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    1. December 22, 2014

      Supply is key to commodities’ volatile year

      “Demand hasn’t been bad,” Ivan Glasenberg, chief executive of Glencore, one of the world’s resource companies, told...

    2. October 15, 2014

      Rio Tinto defends expansion strategy as iron ore output surges

      Rio Tinto reported a 12 per cent increase in iron ore production in the third quarter and defended its controversial...

    1. September 25, 2014

      Iron ore at five-month low on China fears

      Mounting fears about a slowdown in Chinese steel consumption has seen the price of iron ore, a critical component in...

    2. September 23, 2014

      Australia’s luck runs low as Chinese economy cools

      It has enjoyed 23 years of economic growth on the back of a China-inspired commodity boom. But Australia’s luck may be...

    3. September 19, 2014

      Iron ore sinks to fresh 5-year low

      Iron ore resumed its downward slide, sinking to a fresh five-year low on Friday amid nagging concerns about weak Chinese...

    4. September 14, 2014

      Australia’s iron ore producers steel themselves for casualties

      Australia’s iron ore industry is bracing itself for further casualties following the collapse of two junior miners because...

    5. September 3, 2014

      Iron ore hits lowest level since 2009

      Concern about slowing demand in China has pushed the price of iron ore, a key steelmaking ingredient, to its lowest level...

    6. August 24, 2014

      Andrew Forrest, the founder of Fortescue Metals Group

      No one can accuse Andrew “Twiggy” Forrest of lacking big ideas or being slow to bring them to fruition. Seconds after...

    7. July 16, 2014

      Rio Tinto and Fortescue ramp up iron ore production

      Two of the world’s largest iron ore producers have revealed sharp increases in output, showing why prices of the bulk...

    8. July 8, 2014

      Australia’s big three miners look to tighten their iron grip

      The man who made a US$10bn bet on the global iron ore market is predicting Australia’s big three miners will tighten their...

    9. July 4, 2014

      Iron ore boosted by China restocking

      The price of iron ore, a key ingredient in steelmaking, has risen to its highest level in more than a month, lifted by a...

    10. June 27, 2014

      Surplus iron ore spells trouble for miners

      As the half year end approaches one commodity stands out from the others – and not in a good way. Comment by email Sign up...

    11. May 6, 2014

      Fortescue Metals to diversify beyond China

      Fortescue Metals Group, one of the “big three” Australian iron ore miners, is expanding its customer base beyond China as...

    12. March 26, 2014

      Australia lowers iron ore price forecasts

      Australia’s official commodities forecaster has lowered its forecast for iron ore prices as the market prepares to digest a...

    13. March 10, 2014

      Iron ore: whistling past the steelyard

      Every time iron ore prices move by one dollar a tonne, it means another $120m on – or off – this year’s post-tax net profit...

    14. March 10, 2014

      Iron ore slumps after China trade numbers disappoint

      Iron ore, the main commodity used in steelmaking, has suffered one of its biggest falls on record in the wake of...

    15. February 19, 2014

      Equities’ winning streak comes to an end

      Wednesday 21:15 GMT. A 10-session run of gains for global equities came to a halt as investor risk appetite showed signs of...

    16. January 30, 2014

      Fortescue warns wet weather to hit iron ore production

      Australia’s Fortescue Metals Group has blamed bad weather for a cut to its full-year iron ore production forecast, but...

    17. November 13, 2013

      Fortescue Metals: digging in

      Good things come to those who pay down debt. Fortescue Metals Group has in the past week lowered its borrowing costs with a...

    18. October 22, 2013

      BHP: making hay

      If farmers can cash in when the sun shines, so can mining companies. BHP Billiton edged up its iron ore production guidance...

    19. October 2, 2013

      Australia raises China iron ore import forecast

      Australia’s official commodities forecaster has increased its expectations for Chinese iron ore imports, which it sees...

    20. September 25, 2013

      Iron ore seen sliding as new supplies hit

      Iron ore has defied the pessimists. The price of the key steelmaking raw material has averaged $136 per tonne this year –...

    21. August 5, 2013

      Pressure is on for Aussie weakness

      After a brief respite, the Australian dollar is under pressure again. The currency dropped to a three-year low on Monday...

    22. July 17, 2013

      Strong iron ore showing boosts BHP

      BHP Billiton, the world’s biggest resources company by market value, enjoyed a strong finish to its financial year with...

    23. June 5, 2013

      Western Australia in line of fire as national growth slows

      If one state has come to symbolise Australia’s mining boom it is Western Australia. Voracious Asian demand for its large...

    24. May 8, 2013

      China trade: data mining

      Resource miners were in need of some good news. Falling commodity prices have dragged shares of big mining companies down...

    25. May 7, 2013

      Rio to proceed with $5bn iron ore expansion despite looming surplus

      Rio Tinto intends to press ahead with a multibillion-dollar expansion of its iron ore mines in Western Australia barring a...

    26. April 18, 2013

      New BHP head to be paid less than Kloppers

      Andrew Mackenzie, the new chief executive of BHP Billiton, will be paid significantly less than his predecessor Marius...

    27. April 16, 2013

      Rio warns copper output to fall 20%

      Rio Tinto expects output from Utah’s Bingham Canyon, its largest copper mine, to fall significantly as a result of a...

    28. March 20, 2013

      Iron ore: how low can they go?

      Iron ore prices: how low can they go? This is the big question on every iron ore miner’s chapped lips right now. Australia’s...

    29. March 20, 2013

      Australia predicts fall in iron ore price

      Iron ore prices will fall to $90 a tonne over the next five years as demand for the steel-making ingredient wanes and a wave...

    30. March 20, 2013

      Stocks rise as Cyprus worries ease

      Wednesday 20:00 GMT. Investors regained their appetite for riskier assets as recent concerns about Cyprus began to ease and...

    31. February 11, 2013

      Australian miners face rising costs

      Shortly before resigning last month, Tom Albanese, the former chief executive of Rio Tinto, outlined his priorities for the...

    32. January 24, 2013

      Fortescue predicts iron ore price drop

      The head of Fortescue Metals Group, Australia’s third-biggest iron ore producer, expects the price of the steelmaking...

    33. December 27, 2012

      Iron ore prices climb 60% in four months

      Iron ore prices have risen 60 per cent in four months, prompting one of the world’s biggest miners of the commodity to...

    34. December 27, 2012

      Exporters lead jump in Japanese shares

      Asian markets extended gains with Japanese shares jumping to their highest level since the March 2011 earthquake after the...

    35. December 18, 2012

      Shares rise on US budget hopes

      Tuesday 20.15 GMT. Optimism on a US budget deal to avert the fiscal cliff and good news from the eurozone is encouraging...

    36. December 16, 2012

      Branson launches campaign to end slavery

      A group of corporate executives including the UK’s Sir Richard Branson and Australian mining magnate Andrew Forrest have...

    37. November 26, 2012

      Markets slip after recent rally

      Monday 21.05 GMT. Global stocks started the week on a downbeat note following a string of gains in the past couple of...

    38. November 22, 2012

      Oil plays role in Glencore’s next target

      ENRC, First Quantum, Fortescue or even Anglo American. The list of potential takeover targets for Glencore-Xstrata is long....

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