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  • METALS-Nickel dips after 14-month high, Chinese data Wednesday, 23 Apr 2014 | 10:57 AM ET

    The ban on exports of unprocessed minerals by Indonesia, the world's biggest nickel ore supplier, was felt sharply last month when its shipments to top buyer China fell to less than a million tonnes from an average of 3.4 million tonnes a month last year.

  • SYDNEY, April 23- Australia could spawn a new mega gold producer if Barrick Gold Corp and Newmont Mining Corp spin off their Asia-Pacific assets, heating up competition with the country's underperforming market leader Newcrest Mining Ltd..

  • LIMA, April 22- Peru's central bank slashed its forecast for this year's economic expansion to 5.5 percent from 6 percent on dimmer expectations for the country's crucial mining sector, the bank's president said. Central Bank President Julio Velarde said mining activity will pick up this year but will not likely be as robust as previously thought.

  • SINGAPORE, April 23- London copper futures edged lower on Wednesday ahead of reading on China's manufacturing activity, with a further contraction likely to cut the appetite for risky assets, although nickel hit the highest in more than 14 months on tighter supply.

  • *Gold and forex similarities aid consolidation. LONDON, April 23- The increasing use of technology on financial trading floors is driving a trend for banks to roll precious metals operations into their forex businesses as a separate unit from other commodities activities.

  • *To restart Pend Oreille zinc mine at a cost of C $45 mln. Teck also said it plans to resume production at its Pend Oreille underground zinc mine, which has been idle since 2009. The company said zinc has the best outlook of the base metals. The capital cost of restarting Pend Oreille is pegged at about $41 million.

  • April 22- U.S. coal miner Arch Coal Inc said it expects to ship fewer tons of steel-making metallurgical coal this year after posting a bigger-than-expected quarterly loss due to lower prices and weak demand. Arch Coal, like other coal producers, is paring its assets.

  • April 22- Diversified Canadian miner Teck Resources Ltd said it would cut about 600 jobs, or 5 percent of its global workforce, after a sharp fall in earnings and revenue in the first quarter.

  • *China nickel ore imports from Indonesia down sharply. SINGAPORE, April 22- Nickel futures hit their highest in more than 14 months on Tuesday as an Indonesian ban on mineral ore exports kept supplies tight, with tensions in Ukraine also posing a risk to flows from key producer Russia.

  • China is not driving commodities: Pro     Tuesday, 22 Apr 2014 | 2:10 AM ET

    Michael Widmer, metals strategist at Bank of America Merrill Lynch Global Research, says China is not the driver of commodity prices at the moment, as demand slows in the world's second-largest economy.

  • LAUNCESTON, Australia, April 22- It's hard to find any bullish predictions for iron ore prices, with the consensus being that it will drop to below $100 a tonne. The latest bearish signal for iron ore is the decision by an Indian court to allow the mining of 20 million tonnes per annum in the state of Goa, most of which will end up on the export markets.

  • SINGAPORE, April 22- Copper futures on the London Metal Exchange slipped on Tuesday as the bourse reopened after a long holiday weekend, still pressured by worries over Chinese demand amid a slowdown in the world's top user of the industrial metal.

  • *Australia, Hong Kong, London closed for Easter. NEW YORK/ SINGAPORE, April 21- Gold prices fell to a nearly three-week low in thin trade on Monday, as sharp outflows from the world's biggest bullion-backed exchange-traded fund and no further escalation of geopolitical tensions prompted selling.

  • April 21- A takeover battle for Canada's Osisko Mining Corp, involving three of the world's top gold producers, is more than just a testament to the quality of the company's low-cost mine, it also spotlights a shortage of top-class gold assets in politically stable areas of the world.

  • *Gold retreats from early climb to $1,300 in choppy trade. *Australia, Hong Kong, London closed for Easter. Australia, Hong Kong and London are closed on Monday for the Easter holiday.

  • SINGAPORE, April 21- Shanghai copper futures dropped for a second session on Monday, hurt by persistent concerns over the outlook for demand in top consumer China amid a slowing economy. *The most-traded July copper contract on the Shanghai Futures Exchange was down 0.2 percent at 46,380 yuan a tonne by 0110 GMT.

  • The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit rejected a challenge by environmental groups, including the Natural Resources Defense Council and the Sierra Club, which said the emissions standards were not stringent enough.

  • *Canadian company ready to mine off Papua New Guinea. NEWCASTLE, England/ LONDON, April 18- The world's first deep sea mining robot sits idle on a British factory floor, waiting to claw up high grade copper and gold from the seabed off Papua New Guinea- when a wrangle over terms is solved. The world waits for the judgement of a United Nations agency based in Jamaica.

  • CONAKRY, April 17- Guinea's government has accepted a report recommending the cancellation of two iron ore concessions held by BSG Resources and its joint venture partner, Brazilian miner Vale, a spokesman said on state television on Thursday.

  • NEW YORK/ LONDON, April 17- Platinum prices fell to their lowest in more than two weeks on Thursday, reversing initial gains after South Africa's biggest platinum producers offered to raise wages for miners in a bid to end a 13- week-old strike that has curbed metal output.