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U.S. Senate reveals top banks ‘unfair advantage’ in physical commodities business

Cecilia Jamasmie | November 20, 2014
U.S. Senate reveals top banks ‘unfair advantage’ in physical commodities business

The two-year investigation concluded that Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley and JP Morgan have been manipulating commodity prices.

Credit Suisse analyst Michael Slifirski: new non-Chinese graphite and vanadium supply could create new demand

The Mining Report | November 18, 2014
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More may really be better for end users and mining companies when it comes to graphite.

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.

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.

Rio’s Walsh gets big backing from shareholders, to stay longer as CEO

Cecilia Jamasmie | October 23, 2014
Rio’s Walsh gets big backing from shareholders, to stay longer as CEO

The move is seen by analysts as an attempt to strengthen the firm’s image.

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.

Platinum, palladium price-setting technology ‘optimum’ for gold: LME

Cecilia Jamasmie | October 17, 2014
Platinum, palladium price-setting technology ‘optimum’ for gold: LME

The LME says its electronic solution for the platinum and palladium price — LMEbullion — could benefit gold bugs.

BHP bows to pressure, to list spinoff in London

Cecilia Jamasmie | October 16, 2014
BHP bows to pressure, to list spinoff in London

The mining giant has made a sharp U-turn on its initial decision to snub a London listing for its $17 billion spinoff.

$1M worth of Viking treasures unearthed in Scotland

Cecilia Jamasmie | October 14, 2014
$1M worth of Viking treasures unearthed in Scotland

More than 100 objects, including solid gold jewellery, arm bands and silver ingots are part of the trove, one of the largest discoveries of Viking treasure in Scotland.

Cutifani says tough decisions needed to restore credibility

Cecilia Jamasmie | October 8, 2014
Cutifani says tough decisions needed to restore credibility

Anglo's chief warned the company plans to take severe measures over the next two years.

Open the door

Nickel is present in over 3000 different alloys that are used in over 300,000 products for consumer, industrial, military, transport/aerospace, marine and architectural applications.

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Gold prices hurting miners? Throw Ebola into the mix

Cecilia Jamasmie | October 3, 2014
Gold prices hurting miners? Throw Ebola into the mix

Deutsche Bank warned Friday that gold producers are the most vulnerable to a further spread of the deadly disease.

London Metal Exchange raises fees by a third

Cecilia Jamasmie | September 30, 2014
London Metal Exchange raises fees by a third

This is the first fee hike since Hong Kong Exchanges & Clearing Ltd. acquired LME for $2.2 billion in 2012.

BHP to go ahead with London-listing of demerged $15bn firm

Cecilia Jamasmie | September 24, 2014
BHP to go ahead with London-listing of demerged $15bn firm

New company would still have its primary listing in Australia, with secondary listings in South Africa and the UK.

Guinea said in talks on $14 billion bauxite mine forsaken by BHP

Bloomberg | September 13, 2014
Glencore said to be eyeing Simandou North

China’s Shandong Xinfa Aluminum & Electricity Group is in talks with Guinea to invest $14 billion in a bauxite project abandoned by BHP Billiton said a government official with knowledge of the matter.

Anglo American chief not going for any major corporate split

Cecilia Jamasmie | September 7, 2014
Anglo American chief not going for any major corporate split

A big corporate break-up à la BHP Billiton is definitively not in his books, he told FT.com.

Less than 2% of Peru’s total mining concessions are active

Cecilia Jamasmie | August 28, 2014
Less than 2% of Peru’s total mining concessions are active

Around 15,000 of the total 55,000 licences in effect risk fines and even losing all privileges over the land.

Chinese investment to make Peru world’s second-largest copper producer

Cecilia Jamasmie | August 27, 2014
Chinese investment to make Peru world’s second-largest copper producer

Chinese backers are now behind one-third of all Peru’s new mining investments by value.

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The BHP show obscures Australian mining's deeper problems

Frik Els | August 19, 2014
The BHP show obscures Australian mining's deeper problems

Australia's non-bulk mining industry "will die without a strong pipeline of projects moving to development stage," says study.

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Demerged BHP may not hold on to coal assets for long: analysts

Cecilia Jamasmie | August 18, 2014
Demerged BHP may not hold on to coal assets for long: analysts

The division contributed just $746 million of the $21.12 billion earnings BHP reported for the 2013 financial year.

Guinea on national emergency over Ebola, mining operations threatened

Cecilia Jamasmie | August 14, 2014
Guinea on national emergency over Ebola, mining operations threatened

Tighter border controls are set to disrupt the flow of essential supplies and even workers trying to get to work at the African country's mining operations, companies say.

West Africa Ebola outbreak forces miners to lock down operations, delay projects

Cecilia Jamasmie | August 10, 2014
West Africa Ebola outbreak forces miners to lock down operations, delay projects

After the WHO declared the current outbreak an “international public health emergency.”

Rio Tinto's cuts are the deepest

Frik Els | August 7, 2014
Iron ore price bears come out in force

Profits double after CEO Sam Walsh trims $3.2 billion of fat six months ahead of target and announces another $1 billion in cuts by end-2015.

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BHP sell-off could undo Billiton historic deal

Cecilia Jamasmie | July 13, 2014
BHP sell-off could undo Billiton historic deal

As BHP considers the sale of almost all of the businesses that Billiton brought to the 2001 merger deal, experts say the firm is likely to end up leaving London.

Peru set to become world’s second largest copper producer in 2016

Cecilia Jamasmie | July 11, 2014
Peru set to become world’s second largest copper producer in 2016

Currently China is the second largest producer of the red metal, with an annual output of about 1.6 million tonnes per year.

BHP Billiton a step closer to selling-off non-core operations

Cecilia Jamasmie | June 10, 2014
BHP Billiton a step closer to selling-off non-core operations

World's largest mining company said to be unloading all of the non-core units acquired after the merger with Billiton 13 years ago.

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