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Whitehaven urges NSW to keep hands off coal cash cow

Whitehaven will report a 15-fold increase in earnings but warned NSW politicians they could kill future investment if they match Queensland’s coal royalty raise.

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  • Peter Ker

Soaring rare earths prices ease Lynas’ water problems

An unreliable water supply has once again hit Lynas’ Malaysian business, but the doubling of rare earths prices has papered over the cracks

  • Peter Ker
Elon Musk’s Tesla buys lithium from a Chinese company that is exploring for minerals in Xinjiang.

Lithium giant’s link to slave labour region puts Tesla in spotlight

The deepening connection between Ganfeng Lithium and China’s controversial Xinjiang region is set to draw more scrutiny from investors and consumers.

  • David Stringer and Annie Lee
Queensland Treasurer Cameron Dick said coal companies were experiencing record profits.

Coal miners mull Queensland class action

Some members of the Queensland coal sector want to test the state’s new royalty regime in court, but others fear it will be a waste of time and effort.

  • Peter Ker
Iron ore stockpiles in China continue to mount.

Miners embark on tough reporting season as commodities slump

Investors have been warned to trim their exposure to the mining sector as iron ore’s slump to double figures underscored a broader commodity crunch.

  • Peter Ker

This Month

China’s COVID crisis is weighing on iron ore prices.

China’s property, banking pain has iron ore in a bear squeeze

COVID-19 is slowing China’s economy and sparking crises in its property sector, weighing on iron ore prices just as the big miners see costs rise. 

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  • James Thomson

Rio bearish on global economy as costs rise, commodity prices slump

Rio’s profit margins are rapidly contracting, with production costs rising as another big commodity price slump pushes iron ore to the brink of double figures.

  • Peter Ker

Queensland coal royalty increase will scare investors away: BHP

BHP Minerals Australia president Edgar Basto says the state government’s decision to increase coal royalties is a step backward that will damage future resource investments.

  • Mark Ludlow

Taylor Collison launches Heavy Rare Earths IPO; cornerstones locked

Taylor Collison is towing WA explorer Heavy Rare Earths to the ASX boards, with its mining investors Martin Holland and David Hannon expected to top up their existing shareholdings.

  • Jessica Sier, Sarah Thompson, Kanika Sood and Anthony Macdonald
The Tianqi lithium hydroxide plant at Kwinana, south of Perth.

China’s Tianqi Lithium slumps in biggest Hong Kong debut of 2022

Tianqi’s Hong Kong listing caps a major turnaround for the part owner of the Kwinana lithium refinery, after a debt crisis just two years ago.

  • Filipe Pacheco and Annie Lee
Crosses serve as commemorations of those killed in the Samarco dam disaster in the now-deserted village of Bento Rodrigues, Brazil.

English court gives green light for $8.8b class action against BHP

The claimaints have overturned the resources giant’s earlier victory in the long stoush over the 2015 Samarco dam disaster. The lawsuit can proceed, unless BHP appeals.

  • Hans van Leeuwen

This CEO made $250m in lithium. Here’s where he’s investing next

Neometals CEO Chris Reed made just under $250 million from a $2 million dollar investment in lithium mining. Now he’s betting on an even bigger opportunity.

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  • Peter Ker and Lap Phan

The Stock Swami case could be Twitter’s moment of truth

The social media giant is at the centre of a Sydney court case that could provide guidance on its role as a platform for those commenting on public companies.

  • Tony Boyd

Russia weighs $88b metals merger as defence against sanctions

The initial proposal, which would create a company with a combined value of about $US60 billion – similar to Glencore – came from Rusal management.

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Street Talk

WA nickel play Estrella Resources rattles tin for funding

Nickel play Estrella Resources is trying to make the most of a quiet time in equity markets,.

  • Anthony Macdonald, Sarah Thompson and Kanika Sood
Lithium billionaire Julio Ponce Lerou became chairman of SQM in 1987 and continued building up his stake.

Lithium King’s $5b fortune under threat

Augusto Pinochet’s former son-in-law got rich with miner SQM, but scrutiny of the industry by Chile’s new government could threaten his recent windfall.

  • Blake Schmidt and James Attwood
Rio Tinto has held rights to Simandou since 1997.

Guinea halts Simandou iron ore project, mulls talks with new partners

Rio Tinto’s Guinea subsidiary and Chinese-backed consortium Winning Consortium Simandou have shown a “lack of willingness” to work on a partnership, the mines minister said.

Genesis Minerals wants to tuck in behind Newcerst Mining, Northern Star and Evolution as the top of the mid-cap Australian gold miners.

Stokes, Northern Star back Genesis Minerals’ consolidation strategy

Saracen Mineral 2.0’s up and running at Genesis Minerals. 

  • Anthony Macdonald, Sarah Thompson and Kanika Sood

Jacques warns miners could face ‘nightmare’ cost squeeze

Fading commodity prices and soaring costs could soon deliver a nightmare scenario for miners, according to former Rio boss Jean-Sebastien Jacques.

  • Peter Ker
Raleigh Finlayson wants his new company Genesis Minerals to repeat the success he had with gold miner Saracen.

Genesis gets Dacian, St Barbara next target; $100m raising launches

Genesis Minerals has pulled the trigger on consolidation in Western Australia’s northern goldfields, starting with Dacian Gold and potentially moving on to St Barbara Mining. 

  • Anthony Macdonald, Sarah Thompson and Kanika Sood