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  1. February 10, 2013

    Equity and debt markets reawaken M&A

    Over the past week, the world of mergers and acquisitions has exploded back into life. Michael Dell’s planned $24bn buyout...

  2. January 29, 2013

    Anglo joins the miner writedowns

    Out, damned spot! Three big global mining houses are expunging past acquisition and capital expenditure excesses with hefty...

  1. January 27, 2013

    Miners rein in unbridled expansion plans

    Sam Walsh’s first message to his employees could have been directed at the mining sector at large. The new chief executive...

  2. January 23, 2013

    BHP update fuels writedown speculation

    BHP Billiton, the world’s biggest resources company by market value, has fuelled speculation of possible asset writedowns by...

  3. January 20, 2013

    Rio Tinto and the Pilbara

    Departing chief executives and $14bn writedowns aside, Rio Tinto last week reported record iron ore production and shipments...

  4. January 18, 2013

    Aluminium was bad for Rio Tinto’s health

    The mystery of Tom Albanese is not why he had to go, but how he lasted so long as chief executive of Rio Tinto. His initial...

  5. January 17, 2013

    Rio looks to build after writedowns

    Aluminium is the metal of choice for the automotive, aerospace and packaging industries thanks to its lightweight, malleable...

  6. January 17, 2013

    Bad timing cost Albanese his job at Rio

    For Tom Albanese, timing was everything. And the two acquisitions that on Thursday cost Rio Tinto $14bn, and Mr Albanese his...

  7. January 17, 2013

    Dismissignation wins credit for Du Plessis

    And then there were none. The resignation-cum-sacking of Rio Tinto’s Tom Albanese means the four largest London-listed...

  8. January 17, 2013

    Rio view mirror

    How cynical of Rio Tinto, two days after announcing record iron ore production and shipments, to hit investors with such bad...

  9. January 17, 2013

    Albanese joins the exit of top miners

    For a while, it seemed that Tom Albanese would be the last one standing among the chief executives of the world’s largest...

  10. January 17, 2013

    Albanese joins the exit of top miners

    For a while, it seemed Tom Albanese would be the last chief executive of the world’s largest miners left standing. With...

  11. January 17, 2013

    Petrofac misses rally on Algeria fears

    Petrofac underperformed a rising FTSE 100 on Thursday as concerns grew about the oil services group’s exposure to Algeria....

  12. November 25, 2012

    French minister digs in for steel battle

    As someone who enjoys the limelight, Arnaud Montebourg, France’s telegenic industry minister, knows how to pick his battles....

  13. November 23, 2012

    ArcelorMittal rejects steelworks proposal

    ArcelorMittal, the biggest steelmaker by tonnes produced, has accused the government in France of putting the future of...

  14. October 7, 2012

    Aluminium: Shock and ore

    Sayanogorsk is the town that aluminium built. More than 2,000 miles from Moscow, in Russia’s Siberian hinterland, the...

  15. September 17, 2012

    Aluminium bears hold sway despite rally

    Aluminium is a paradox. Demand for the world’s most widely used metal after steel is growing faster than for almost any...

  16. August 28, 2012

    Osborne boosts north-east enterprise zone

    A proposed extension of the north-east enterprise zone will be announced on Wednesday by George Osborne during a trip to...

  17. August 3, 2012

    BHP takes $2.84bn writedown on shale gas

    Marius Kloppers, chief executive of BHP Billiton, will not take a bonus this year, after the world’s biggest resources...

  18. June 25, 2012

    Lugo rallies resistance in Paraguay

    Fernando Lugo, ousted as president of Paraguay in what he said was an “institutional coup”, summoned his ministers to a...

  19. June 20, 2012

    Rio Tinto to spend $4bn on iron ore unit

    Rio Tinto is to spend $4.2bn on expanding its iron ore business in Australia and Guinea, in spite of concerns about Chinese...

  20. March 8, 2012

    Tata Steel hits at electricity prices

    Tata Steel, one of Britain’s largest electricity users, says UK green policies are putting it at such a disadvantage to its...

  21. March 6, 2012

    Plants’ fates reveal plight of north-east

    The events of a single day have provided a stark illustration of the economic roller-coaster being ridden by workers in...

  22. February 9, 2012

    Rio Tinto takes $9bn hit on Alcan deal

    The top two executives at Rio Tinto will not take a bonus this year after the mining company was forced to take a $8.8bn hit...

  23. December 2, 2011

    Rio to finish aluminium upgrade

    Rio Tinto will spend $2.7bn to complete an upgrade of a Canadian aluminium smelter, in a sign of its bullishness about...

  24. November 29, 2011

    Mining decline has brought coals to Newcastle

    The coal mines of northern England were once the fuel of an industrial revolution that propelled Britain to international...

  25. November 21, 2011

    Rio Tinto / Hathor: power struggle

    Rio Tinto is long uranium. Trouble is, the short-term outlook for this nuclear fuel has rarely seemed grimmer. A fifth of...

  26. November 16, 2011

    Energy costs blamed as Rio axes smelter

    Fears that energy-intensive industry could be hit by government climate-change policies were heightened on Wednesday after...

  27. November 16, 2011

    UK youth jobless total passes one million

    Ministers are under pressure to take fresh measures to help young people after youth unemployment rose above 1m while the...

  28. November 15, 2011

    16. Cynthia Carroll

    Company: Anglo American Last year’s position: 12 Age: 54 Nationality: American Sector: Mining Location: UK/South Africa When...

  29. October 17, 2011

    Rio Tinto: pushing aluminium

    It is almost painful to review the presentation Rio Tinto made at the time of its US$38bn all-cash offer for Montreal’s...

  30. October 17, 2011

    Rio Tinto to divest $8bn of aluminium assets

    Rio Tinto is to divest an estimated $8bn of aluminium assets as the miner seeks to cut costs and improve the financial...

  31. July 26, 2011

    Tax threat to Australian mining all hot air

    It is no secret that the Australian mining sector is enjoying a once-in-a-century boom. Not since the end of the 19th...

  32. March 31, 2011

    Rusal and aluminium: waiting game

    Everything comes to those who wait. Aluminium has lagged behind other commodities in the latest upswing. That has meant a...

  33. March 29, 2011

    Rio changes tack in Riversdale pursuit

    Rio Tinto has switched course in its pursuit of Riversdale Mining, a developer of coking coal deposits in Mozambique, after...

  34. February 10, 2011

    Rio Tinto set for $5bn share buy-back

    Rio Tinto is to buy back $5bn of shares, underlining the extent of its cash accumulation after a year when soaring iron ore...

  35. February 10, 2011

    Rio Tinto

    What a difference two years can make. In early 2009, Rio Tinto was frazzled and, mid-crisis, groaning under $40bn of Alcan...

  36. February 9, 2011

    LSE and TMX bet on commodities super-cycle

    A mixture of approval, resignation and concern rippled through Canada’s investment community on Wednesday over the proposed...

  37. January 14, 2011

    Hong Kong enjoys fourth straight week of gains

    Hong Kong stocks made their fourth successive weekly advance on strength for banking and property but inflation fears...

  38. December 23, 2010

    Rio Tinto lifts bid to A$3.9bn for Riversdale

    Rio Tinto has heightened its pursuit of Riversdale Mining, the Australian coking coal group, with a new A$3.9bn (US$3.9bn)...

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