Iron Ore Mining News

China's asset managers rushing to launch resource investment funds

Chinese asset managers are rushing to launch funds that invest in natural resources and precious metals overseas, responding to feverish domestic demand for inflation-hedging tools.

Gowda family involved in iron ore exports: BJP

Former prime minister and Janata Dal-Secular leader H.D. Deve Gowda's family exported over 150,000 tonnes of iron ore soon after his son became chief minister of Karnataka in 2006, the Bharatiya Janata Party government asserted

Glencore shares dip on results, bid denial

Commodities trader Glencore (GLEN.L: Quote) is not considering a bid for embattled miner ENRC, its chief executive said, dismissing reports of a takeover after it disappointed the market with its maiden frst-quarter results. Shares in the world's largest diversified commodity trader dropped 2 percent as weaker-than-expected results from its metals and mining trading unit held back its operating profit.

Immigration surges as Australia’s mining boom resonates in Europe

About 100 men in their 20s and 30s, filled a conference room at a Dublin hotel last week to hear a migration agent describe the personal fortunes waiting to be made a world away in the booming mining towns of the Australian outback. With unemployment running at close to 15 percent in Ireland, and local wages a fraction of those now on offer in Australia, it appeared to be an easy sell.

Glencore said to be mulling $20 billion ENRC takeover

According to a detailed report in the U.K.'s Sunday times newspaper, Global mega commodities group, Glencore, which recently listed in the London stock Exchange's largest ever IPO, is considering a what appears to be a £12 billion (US$20 billion) friendly takeover of European-based diversified mining and metals company, ENRC (Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation). If such a move takes place this would convert Glencore from the world's largest commodities trading group into one of the globe's biggest integrated mining and metals companies - even without taking into account its 35% stake in Xstrata.

Alderon targets 800 million to 1 billion tonne resource at 28 to 32% iron with 2011 drill program launch

Alderon Resource Corp. (TSX.V: ADV) (OTCQX: ALDFF) is pleased to announce that its summer/fall 2011 drill program has commenced at the 100% owned Kamistiatusset (“Kami”) Iron Ore Project in western Labrador. The CDN $11 million program will consist of 26,000 metres (m) of drilling and is designed to upgrade the current resource as well as expand the known zones of mineralization and target new areas. Image by Alderon Resource Corp

BHP Billiton to be hit by strike after offer to unions rejected

BHP Billiton Ltd. (BHP) said Monday that rolling strikes at its coal operations in Australia's resource-rich Bowen Basin are set to go ahead this week after labor unions rejected an offer to hold paid meetings with members during

Mining tax mystery tour

THE Gillard government's credibility is about to take another battering, this time on one of its more complex and ad hoc tax reforms, the minerals and resources rent tax, as some key players in the […]

Essar Group plans more overseas coal, iron ore asset buys-report

Indian conglomerate Essar Groupplans to acquire more coal and iron ore assets in Indonesia,Australia and Africa as it seeks to meet robust demand in India, Bloomberg reported …

Chinese power issues could affect aluminum, steel, nickel pig iron out…

Tightness in the Chinese power market could mean lower output of aluminum and nickel pig-iron, plus deceleration in steel production and a probable increase in thermal-coal imports, says Deutsche Bank. More than 10 provinces started […]

Australia's Fortescue says would be hit harder by mine tax

"BHP (Billiton) , Rio Tinto and Xstrata were able to avoid most of this tax because they were all in the room when this tax was decided," Andrew Forrest told a news conference.

Goldman, Clive Capital to launch commodities index-FT

Goldman Sachs is to launch a commodities index with Clive Capital, the world's largest commodity hedge fund, the Financial Times reported on Monday citing a source familiar with the product.

