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Mining & Resources
MALCOLM MAIDEN Concerns are rising that supply is outstripping demand, but it's more complicated.
Julie-anne Sprague and Peter Ker Big miners believe the recent slump in the iron ore price is due to a mix of credit tightness in China and opportunism from traders, with executives from BHP Billiton and Rio Tinto expressing faith in China's long-term demand for Australia's most lucrative export.
GLENDA KWEK Shares in Lynas slump following a larger first-half loss that triggered a warning from its auditor about its ability to continue trading.
PETER KER Dividends are likely to be the main victim of the current iron ore slump, rather than a significant round of job cuts or project cancellations.
Ben Woodhead Iron ore has suffered its biggest one-day price fall in more than four years, tumbling below $US105 per tonne, and Chinese steel futures have dropped to record lows as concerns mount over the outlook for the Chinese economy.
MAX MASON Andrew Forrest could be the biggest loser from iron ore's largest one-day fall since August.
James Thomson Andrew 'Twiggy' Forrest knows better than most how movements in commodity prices can cause havoc with your bank balance.
Angela Macdonald-Smith Aspiring LNG project developer Liquefied Natural Gas is close to scoring a coup over its many larger rivals in the crowded US gas export sector, expecting to reach a milestone within weeks in the complex regulatory process for its $US3.5 billion terminal venture in Louisiana.
Jonathan Shapiro An ambitious Victorian miner is set to become the state's first iron ore producer in more than a century, saying it has some unique advantages that will help it share in some of the spoils of the mining boom.
PETER HANNAM It's been a long time coming but coal is making a comeback in Australia's energy mix.
PETER KER After 18 years in charge of copper miner PanAust, Gary Stafford decides to step back.
PETER KER Rio Tinto chairman Jan du Plessis has made good on his promise to inject more mining experience onto his company's board, with two new faces set to join the miner in the next couple of months.
Peter Ker Expectations that a deal will be sealed before the end of this month are high.
PETER KER Australia's iron ore industry has been boosted by resilient Chinese growth data.
Jonathan Barrett Foreign miners and private exploration companies should be forced to publicly disclose details about resource discoveries in Australia in the same prompt manner listed companies are required to, a Productivity Commission Inquiry has recommended.
Glencore ready to “kick the tyres” as big miners look for deals that cut costs.
Peter Ker Swiss commodities company Glencore Xstrata suffered declining profits in each of its Australian mining sectors, according to the company's full-year results.
BRIAN ROBINS It’s an ill-wind that blows nobody any good, and that is clearly true of Ukraine’s stoush with Russia which has caused jitters in Europe’s energy markets.
JARED LYNCH A plunge in the price of iron ore has prompted Citi to downgrade its expectations the earnings of BHP Billiton and Rio Tinto this year.
Angela Macdonald-Smith The veteran managing director of Oil Search, Peter Botten, will review his future at the $11.6 billion company at the end of this year but he has promised not to leave without a clear succession plan in place.
PETER KER After three years of bad news, investors in loss-making uranium miner Paladin Energy have witnessed several developments in the past six weeks to give them hope their company can survive.
PETER KER Ambitious plan for the Pilbara being hatched by former Lynas boss Nick Curtis.
PETER KER Gina Rinehart's Roy Hill project has found a solution to the hole that was left by the collapse of mining services firm Forge Group, with Samsung C&T set to takeover Forge's partnership with Spanish company Duro Felguera.
MICHAEL WEST Rubbery figures about Australia's demand for gas are being used to ram through approval for coal seam gas fracking projects earmarked for export.
PETER KER Atlas Iron will increase its iron ore production by close to 30 per cent over the next two years, but is fast running out of low-cost expansion options.
PETER KER The trend for mining companies to manage their own mines instead of hiring external contractors has continued, with BHP Billiton confirming the last contractor working on its Pilbara iron ore mines will be relieved of its duties.
PETER KER Rio Tinto chief executive Sam Walsh has indicated he may stay in the job beyond his three-year term at the dual-listed miner.
PETER KER The trend for mining companies push out contractors in favour of managing their own mines has continued.
PETER KER Rio Tinto chief executive Sam Walsh has indicated he may be happy to serve beyond his three-year term at the company