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  • BHP behind jump in iron ore prices: Expert

    The price of iron ore soared overnight as BHP Billiton signaled it would slow its expansion programs, says Jonathan Barratt, chief investment officer of Ayers Alliance Securities.

  • Time to stock up on big miners? Not now: Pro

    Shares of BHP Billiton and Rio Tinto will continue to track sideways for the rest of 2015, says Michael Gable, managing director at Fairmont Equities.

  • This expert gives Rio Tinto a thumbs down

    Kunal Sawhney, chief executive at Kalkine, explains why the global miner's first-quarter production report "doesn't look very good" compared to a year ago.

  • 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.

  • 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."

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.