German May steel output up 1.1%, but WV Stahl warns of slowdown-China Mining

Germany's May crude steel output of 4.1 million mt marked a 1.1% increase on the prior year, as Europe's largest steel producer snapped back from April's first monthly annual decline since October 2009, steel industry […]

Today in Commodities: Two-Sided Trade – Seeking Alpha

This week’s activity has been far from one sided as markets are fluctuating in both directions with no clear direction. Weakness in equities, a rising dollar, a slowdown in China or a production increase in […]

Steel Bounces, and Investors Take Notice – Seeking Alpha

It’s a sea of red out there on Friday as investors recoil from anything with exposure to the global economy. But steel producers? They can’t get enough of them. The S&P 500 steel index was […]

3 of the Best Mining Stocks on the Market Trading at Bargain Prices – Seeking Alpha

The recent pullback of the market has created some value opportunities. Out of all the healthy sectors in the global economy, the leading mining companies are some of the best bargains on the market. With […]

Australian company moving into the big iron ore league in Sweden

Scandinavian Resources Ltd. (ASX:SCR) has now acquired the Ekstromsberg and Tjarrojakka iron ore projects, about 45 kilometres from Kiruna inside the Arctic Circle in northern Sweden which chairman Damien Hicks said adds 250 million tonnes […]

China coal and oil demand strong but copper appetite sickly in May

China showed robust demand for crude oil and coal in May, shrugging off higher prices to boost imports by more than 20 percent, but its appetite for overseas copper supplies remained sickly and iron ore […]

Australian government moving closer to mining profits tax legislation

Australia moved closer to introducing a contentious 30 percent mining tax being eyed by other countries, releasing draft laws and seeking reaction from resource companies to legislation expected to be passed later this year. The government unveiled the mining tax over a year ago but modified its plan before last August' s elections after global miners including BHP Billiton , Rio Tinto , and Xstrata launched a public campaign against it. Big miners and minority lawmakers are now broadly supportive and the legislation is expected to pass parliament and take effect on July 1, 2012.

Metso to supply crushing equipment to Fortescue Metals iron ore operations in Australia

Metso will supply crushing equipment to Fortescue Metals Group in Australia. The delivery will be completed by May 2012. The value of the order is approximately EUR34 million. The order comprises 13 units of MP1000 secondary cone crushers. Three units will be delivered to Fortescue’s Christmas Creek iron ore site, and another ten units will go to the Solomon iron ore mine site. Both sites are located in the Pilbara region in Western Australia. The crushers will be supplied to the sites in pre-assembled, modularised form. Metso will also be providing installation and commissioning assistance of all units.

AFP: Quebec seeks to lure EU investors to far north

Quebec Premier Jean Charest will travel to Europe this month to tout Plan Nord, the Canadian province's C$80-billion plan to boost mining and forestry, AFP reported Friday: The Quebec government unveiled the 25-year plan to develop "one of the last untouched territories of the world, filled with riches" in May. Charest is to meet with politicians and business leaders in London, Brussels, Frankfurt and Munich from June 27 to July 1.

S&P raises gold and base metals price assumptions for 2011

Standard & Poor's has raised its metals price assumptions for 2011 and beyond, citing the increased volatility of the markets but worries about sharp risk of fall in investor demand for gold.

Commodity prices should snap higher in H2, dollar unlikely to recover until 2012 – Morgan Stanley

Ron Leven of Morgan Stanley has recently delivered a presentation under the auspice of ETF Securities Ltd. in which he outlined his expectations for the major currencies.

Rio Tinto’s Mine of the Future program tests advanced technologies for surface and underground mining, exploration and mineral recovery | International Mining

Rio Tinto is testing new techniques for underground drifting, mineral exploration and improved recovery of ore in its latest push to develop competitive advantage through its Mine of the FutureTM program. Launched in 2008, the program, covered extensively in articles in International Mining, introduces next-generation technologies for mining operations to reduce costs, increase efficiency and improve health, safety and environmental performance.

Australian company moving into the big iron ore league in Sweden

Scandinavian Resources Ltd. (ASX:SCR) has now acquired the Ekstromsberg and Tjarrojakka iron ore projects, about 45 kilometres from Kiruna inside the Arctic Circle in northern Sweden which chairman Damien Hicks said adds 250 million tonnes […]