Aug 24, 2012 11:47 AM ET
Australian indexes halted a 5-week long rally after the debate about the durability of the mining boom intensified. RBA governor Stevens said mining companies have enough capital and it is too soon to declare the end of the boom. Iron ore prices fell below $100 level for the first time since 2009.
Aug 23, 2012 4:56 PM ET
Wall Street joined the European markets and lowered the growth expectations and began wavering on the outcome of the latest round of talks in the euro zone after a string of weak economic data. Australian mining companies began to scale back megaprojects expansion plans on weakening commodities.
Aug 23, 2012 11:56 AM ET
Australian stocks were caught between weak international market sentiments and a growing consensus that the twelve year mining boom may have run out its course. Fortescue reported rising profit and held its earlier guidance for the iron ore industry. Qantas reported its first loss in 17 years.
Aug 22, 2012 11:34 AM ET
Australian stocks closed lower after the mining giant reported earnings that met expectations. BHP earnings in the fiscal year ending in June declined 35% on nearly flat revenues as the fall in base metal prices and iron ore trimmed record profits from a year ago. Woodside Petroleum net declined.