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BHP continues to write down it's fossil fuel assets cutting up to $1.6 billion from the value of its Mt Arthur thermal coal mine in the Hunter Valley. BHP sold its U.S. shale assets to Britain's oil major BP for $10.5 billion in 2018 selling off "non-core and we are actively pursuing options to exit these assets for value".

Iron ore prices have continued to rise sharply following ongoing Chinese industrial output, Prices for iron ore cargoes with a 63.5% iron content for delivery into Tianjin jumped to $172 per tonne in the third week of January. The highest level since October of 2011. At the same time Rio Tinto saw a 2.4% rise in Q4 iron ore shipments.

Goldman Sachs, America's largest investment bank reported much stronger than expected fourth quarter earnings before the bell Tuesday. Revenue at all four of $GS businesses rose in the quarter with trading adding the most, jumping 23% to $4.3 billion

Bank of America reported better than expected fourth quarter earnings before the bell Tuesday and announced a $2.9 billion share buyback plan for Q1, the maximum allowed under Federal Reserve regulations. $BAC followed Citigroup $C JPMorgan Chase $JPM. Wells Fargo $WFC reporting

Environmental and Byproduct services provider Charah Solutions was awarded a marketing contract by Dominion Energy $D for the beneficiation and utilization of up to 8.1 million tons of reclaimed ponded coal ash. $CHRA opened up over 20% on the announcement.

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