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March 22, 2010 09:05 ET

Mining Industry Better Structure Forefront

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA--(Marketwire - March 22, 2010) - - With an economy still recouping from a financial slump, commodities, especially the metals and minerals industry, have seen a number of positive movement for two major reasons; investors taking refuge in these stocks as the dollar weakened and emerging economies like China, India, Brazil and South Africa increasing their consumption of these commodities to feed their ever-growing developments. The Metals & Mining Industry wraps the extraction and processing of mineral-metals at the primary and secondary processing stage. The industry is rather focused in structure, with a few producers accounting for the grand share in sales. 

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"Despite the economic slowdown which defoliated the global metal industry due to dip in the air of demand, mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity remained critically important for the growth strategy from the company's viewpoint" commented Mathew Collier senior analyst at Amidst the tough environments, organizations like Cameco Corp. (NYSE: CCJ) and BHP Billiton plc (NYSE: BBL) are on a market watch to evaluate their performance. Direct & free downloadable reports of the intensive research are available by signing up now at  or 

However the economic burst is the important factor for making short term decisions related to M&A activity, it's expected that the mining companies may make more acquisitions in the coming few years.

One of our picks in the sector include Cameco the world's largest producer on the uranium platform, has reported significantly higher profit during the quarter due to the result of the sale of the company's stake in Centerra Gold Inc. Company holds a good balance sheet with enough cash for the further development of its projects.

Company is expected to invest $90 million to $95 million on the discovery of uranium exploration in 2010 as part of its long-term thought, which includes approximately $40 million for exploration at Kintyre and Inkai block 3 in Kazakhstan.

Company is planning to make commendable investments to outstretch production at its existing mines and advance projects as it pursue its growth strategy. The projects are at various stages of development, from exploration and evaluation to construction. Company also plans to bring the production on double digits at Inkai considering the contacts of selling between 31 million and 33 million pounds U3O8 in 2010. Sign up today at to access the full report on this company.

BHP Billiton recorded Strong sales growth on the dearth of demand which has shown recovery, particularly in the steelmaking raw materials and good cost control across the business helped to partially take away the negative effect of lower prices and stronger producers' currencies but price recovery is below the price level of 2008.

Company's investment program continues to bring home the volume growth, which is contributed to half-year production records in Iron Ore and Petroleum. Company laid first production in three major projects during the period and announced the approval of the Hunter Valley Energy Coal (Australia) MAC20 project. However the period came to an end with the approval of US$2.2 billion pre-commitment expenditure on the capital for the projects in iron ore, entailing the metallurgical coal and potash along with the approval of the Antamina expansion in Peru.

Further BHP Billiton made an entry in to the stable agreement with Rio Tinto to converge the Western Australia Iron Ore Production Joint Venture, considered as the milestone in delivering value to shareholders as well as the joint venture partners in the Pilbara. Company is making efforts to divest its business for taking the advantage of current macroeconomic environment working on the same lines it make an effort to take over rival Rio Tinto. Register now at to view the full report on this company.

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