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CommentWire
CommentWire

Alcoa: troubles not over yet

Alcoa's poor results were expected, as the aluminum industry is in dire straits at present. Overcapacity and lack of demand have combined to keep prices and sales low, and the company's cost-cutting efforts were never going to make up for this. Alcoa is well run, and will benefit when the industry improves - but this may not be for some time.

Published By Datamonitor
08 Apr 2002
Expert View
Expert View

Banks are wary of environmental risks, but a switch to green lending is not inevitable

Some of the world's biggest banks will make it increasingly difficult for companies involved in controversial industries to get funding for future projects. Growing environmental scrutiny is making it harder for lenders to finance polluting industries without suffering a blow to their reputation, but a continued focus on profit means improved lending for green ventures is far from guaranteed.

Published By Datamonitor
09 Sep 2010
CommentWire
CommentWire

BHP Billiton: latest acquisition makes mining giant a key US shale gas player

The world's largest mining company, BHP Billiton, has reached an agreement to buy Chesapeake Energy's 487,000 acre Fayetteville shale gas assets, including the midstream assets located in central Arkansas. This is the company's first foray into the US shale gas business, and immediately makes it one of the major producers in North America.

Published By Datamonitor
01 Mar 2011
CommentWire
CommentWire

BHP Billiton: mad dogs and aluminum

It's been a good week for BHP, which also managed to resolve a long-running pollution dispute and gain approval for another oil joint venture. Last year's merger has left the Anglo-Australian company in a strong position to invest in new markets and distance itself from old mistakes. If it carries on as it has, BHP is set for a strong future.

Published By Datamonitor
13 Feb 2002
CommentWire
CommentWire

Transport and energy: gloomy announcements raise questions over supposed 'green shoots' of recovery

Declines in the Baltic Dry Index and international air cargo volumes, along with forecasts of weak crude oil demand until 2012, have raised questions over various claims of a quicker-than-expected global economic recovery. Despite the recent rally in the stock market brought on by these claims, these new announcements indicate that a full recovery is still a long way off.

Published By Datamonitor
02 Jul 2009

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