1. BHP Billiton to Return $10.4B to Shareholders

    BHP Billiton to Return $10.4B to Shareholders

    SYDNEY -- BHP Billiton Ltd., the world's biggest mining company by market value, said it would return $10.4 billion to shareholders via a stock buyback and special dividend. The move comes after completing the sale of its U.S. onshore oil and natural gas assets. BHP -- which has faced pressure from activist investor Elliott Management Corp. to improve returns -- said the latest outlays would bring the total cash handed back to shareholders over the past two years to $21 billion...

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