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BHP seeks approval for $50m US pact over fatal Brazil dam burst

By: Reuters     20th September 2018 BHP Billiton has asked a US judge to approve a $50-million settlement of claims that it fraudulently inflated its share price by overstating its ability to manage safety risks before a fatal 2015 dam burst at a Brazilian mine. The Anglo-Australian mining company's preliminary settlement of... 

Vale's iron-ore output will rise only if prices increase – CEO

By: Reuters     27th August 2018 The CEO of Brazil's Vale SA, the world's largest iron-ore producer, said in an interview published on Sunday that the company would ramp up annual production to 450-million tonnes only when prices rise. Vale CEO Fabio Schvartsman told the Estado de S. Paulo newspaper the company would only... 

Brazil's Samarco mine unlikely to restart in 2019 -BHP

By: Reuters     21st August 2018 There is little likelihood that Brazil's Samarco iron ore mine, a joint venture between Vale SA and BHP Billiton, will restart operations next year even though it expects to have all of the required licenses, a BHP spokesman said on Tuesday. The statement confirmed comments made by another BHP... 

Russian miners explore payment schemes eschewing dollar

By: Reuters     15th August 2018 Two of Russia's biggest mining companies said on Wednesday they were investigating rouble-based payments schemes, amid calls from Moscow to reduce the role of the US dollar in Russian trade and so limit the impact of US sanctions. The Kremlin said on Monday that Russia favoured bilateral trade... 

BHP says Brazil court approves Samarco settlement

By: Reuters     10th August 2018 Mining heavyweight BHP said on Thursday a federal court in the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais approved an agreement between miner Samarco and Brazil authorities, marking a milestone in the legal battle over a deadly 2015 dam failure. A 20-billion reais ($5.- billion) lawsuit against Samarco,... 

Brazil mining exports to rise 2.5% in 2018 – Ibram

By: Reuters     6th August 2018 Brazil's mineral exports are expected to rise 2.5% in 2018 compared with the previous year to 410-million tonnes, as investment in the sector is projected to grow, industry group Ibram said on Friday. By value, mineral exports are expected to increase to $30-billion from $28.37-billion last... 

Vale posts rise in second-quarter profit

By: Reuters     25th July 2018 Brazil's Vale SA, the world's largest iron ore producer, posted a rise in second-quarter net income, results showed on Wednesday. The miner said profit in the second quarter rose to 306-million reais ($82.96-million) from 60-million reais in the same period a year earlier. However, the figure... 

Japan's Mitsui may raise its stake in Vale – executive

By: Reuters     6th July 2018 Japanese trading house Mitsui & Co may boost its stake in Brazil's Vale SA if other shareholders sell part of their holdings, a senior executive said, giving it greater influence over the iron ore giant's management. Several Brazilian pension funds and BNDESPar, the investment arm of state... 

Huge Brazil tax liability slows sale of funds' Vale stakes – sources

By: Reuters     29th June 2018 A potential tax liability in the billions of dollars is delaying the sale of major stakes in miner Vale SA by Brazil's largest pension funds, according to two sources with knowledge of the matter. Discussions over the tax issue are prolonging when and how pension funds are going to unload their... 

Samarco is said to be nearing settlement with Brazil prosecutors

By: Bloomberg     15th June 2018 After a year of back and forth, the owners of the idle Samarco iron-ore mine are close to signing a definitive settlement with Brazilian prosecutors that will clear the way for restart preparations and debt talks to begin, according to people briefed on the matter. Joint venture partners Vale... 

Brazil pension fund Funcef still considering sale of Vale stake

By: Reuters     12th June 2018 Brazilian pension fund Funcef is still considering whether to sell its stake in mining company Vale SA but sees no immediate urgency to do so, its director Paulo Werneck said on Tuesday, as funds try to avoid putting pressure on Vale shares. Speaking to journalists on the sidelines of a... 

Vale signs $690m in cobalt deals with Wheaton, Cobalt 27

By: Bloomberg     11th June 2018 Vale SA reached agreements to sell future production of cobalt for $690-million upfront as producers look to capitalize on the battery-commodity boom to raise cash for investments. The deal includes $390-million from Wheaton Precious Metals and $300-million from Cobalt 27 Capital, the companies... 

Vale is said to reach $700m deal to sell cobalt output

By: Bloomberg     11th June 2018 Vale SA reached an agreement to sell future production of cobalt as battery makers look to shore up supply of the metal amid a nascent electric-vehicle boom, people with knowledge of the matter said. The deal is for about $700-million of cobalt produced at the Voisey’s Bay complex in Canada that... 

