Miners enter new era of uncertainty

WITH this year’s profit season shaping as a dour affair, Australia’s biggest mining companies will try to put an optimistic gloss on their prospects for the coming year. But punters beware: not all rock kickers are equal in their crystal ball gazing abilities. The Metal Detective, By Stephen Bell



With commodity prices down sharply and costs rising, the recipe for miners’ results this month is fairly simple: lower profits (or increased losses) and rocky share prices.