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CNBC's Sharon Epperson reports on the metal markets close for the day, saying the progress in the talks on the U.S. debt limit has reduced gold's appeal as a safe haven.
CNBC's Kate Kelly reports David Einhorn of Greenlight Capital told investors shorts in iron ore miners hurt the results, not Herbalife.
Hamish Tyrwhitt, CEO of Leighton Holdings, Australia's largest construction company, tells CNBC that the demand for volume in mining remains and they see a doubling of energy demand over the next decade.
BHP Billiton, the world's biggest mining company, boosted its iron ore output by 3 percent in the December quarter, as it races to supply more of the raw material to Chinese steelmakers despite signs of a softening market.
Australia's Port Hedland, which handles about a fifth of the world's seaborne-traded iron ore, will reopen on Wednesday after being spared the brunt of a cyclone that has also shut other major ports in Western Australia.
Mining firms including BHP Billiton and Anglo American are likely to follow Rio Tinto's lead in writing down underperforming assets by as much as $10 billion, as low prices and rising costs eat into valuations.
Iron ore prices have nearly doubled over the past four months, delighting producers, yet the surge is hindering expansion of iron ore mines in Western Australia, the site of the world's largest known deposit.
Sharon Epperson reports the "silver surge" has driven demand for silver coins made by the U.S. Mint. (1:23)
Paul Renken, senior geologist at VSA Capital, explains why investment banks are upping their price targets on Rio Tinto after the new CEO announcement.
Rio Tinto, the mining giant, was in turmoil Thursday morning after the abrupt departure of its chief executive and the announcement of a $14 billion writedown.
Global miner Rio Tinto has announced the surprise resignation of its chief executive after taking a $14 billion charge in connection with Tom Albanese's two most significant acquisitions, Mozambican coal and aluminium.
Platinum rose to a three-month high on Tuesday, rallying for a sixth straight session as funds bought heavily due to a mine labor crisis in South Africa that sparked supply fears.
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Ker Chung Yang, senior investment analyst at Phillip Futures expects 2013 to be the return of a China play again, especially in the base metal commodity.
Paul Renken, senior geologist at VSA Capital, tells CNBC that Rio Tinto figures have surprised on the upside, suggesting some demand for iron ore.
Often called the "lucky country" because of its rich natural resources, Australia's growth has long been funded by the commodities boom but now, economists say, there are a few other bright spots that could pick up where mining left off.
Rio Tinto said on Tuesday its iron ore production beat its own guidance to hit 253 million tons in 2012, as the miner cashes in on resurgent Chinese demand that has driven up prices in recent months.
Conflict in the West African state of Mali -- the continent's third-largest gold producer -- poses "manageable" risks for miners active in the country's south as Al Qaeda-linked Islamist rebels remain confined to strongholds in the north while former colonial power France continues its offensive against militant bases.
Indonesia's influential Bakrie family warned on Monday that it could rethink its proposed exit from Bumi, a coal venture it co-founded with Nat Rothschild, if the financier pursues a planned return to the board.