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  • The all-in cost of producing an ounce of gold dropped by 23 percent to $1,331 an ounce in the year to end-March, according to data from Citigroup.

  • WINNIPEG, Manitoba, Sept 3- A pickup in fertilizer demand has brightened the outlook for North American potash companies who suffered through plunging prices and profits after a European trading consortium collapsed in 2013..

  • LONDON, Sept 3- Nickel prices climbed to a one-week high on Wednesday on news that a Philippine senator had urged a ban on unprocessed mineral ore exports and also following an options expiry in London. Copper fell on higher exchange stocks and as investors downplayed signs of progress towards peace in eastern Ukraine.

  • LONDON, Sept 3- Nickel prices rose on Wednesday on news that a Philippine senator had urged a ban on unprocessed mineral ore exports, while copper slipped on higher exchange stocks and investors downplayed signs of progress towards peace in eastern Ukraine.

  • SYDNEY, Sept 3- Australia Prime Minister Tony Abbott said on Wednesday he hoped to sign a deal this week to sell uranium to India for peaceful power generation, but halted uranium exports to Russia over Moscow's role in Ukraine.

  • The proposed halt is similar to a ban introduced by Indonesia that led to a sharp spike in nickel prices and cut other ore exports from January. The ban in Indonesia has led stainless steel makers in China and in Japan to source more ore from the Philippines.

  • --Clyde Russell is a Reuters columnist. LAUNCESTON, Australia, Sept 3- There was maybe more than a touch of hubris in Rio Tinto boss Sam Walsh's recent comment that it's time for other iron ore producers to "really feel the consequences" of the current low price.

  • The International Copper Study Group's most recent monthly update assessed the global refined copper market as being in a 450,000- tonne deficit in the first five months of the year, or a 308,000- tonne deficit once movements in Shanghai bonded stocks are factored into the equation.

  • LONDON, Sept 2- Zinc rose to a four-week high and aluminium neared an 18- month peak on Tuesday in markets driven by momentum-based speculators and computer-driven funds. Three-month zinc on the London Metal Exchange gained 1 percent to $2,380.50 a tonne by 1022 GMT, a high since Aug. 5.

  • MEXICO CITY, Sept 1- Grupo Mexico, a metals miner and railroad operator, said on Monday that operations at its Buenavista mine were not affected by a search of its offices late last week by the federal prosecutor's office, part of an investigation into a toxic spill.

  • SYDNEY, Sept 2- London copper held near its recent low on Tuesday after surveys showed factory growth in China and Europe slowed in August, raising bets that central bankers will have to loosen policy which has kept a floor under prices.

  • SINGAPORE, Sept 2- Gold held steady below $1,300 an ounce as investors eyed heightened tensions in Ukraine and awaited U.S. economic data, while palladium hovered near a 13-1/ 2 year high on fears that possible Western sanctions on Russia could hit supply.

  • LONDON, Sept 1- Palladium rose to a 13-1/ 2- year high of $910 an ounce on Monday on fears that possible Western sanctions against Russia over the Ukraine crisis could hit supply from the world's top producer of the metal, while gold nudged higher.

  • LONDON, Sept 1- Palladium rose above $900 an ounce on Monday to a 13-1/ 2- year high on fears that possible Western sanctions against Russia over the Ukraine crisis could hit supply from the world's largest producer, while gold nudged higher.

  • LONDON, Sept 1- Copper prices slipped on Monday, pressured by weak factory data from China that raised concerns about the outlook for demand from the world's top metals consumer. Volumes were expected to remain subdued as markets in the United States were shut for the Labor Day holiday.

  • --Clyde Russell is a Reuters columnist. LAUNCESTON, Australia, Sept 1- In the high-stakes poker game being played between the Indonesian government and mining companies, it has come as a bit of a surprise that Jakarta appears to be playing the winning hand.

  • Antofagasta CEO cautions on copper price  Tuesday, 26 Aug 2014 | 2:00 AM ET

    Diego Hernandez, CEO of Antofagasta, says he is "cautious" on the short-term copper price, but optimistic on the longer term prospect.

  • US mining legend behind Indonesian mining deal Sunday, 24 Aug 2014 | 7:31 PM ET
    A miner sprays water in Indonesia.

    As negotiations to resolve a bitter dispute teetered on the brink of collapse, Freeport-McMoRan chairman James "Jim Bob" Moffett flew to Jakarta for last-ditch talks.

  • Iron ore hits two-month low  Friday, 22 Aug 2014 | 2:15 AM ET

    Maurice Mason, mining analyst at Peel Hunt, discusses the outlook for the iron ore market after prices hit a two-month low.

  • Why now's the time to buy iron ore Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 | 6:35 PM ET

    Iron ore has taken a beating this year, but one analyst told CNBC this presents the perfect buying opportunity.