Peter Ker

Peter Ker

Courts

Liu Han, Hanlong's disgraced owner, awaiting execution

Liu Han.

Peter Ker The owner of disgraced Chinese company Sichuan Hanlong has been sentenced to death.

Court

One-time Sundance suitor Hanlong's Liu Han sentenced to death in China

Liu Han, former chairman of Hanlong Mining.

Peter Ker The owner of disgraced Chinese company Sichuan Hanlong, Liu Han, has been sentenced to death in his homeland, according to reports.

Resources

Union strike reprieve for Port Hedland iron ore shipments

tugboat

Peter Ker, Julie-anne Sprague and Mathew Dunckley The prospect of a strike interrupting Australia's most lucrative export industry has been averted for at least 30 days, after the Maritime Union of Australia said it would not strike until late June...

Exports

Port Hedland tugboat strike threat reprieve

Bulk carriers take on iron ore at a loading facility in Port Hedland.

Peter Ker, Julie-Anne Sprague, Mathew Dunckley The prospect of a strike interrupting Australia's most lucrative export industry has been averted for at least 30 days.

Resources

Fortescue set to ask government to block Port Hedland strike

Port Hedland

Peter Ker Fortescue Metals Group has confirmed it is preparing to ask the Fair Work Commission to block a strike of tugboat workers at Port Hedland, and accused the workers of wanting to work just 22 weeks per...

Resources

New taxes won't slow Indian demand for gold, says Newcrest

Peter Ker Newcrest Mining chief Greg Robinson says the crucial Indian market for gold will not be dampened despite efforts by the Indian government to slow gold imports.

Resources

Miners target cost cuts as iron ore price at lowest level for two years

Iron ore mining

Max Mason and Peter Ker As the price of iron ore slipped below $US100 a tonne for the first time in nearly two years, miners said they would continue to focus on driving down costs.

Peter Ker

Australian miners prepared for iron ore slump

Rio Tinto's Bengalla coal mine.

Peter Ker A 25 per cent fall in iron ore prices will be felt by the miners, but there are a few reasons why this breach below $US100 per tonne is not as bad as the last venture into double figures in 2012.

Resources

Spotlight on Atlas as short sellers move in

A driverless haul truck

Peter Ker and John Kehoe Short sellers have switched their focus to Atlas Iron from the larger Fortescue Metals Group, as the benchmark iron ore price prepares to fall below the key $US100 a tonne mark for the first time in...

Energy

Bulk buyers of Bass Strait energy to get thin edge of gas pipe

Peter Ker The changing state of Australia's original oil and gas province is being played out in its pipes.

Resources

Mine laggards tempt investors with recovery

Peter Ker Poor performers nickel and aluminium are back on the radar, writes Peter Ker.

Metals

Nickel, aluminium show signs of revival

Aluminium

Peter Ker They've been the dregs at the bottom of the diversified miners' bottle for years, but nickel and aluminium are starting to show signs of life.

Mergers

Fund manager Allan Gray calls for extraordinary meeting of shareholders in its opposition to Roc Oil-Horizon Oil merger

Angela Macdonald-Smith and Peter Ker Activist shareholder Allan Gray has followed through on its threat to try to force a vote for Roc Oil shareholders on the company's planned $800 million merger with Horizon Oil, calling an...

Resources

Analysts query possible spin-off of BHP's Nickel West assets

Peter Ker Analysts are divided over whether BHP Billiton should include its Nickel West assets in an expected spin-out of non-core assets, or simply sell the division as soon as possible.

Resources

BHP nickel selloff spurs demerger talk

Evaluated: The future of BHP’s Nickel West is under review

Peter Ker BHP Billiton has confirmed suspicions it is considering a sale of its Nickel West assets in Western Australia, in a move than some believe will simplify the company's alleged desire to demerge a...

Mining

Nickel West selloff would simplify BHP split

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Peter Ker BHP Billiton has confirmed suspicions that it is considering a sale of its Nickel West assets in Western Australia.

Mining

BHP says spinning off of non-core assets is 'compelling'

Andrew Mackenzie

Peter Ker BHP Billiton chief executive Andrew Mackenzie has done nothing to douse expectations he will soon launch a spin-out of the company's non-core assets, by declaring overnight that the case for further...

Takeovers

PanAust says no to 'opportunistic' bid from China

Peter Ker Chinese investment in Australia is continuing apace, with copper and gold producer PanAust the second miner to receive a takeover bid from Chinese shareholders in a week.

Mining

Northern Star buys coveted Jundee mine

Peter Ker Northern Star continues buying spree by acquiring one of Australia's top 10 producing goldmines.

Target

PanAust shares surge after Chinese company lodges takeover bid

gold miner

Peter Ker Chinese investment in Australia is heating up, with Australian copper miner PanAust the latest local company to declare it is the focus of a takeover bid.