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  1. 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...

  2. 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...

  1. 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...

  2. 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...

  3. 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...

  4. 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...

  5. 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...

  6. 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...

  7. 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...

  8. 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...

  9. 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...

  10. 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...

  11. 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...

  12. 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 –...

  13. 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...

  14. 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...

  15. 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...

  16. 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...

  17. 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...

  18. 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...

  19. 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...

  20. 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...

  21. 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...

  22. 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...

  23. 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...

  24. 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...

  25. 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...

  26. 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...

  27. 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...

  28. 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...

  29. 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...

  30. 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....

  31. October 16, 2012

    Fortescue set to press on with expansion

    Fortescue Metals Group will go ahead with a large expansion project in Western Australia later this year, if the recent...

  32. October 8, 2012

    Stocks end week on sour note

    Friday 21.10 BST. Most global stock markets ended the week on a sour note and the S&P 500 posted its biggest weekly drop in...

  33. FT Alphaville

    September 24, 2012

    Buffett vs dog vs China extrapolations

    Another way of looking at the myth of China’s inevitable growth… Warren Buffett’s net worth over the last couple of years...

  34. September 24, 2012

    Stocks end quarter on cautious tone

    Friday 21.30 BST. Wall Street wrapped up the quarter on a weaker note as investors took advantage of a recent rally in...

  35. September 21, 2012

    Letter from Lex – strength in numbers

    Bank bashers accustomed to laying into Europe’s finest may think twice before taking a swing at Sberbank, the region’s...

  36. September 18, 2012

    Fortescue – loan lifeline

    Ta-da! Shares of Fortescue Metals Group dropped a 10th last week on fears that the Australian iron ore miner could breach...

  37. September 18, 2012

    Fortescue secures $4.5bn debt facility

    Fortescue Metals Group, the world’s fourth-biggest iron ore producer by volume, has staved off a liquidity crisis by...

  38. FT Alphaville

    September 14, 2012

    FoRescueQ Metals Group- updated

    Trading halts are a feature of the Australian stock market in the way they aren’t in the UK, where they are rarely granted...

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