Drilling down into Rio’s debt obsession

Rio Tinto’s sensitivity toward debt levels is understandable given its vulnerability to changes in iron ore demand. Don't expect another dividend boost.

The market’s response to Rio Tinto’s 2013 earnings and the unexpectedly large increase in dividend was, quite rightly, very enthusiastic. Sam Walsh delivered on almost all the metrics that are within his control.

The big question mark, however, going into 2014, relates to the things beyond his or Rio’s control.

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