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Mining majors lower

North American and European markets are poised for a positive start today and key Australasian indices were higher in afternoon trade.
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Rio Tinto’s Silvergrass mine in Western Australia. Image: Rio Tinto

Staff reporter

The US earnings season is attracting market attention, with BlackRock's Isabelle Mateos y Lago telling Bloomberg TV markets were not expecting too much and a lot of good news was already priced in, "so it makes sense for the market to take a pause".

The gold price is a few dollars lower than this time yesterday, worth a little over US$1,285 an ounce on the spot market earlier.

Metals and mining stocks closed down 0.37% in Toronto yesterday.

Taseko Mines (TSX: TKO) was among the market risers, up 9.76%, having announced on Friday it had produced first copper from its Florence in-situ project in Arizona.
   
Among the London-listed majors, Anglo American (LSE: AAL) and Antofagasta (LSE: ANTO) both closed down about 2% yesterday.

Rio Tinto (LSE: RIO) was also lower, off 1.45%, but close to its highest point since mid-2008.

It was on the rise in Australian trade after releasing its March quarter production results - despite reducing its Pilbara iron ore guidance due to a fire and tropical cyclones.

The MySteel 62% iron ore price lost 0.1% yesterday but remains above $95 per tonne due to global supply constraints.

BHP was off 0.3% in afternoon Australian trade but remains very close to its highest point since April 2011, ahead of releasing its nine-month operational review to March 31 tomorrow.