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Thursday 02 Feb 2017 Author: Daniel Coatsworth

Wednesday 8 February

The market will focus on future capital expenditure plans, cost efficiency and comment on the state of the commodities industry when Rio Tinto (RIO) reports full year results on 8 February. The FTSE 100 miner has already told the market about its full year production, so the focus will be on financials in the results. A particular area of interest will be guidance on the dividend. Miners have been generous dividend payers during the commodities downturn over the past four years, effectively paying investors to wait for a recovery in prices. Dividend growth may now become second place to investing in growth projects for the future as commodities begin their upwards cycle once more.

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