Peter Ker

Peter Ker

Coal habits die hard as Australian miners boost exports

Australian coal miners are growing exports

Peter Ker Australian coal exports are rising despite price weakness.

South32 and BlueScope bound for court as coal dispute stokes family feud between BHP spin-offs

South32 is contracted to supply coking coal to BlueScope's Port Kembla steelworks until 2032

Peter Ker South32 and BlueScope Steel will face off in the Supreme Court this week in a family fued between the two BHP spin-outs

One less seller in the market for South32 after BHP Billiton completes sell-down of unwanted shares

Peter Ker There is one less seller in the market for South32 after BHP Billiton completed a sell-down of unwanted shares in the new company.

BP cuts more Australian staff as oil prices slump

BP's recent strategy change for its downstream assets in Australia and New Zealand has prompted the cuts.

Peter Ker Barely 16 months after it "disestablished" 300 Australian jobs, oil and gas giant BP is cutting its Australian staff again.

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Rinehart brawl with Rio Tinto bound for High Court

Gina Rinehart ... The High Court is expected to hear appeals by her and Angela Bennett against Rio Tinto and Sinosteel in Perth during August.

Peter Ker Gina Rinehart's legal brawl with Rio Tinto over royalties is set for a third bout in the High Court next month.

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China Moly plumps for $US2 billion acquisition

CMOC has targeted copper in recent years.

Peter Ker Acquisitive miner China Molybdenum Company may be about to emerge as a rival for BHP Billiton in the race for Barrick's Zaldivar mine, after declaring its intention to complete a $US2.

Australian workers are starting to have their brains monitored in the workplace

The growing use of SmartCap comes as 'wearable technology' becomes increasingly popular in the retail space, with items like Fitbit allowing users to measure their heart rate, movement and sleep quality.

Peter Ker Data from caps worn by workers is used to alert them when they are likely to fall asleep.

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Reclusive buyer builds stake in ERA

Mr Magides has lifted his stake in ERA to 7.6 per cent in recent days.

Peter Ker A reclusive luxury lodge developer and former hedge fund manager is building his stake in the Kakadu uranium miner ERA, despite grave predictions about its future prospects.

Sandfire Resources shares soar on discovery of high-grade copper

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Peter Ker Shares in Sandfire Resources have hit a 10-month high in early trading after drilling found copper grades as high as 18.9 per cent.

ERA not seeking investors to replace Rio Tinto, says exiting chairman

Rio Tinto declared on June 12 that it was opposed to any future mining on the Ranger site and wanted to push ahead with rehabilitation.

Peter Ker The uranium miner beside Kakadu National Park has not sought to replace Rio Tinto with a more enthusiastic investor.

Rio Tinto's Mike Fitzpatrick on the RBA, BHP and managing a mining boom

Departing Rio Tinto director Mike Fitzpatrick.

Peter Ker Departing Rio Tinto director Mike Fitzpatrick says the Reserve Bank left interest rates ''too high for too long" during the mining boom, and is still "behind the curve''.

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Coal: is the future really black?

State-based Mining Councils have agitated for the charity status of environmental groups to be revoked.

Peter Ker Will action on climate change kill coal or will developing world demand sustain this increasingly controversial commodity?

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Kakadu uranium miner ERA loses half its board as limbo continues

The three resignations came after a week in which the company lost 73 per cent of its value and deferred a project that was its only hope of future mining at the Ranger site beside Kakadu.

Peter Ker The board of Kakadu uranium miner Energy Resources of Australia has been halved, after three directors quit the besieged company at the weekend.

Western Areas open to more nickel deals

Peter Ker Nickel miner Western Areas won't rule out more deals in 2015, despite buying Glencore's Cosmos nickel business.

BHP's Olympic Dam mill back in action

BHP Billiton's Olympic Dam plant was repaired more quickly than anticipated.

Peter Ker Repair works on the largest mill at Olympic Dam in South Australia are complete

South32 facing earnings slide

South32

Peter Ker South32 could be facing a significant earnings slump, as the young company ends its first month on the market in the midst of growing pains.

Shear determination helps Mongolians to ride on the camel's back

One hundred grams of raw camel wool can earn a Gobi desert herder about US50ยข, and it rises in value to $US4 once it is spun.

Peter Ker Life can be bumpy when your finances ride on the camel's back, but some Australian expertise is making things easier for the nomadic herders of the South Gobi Desert.

Steel demand soft for several years: Rio Tinto

Rio Tinto's iron ore boss, Andrew Harding, says a short-term oversupply of housing in China will keep a lid on demand for steel in the immediate future.

Peter Ker Australia's biggest iron ore exporter expects demand for steel in China to be dampened for several years, in comments that are bearish for iron ore prices in the short-term.

Minority shareholders double down on ERA

Kakadu, Northern Territory

Peter Ker The second-largest shareholder in Kakadu uranium miner ERA has lifted his stake in the company amid a 70 per cent collapse in the stock price

Australia still part of Tom Albanese's future

Peter Ker Former Rio Tinto chief executive Tom Albanese says Australia will remain part of the plan for his soon to be expanded company, Vedanta Resources, as it embarks on an $US11 billion merger with Cairn...