Newmont cuts jobs in Peru

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NEWMONT MINING $48.42 (New York symbol NEM; Shares outstanding: 490.2 million; Market cap: $23.7 billion; TSINetwork Rating: Average; Dividend yield: 2.9%; www.newmont.com) stopped construction of its 51.35%-owned Conga gold/copper mine in Peru in November 2011. The move was in response to protests by local farmers who fear the mine will contaminate water supplies. Newmont has a long record of responsible mining in Peru. However, an independent group is now reviewing the $4.8-billion mine’s environmental impact. Meanwhile, Newmont has cut 6,000 jobs at Conga. That will lower its losses until it can restart the project. It also puts pressure on Peru to resolve the dispute. Newmont is a buy. buy…

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