TOP 10 MINERS: A tough year, for CEOs and for stock prices

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JOHANNESBURG (Mineweb) – For listed mining companies everywhere, this year has been all about stock prices facing headwinds, along with relentless pressure on CEOs. The benchmark stock, BHP Billiton, the world’s biggest diversified resources group, saw its stock price in US dollar terms peak out in the latter stages of 2010. Given the wobbles in the global economy, the fall from there has been relatively modest, from around US$26.00 a share to recent trades around US$19.00. Vale, the world’s No 2 miner by market value, has seen its stock price…

Rio Tinto to axe $7bn in costs; sell more assets

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Like its peers, Rio Tinto has been cutting costs, reviewing other projects and closing coal mines in Australia due to depressed commodity prices, high costs and the strong Australian dollar. MELBOURNE/SYDNEY, 29 Nov 2012 (Reuters) – Rio Tinto aims to axe $7 billion in costs over the next two years and sell more assets to cushion against weaker commodity prices, while at the same time beefing up output in its lucrative iron ore business.