Iron Ore Mining News

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 […]

Metinvest-backed united coal plans $350 million investment to expand coal mining in Eastern U.S.

United Coal Company (Blountville, Tennessee), a subsidiary of Ukrainian integrated mining and steel holding company Metinvest Holding LLC (Donetsk, Ukraine), is developing $350 million in coal mine projects in the eastern U.S. United Coal plans to add at least 4 million tons per year of coal mining capacity for use at U.S. locations and for export to Metinvest's steel mills in Europe and Ukraine.

Today in Commodities: USDA big news today

No curve balls from the USDA but as for food prices look for prices to stay elevated. Crude will settle approximately 1% higher in today’s session trading briefly over $102/barrel in the July contract. We […]

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

Alderon Resource announced that its summer/fall 2011 drill program has commenced at the 100% owned Kamistiatusset 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.

LIM Signs Impact Benefits Agreement With Innu Matimekush-Lac John

Labrador Iron Mines Holdings announced that it has signed a landmark Impact Benefits Agreement with the Nation Innu Matimekush-Lac John of Schefferville, Quebec, with regard to LIM's Schefferville Area direct shipping iron ore mining projects in the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador and in the Province of Quebec.

Northland and Kiruna Wagon to design a prototype for new railcars

Northland is a development-stage mining company with a portfolio of iron ore projects in northern Sweden and Finland. The Company's Kaunisvaara Project will exploit magnetite iron ore deposits, feeding a single, multi-line processing facility in Sweden. The process yields a very high-grade, high-quality magnetite iron concentrate. The Company is also preparing a Definitive Feasibility Study for the Hannukainen Iron Oxide Copper Gold Project in Kolari, northern Finland.

Big Australian search for major new iron ore deposits

Australian prospectors are scouring remote outback locations for new sources of iron ore to rival the big western lodes dominated by Rio Tinto and BHP Billiton , spurred on by China's swelling appetite. Analysts expect most of Australia's iron ore to keep coming from Western Australia's Pilbara region, the world's single largest deposit, which is seen producing about 400 million tonnes this year.

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. He argues that it was perhaps inevitable that […]

Queensland budget rests on getting mines to full production after floods

The credibility of the coal royalties estimates in next week’s state Budget will rest on the Queensland Government’s resolve to do more to allow the removal of flood waters from Queensland coal mines, according to the state’s main minerals and energy industry group.

Spot iron ore prices recover as Chinese steel mills restock

Spot iron ore prices rose on Wednesday, as Chinese steelmakers replenished inventories that have run low after a record pace of steel production until mid-May.

Extending the life of Australia’s iron ore industry

Adding just one year to the life of Australia’s iron ore industry could earn the nation a bonus A$56 billion according to an article published in the June 2011 issue of CSIRO’s Process magazine. The article highlights how a team of CSIRO scientists has stepped up to the challenge of adding years to the commercial lifespans of known ore resources and converting once uneconomic deposits into viable mines.

Top 40 mining companies’ 2010 financial results ‘spectacular’-PwC

The top 40 global mining companies are poised to break through the US$1 trillion asset mark this year, due to record levels of cash, property and equipment on balance sheets, says a new PwC report. In their report Mine 2011: The game has changed, PwC called the financial results of the top 40 "spectacular" as total revenues increased 32% to US$435 billion, breaking the $400 billion mark for the first time.