Australia October Trade Surplus AUD+11.22bn With Exports Lower on Iron Ore Prices

Australia posted a trade surplus of A$11.22 billion in October exceeding expectations for a surplus of A$11.0 billion. It was the smallest trade surplus since May, amid softening global demand as more countries battled with a resurgence of coronavirus infections. Follows a downwardly revised A$11.82 billion trade surplus in September (from A$12.243 billion). Exports fell 3.0% m/m or A$1.491 billion to A$43.053 billion. Goods were down 3.0% and services fell 6.0% Imports also slipped 3.0 percent on month or A$887 … Continue reading “Australia October Trade Surplus AUD+11.22bn With Exports Lower on Iron Ore Prices”

Rio Tinto Lowers 2021 Iron Ore Shipments Forecast on Tight Western Australian Labor Market

Australian mining giant Rio Tinto Group (RIO) on Friday reduced its 2021 Pilbara iron ore shipments forecast as the COVID lockdowns, Supply crunch were further hampered by a tighter labour market in Western Australia. These have all led to a delay of the completion of a new greenfield mine at Gudai-Darri.

Bloomberg Commodity Spot Index Soars To Record Highs With Food and Energy Crisis

A key guage of Commodities prices which tracks 23 energy, metals and crop futures contracts continued to surge higher over record highs set in 2011. Incredibly since hitting a four-year low in March 2020 the index has surged more than 90%.

Iron Ore The World’s Most Volatile Commodity and Not About To Slow Down

Iron ore has been a clear leader from the early days of the raw materials rally. It is also the most volatile. Volatility is fed by the ongoing trade war between the world’s biggest producer of iron ore, Australia and one of the biggest users, China.

BHP Shows Perfect Timing With Iron Ore at Record Highs Production Starts At South Flank Mine

Australian mining giant BHP is in sync to replace diminishing iron ore output from it’s existing Yandi mine which is nearing the end of its life. The first ore from its $4.6 billion South Flank mine in the Pilbara, WA was mined this month. 

BHP Writes Down Australian Thermal Coal Mine $1.6 Billion

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”.

Rio Tinto Reaps Rewards as iron Ore Prices Hit Nine Year High

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.

Australian Mining Productivity and Safety Soars With Driverless Iron Ore Trains

The much heralded driverless AutoHaul Iron Ore Trains have made their first delivery since Rio Tinto was approved for autonomous delivery back in May at a cost of $940 million. The 280 km trip carrying 28,000 metric tons was completed Tuesday.