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  1. April 9, 2014

    Guinea inquiry finds Steinmetz unit won mining rights corruptly

    The mining arm of Beny Steinmetz’s business empire won its rights to a multibillion-dollar iron-ore prospect in Guinea...

  2. March 31, 2014

    Brazil’s Vale fears it could lose all of Guinea mine investment

    Brazil’s Vale has warned for the first time that it may lose its entire investment in the ill-fated Simandou iron ore mine...

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  1. Brazil & the US 2013

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  1. March 30, 2014

    Glencore closer to iron ore ambition

    Glencore has cleared a key hurdle in its ambition to become an iron ore miner, reaching a preliminary deal with the west...

  2. March 10, 2014

    Mining shares hit by iron ore tumble

    Billions of dollars were wiped off the market value of the world’s biggest mining companies on Monday after fresh concerns...

  3. February 27, 2014

    Tax dispute deal takes toll on Vale

    Vale, the world’s largest iron ore producer, posted its biggest quarterly loss since it went public in 1997 after settling a...

  4. January 28, 2014

    China smog crackdown boosts high-grade iron ore

    Will seaborne supply growth overwhelm Chinese steel production? Or will it manage to keep pace? These have been key...

  5. January 13, 2014

    Iron ore holds firm in face of weak China steel outlook

    Iron ore held firm but remained close to a five-month low because of concerns about weak demand from Chinese steel mills....

  6. December 30, 2013

    Vale: mud and iron

    The iron ore price was surprisingly high in the latter half of this year: about $130 a tonne. Good for Vale, the Brazilian...

  7. MBA blog

    December 5, 2013

    Reflections from Brazil

    I’m just back from a trip to Brazil with 15 of my IMD MBA classmates and I wanted to paint my own picture of this...

  8. beyondbrics

    December 5, 2013

    Brazil's development bank heads for Africa

    The BNDES, Brazil’s government-owned development bank, will open its first Africa office on Friday in South Africa’s...

  9. December 4, 2013

    Anchors finally away for Chinese Australian mine

    CITIC Pacific, the Chinese conglomerate, has finally loaded its maiden shipment of iron ore from its Australian venture –...

  10. December 3, 2013

    Rio Tinto: iron discipline

    Even Mexican drug cartels mine iron ore these days. The authorities there recently confirmed that illegal exports to China...

  11. beyondbrics

    November 28, 2013

    New York headlines

    * Brazil raises benchmark rate to double digits * Ukraine casts shadow over EU summit * Japan and S Korea flout China air...

  12. November 28, 2013

    Vale to pay $9.6bn to end tax dispute

    Vale has agreed to pay Brazilian authorities R$22.3bn ($9.6bn) to settle a decade-long dispute over back taxes, bringing an...

  13. November 17, 2013

    Vale offered chance to settle $14bn tax dispute

    An overhaul of Brazil’s tax amnesty scheme is set to allow Vale to almost halve a $14bn claim against it while potentially...

  14. November 14, 2013

    Ave atque Vale

    If it ain’t iron ore, get out. The more Vale, the world’s biggest exporter of the stuff, plays to this theme, the more...

  15. November 12, 2013

    Tumbling prices leave Mendoza potash mine in limbo

    It was a sign of how bad things had become. In May, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, Brazil’s charismatic former president who is...

  16. November 7, 2013

    Brazil’s Vale rises on Chinese demand

    Vale, the world’s second-largest miner by volumes, posted its first quarterly profit increase in more than two years as...

  17. beyondbrics

    November 6, 2013

    Vale Q3 gets a China boost

    Who loves China? Vale certainly does The rebound seen in the Chinese economy during the third quarter has provided a much...

  18. November 6, 2013

    Guinea demands clarity on Steinmetz role

    Guinea has demanded more information on Beny Steinmetz’s personal involvement in the acquisition of mining assets worth $5bn...

  19. 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...

  20. October 21, 2013

    Guinea corruption probe advances but wait for Simandou goes on

    Beny Steinmetz, the Israeli billionaire, was interviewed by Swiss prosecutors last week as part of an investigation into...

  21. October 18, 2013

    China launches first iron ore contract

    China launched its first iron ore contract on Friday, for the first time providing local steel mills a way to hedge their...

  22. 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 –...

  23. September 19, 2013

    Vale to sell logistics unit stake to Mitsui

    Brazil’s Vale is to sell a 20 per cent stake in its logistics unit VLI to Mitsui of Japan for R$1.51bn ($691m) as part of a...

  24. September 18, 2013

    Ferrexpo buys $80m stake in Brazil’s Ferrous Resources

    London-listed iron ore miner Ferrexpo has paid $80m for a 14.4 per cent stake in Brazilian mining group Ferrous Resources,...

  25. September 11, 2013

    Mining: Hazards of the frontier

    Until early last year, Anglo-Australian miner Rio Tinto had ambitious plans to ship coal down the Zambezi by barge from its...

  26. August 27, 2013

    Potash: no going back

    It’s just one damn thing after another in the fertiliser business. Uralkali, the world’s biggest potash producer, pulled out...

  27. August 14, 2013

    Brazil’s woes cast shadow over IPOs

    Prospects for heightened activity in Brazil’s equity capital markets have darkened as a promising start to 2013 has given...

  28. August 13, 2013

    Iron ore rally is boon for mining industry

    Iron ore prices rose above $140 a tonne on Tuesday, their highest level in five months, as the Chinese steel industry moved...

  29. August 10, 2013

    Accounting rules help Petrobras report profit

    Petrobras, Brazil’s state-controlled oil company, posted net income of R$6.2bn ($2.7bn) in the second quarter after new...

  30. beyondbrics

    August 8, 2013

    New York headlines

    * China trade shows signs of recovery * Asian stocks still in the doldrums; China data looms * China fines milk formula...

  31. beyondbrics

    August 8, 2013

    London headlines

    * Asian stocks still in the doldrums; China data looms * China fines milk formula makers in pricing probe * Rajan dusts off...

  32. August 8, 2013

    Weak real dents Vale profits

    Profits at Vale, the world’s largest producer of iron ore, plunged more than 80 per cent in the second quarter after...

  33. August 6, 2013

    Eike Batista: Reversal of fortune

    The farmland around São João da Barra is characterised by low-lying restinga scrubland interspersed with pineapple and sugar...

  34. July 22, 2013

    US banks now worth double Brics resource groups

    A stark shift in investor sentiment in global equity markets has accelerated this year with a widening gulf between the...

  35. July 16, 2013

    Rio Tinto raises full-year copper output guidance

    Rio Tinto has increased its full-year copper production guidance by 25,000 tonnes after making swifter-than-expected...

  36. July 2, 2013

    Brazilian stocks set to reap protest dividend

    Outside Brazil’s Maracanã stadium, where the home team defeated Spain in the final of the Confederations Cup on Sunday...

  37. June 26, 2013

    Rio Tinto suspends use of Mozambique rail line

    Rio Tinto has suspended using the vital rail line that it and other mining companies operating in Mozambique rely on to...

  38. June 26, 2013

    Commodities traders call end of ‘supercycle’

    The commodities “supercycle” is dead. If anyone was still in doubt about whether the era of ever-rising prices driven by...

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