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  • LONDON, April 11- Nickel hit a 13- month high on Friday as Indonesia's ban on ore exports kept market supplies tight, though risks are rising that lofty prices will encourage buyers to look for cheaper sources of supply.

  • NEW DELHI, April 11- Gold and silver imports into India, the world's second-biggest buyer of the metal, dropped 40 percent to $33.46 billion in 2013/ 14, a trade ministry source said on Friday, following a series of restrictions imposed by the federal government to curtail the current account deficit.

  • SYDNEY, April 11- London nickel reached its highest in 13 months on Friday and was on track to log its ninth weekly gain in 10 weeks, as a ban on ore exports from Indonesia fuelled prices of the metal used in stainless steel. China's stainless steel makers and traders stocked up on nickel ore exports from Indonesia ahead of the ban that came into force in January.

  • *Australia's Padbury Mining says ready to build new iron ore port. Padbury Mining said it was obtaining the funds from private Australian equity investors, who required anonymity, with an initial $470 million due in 40-45 days.

  • *Artisanal mining destroying plantations in Ghana, Ivory Coast. YOHO, Ivory Coast, April 11- A month ago, Bouafu Kouassi dug a neat circular hole in the middle of his one-hectare cocoa plantation in western Ivory Coast, and, sifting through the gravel on his shovel, found the unmistakeable traces of gold dust.

  • SYDNEY, April 11- London nickel held near a more than one-year top on Friday and was on track to log its ninth weekly gain in 10 weeks, as a ban on ore exports from Indonesia fuelled prices of the metal used in stainless steel. China's stainless steel makers and traders stocked up on nickel ore exports from Indonesia ahead of the ban that came into force in January.

  • BHP polishes up nickel unit as demerger talk swirls Thursday, 10 Apr 2014 | 10:00 PM ET

    *Could make it easier to find buyer for Nickel West division in Australia. SYDNEY, April 11- Breakthroughs in the way BHP Billiton processes nickel ores could help the world's biggest miner find a buyer for its ailing Nickel West division in Australia.

  • METALS-London nickel eyes ninth weekly gain in ten Thursday, 10 Apr 2014 | 9:50 PM ET

    SYDNEY, April 11- London nickel eased back from one year highs on Friday but was set to log its ninth weekly gain in 10 weeks, as a ban on ore exports from Indonesia fuelled rising prices for the stainless steel material.

  • *Funding of almost $6.5 bln secured from Australian equity investors. SYDNEY, April 11- Australia's Padbury Mining Ltd said it had secured almost $6.5 billion in funding to build a new deepwater port and railway at Oakajee in Western Australia, potentially opening a new export hub for the region's iron ore riches.

  • TORONTO/ VANCOUVER, April 10- Goldcorp Inc raised its hostile takeover offer for Osisko Mining Corp on Thursday, squeaking above a white knight bid by Yamana Gold Inc and heightening a bidding war that has helped inject life into a depressed gold mining sector.

  • Gold, silver futures rise as stock market retreats Thursday, 10 Apr 2014 | 3:41 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Gold and silver prices rose Thursday as the stock market went into retreat. Platinum for July delivery rose $21.20, or 1.5 percent, to $1,460.10 an ounce. Palladium for June delivery rose $9.75, or 1.2 percent, to $792.30 an ounce.

  • Executives who gathered in the Chilean city of Santiago this week acknowledged tougher environmental standards, labor strikes, community resistance and resource nationalism were also making exploration more challenging.

  • TORONTO/ VANCOUVER, April 10- Goldcorp Inc raised its hostile takeover offer for Osisko Mining Corp on Thursday, squeaking above a white knight bid by Yamana Gold Inc and heightening a bidding war that has helped inject life into a depressed gold mining sector.

  • *China copper imports jump 10.8 pct y/y in March. LONDON, April 10- Nickel prices touched their highest in more than a year on Thursday as speculators continued to buy up futures on concerns about shortages following a ban on ore exports from Indonesia.

  • Early Glance: Silver companies Thursday, 10 Apr 2014 | 10:24 AM ET

    Hecla Mining Co. rose$. 08 or 2.5 percent, to $3.34. Pan American Silver Corp. rose$. 25 or 1.9 percent, to $13.76. Silver Standard Resources Inc. rose$. 01 or. 1 percent, to $11.01.

  • Early Glance: Gold companies Thursday, 10 Apr 2014 | 10:24 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Shares of some top gold companies are mixed at 10 a.m.:. Barrick Gold Corp. rose$. 09 or. 5 percent, to $19.02. Newmont Mining Corp. rose$. 34 or 1.4 percent, to $25.33.

  • Early Glance: Coal companies Thursday, 10 Apr 2014 | 10:24 AM ET

    Arch Coal rose$. 02 or. 4 percent, to $5.01. Consol Energy Inc. fell$. 13 or. 3 percent, to $41.47. Peabody Energy rose$. 08 or. 5 percent, to $17.73.

  • TORONTO, April 10- Goldcorp Inc hiked its hostile takeover offer for smaller Canadian gold miner Osisko Mining Corp to about C $3.6 billion on Thursday as it sought to top a complex white knight bid from Yamana Gold Inc..

  • LONDON, April 10- The nickel market is on a charge. On the London Metal Exchange three-month nickel has just hit a one-year high of $17,188 per tonne. Effective Jan. 12 the Indonesian government banned exports of nickel ore, cutting off a flow of material estimated by analysts at Macquarie Bank at around 670,000 tonnes last year.

  • April 10- Goldcorp Inc, the world's second-biggest gold miner by market value, raised its offer to buy fellow Canadian miner Osisko Mining Corp to about C $3.6 billion, trumping a bid from Yamana Gold Inc..

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