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Mining & Resources
Tess Ingram 6:30 PM The iron ore industry's junior producers have dramatically cut costs to chase down the plummeting price, but according to some analysts, the continued cost reductions are only delaying the inevitable.
Kevin Crowley 3:13 PM For commodities, it's like the 21st century never happened. The last time commodity investor returns were this low, Apple's best-selling product was a desktop computer, and you could pay for it with francs and deutsche marks.
Agnieszka de Sousa and Joe Deaux 7:36 AM Copper and nickel led an industrial-metals rebound on speculation that the slump encouraged some traders to close out bearish bets.
Jasmine Ng and Ranjeetha Pakiam 6:15 AM Iron ore sank to the lowest level in at least six years amid speculation that mills in China are cutting back steel output, hurting demand for the raw material while supplies from the biggest miners expand.
Amanda Saunders 10:45 PM Former iron ore heavyweight India is unlikely to emerge as a major exporter any time soon, says ex-Rio boss.
Tess Ingram 10:00 PM Battered junior iron ore miner BC Iron is preparing to kick off an exploration campaign for gold and base metals across Western Australia.
Lia Timson The mineral sludge that killed 12 people and polluted more than 600 kilometres of rivers, has arrived at the Atlantic Ocean, extending its destruction to a delicate marine environment.
Andrew Willis and Yasmine Batista BHP's Samarco Mineracao JV must prove it has adopted sufficient environmental protection measures after this month's mining disaster in Brazil or face additional daily fines of $3.7 million.
Jesse Riseborough Vale and BHP Billiton scored best in a study on carbon-regulation readiness, while Glencore was the clear laggard.
Tim Elliott Indian mining giant, Adani, knowingly misled the Native Title Tribunal, says a lawyer for the traditional owners.
Peter Hannam Premier Mike Baird has been called on to prevent Rio Tinto from destroying endangered woodland that it promised to conserve.
Agnieszka de Sousa Zinc rose the most in more than a month as major smelters in China vowed to curtail output, helping to drain a glut that has driven prices to the lowest in six years.
A US judge on Friday dismissed Rio Tinto's lawsuit accusing rival Vale and others of conspiring to misappropriate its mining rights in the Simandou region in Guinea.
Malcolm Maiden BHP chairman Jac Nasser has recast perceptions of the group's dividend policy, and a dividend cut is now an even money chance.
Jasmine Ng Iron ore contracts in Asia slumped to records amid speculation that mills in China are reining in steel production as they battle losses.
Peter Ker BHP Billiton chairman Jac Nasser has refused to guarantee the progressive dividend will survive the company's revenue collapse, but has heavily hinted that it will remain after declaring that it is an important distinguishing factor between the company and its rivals
Tess Ingram Mineral Resources managing director Chris Ellison says there is no doubt weak iron ore prices of around $US50 a tonne will be sustained for the next two years.
Peter Ker BHP chairman Jac Nasser says the mining giant is enduring one of the most difficult years in its history as he vowed to find out what caused the Samarco dam disaster in Brazil.