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August 13, 2014
12:22 EDTCLF, VALE, RIO, BHPIron ore prices at lowest level in months, Business Spectator says
Iron ore prices have fallen to their lowest levels in months as investors become concerned over the strength of the Chinese economy, says Business Spectator. The latest move down in prices comes as oversupply continues and demand in China softens, added Business Spectator. Publicly traded companies in the space include Vale (VALE), BHP Billiton (BHP), Rio Tinto (RIO), and Cliffs Natural (CLF). Reference Link
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October 6, 2015
10:22 EDTVALE, RIO, BHPBoard cut, unit review push Freeport shares higher
Shares of copper producer Freeport-McMoRan (FCX) are rallying in morning trading after the company announced plans to review strategic alternatives for its oil and gas business. The company also said it would shrink its board to nine members. WHAT'S NEW: Freeport-McMoRan said this morning that it is reviewing strategic alternatives for its oil and gas business, FM O&G, amid a tumble in commodity prices. In a statement, Freeport said it is studying options for achieving self-funding of the oil and gas unit. FM O&G's "high quality asset base, substantial underutilized Deepwater Gulf of Mexico infrastructure, large inventory of low risk development opportunities and talented and experienced personnel and management team provide alternatives to generate value," it wrote. A previously disclosed potential initial public offering of a minority interest in the oil and gas business remains an alternative for future consideration, the company said. The copper producer said that other alternatives under consideration include a spinoff of the company's oil and gas business to shareholders, joint venture arrangements and further spending reductions. In addition to the FM O&G news, Freeport-McMoRan also announced this morning that it reduced the size of its board of directors from 16 to nine members. These actions, the company said, follow "constructive discussions with many of its largest shareholders." The company said five directors have left the FCX board and have been appointed to the FM O&G board, with James Flores named FM O&G Chairman; Flores remains FM O&G's chief executive officer. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Freeport-McMoRan said earlier this year it would consider selling as much as 20% of its oil and gas unit in an IPO. In June, Chief Financial Officer Kathleen Quirk said the company would likely sell less than 20%, since keeping 80% of the unit would provide the company with some tax advantages. Activist investor Carl Icahn raised his stake in Freeport-McMoRan to 8.8% from 8.46% on September 18. Icahn told CNBC on September 30 that it was "right to expect" that he would get involved with the copper producer. Icahn said that too much copper is being produced now, depressing its price, but believes copper will turn in the future. PRICE ACTION: Freeport-McMoRan rose 6.26% to $11.88 in morning trading. Shares are down over 49% year to date. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other major integrated mining companies include Rio Tinto (RIO), BHP Billiton (BHP) and Vale S.A. (VALE).
October 5, 2015
10:16 EDTCLFBofa/Merrill global metals/mining analysts hold analyst/industry conference call
U.S. Metals, Mining & Steel Analyst Tanners, European Metals, Mining & Steel Analyst Ekblom, Russian Metals, Mining & Steel Analyst Faritov and LatAm Metals, Mining & Steel Analyst Lofiego, along with Sebastian Lewis, Editorial Director-China of Platts, review market conditions in key regions and discusses recent price moves in iron ore, met coat and steel on an Analyst/Industry conference call to be held on October 8 at 9 am.
October 4, 2015
16:11 EDTBHPBHP Billiton may postpone fundraising plans, Sunday Times says
BHP Billiton may postpone its hybrid bond fundraising efforts amid unfavorable market volatility, reports the Sunday Times, citing market sources. The company had hoped to price the bond this week, but could announce as early as Monday that it will delay its plans, sources told the Times. Reference Link
October 2, 2015
12:22 EDTRIORio Tinto upgraded to Buy from Hold at Societe Generale
12:19 EDTBHPBHP Billiton downgraded to Hold from Buy at Societe Generale
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12:07 EDTVALEVale management to meet with Jefferies
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07:16 EDTBHPBHP Billiton volatility flat, shares near seven-year low
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September 30, 2015
10:00 EDTCLFBofa/Merrill global metals/mining analysts hold analyst/industry conference call
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05:41 EDTRIORio Tinto agrees for sale of 40% interest in Bengalla JV for $606M
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September 29, 2015
07:30 EDTCLFCliffs Natural volatility at upper end of 52-week range
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07:04 EDTVALEVale volatility at upper end of 52-week range
Vale 30-day option implied volatility is at 94; compared to its 52-week range of 34 to 94, suggesting large price movement.
06:07 EDTVALEVale cuts dividend, reflecting weaker commodity prices
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September 28, 2015
07:01 EDTBHPBHP Billiton volatility flat as shares near seven-year low
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September 24, 2015
05:08 EDTCLFStocks with implied volatility movement; SIRI CLF
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September 23, 2015
06:58 EDTBHPBHP Billiton volatility up as shares near seven-year low
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06:04 EDTBHPBHP Billiton now sees FY16 CapEx $8.5B
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06:02 EDTBHPBHP Billiton says paid $7.3B globally in taxes in FY15
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