Peter Ker

Peter Ker


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

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.

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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.


Spotlight on Atlas as short sellers move in

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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...


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.


Mine laggards tempt investors with recovery

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


Nickel, aluminium show signs of revival


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.


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...


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.


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...


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.


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...


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.


Northern Star buys coveted Jundee mine

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


PanAust shares surge after Chinese company lodges takeover bid

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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.


Northern Star buys $82.5m gold mine in WA


Peter Ker Gold miner Northern Star has continued its extraordinary buying spree buy today acquiring one of the biggest five gold mines in Australia.


Tugboat strike looms over iron ore trade

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Peter Ker and Julie-Anne Sprague Port Hedland workers take significant step towards interrupting iron ore export industry.


Port Hedland facing $100m a day strike threat

Bulk carriers are loaded with iron ore at the ship loading facility at Fortescue Metals Group Ltd.'s Herb Elliott Port in Port Hedland in the Pilbara region, Western Australia, on Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013. Fortescue, Australia's biggest issuer of junk-rated mining bonds, is targeting investment-grade status as strength in iron ore prices lets the company cut its debt burden. Photographer: Sergio Dionisio/Bloomberg

Peter Ker Strike action could cripple Port Hedland, one of Australia's most important export ports, within 30 days.


QCG buys discarded Tasmanian nickel mine

Peter Ker Soaring nickel prices could breathe new life into a Tasmanian nickel mine previously tossed aside by OZ Minerals and MMG.


Time lag on tax reform frustrates Rio chief Sam Walsh

Rio Tinto's Bengalla coal mine.

Peter Ker Rio Tinto chief executive Sam Walsh says the Abbott government should be given time to reform Australia's carbon and mining taxes.


Rio Tinto unconcerned by volatility of iron ore

Peter Ker Rio chairman dismisses threats posed by a fragile economy and new competition.