World's top iron shipper says China import boom to level off

By: Bloomberg     9th April 2018 The world’s largest iron-ore exporter delivered a mixed message on the outlook, raising near-term price forecasts, but combining that revision with a more somber message that China’s gargantuan imports are set to level off as steel production eases in the coming years. Iron-ore will average... 

First Cobalt buys Idaho explorer in race to tap battery boom

By: Bloomberg     15th March 2018 First Cobalt is seeking to speed up its timetable to begin producing cobalt, riding the wave of interest in the metal used in electric-vehicle batteries and smartphones. The Vancouver-based exploration company agreed to buy explorer US Cobalt, which has properties in Idaho, in an all-stock deal... 

Vale sails new 'green' ship in bid to cut rivals China advantage

By: Bloomberg     28th February 2018 Brazil’s Vale SA has sailed the first in a fleet of more efficient cargo vessels it’s using in a push to minimize the geographical advantage of its Australian rivals in sending iron ore to China. The Yuan He Hai is part of a second-generation line of Very Large Ore Carriers, known as VLOCS or... 

Vale Q4 profit rises but misses estimates on costs, forex

By: Reuters     28th February 2018 Brazilian iron-ore miner Vale SA's quarterly net income jumped by 47% but still badly missed analyst estimates, depressed by rising costs and foreign exchange related losses. 

What happens when China's steel curbs end? Here's BHP's take

By: Bloomberg     22nd February 2018 Steelmakers in China are about to get back to business full-time. When unprecedented winter supply curbs lapse in the coming weeks, BHP Billiton forecasts mills in the top producer will step up output, boosting run rates through the second quarter to make up for curtailments. The resumption will... 

Nornickel says palladium output may fall in 2018

By: Reuters     31st January 2018 Norilsk Nickel, the world's largest palladium producer, said on Wednesday its production of palladium could decline in 2018, while the output of nickel from Russian raw material would remain flat. Nornickel, part-owned by Russian tycoon Vladimir Potanin and aluminium giant Rusal, previously said... 

Top iron-ore miner threatens to flood market if prices jump

By: Bloomberg     7th December 2017 Vale SA has a somber message for anyone betting on iron-ore prices returning to the heady days of 2011. The world’s biggest producer of the steel-making ingredient is prepared to unleash as much as 50 -million metric tons of spare capacity to balance the market if prices get too high, CEO Fabio... 

Goldman sees iron-ore sinking to $50/t as supply expands again

By: Bloomberg     29th November 2017 Iron-ore will weaken next year as global supplies increase including from a new mine in Brazil at the same time that steel production risks topping out in China, according to Goldman Sachs Group, which expects prices to decline back toward $50 a metric ton. Futures fell. The raw material may... 

Volkswagen is said to step up bid for cobalt for electric cars

By: Bloomberg     23rd November 2017 Volkswagen AG is stepping up its hunt for long-term supplies of battery metals it will need to help power electric cars across its entire range. The top automaker invited producers and traders of cobalt, one of this year’s best-performing metals, for talks at its German headquarters this week,... 

BHP-Vale deal distances Brazil mine from $53bn in lawsuits

By: Bloomberg     19th November 2017 It came down to the wire, but BHP Billiton, Vale SA and their Samarco joint venture managed to close a deal with prosecutors that distances the companies from 175-billion reais ($53-billion) in lawsuits. Their lawyers filed documents late Thursday requesting that the presiding judge suspend two... 

Iron-ore sinks as 'peak steel' call, supply angst rattle market

By: Bloomberg     20th September 2017 Iron-ore has been dragged back into the $60s after getting hit by a barrage of bad news, with persistent concern about rising global supply, fresh questions about the outlook for demand in China, and a warning from Australia’s central bank that the top buyer may be nearing peak steel. The... 

Next Fortescue CEO to lead push beyond iron-ore cash machine

By: Bloomberg     15th September 2017 Nev Power’s successor as Fortescue Metals Group Ltd.’s top executive will be charged with leading the world’s fourth-largest iron ore exporter’s drive into new businesses. “We are going to look for and consider other opportunities, where other investors can join us,” chairperson and founder... 

