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      Talk of rebound in mining deals as valuations sink

      Tumbling commodity prices are aggravating the problems of cash-strapped mining groups and could spur a rebound in dealmaking...

    2. December 12, 2014

      Steinmetz’s mining group sues May and anti-fraud body

      The mining arm of Israeli billionaire Beny Steinmetz’s business empire has launched a legal challenge against the UK home...

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    1. December 9, 2014

      Mitsui invests $1bn in Vale’s Mozambique coal projects

      Mitsui has agreed to invest almost $1bn in Vale’s coal projects in Mozambique in a sign of Japan’s burgeoning interest in...

    2. December 3, 2014

      Vale: the family nickel

      Step one for the world’s biggest iron ore producer: pay $13bn for a nickel miner (for the diversification value, of course)....

    3. December 2, 2014

      Vale eyes $14bn base metals spin-off

      Vale is weighing a spin-off worth up to $14bn of part of its base metals division as slumping iron ore prices force the...

    4. December 2, 2014

      ‘Plan B’ puts Vale back in the driving seat – at a cost

      For Vale, the world’s largest producer of iron ore, its location in Brazil has always been both its greatest strength and...

    5. November 26, 2014

      Picking losers: trapped value, value traps

      It is not just Santa that tracks the naughty and the nice. At this time of year, fund managers sell their bad children,...

    6. November 7, 2014

      Vale inaugurates $1.4bn Malaysia port

      Vale, the Brazilian miner, has launched a bold assault on Australian rivals by opening a $1.4bn port terminal in Malaysia...

    7. 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 five-year...

    8. September 26, 2014

      Vale in deal with China Merchants Group to expand large ore fleet

      Brazilian miner Vale reached a deal on Friday to expand its fleet of extremely large ships for carrying iron ore, following...

    9. 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...

    10. September 10, 2014

      BSGR seeks halt to Guinea iron ore auction

      The mining arm of Beny Steinmetz’s family conglomerate has asked an international tribunal to block the government of...

    11. September 5, 2014

      Miners’ shares lag behind iron ore price plunge

      The commodities super cycle is not dead, proclaimed Ivan Glasenberg, the boss of trading house Glencore last month. Demand...

    12. July 25, 2014

      French businessman jailed for 2 years in Guinea mining case

      A French businessman who sought to obstruct a US investigation into an alleged bribery scheme to secure multibillion-dollar...

    13. July 16, 2014

      Boart Longyear: short life?

      Boart Longyear claims a history of 120 years. The company is the biggest producer and operator of the drills used by miners...

    14. 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...

    15. June 30, 2014

      Global capital expenditure by companies still stalling

      An expected pick-up in global capital investment by cash-rich companies has failed to materialise so far this year. Although...

    16. June 5, 2014

      BHP Billiton pins hopes on China energy demand

      BHP Billiton was counting on Chinese demand for energy and fertiliser to take up the slack as the steel sector softened, its...

    17. June 3, 2014

      Vale steels itself for changing times

      The helicopter circles over a range of verdant mountains in the Carajás National Forest, a park in Brazil’s Amazonian state...

    18. May 11, 2014

      Nickel: rebasing

      Here’s a mining pop quiz. Indonesia has in effect banned exports of raw minerals, for an indefinite period. That includes...

    19. May 8, 2014

      Volatile nickel surges to two-year high

      Nickel surged 6 per cent to a two-year high on Thursday on news of a mine shutdown in New Caledonia and positive trade data...

    20. May 7, 2014

      BSGR seeks arbitration against Guinea over loss of mining rights

      BSG Resources is preparing arbitration proceedings against Guinea’s president and government after the mining group had a...

    21. FT Photo Diary

      May 2, 2014

      Day of the Spiritual Indoctrinator celebrations

      Ueslei Marcelino/Reuters Worshippers attend the Day of the Spiritual Indoctrinator celebrations at the Vale do Amanhecer...

    22. May 1, 2014

      Rio Tinto and Vale step up battle over Guinean deposit

      Rio Tinto’s lawsuit claiming Vale cheated it out of billions of dollars adds to the conflicting accounts of the battle over...

    23. May 1, 2014

      Vale/Rio Tinto: Simandou blues

      A visit to the Conakry Novotel will have an extra special frisson from now on, that’s for sure. Rio Tinto, the world’s...

    24. April 30, 2014

      Rio Tinto sues Vale and BSGR over Guinea mine controversy

      Rio Tinto is suing Vale and BSG Resources, alleging the rival mining groups were part of a conspiracy to steal its rights to...

    25. April 30, 2014

      Vale earnings hit by demand slowdown

      Supply has exceeded demand in the iron ore market for the first time in 10 years on the back of a slowdown in demand from...

    26. April 27, 2014

      Vale considers action after iron ore rights revoked

      Vale is weighing legal action after Guinea formally cancelled multi-billion-dollar iron ore rights that the Brazilian mining...

    27. 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...

    28. 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...

    29. 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...

    30. 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...

    31. 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...

    32. 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...

    33. 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....

    34. 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...

    35. 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...

    36. 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...

    37. 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 –...

    38. 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...

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