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BHP warns more cost cuts, management shake up before demerger

Cecilia Jamasmie | November 24, 2014
BHP warns more cost cuts, management shake up before demerger

The world's largest miner has stepped up its cost-cutting plans as it battles a sharp slide in iron ore, coal and oil prices.

Nickel close to month-high as Indonesia keeps ore ban

Cecilia Jamasmie | November 19, 2014
Nickel close to month-high as Indonesia keeps ore ban

The country effectively halted all but processed metal shipments in January in an effort to force miners to build smelters.

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Resource titan, Robert Friedland on the future of Platreef

Travis McPherson - CEO.ca | November 19, 2014
Mining truck and loader

After the Toronto Stock Exchange rang the closing bell today, Ivanhoe Mines (IVN.TSX) announced they were resuming development work on Platreef, their 75.7 million ounce (Indicated + Inferred) platinum-gold-nickel-copper project in South Africa.

BHP abandons Venus nickel project in Australia

Cecilia Jamasmie | November 14, 2014
BHP abandons Venus nickel project in Australia

The news comes barely a day after the miner announced it was scrapping the sale of its Nickel West division.

Canadian miners performance down 15% in Q3 on falling metal prices

Cecilia Jamasmie | November 13, 2014
Canadian miners performance down 15% in Q3 on falling metal prices

Decline was in line with S&P/TSX Composite index, which also plummeted 15% during the quarter.

BHP Billiton says scraps sale of Nickel West division

Reuters | November 12, 2014

The world's largest mining company has scrapped the sale of Nickel West and will continue operating the unit after failing to find a buyer at the right price.

What slowdown? Mining equipment market to grow 8.4% a year

Frik Els | November 11, 2014
What slowdown? Mining equipment market to grow 8.4% a year

Mining equipment market to grow at compound annual rate of 8.42% to $134 billion through 2019 surpassing the market for construction equipment.

BHP closer to unveiling details of upcoming spin-off

Cecilia Jamasmie | November 9, 2014
BHP closer to unveiling details of upcoming spin-off

The world’s largest miner is only two weeks away from shedding more light on an upcoming spin-off of unwanted assets.

Deep-sea miner Nautilus to charter ship as floating base

Cecilia Jamasmie | November 6, 2014
Deep-sea miner Nautilus to charter ship as floating base

The ship will accommodate as many as 180 people and is expected to be delivered by the end of 2017.

Glencore’s coal output up 9% as prices touch 5-year low

Cecilia Jamasmie | November 4, 2014
Glencore’s coal output up 9% as prices head to 5-year low

The company is defying coal price slump with increased production driven by expansions at its Australian mines.

Paul Adams: macro trumps micro in resource sector

The Gold Report | November 3, 2014
Dispute over Australia iron ore heats up

Investors in Australia's junior mining sector are feeling the same pain as those in North America but Paul Adams, an analyst with brokerage firm DJ Carmichael in Perth, believes select junior resource companies will outperform the broad markets as macro-level events impact certain commodities.

Mick the Miner in talks to buy Anglo’s assets, no deal tabled

Cecilia Jamasmie | November 3, 2014
Mick the Miner in talks to buy Anglo’s assets, no deal tabled

Sources close to X2 Resources, Davis' new company, have cast doubts on reports that the firm had made an offer.

No hope for Ring of Fire, says Cliffs CEO

MINING.com Editor | November 3, 2014
Ring of Fire

A Canadian region once touted as Ontario's answer to the oil sands will not be developed anytime soon- according to the CEO of a major stakeholder.

Xstrata founder Davis bids for Anglo American assets – Sunday Times

Reuters | November 2, 2014

Mick Davis, the former boss of miner Xstrata, has made an offer for Anglo American assets including copper mines in Chile, Brazilian nickel mines and some coal operations, the Sunday Times reported without citing sources.

Weak iron ore prices cause Vale $1.44 billion loss in Q3

Cecilia Jamasmie | October 30, 2014
Weak iron ore prices cause Vale $1.44 billion loss in Q3

While the miner produced a record amount of iron ore, turmoil in currency and commodity markets overshadowed any production gains.

Nickel price jumps again – Chinese stocks gone by April

Frik Els | October 29, 2014
Nickel price jumps again – Chinese port stocks gone by April

After a brutal two-month sell-off, the nickel price is recovering as Chinese port stocks are depleted and global stainless steel output picks up.

Space miner loses first satellite in rocket explosion

Cecilia Jamasmie | October 29, 2014
Space miner loses first satellite on rocket explosion

The affected company is Planetary Resources, the U.S.-based start-up aiming to mine asteroids.

Freeport-McMoRan's profit down 32% amid lower copper, gold prices

Cecilia Jamasmie | October 28, 2014
Freeport-McMoRan's profit down 32% amid lower copper, gold prices

The U.S. largest miner by market value and revenue is also dealing with a strike threat at its Indonesia's Grasberg copper and gold mine, which recently resumed operations.

BHP to sell US shale assets, limit annual capex to $14 billion

Cecilia Jamasmie | October 27, 2014
BHP to sell US shale assets, limit annual capex to $14 billion

The world’s biggest miner unveiled details about how it expects to meet cost-reduction and productivity improvement targets.

Brazil’s Vale close to becoming world’s largest nickel producer

Cecilia Jamasmie | October 24, 2014
Brazil’s Vale close to becoming world’s largest nickel producer

The miner beat estimates after logging a 16% jump in Q3 nickel production, taking total output of the metal this year to 201,400 metric tons.

Worldwide nonferrous metals exploration budgets down 25% in 2014

SNL Metals & Mining | October 22, 2014
exploration mining geologist

Total worldwide budget for nonferrous metals exploration dropped to US$11.36 billion in 2014 from US$15.19 billion in 2013 — a 25% decrease.

Hopes for Ontario’s Ring of Fire doused as mining companies grow wary

Globe and Mail | October 22, 2014

Ontario’s “Ring of Fire” mineral belt was supposed to be a $60-billion natural resources treasure trove that would bring employment and economic prosperity to a remote part of the province’s north. It hasn’t worked out that way.

BHP shoots the lights out

Frik Els | October 21, 2014
BHP shoots the lights out

Petroleum, met coal, iron ore production set new quarterly records. Fall in copper volumes not enough to dent 9% overall output growth.

Stefan Ioannou: copper, nickel and zinc won't be cheap for long

The Mining Report | October 21, 2014
Copper near 12-week high on hopes of Chinese stimulus

The all-powerful U.S. dollar is currently hammering base metals and base metal equities. Haywood Securities Mining Analyst Stefan Ioannou says that increasing demand and near-term supply shortages make base metals a bargain that won't last.

Greenland explorer tearing it up after assays

Frik Els | October 21, 2014
Greenland explorer tearing it up after assays

Vancouver-based junior jumps 7% after assays from prospect on 3,600km2 coastal property returns strong copper-nickel-cobalt and platinum group results.

Vale to ditch 20% of its nickel assets in Indonesia

Cecilia Jamasmie | October 17, 2014
Vale to ditch 20% of its nickel assets in Indonesia

The agreement signed with Indonesia’s outgoing government also means higher royalties to be paid by the firm.

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