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Sibanye, Regulus join efforts to develop Argentina’s Altar project

Sibanye Canada and Regulus’ newly formed Argentinean subsidiary Aldebaran Resources…

Copper price drops to 9-month low, but what about strikes?

Copper bears drop price 11% in 3 weeks, but new…

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Goldcorp’s Mexico hassles force Silver Wheaton to cut 2011 forecast by 2 million oz

Silver Wheaton, the global number one silver streaming firm, announced on Thursday that it is revising its 2011 attributable silver equivalent production guidance from 27 to 28 million silver equivalent ounces to 25 to 26 million silver equivalent ounces. Stock in the company on the Toronto exchange ended little changed on Thursday, but is down 9.5% so far this year which means investors have taken more than a $1 billion knock. Silver Wheaton expects its 2015 attributable production to grow by 17 million ounces.

Barrick’s net earnings for Q2 rose 35% to $1.2 billion; costs rise at Pascua-Lama and Pueblo Viejo

Barrick, the word's number one gold miner, reported net earnings for Q2 rose 35% to $1.2 billion ($1.16 per share) from $859 million in the prior year period. Q2 adjusted net earnings increased 36% to a record $1.1 billion ($1.12 per share)1 from $824 million ($0.84 per share) in Q2 2010, reflecting higher realized gold and copper prices and higher gold sales volumes, resulting in an annualized return on equity of about 21%. The company is on track to meet its 2011 operating guidance of 7.6-8.0 million ounces at total cash costs of $450-$480 per ounce and lower expected net cash costs of $290-$320 per ounce

Chile June copper output tumbles on labor woes, rain

Chile's copper output tumbled 8.5 percent to 426,477 tonnes in June after a contract workers' strike, heavy rains and power outages hit operations at the world's top copper producer, the government said on Thursday.

Newmont Board approves Conga project in Peru and Tanami shaft project in Australia

Newmont Mining Corporation (NYSE:NEM) today announced that its Board of Directors approved funding for the Conga project in Peru and the Tanami Shaft project in Australia. Combined, the two projects are expected to add approximately 400,000 attributable ounces of gold and up to 100 million pounds of copper production per year once commercial operations commence in late 2014 to early 2015.

Fear beginning to replace greed as mining boom gets long in the tooth

Despite a flurry of mergers and acquisitions and a robust IPO market reports out on Wednesday suggest that fear is slowly replacing greed in the mining finance business. The Financial Post reports for investment bankers, the low-hanging fruit is long gone and the biggest financings are now high-risk: gold juniors in Africa, coal in Colombia and an infamous Quebec lithium play that overstated its resource. Global Mining Finance's July round-up says untrustworthy financial and resource reporting, threats of new royalty regimes, "super-profit" and carbon taxes, political turmoil, strikes and government takeovers are worrying resource investors all around the world.

Escondida strike buoys copper prices but markets nervous on global demand

London copper futures rose for a second day on Wednesday as supply worries brought on by an extended strike at the world's largest copper mine countered concerns over protracted talks in the United States to lift its debt limit. But the thin trading volumes in Asian hours and modest gains suggest investors were far from aggressive in pushing up copper prices, now trading just around 3 percent away from historic highs, given a shaky outlook for global demand. Satellite image of Escondida Mine in Chile

Inmet board approves development of Cobre Panama copper project

The Inmet Mining Board of Directors has approved the development of the Cobre Panama copper-gold-molybdenum project in Panama. As a result of the development decision Monday, LS-Niko Copper subsidiary, Korea Panama Mining Corp. (KPMC) has to decide whether to exercise its option to acquire a 20% interest in Minera Panama within 60 days. Image of the Cobre Panama copper project by Inmet Mining

Strikes hit BHP, Anglo, De Beers and Xstrata across three continents

Bloomberg reports BHP workers in Chile voted Sunday to extend their strike at the world’s largest copper mine. Stoppages at BHP’s Australian coal operations may resume this week. Thirty thousand South African coal mine workers including Anglo American and Xstrata employees walked off the job Sunday and may be joined by 160,000 gold industry workers. Strikes that started over the weekend are impacting output from mines of diamond giant De Beers. Workers are seeking a larger slice as global producers report record earnings: Melbourne-based BHP, the world’s biggest mining company, is expected to report full-year profits of $22.5 billion next month, almost double 2010’s net income. Xstrata may report record 2011 profit of $7.3 billion and Anglo American $7.4 billion, estimates show.