Whitehaven Coal’s half-year profit has skyrocketed thanks to a jump in coal prices late last year and increased production. 

South32 expects its manganese and coal businesses to be among the beneficiaries of improved demand from China, even though prices are likely to remain volatile.

Mineral Resources has more than doubled its interim dividend on the back of the resurgent iron ore price, declaring 21¢-a-share half-year payout after posting a $140.3 million profit for the period.

Chinas CITIC has flagged big impairments to the value of its Pilbara magnetite project for the third year in a row, saying it expected to write down the value of Sino Iron by US$800 ($1038) to US$1 ($1.30) billion in next months annual results.

NRW Holdings has lifted its first-half profit by 90 per cent to $11.6 million on the back of a resurgent resources sector.

Chinese-backed Hanking Australia has announced the sale of its Southern Cross Gold Operations to a company owned by the chairman of Super Pit suitors Minjar Gold for $330 million.

Resurgent Atlas Iron has given the green light to plans to develop its $53 million Corunna Downs project in the Pilbara.

Shares in NRW Holdings were higher after the contractor said its subsidiary Action Drill & Blast had won a $40 million, five-year contract to Macmahon Holdings at Newcrest Mining’s Telfer gold mine in the Pilbara.

Cameco Australia Boss Brian Reilly will leave Perth next month after six years in charge of the uranium giant’s Australian operations.

Shares in Ashok Parekh’s Macphersons Resources jumped to their highest price in almost two years after a bonanza drill hit at its Boorara Gold Project east of Kalgoorlie provided the fuel for a 42 per cent spike.

The worst of the downturn could be behind WA’s resources industry, with demand in the State’s mining and resources employment market hitting its highest level in almost two years.