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  • Jan. 18, 2012, 9:48 AM
    BHP Billiton (BHP +1.5%) says it expects to mine record tonnages of iron ore this year, shrugging off predictions of slowing industrial activity in China, the largest market for the vast volumes of iron ore, copper, coal and other industrial minerals BHP mines worldwide. Full-year production is forecast to "marginally exceed" prior guidance of 159M metric tons.
    | Jan. 18, 2012, 9:48 AM | Comment!
  • Jan. 17, 2012, 11:09 AM
    More on China GDP: ANZ Bank's Nicholas Zhu visits a Chinese steel plant and reports back of a near-empty parking lot, work-shifts shortened to 5-day weeks, and just one blast furnace in operation. "Wire rods for use in the construction industry were piled up everywhere: inside a full warehouse at the riverbank, out in the open near wharfs and any empty space next to the factory floor." (see also)
    | Jan. 17, 2012, 11:09 AM | Comment!
  • Jan. 17, 2012, 9:25 AM
    Premarket gainers: VQ +50%. CNVO +48%. DNN +17%. PVX +15%. TSLA +15%. ISTA +11%. EK +10%. ING +8%. AEG +8%. FRO +8%. AVL +7%. QCOR +7%. BRD +6%. NBG +6%. RBS +6%. NOK +6%. TTM +5%. JASO +5%. MTL +4%. BHP +4%. SINA +4%. RIO +4%. ASML +4%. HMA +4%. WFR +4%. GMCR +3%. TSL +3%. HL +3%. AVNR +3%. HMY +3%. NDCO +3%. CLWR +3%. BIDU +3%. TOT +3%. BSBR +3%. BUD +3%. FCX +3%. CS +3%.
    Losers: CUK -16%. CCL -15%. KGC -8%. RCL -7%. C -5%. MTG -5%.
    | Jan. 17, 2012, 9:25 AM | Comment!
  • Jan. 16, 2012, 4:13 AM
    China launched its first physical iron ore trading platform today. As the world's biggest iron ore consumer, China has long believed it's entitled to a bigger say on prices, and is hoping the new platform (along with a new pricing index) will give it greater sway over the Big Three miners: Vale (VALE), BHP (BHP) and Rio Tinto (RIO).
    | Jan. 16, 2012, 4:13 AM | Comment!
  • Jan. 12, 2012, 12:10 PM
    Maybe even more than the commodities themselves, Chinese demand is causing a boom in Australian infrastructure needed to move the stuff. Planned projects will nearly double global coal trade over the next decade and add more than 50% to seaborne iron ore. "This is about the urbanization of India and China," says Leighton's (Oz's biggest builder) CEO.
    | Jan. 12, 2012, 12:10 PM | Comment!
  • Jan. 11, 2012, 4:49 AM
    A tropical cyclone bearing down on west Australia forces the closure of Port Hedland, the region's largest iron ore port, and several offshore oil fields. BHP (BHP), Fortescue (FSUMY.PK) and Rio Tinto (RIO) are among the firms that have halted work in the region.
    | Jan. 11, 2012, 4:49 AM | Comment!
  • Jan. 3, 2012, 9:00 AM
    Premarket gainers: RMBS +11%. NOK +8%. MT +8%. PCX +6%. TS +6%. ALU +6%. LOGI +6%. BHP +5%. BAK +5%. MU +5%. VALE +5%. RIO +5%. TEVA +5%. ANR +4%. MJN +4%. GOLL+4 INFY +4%. BTU +4%. FRO +4%. X +4%. ABB +4%. GMCR +4%. MPEL +4%. RAM +4%. FCX +4%. BCS +4%. FTK +4%. CHK +4%. MS +4%. DRYS +4%. CTIC +4%. IBN +4%. AKS +3%. ACI +3%. GGGB +3%. ECA +3%.
    Losers: AVEO -8%. MTG -7%. MO -4%. AMR -3%. NBG -3%.
    | Jan. 3, 2012, 9:00 AM | Comment!
  • Dec. 29, 2011, 9:00 AM
    Premarket gainers: ARMH +1%. YHOO +1%. SNE +1%. BHP +1%.
