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  1. March 17, 2016

    Jean-Sébastien Jacques to become Rio Tinto chief executive

    Jean-Sébastien Jacques is to succeed Sam Walsh as Rio Tinto’s chief executive, in changes that pave the way for a more...

  2. February 11, 2016

    Rio Tinto is just the latest miner to cut dividend

    When Sam Walsh bade farewell to Rio Tinto’s longstanding pledge not to cut its dividend on Thursday, he did so with...

  3. February 11, 2016

    Prog rock divis strike bum note for Rio

    This week, we run the Lombard Disambiguator™ over progressive rock and progressive dividends, teasing out the salient...

  4. February 11, 2016

    Rio Tinto chief warns miners to prepare for extended downturn

    The mining industry must prepare for an extended downturn, Rio Tinto’s chief executive said as the Anglo-Australian...

  5. February 11, 2016

    Rio Tinto: for a few dollars’ ore

    Leo Tolstoy depicted the Russian general Mikhail Kutuzov, scourge of Napoleon, as a wily tactician. He felt no shame in...

  6. January 19, 2016

    Rio Tinto: ore full

    Strategy is subjective. On Tuesday, Rio Tinto said it increased iron ore output one-tenth in 2015 year-on-year, even as...

  7. December 8, 2015

    Anglo cuts reflect class warfare

    If there was a yearbook for mining bosses appointed in 2013, Mark Cutifani’s entry would read “Voted most likely to...

  8. September 23, 2015

    BHP Billiton: listing badly

    Imagine an industry that is not only cyclical, but is highly dependent on a single customer that is undergoing a...

  9. September 21, 2015

    Diamond miners cut through China fears

    Two of the world’s biggest diamond miners have dismissed fears of a crisis in the industry and forecast that global...

  10. September 7, 2015

    Glencore grapples with fallout from commodities crash

    Glencore, albeit unwillingly, is adopting the brace position aboard the stalling aircraft of world commodities markets....

  11. August 6, 2015

    Rio Tinto: ore aura

    A great year for commodity bears and a lousy one for producers. But why fret? Mining houses made their big bets decades...

  12. July 16, 2015

    Rio: still a glut-on

    Blame it on the weather. Mining group Rio Tinto says that this year it will ship less iron ore than previously forecast...

  13. June 16, 2015

    Iron ore: buoyancy

    The specific gravity of iron ore is roughly five. That means it cannot float on water, or air. The iron ore price has...

  14. May 21, 2015

    Australian government rejects iron ore inquiry

    Australia’s government has backed away from an inquiry into the country’s iron ore sector, a decision that represents a...

  15. May 19, 2015

    Mongolia and Rio Tinto agree $5bn Oyu Tolgoi mine expansion

    Rio Tinto has reached a deal with Mongolia allowing the miner to restart a long-delayed $5bn development at Oyu Tolgoi,...

  16. May 12, 2015

    BHP extends investment and cost cuts

    BHP Billiton is to extend cuts in capital spending and operating costs as the world’s largest mining company by market...

  17. April 5, 2015

    Glencore’s Glasenberg bides his time on Rio Tinto

    Ivan Glasenberg is not a chief executive short of opinions. But for the past six months, he has been...

  18. March 26, 2015

    Rio Tinto chief rejects call for industry to cap iron ore output

    Rio Tinto’s chief executive has rejected as “hare brained” a call by a rival miner for the industry to arrest the steep...

  19. March 25, 2015

    Fortescue: fixer upper

    When planning a little industry collusion, the way to go about it is not to suggest it in public. On Wednesday,...

  20. February 13, 2015

    Week in Review, February 14

    A round up of some of the week’s most significant corporate events and news stories. Luxury groups’ fortunes diverge in...

  21. February 12, 2015

    Two’s a duopoly, three’s awkward for Kirstie, Phil and Zoopla

    Kirstie Allsopp: Welcome to Disruption, Disruption, Disruption, the property show for estate agents. Phil Spencer:...

  22. January 21, 2015

    BHP: hobby horses

    Tristram Shandy, the eponymous narrator in Laurence Sterne’s comic novel, complains of whimsical obsessions. Pressing...

  23. January 19, 2015

    Rio raises iron ore shipments to 300m tonnes

    Rio Tinto raised its shipments of iron ore 17 per cent last year and expects a further surge in output during 2015,...

  24. January 14, 2015

    Copper slump heightens concern over state of mining sector

    Shares in global miners were pummelled on Wednesday after sharp falls in the price of copper exacerbated investor...

  25. January 6, 2015

    Miners face challenge tapping copper opportunities

    The giant Chilean Escondida mine produces more copper than anywhere on earth. Some 1.2m tonnes emerge from the BHP...

  26. December 1, 2014

    Rio keen to blend mining and marketing

    Pilbara Blend. Robe Valley. Yandicoogina Fines. The names may sound as if they belong on a tea caddy or in a wine...

  27. November 27, 2014

    Rio Tinto sees sparkle in diamond mines

    Rio Tinto is devoting a small part of its much reduced capital spending budget to the expansion of one of its diamond...

  28. November 18, 2014

    Iron ore hit by weak Chinese housing

    Iron ore fell to a five-year low on Tuesday as China’s property market showed renewed signs of weakness. Benchmark...

  29. November 14, 2014

    Coal rallies on Glencore mine closures

    Thermal coal rallied on Friday after Glencore said it would halt production at its Australian mines over the Christmas...

  30. November 5, 2014

    Iron ore tumbles to five-year low

    A lack of demand for physical cargoes has seen the price of iron ore, the key ingredient in steelmaking, hit a...

  31. November 5, 2014

    Mongolia prime minister ousted as economy reels

    Mongolia’s parliament, the Grand Hural, voted on Wednesday to oust Prime Minister Norov Altankhuyag, as plunging...

  32. October 29, 2014

    Rainmaker Klein stays in the shadows as Glencore eyes Rio Tinto

    Where is Michael Klein when you need him? The former Citi supremo, who brokered talks between Ivan Glasenberg and Mick...

  33. October 24, 2014

    Iron ore falls on China demand fears

    Iron ore slipped below $80 a tonne in thin trading on Friday as concerns about supply growth and weak demand continued...

  34. October 23, 2014

    Tesco chief must grasp strategic nettle before it really hurts

    WH Auden’s lament works as well for Tesco’s shareholders as its customers: Tesco was my North, my South, my East and...

  35. October 23, 2014

    Rio Tinto stifles succession fears as it taps Sam Walsh to stay

    Rio Tinto has lifted doubts over its leadership succession, offering Sam Walsh an open-ended contract as chief...

  36. October 23, 2014

    How buybacks can underpin miners’ dividend policies

    BHP Billiton and Rio Tinto like to brag about their progressive dividends. Each year, the two FTSE 100 miners pay out a...

  37. October 22, 2014

    Copper hopes ‘bright despite volatility’

    Copper is set for a period of price volatility as the market digests new supply but long-term prospects remain bright...

  38. October 15, 2014

    Trafigura seeks new board at Emed

    Commodities trader Trafigura is seeking shareholder support to remove almost the entire board of Emed Mining, the...

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