Tag Archives: BHP Billiton

How Big Iron’s mistake cost you billions

Michael Sainsbury As the iron ore price stopped plunging this week — it closed last night at US$47.60, up a measly 30 cents and only a couple of bucks off its 10-year low, and the simple rules of supply and demand dictate that it will slump again — a fresh roadblock has appeared in the way of Australian producers. The

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Fortescue’s future uncertain after Twiggy’s failed debt financing

Michael Sainsbury Fortescue Metals Group’s share price is down again — and there is no relief in sight. The sheer ineptitude of Fortescue Metals Group — ably advised by Swiss investment bank Credit Suisse, it’s well worth noting — failing not once, but twice, in two weeks to tap the markets for US$2.3 billion not only beggars belief, but raises serious

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BHP hopes productivity push can offset price slump

Michael Sainsbury As the global commodities cycle crashes with a reverberating thud, undercapitalised mining and energy companies are collapsing, mines are being closed to shore up cash flows and startup projects are being put on indefinite hold. After a decade in which prices and demand seemed destined to move ever upward, the slump is now

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BHP says price to stay below $100 for foreseeable future

Michael Sainsbury Australia’s BHP Billiton, one of the world’s biggest mining companies, expects the price of iron ore to stay below $100 per metric ton for the foreseeable future, following a fall of nearly 50% this year. Two top executives from BHP Billiton, Jimmy Wilson, president of iron ore at left, and Mike Henry, president

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Chinese economy sneezes, Australian miners catch a bad cold

Michael Sainsbury China’s economy is slowing, and its housing market is in the toilet. While Treasury forecasts suggest everything is fine, underneath the surface the cracks are beginning to show. China’s economic growth in the third quarter was 7.3%  compared with the same time last year — its worst since 2009 — amid a continued downturn in the property

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