Iron-ore's kings spend again as China just can't stop buying

By: Bloomberg     30th August 2017 The biggest iron ore producers in Australia are spending as much as $10-billion on mines so they can keep pumping out shipments to China as demand in their biggest customer shows little sign of easing. Led by Rio Tinto Group, the nation’s top three exporters plan to add about 170-million metric... 

Vale targeted in $4.8-million Brazil extortion attempt

By: Bloomberg     8th August 2017 While cyberattack extortion is in vogue the world over, in Brazil’s Amazon region old-school shakedowns are no thing of the past. A couple was arrested after allegedly unscrewing the bases of energy towers belonging to Vale SA near the city of Parauapebas and demanding as much as 15 million reais... 

Vale opening door to stock-market return after nine-year hiatus

By: Bloomberg     4th August 2017 The world’s biggest iron-ore miner is getting closer to snapping an equity-market drought that has stretched nine years. If its voluntary share-conversion is successful, Vale SA will be able to tap the stock market to fund investments rather than relying on debt, Chief Financial Officer Luciano... 

One-billion tons of iron-ore are headed to China's mills in 2017

By: Bloomberg     13th July 2017 Iron-ore imports by China this year are on course to exceed one-billion metric tons by a comfortable margin, breaking 2016’s record, after figures for the first half showed another jump in cargoes and highlighted the ability of the largest steelmaker to absorb rising seaborne supplies. Shipments... 

Paper trail on metal loans ended in fakes as banks lose millions

By: Bloomberg     4th July 2017 For all the high-tech wizardry of modern financial markets, there’s one corner of the commodity world that still depends almost entirely on printed paper – making it an easy target for crooks. Buyers and sellers of base metals like copper, aluminum and nickel use documents known as warehouse... 

Iron-ore outlook cut back by Morgan Stanley over rest of year

By: Bloomberg     27th June 2017 Iron-ore forecasts at Morgan Stanley have been chopped back for the remainder of the year, with the bank flagging prospects for rising low-cost production and the likelihood that the worldwide surplus will increase every year through to 2021. The commodity will average $50 a ton in the third... 

Iron seen in low-$40s by Citi as supply grows, demand peaks

By: Bloomberg     20th June 2017 Iron-ore may extend a slump into the low-$40s as supplies swell and demand reaches a short-term peak amid steel mill restarts and ramp-ups in China, according to Citigroup, which cut its forecasts by as much as 20% over the next year. The nadir in prices may occur in six to eight months, analysts... 

Cobalt upstarts eye Glencore's turf for electric car spoils

By: Bloomberg     9th June 2017 The race is on to supply more of the cobalt needed for batteries in the fast-growing market for electric vehicles -- and that means fresh competition for the big players Glencore Plc and the Democratic Republic of Congo. A pipeline of projects is looming in places including Australia, the US and... 

The hard-to-believe steel shortage that's unfolding in China

By: Bloomberg     5th June 2017 The world’s top steelmaker may have a shortage of steel. China has a lack of rebar, according to iron-ore miner Fortescue Metals Group, which says a shortfall of the key product helps to explain a divergence between the price of the commodity it digs up with the alloy it’s made into. There’s a... 

Anglo's future thrown in question as billionaire grabs stake

By: Bloomberg     16th March 2017 In its 100-year history, Anglo American Plc has endured commodities booms and busts, South African apartheid and bitter boardroom disputes. Now the British mining giant is threatened by the ambitions of Anil Agarwal, an Indian scrap-metal trader turned billionaire mining tycoon. In a surprise... 

Top iron miners' cash juggernaut set to survive price crash

By: Bloomberg     13th March 2017 The world’s biggest iron ore miners will be able to withstand the expected plunge in prices because their race to cut production costs has dramatically lowered the industry’s margin pressure point, allowing them to keep fueling a cash juggernaut that’s revived the mining sector. More than 90% of... 

Secret of the Kibali mine – flying people in and gold bars out

By: Bloomberg     6th March 2017 Randgold Resources had to haul heavy equipment more than 1 000 miles to build the roads and hydropower plants needed to construct its Kibali gold mine, the biggest in Democratic Republic of Congo. The sprawling facility in a remote corner of a country the size of Western Europe is a high-tech... 

Thirty-two tons a second shows China’s record iron appetite

By: Bloomberg     13th January 2017 Iron-ore imports by China surged to a record above one-billion metric tons last year as unexpectedly strong steel production and lower local mine output combined to fire up demand in the world’s top buyer for cargoes from Australia and Brazil, supporting a rebound in prices. Asia’s top economy... 

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