    Losers: MOS -3%. ING -3%. AMZN -2%.
    | Dec. 29, 2011, 9:00 AM | Comment!
  • Dec. 28, 2011, 10:36 AM
    Frustrated by financing delays, Western Australia invites China to take part in a $6B port and rail project to open up a new inland iron-ore province. This one project alone will increase worldwide iron-ore exports by 10% over current levels. Previously, Mitsubishi Corp. (MSBHY.PK) had exclusive development rights.
    | Dec. 28, 2011, 10:36 AM | Comment!
  • Dec. 20, 2011, 9:05 AM
    Premarket gainers: CSIQ +27%. PGNX +26%. AIS +17%. SLXP +11%. S +7%. CLWR +7%. JEF +6%. ALU +6%. NOK +5%. DB +5%. RIO +5%. MT +4%. STD +4%. BBVA +4%. STM +4%. VHC +4%. GSS +4%. ANR +4%. MS +4%. ERIC +4%. BHP +3%. ZMH +3%. VALE +3%. ITUB +3%. SNE +3%. C +3%. VE +3%. X +3%. MU +3%. HAL +3%. SI +3%.
    Losers: TRGT -22%. RHT -8%. GFA -4%.
    | Dec. 20, 2011, 9:05 AM | Comment!
  • Dec. 19, 2011, 12:53 PM
    The evidence is clear that China's spectacular real estate bubble has burst, with the only question being whether the bust will be of equal brilliance, writes Pat Chovanec. Thus far, the lack of leverage used by buyers (as opposed to highly leveraged developers) has kept the collapse in check. Its course promises to effect everything from miners in Australia and Brazil to lumber mills in Canada to equipment makers like CAT.
    | Dec. 19, 2011, 12:53 PM | 3 Comments
  • Dec. 19, 2011, 2:29 AM
    Aussie oil producer Woodside Petroleum (WOPEY.PK, -3.4% in Australia) may delay an investment decision to develop the Browse liquefied natgas venture because of rising costs. The project has an estimated price tag of $36B, and partners (including CVX, RDS.A, BP, BHP -2.5% in Australia) plan to ask for the deadline to be extended to H1 2013 from mid-2012.
    | Dec. 19, 2011, 2:29 AM | Comment!
  • Dec. 16, 2011, 9:37 AM
    "Two mega developments will impact world copper consumption: the level of global business activity and substitution," writes Simon Hunt, a veteran watcher of the market. With neither factor boding well for the metal, he says, all that's propping prices is copper's financialization. This too will end; "copper prices will fall sharply, and that is almost a given."
    | Dec. 16, 2011, 9:37 AM | 13 Comments
  • Dec. 15, 2011, 3:21 PM
    That bump in Chinese iron ore import prices ($120 to $140/ton) this week has more to do with seasonal factors than a resurgence in steel production. Steelmakers might also be taking advantage of low prices to build stock - setting the price up to fall anew, which it already seems to be doing.
    | Dec. 15, 2011, 3:21 PM | Comment!
  • Dec. 15, 2011, 8:38 AM
    Walter Energy (WLT) +3.5% premarket following a Daily Mail story that the coal producer could be a takeover target by Rio Tinto (RIO) or BHP Billiton (BHP). Global miners are scrambling for coal assets, and analysts speculate Walter's takeout price could double its current ~$60/share.
    | Dec. 15, 2011, 8:38 AM | Comment!
  • Dec. 7, 2011, 1:33 PM
    Nickel and aluminum "are not areas where we are comfortable spending large amounts of capital," says BHP CEO Marius Kloppers. He would prefer to focus on the firm's shale, ore, coal, Olympic Dam, and potash assets, suggesting in 10 years time the nickel and aluminum portfolios will no longer be with the company.
    | Dec. 7, 2011, 1:33 PM | Comment!
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Company Description
BHP Billiton Ltd is a natural resources company. The Company is engaged in the producing commodities, including iron ore, metallurgical and energy coal, conventional and unconventional oil and gas, copper, aluminium, manganese, uranium, nickel and silver.