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  • 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.

  • 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.

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

  • Who could be interested in Fortescue?

    David Walker, senior analyst at, explains why Chinese firms may be more interested than Anglo-Swiss mining giant Glencore in acquiring Fortescue Metals.

  • Takeaways from Fortescue Metals' quarterly report

    Rob Brierley, head of research at Patersons Securities, says the quarterly report was in line with expectations, but questions the sustainability of the miner's cost-cutting plans.

  • Mongolia seeing shift on foreign investments: Pro

    There is a "real significant shift" in the Mongolian government's view towards foreign investments in its mining sector, says Peter Akerley, president & CEO of Erdene Gold.

  • Big miners hold key to iron ore prices: Pro

    Mathew Hodge, resource analyst at Morningstar, says a price recovery in iron ore depends on when big miners like Vale realize the strategy of boosting production is a mistake.

  • 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.

  • A mine worker displays a large ingot of gold during the refining process at the Loulo-Gounkoto gold mine complex operated by Randgold Resources Ltd. in Loulo, Mali, Nov. 1, 2013.

    Canadian gold mining companies Alamos Gold and AuRico Gold are merging in a deal valued at approximately $1.5 billion.

  • Time for miners to exit the iron ore business?

    Colin Hamilton, global head of commodities research at Macquarie, says iron ore prices need to fall to compensate for oversupply, and warns companies should start exiting the sector.

  • Why Australia's Atlas Iron 'must go bust'

    Gaurav Sodhi, resources analyst at Intelligent Investor, says it is inevitable for junior miners to go bust because there must be a contraction with iron ore supply before prices can rebound.

  • Amish bidders listen to the auctioneer during the Annual Mud Sale to support the Fire Department March 12, 2011, in Gordonville, Pennsylvania.

    As mine safety regulation grows stricter, one Pennsylvania-based company is forced to move some Amish workers from their posts.

  • An Alcoa employee in the production plant in Goose Creek, South Carolina.

    Alcoa reported a mixed quarter on Wednesday, beating expectations on earnings, but missing on revenue.

  • More downside in store for iron ore prices: Pro

    Juerg Kiener, MD & CIO of Swiss Asia Capital, Singapore, says prices of the steel-making raw material could continue to fall due to strong supply and flagging demand.

  • Second rate cut by RBA is baked in: Expert

    Campbell Dawson, director at Elstree Investment Management, discusses the possibility of another interest rate cut by the Reserve Bank of Australia next Tuesday.

  • Iron ore prices in free fall

    Gaurav Sodhi, resources analyst at Intelligent Investor, says iron ore prices could fall further, with Australia's Fortescue Metals looking precarious at this stage.

  • Shorten: China-Australia trade pact is positive

    Bill Shorten, opposition leader in Australia, says the free trade deal presents opportunities in sectors like services. He also discusses Australia's participation in the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank.

  • Mining heiress criticizes government regulations

    Speaking at the Mines and Money conference in Hong Kong, Gina Rinehart urged governments to reduce red tape on mining projects.

  • Western Areas: Miners, get used to lower prices

    With commodity prices unlikely to return to the levels seen during the mining boom period, miners will need to "get to grips" with current levels, says Dan Lougher, CEO of Western Areas.

  • What's keeping investments in Australia intact?

    Karl Simich, CEO at Sandfire Resources, says the depreciation of the local dollar helps to attract investments into Australia.