude was during the 1930s Depression. The Financial Times reports.

  • *Major court decisions expected this year- Gold Reserve. CARACAS, April 16-- Gold Reserve Inc, a small Canadian miner that lost its crown jewel in a 2009 expropriation, is targeting Venezuelan assets as it seeks to collect a $750 million arbitration award that would put new strains on the cash-strapped government's finances. With higher-profile cases including...

  • EZEIZA, Argentina, April 16- The cost of drilling wells in Argentina's vast but barely tapped Vaca Muerta shale oil and gas formation will fall at least 10 percent by the end of 2016, Miguel Galuccio, chief executive officer of state energy company YPF said on Thursday. The company, nationalized in 2012 as part of a production push aimed at erasing Argentina's...

  • WASHINGTON, April 16- U.S. rules to cut carbon emissions could close more than 90 coal plants and eliminate jobs that support mining and power stations that the federal government has not fully considered, a report by the conservative American Action Forum research group said on Thursday. The EPA also says the rules will save consumers billions of dollars over...

  • LONDON, April 16- Rio Tinto, the world's second largest mining company, warned of "continued bumps" in its key iron ore market and vowed to stay focused on slashing costs to be the last man standing at a tough time for the sector. Its cost to produce each tonne of iron ore has fallen from an average of $19.50 a tonne in 2014 to around $17 this year thanks to a cheaper...