Copper Stock Articles

Rio Tinto sells its Blair Athol coal mine for less than a bus ticket

Jul. 4, 2016, 3:58 AM / Cecilia Jamasmie

Rio Tinto (ASX, LON:RIO) is selling its interest in Blair Athol coal mine to a small Australian miner for just US$0.75 (A$1), as part of the world's second largest miner's strategy to offload unprofitable assets and focus mostly on copper, a plan being carried out by the firm's brand-new CEO, Jean-S?(C)bastien Jacques.Buyer TerraCom (ASX: TER) said that as part of the deal it would also receive...Read More

Global mining equipment market to reach $156 billion by 2022 - report

Jul. 4, 2016, 12:30 AM / Editor

The global mining equipment market is expected to garner $156 billion by 2022, increasing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 7.9% during 2016 - 2022, a new report published by Allied Market Research shows.According to the study, titled "World Mining Equipment Market - Opportunities and Forecasts, 2015 - 2022", the Asia-Pacific region accounted for the highest revenue of over $50 billion...Read More

World's largest copper mine output, profit plummeted in Q1

Jul. 1, 2016, 3:44 AM / Cecilia Jamasmie

Output at Chile's Escondida, the world's largest copper mine, fell in the first three months of 2016 causing profits to sink 47% to $265 million compared to the same period last year, among weak prices for the industrial metal.The mine, co-owned by BHP Billiton (57.5%) and rival Rio Tinto (30%), produced 265,597 tonnes in the period, or 23% less than the 347.125 tonnes it generated in Q1 2015, C...Read More

Rio Tinto exits PNG, gives away copper-gold mine with $51bn in reserves

Jul. 1, 2016, 12:10 AM / Cecilia Jamasmie

Mining giant Rio Tinto (LON, ASX:RIO) has given away a 54% stake in a Papua New Guinean copper and gold mine, which has reserves estimated to be worth $51 billion.The decision to hand back the shares in its subsidiary Bougainville Copper Limited (ASX:BOC) to an independent trustee, follows a company review of the asset that was triggered by the Bouganville government's pressure to restart mining...Read More

Newmont selling Indonesian unit for $1.3 billion

Jun. 30, 2016, 3:48 AM / Cecilia Jamasmie

Newmont Mining (NYSE:NEM) said Thursday is selling its 48.5% stake in PT Newmont Nusa Tenggara, the operator of its Batu Hijau copper and gold mine in Indonesia, for $1.3 billion to PT Amman Mineral Internasional.The amount, said the Denver-based miner, is comprised of cash proceeds of $920 million expected to be paid at closing and contingent payments of up to $403 million.Newmont has been see...Read More

Cautiously optimistic about nickel price

Jun. 29, 2016, 11:33 AM / Frik Els

Base metals have enjoyed a solid 2016 so far with only lead (-3%) in negative territory for the year. While the likes of zinc (+28%) and tin (+16%) have rallied and steelmaking raw materials iron ore (+24%) and coking coal (+12%) have come back strongly, nickel remains stuck in the doldrums.On the LME nickel jumped back above $9,000 on Wednesday, but hasn't been in five-digit territory for near...Read More

Kinross eyes expansions at its new gold mines in Nevada

Jun. 29, 2016, 8:59 AM / Cecilia Jamasmie

Canada's Kinross (TSX:G) (NYSE:KGC), the world's fifth largest gold producer, believes it can increase reserves at its Bald Mountain and Round Mountain mines, which it acquired from Barrick Gold (TSX, NYSE:ABX) late last year.The company, which is looking to strengthen its portfolio in North America, has increased its exploration budget for the year by 50% to $9 million as "promising results" at...Read More

Latin America the world's most dangerous place for environmental activists

Jun. 29, 2016, 6:00 AM / Cecilia Jamasmie

More environmentalists were murdered in Latin America in 2015 than anywhere else in the world, with anti-mining causes costing the most lives, a report by Global Witness shows.According to the UK-based organization, which campaigns against natural resource-related conflict and corruption, the region recorded the highest number of conservationist murders -122 out of a total of 185.Brazil took the l...Read More

Mining veteran takes helm for Tintina's home stretch

Jun. 28, 2016, 3:52 PM / CEO.CA

He's only been on the job as Tintina Resources CEO for two weeks, but John Shanahan brings a wealth of experience in Montana mining that spans operations and development.The mining veteran was brought onboard to take Tintina and its high-grade Black Butte Copper Project through the home stretch of permitting and development. He replaces Bruce Hooper, who is returning to Australia's Sandfire Resour...Read More

Copper is soaring, hits 7-week high

Jun. 28, 2016, 4:39 AM / Cecilia Jamasmie

Copper prices soared to a seven-week high on Tuesday morning in London driven by growing expectations of monetary stimulus, a weakening US dollar and slightly more steady global markets.Britain's decision to leave the European Union won't have major long-term implications on the copper market, say analysts, unless it triggers a complete fall apart of the EU.The London Metal Exchange's three-mo...Read More

