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  • BHP Billiton says in talks to sell Nickel West unit Tuesday, 19 Aug 2014 | 4:30 AM ET

    SYDNEY, Aug 19- BHP Billiton is in talks with potential buyers for all, or part, of its Nickel West division in Australia after excluding the business from a major restructuring.

  • BHP Billiton shares lower after results  Tuesday, 19 Aug 2014 | 4:05 AM ET

    John Wilson, private client adviser at RBS Morgans, discusses BHP Billiton's results and demerger plans and says shareholders expected a share buyback program to be announced.

  • BHP Billiton spins off assets, shares fall Tuesday, 19 Aug 2014 | 3:44 AM ET

    BHP Billiton on Tuesday said it planned to create a new global metals and mining company based on a selection of its aluminium, coal, manganese, nickel and silver assets.

  • *H2 profit up 8 pct to $5.69 bln. MELBOURNE, Aug 19- Top global miner BHP Billiton will spin off a roughly $14 billion company to shareholders, mostly offloading assets it acquired in its 2001 merger with Billiton, as it looks to focus on its strongest businesses.

  • Investors 'worried' about BHP Billiton spin-off: Pro  Tuesday, 19 Aug 2014 | 3:15 AM ET

    Ben Kumar, fund manager at 7 Investment Management, and Yannick Naud, portfolio manager at Sturgeon Capital, discuss the move by BHP Billiton to create a new global metals and mining company.

  • RBA minutes: Rates will likely stay low Monday, 18 Aug 2014 | 10:20 PM ET

    RBA sees significant uncertainties around the economic outlook, which was why interest rates were likely to stay at record lows for some time yet.

  • METALS-Stronger dollar snuffs out copper rebound Monday, 18 Aug 2014 | 9:00 PM ET

    SYDNEY, Aug 19- London copper held steady on Tuesday as brighter prospects for the U.S. economy were chilled by caution over China's stuttering property market, while a stronger dollar sapped a rebound from seven-week lows.

  • VANCOUVER, Aug 18- The Canadian province of British Columbia said on Monday it has ordered an independent review of all tailings ponds at every permitted mine in the province in the wake of a major spill at Imperial Metals Corp's Mount Polley mine.

  • *China foreign direct investment falls. LONDON, Aug 18- London copper edged higher on Monday as some investors regarded recent losses as overdone, but gains were capped after new home prices in top metal consumer China fell in July for the third month in a row. Investors are still jittery about developments in China, however.

  • *China foreign direct investment falls. LONDON, Aug 18- London copper edged higher on Monday as some investors regarded recent losses as overdone, but gains were capped after new home prices in top metal consumer China fell in July for the third month in a row. Investors are still jittery about developments in China, however.

  • *China new home prices fall for third month in a row. *China foreign direct investment also falls. LONDON, Aug 18- London copper steadied on Monday, but remained under pressure near two-month lows after new home prices in top metal consumer China fell in July for the third month in a row.

  • METALS-London copper rebounds from near two-month low Monday, 18 Aug 2014 | 12:17 AM ET

    *China new home prices drop 0.9 percent in July from June. SYDNEY, Aug 18- London copper edged higher on Monday, bouncing off last week's near two-month lows, as traders built up stocks on fresh signs of economic recovery in the United States and a view that the sell-off after weak Chinese data was too heavy.

  • *Sale of Bougainville Copper stake an option. The interim mining law converts Bougainville Copper Ltd's mining lease into an exploration lease.

  • *China economic data points to weakness, euro zone slows. LONDON, Aug 15- The price of copper edged higher on Friday as some investors bought back short positions to take profits ahead of the weekend, but gains were capped as a gloomy outlook for the economy in top metals consumer China raised concerns about demand.

  • SYDNEY, Aug 18- London copper was flat on Monday after last week logging its biggest weekly loss in one month and ahead of a fresh reading on China's property market that has dragged on its economy and raised questions over its metals demand.

  • *Shares up 2 pct, outperform UK mining sector. MELBOURNE/ LONDON, Aug 15- Diversified mining company BHP Billiton declared its preference for a demerger of its aluminium, manganese and nickel assets on Friday, setting the stage for the formation of a separate business that could be worth at least $12 billion.

  • *Investors buy gold, Treasuries on Ukraine news. NEW YORK/ LONDON, Aug 15- Gold prices were slightly lower on Friday, paring losses on safe-haven buying as equity markets slid after Ukraine said its forces had engaged a Russian armored column on Ukrainian soil in what appeared to be a major military escalation.

  • SAO PAULO, Aug 15- Whichever way Brazil's steel industry looks it sees pain. "Only a crazy person would invest in Brazil right now," CSN Chief Executive Benjamin Steinbruch told a conference in Sao Paulo this week.

  • *China economic data points to weakness, euro zone slows. LONDON, Aug 15- The price of copper edged higher on Friday as some investors bought back short positions to take profits ahead of the weekend, but gains were capped as a gloomy outlook for the economy in top metals consumer China raised concerns about demand.

  • *Concerns over Ukraine, Iraq soften. LONDON, Aug 15- Gold prices dropped 1.4 percent on Friday as European stock markets headed for their biggest weekly gain since mid-February on expectations for more central bank stimulus to lift the euro zone economy. "Gold is really not liking the strong return seen in stocks," Saxo Bank analyst Ole Hansen said.