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  • Trading Rio Tinto's Earnings & China's CPI     Tuesday, 7 Aug 2012 | 10:23 AM ET

    A trade on an Australian mining company and China's latest economic data, with Tim Seymour, Triogem Asset Management.

  • Xstrata reported a sharp fall in profits Tuesday as the miner battled rising costs and falling prices – which is likely to revive the debate surrounding its stalled $60 billion merger with Glencore, the commodities trader.

  • BHP in Talks with Canada’s Harry Winston Monday, 6 Aug 2012 | 10:39 PM ET

    BHP Billiton is in protracted talks with Harry Winston, the Canadian mining and retail group, about a sale of its diamond business but could yet opt to keep the unit as discussions drag on with the sole remaining bidder. The FT reports.

  • Karl Smich, CEO of Sandfire Resources said his company is already selling China material from its DeGrussa Mine which will be commissioned next month. He added that the mine is on track to start full production next year.

  • Is Indonesia Losing Its Edge With Investors? Friday, 3 Aug 2012 | 3:22 AM ET
    Pedestrians cross a street in Jakarta's modern business district.

    In recent years Indonesia, Southeast Asia’s largest economy, has emerged as a darling of foreign investors, but that privileged status may be under threat as its economy shows signs of weakness amid policy changes that are being viewed as protectionist.

  • Why Death of Commodities Is ‘Greatly Exaggerated’ Thursday, 26 Jul 2012 | 11:15 PM ET
    A driver inspects an earth mover at Fortescue Metals Group Ltd.'s Cloudbreak iron ore operation in the Pilbara region of Western Australia.

    Prices of commodities such as copper and gold have slumped more than 15 percent this year as investors shun risk assets and demand fell amid a moribund global economy but a demise of the mining industry is “greatly exaggerated,” according to HSBC.

  • Value Hunters Target Gold Fields Wednesday, 25 Jul 2012 | 6:07 AM ET

    Gold Fields is sitting at long-term support, and yesterday the bulls stepped in.

  • Why Further Easing May Not Save Commodities Monday, 23 Jul 2012 | 11:02 PM ET

    Commodities bulls betting on further easing from major central banks to revive sagging prices may be setting themselves up for disappointment.

  • Will Copper Spring Higher? Sunday, 22 Jul 2012 | 1:52 PM ET
    Reel of uninsulated copper wire

    Freeport-McMoran Copper & Gold CEO Richard Adkerson, told CNBC’s “Closing Bell” on Thursday he expects copper prices to be higher longer term. He's not alone in his bullishness.

  • Challenge to Mining Tax Must Be Heard: WA Mines Minister Wednesday, 18 Jul 2012 | 3:55 AM ET
    A driver inspects an earth mover at Fortescue Metals Group Ltd.'s Cloudbreak iron ore operation in the Pilbara region of Western Australia.

    The Australian Federal Government is facing one of its biggest fights over its controversial mining tax, after one of the country’s biggest iron ore miners lodged a challenge against the High Court against the legislation.

  • Mining Stocks Primed for a Comeback as Prices Recover Tuesday, 17 Jul 2012 | 10:55 PM ET

    Shares of mining giants may have slumped this year on falling demand from China and as investors shun assets but they may be due for a bounce. 

  • Markets Bullish on Copper     Tuesday, 17 Jul 2012 | 7:10 PM ET

    Ephrem Ravi, Head of Metals & Mining Sector at Barclays says that markets are bullish on copper and that it is a good thing that BHP Billiton can produce more of it.

  • Is Gold Ready to Shine Again? Monday, 16 Jul 2012 | 10:21 AM ET
    Gold bars

    Gold has been having a rough ride lately. Here's what one technical analyst sees next.

  • Global Miners Stage ‘Retreat to the Core’ Thursday, 12 Jul 2012 | 1:01 AM ET
    Open cast mining for iron ore.

    Global mining groups, such as BHP Billiton, Vale and Anglo American, are pruning their expansive portfolios, as calls from shareholders for greater focus and spending discipline prompt them to shed non-core assets.

  • Jeff Bradley, Globe Specialty Metals CEO, explains how silicon metal is made and the competition his company faces. "We are a very unique company, and we are the lowest cost producer of [silicon metal] in the entire world," says Bradley.

  • How China Will Sway Currencies Monday, 9 Jul 2012 | 9:46 AM ET

    China is releasing a slew of economic data this week, with the potential to move a key currency. The question is how.

  • What Does World's Richest Woman Buy? Trouble Tuesday, 26 Jun 2012 | 2:58 PM ET
    Gina Rinehart

    Gina Rinehart, reputed to be the world's richest woman, is making headlines again for power struggles with her family and the Australian media.

  • Hong Kong Exchange Defends $2.2 Billion Price for LME Sunday, 17 Jun 2012 | 11:15 PM ET
    Hong Kong Stock Exchange

    Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing (HKex) has defended its purchase price of $2.18 billion for the London Metal Exchange, after some analysts voiced concerns about the amount it was paying.

  • Bulls Want to Coin Money in Gold Miners Wednesday, 6 Jun 2012 | 5:40 AM ET
    Gold

    The Market Vectors Gold Miners Index exchange-traded fund drew some bullish option activity yesterday as traders focus increasingly on precious metals.

  • Australian Becomes World’s Richest Woman, Mag Says Wednesday, 23 May 2012 | 12:45 PM ET
    Gina Rinehart, chairwoman of Hancock Prospecting Pty., attends the Commonwealth Business Forum in Perth, Australia, on Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2011.

    According to Australia's BRW magazine, mining magnate Gina Rinehart’s net worth is now $28.5 billion. That tops WalMart heiress Christy Walton’s $26 billion pile.