BHP hikes exploration spending, to focus mostly on copper, oil

Jun. 27, 2016, 3:57 AM / Cecilia Jamasmie

World's No. 1 mining company BHP Billiton (ASX, NYSE:BHP) (LON:BLT) will raise its annual exploration spending by 29%, allocating nearly all its $900 million budget to finding new copper and oil deposits, which the miner has singled out as the key resources that will bolster its future growth.The budget increase comes despite the Melbourne-based mining giant's decision to cut overall capital expe...Read More

Mount Polley mine receives authorization for return to normal operations

Jun. 24, 2016, 3:08 PM / Marketwired

Vancouver - June 23, 2016 | Imperial Metals Corporation ("Imperial" or "Company") (III-TSX) reports that the Ministry of Energy and Mines and the Ministry of Environment have issued the necessary authorizations to allow Mount Polley Mine ("Mount Polley") to return to normal operations making use of its repaired and buttressed Tailings Storage Facility ("TSF").Over the past two years the management...Read More

Copper stocks deep into red as gold miners surge

Jun. 24, 2016, 12:54 PM / Frik Els

It was a tale of two markets on Friday as the shares of diversified mining majors were dumped and gold stocks surged after the UK's vote to leave the European union wreaked havoc on financial and commodity markets.In massive volumes in afternoon trade on Friday gold futures in New York for delivery in August, the most active contract, was priced at $1,321 an ounce after earlier in the day peak...Read More

Brexit: Gold, metals, markets react as Britain chooses to leave the EU

Jun. 24, 2016, 3:30 AM / Cecilia Jamasmie

British citizens have dealt the world's political, financial and business scenes quite a blow by voting to leave the European Union, a historic decision set to bring uncertainty as it reverses all past efforts of integration on which the old continent's stability has rested upon in recent years.The unexpected 52% to 48% result of the referendum in favour of the exiting option drove Prime Minister...Read More

Molybdenum price is on a tear

Jun. 23, 2016, 4:16 PM / Frik Els

While base metals have enjoyed a good 2016 so far with only lead (-5%) in negative territory for the year and the likes of zinc (+27%) and tin (+18%) entering bull markets, molybdenum is making a star turn.A metric tonne of molybdenum on the London Metal Exchange fetched $16,500 on Thursday after customs data from China showed imports of concentrate and oxides surged 131% in May. Over the first f...Read More

The world's 50 most valuable mining companies

Jun. 21, 2016, 3:55 PM / Frik Els

WE HAVE UPDATED THE RANKING - CLICK HERE FOR THE NEW TOP 50 MINING COMPANIES As with most rankings, the 13th annual study by PwC of the world's 40 biggest miners elicited a lot of discussion. Following on this debate asked our sister organization IntelligenceMine to compile a new list and to update the rankings to take into account the big swings in market valuations and commodity pri...Read More

Are copper and China set to rally?

Jun. 21, 2016, 1:27 PM / The Gold Report

Technical analyst and newsletter writer Clive Maund explores the link between an anticipated copper rally and an upswing in Chinese markets.In marked contrast to gold, copper looks to be set up for a sizable rally here. On its one-year chart we can see that after its significant drop during May and early June, it is down on an important support level that is certainly capable of generating a rally...Read More

Rio Tinto may be planning a $9bn spinoff a la BHP

Jun. 21, 2016, 10:27 AM / Cecilia Jamasmie

Together with announcing a major management reshuffle and division reorganization, Rio Tinto (ASX, LON:RIO) revived Tuesday rumours of an incoming $9 billion BHP-style spinoff.Soon-to-be Rio's chief executive, Jean-S?(C)bastien Jacques, overhauled the group business divisions, leaving its least loved units - coal, uranium salt, borates and its Iron Ore Co. of Canada - under a new umbrella branded...Read More

Rio Tinto to boot iron ore chief in fresh management shake-up

Jun. 21, 2016, 4:03 AM / Cecilia Jamasmie

Rio Tinto's iron ore will now focus only on the firm's operations in the Pilbara region of Western Australia. Image of the Paraburdoo operation, in the Pilbara, courtesy of Rio Tinto)Ten days before officially assuming as the new chief executive officer of Rio Tinto (ASX, LON:RIO), Jean-S?(C)bastien Jacques has begun making major changes at the top level in an effort to improve the company's balan...Read More

Australian mining industry cautioned to protect their assets

Jun. 17, 2016, 10:00 AM / GlobalX Legal Solutions

The Australian mining industry is exposing themselves to the unnecessary risk of losing multi-million dollar assets, according to leading legal experts. Despite only taking several minutes online, and costing less than the morning newspaper and cup of coffee, many Australian businesses are failing to protect their legal rights of ownership.The Personal Properties Securities Register (PPSR), a sing...Read More

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