Energy / Resources
March 10, 2022
In May 2021, the iron ore price peaked at USD$238/tonne before plunging to USD$80 last November. Since then, the price has rebounded around 75 per cent. But is this rebound warranted? I don’t think so – if you consider the slowdown in Chinese property construction, which accounts for about 42 per cent of Chinese steel demand, and high iron ore inventories at Chinese ports. If fundamentals mean anything, the iron ore price is about to fall again. continue…
by Andreas Lundberg Posted in Energy / Resources.
March 8, 2022
In his article in Friday’s Australian Financial Review, Kenneth Rogoff, Professor of Economics and Public Policy at Harvard University, wrote the US and Europe “needs to put energy security on a par with environmental sustainability”. continue…
by David Buckland Posted in Editor's Pick, Energy / Resources, Market commentary.
February 16, 2022
After a bumper six months, BHP (ASX:BHP) is awash with cash. And it will soon be rewarding its shareholders. In its recent results announcement, the big Australian miner said it will pay a record interim dividend of US$1.50 per share. But are shareholders better off with a big dividend or a share buy-back? continue…
by Joseph Kim Posted in Companies, Energy / Resources.
February 7, 2022
Energy Resources of Australia (ASX:ERA) floated on the ASX in mid-1980 in what was at the time the largest ever public float in Australian history. A year later the first drum of uranium oxide was produced and the Ranger uranium mine in Kakadu was officially opened in October 1981. continue…
by David Buckland Posted in Energy / Resources.
January 21, 2022
If you think the giant Liquefied Natural Gas industry is a tax and jobs creating engine for the West Australian economy, you might be surprised by some recent research by The Australia Institute. They have found that, in 2020/21, tax collected was around half the money generated from motor vehicle registrations. And LNG jobs represented less than 1 per cent of total jobs. continue…
by Andreas Lundberg Posted in Energy / Resources, Market commentary.
December 10, 2021
If you haven’t already heard about the looming shortage of AdBlue, you soon will. You see, AdBlue, is needed to run the diesel engines of trucks and farm machinery and hospital generators. And, according to some industry players, Australia will run out in February 2022. So this is a major problem, and could lead to a national transport crisis. continue…
by Roger Montgomery Posted in Editor's Pick, Energy / Resources, Manufacturing.
September 23, 2021
As you’ve probably read, China’s number two property developer, Evergrande, is on the verge of collapse, dragged down by excessive debt and an inability to take on more debt. Evergrande’s woes have helped send the price of iron ore plummeting – not to mention the share prices of our largest miners: BHP, Rio and Fortescue. My concern is that the problems besetting the Chinese property market will have repercussions well beyond the miners and their investors. continue…
by Andreas Lundberg Posted in Editor's Pick, Energy / Resources, Property.
August 18, 2021
BHP is accelerating its retreat from fossil fuels with a deal to sell its global oil and gas assets to Australian energy giant Woodside Petroleum. The companies announced an all-stock merger of BHP’s entire petroleum division spanning Australia, the Americas and North Africa with Perth-based Woodside. continue…
by David Buckland Posted in Companies, Editor's Pick, Energy / Resources.
July 19, 2021
With the global electric vehicle (EV) market forecast to grow 10-fold by 2025 and 50-fold by 2030, and rising demand for energy storage, there’s never been a better time to be a lithium miner. Fortunately, Australia has a number of quality mining businesses for investors to consider. continue…
by Roger Montgomery Posted in Companies, Editor's Pick, Energy / Resources.
July 1, 2021
Chinese property construction accounts for close to 30 per cent of world seaborn iron ore demand, and is probably the most important demand driver impacting the iron ore price. But with Chinese regulators trying to crimp the sector, population growth turning negative, and urbanization peaking, I think today’s lofty iron ore price will prove to be short-lived. continue…
by Andreas Lundberg Posted in Editor's Pick, Energy / Resources.