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  • Cool commodities? Mining stocks back in vogue Monday, 12 May 2014 | 7:22 AM ET

    Mining stocks have fallen out of favor, but just when things could have turned from bad to worse it appears that the sector is the new contrarian play for 2014.

  • Union plus Rustenburg mines could sell for $1- 2 bln- analysts. LONDON/ JOHANNESBURG, April 25- If Anglo American pushes ahead to divest underperforming platinum assets, a sale to a small South African company that specialises in squeezing profit out of mines nearing the end of their lives is seen as the most likely option.

  • 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.

  • *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- 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.

  • SYDNEY, April 16- Australian miners are racing ahead with plans to expand iron ore production to capture more of the Chinese market for the steelmaking ingredient, amid strong competition from the world's biggest supplier Vale of Brazil.

  • April 14- A Chinese consortium bought the Las Bambas copper mine in Peru from Glencore Xstrata for $6 billion, the high end of analysts' forecasts in China's biggest acquisition of a mine, showing the strength of its long-term need for copper.

  • --Clyde Russell is a Reuters columnist. LAUNCESTON, Australia, April 14- "Unloved" was a word that popped up several times in relation to BHP Billiton's mooted plans to spin-off its non-core aluminium, nickel and manganese businesses.

  • BHP polishes up nickel unit as demerger talk swirls Thursday, 10 Apr 2014 | 10:00 PM ET

    *Could make it easier to find buyer for Nickel West division in Australia. SYDNEY, April 11- Breakthroughs in the way BHP Billiton processes nickel ores could help the world's biggest miner find a buyer for its ailing Nickel West division in Australia.

  • *Aluminium gains at risk given China slowdown. LONDON, April 4- Copper slipped on Friday on persistent investor concerns about slowing growth in top consumer China, though losses were limited as solid U.S. jobs data fed hopes that copper demand would pick up in the world's largest economy.

  • LAUSANNE, Switzerland, April 1- Private equity firms, which have been showing an increased interest in investing in the mining industry, will have a hard time even if they are betting on recovery in the longer term, the bosses of Anglo American and Glencore Xstrata said on Tuesday.

  • X2 secures $3.75 bln to create new mining firm Monday, 31 Mar 2014 | 4:04 AM ET

    LONDON, March 31- X2, the investment vehicle run by Mick Davies, the head of mining firm Xstrata before its takeover by Glencore, has raised $3.75 billion which will be used to create a medium-sized diversified mining company, it said on Monday.

  • China stimulus talk helps European shares to rebound Tuesday, 25 Mar 2014 | 7:45 AM ET

    *Miners gain most on China stimulus talk. Analysts said that any monetary easing by China, the world's biggest metals consumer, had potential to support metal prices and improve mining sector profits.

  • Investors who believe copper's recent price decline is limited to China are on the "path to ruin", warned Albert Edwards, Societe Generale's uber-bearish strategist.

  • Resources selloff may be overdone: Altair     Monday, 10 Mar 2014 | 12:43 AM ET

    Commenting on Monday's rout in Australian resources stocks due to poor\ Chinese trade data, Philip Parker, Chairman & CEO, Altair Investment Management, says the selloff may have been overdone.

  • LONDON, March 4- Glencore Xstrata posted forecast-beating core profit in the first set of full annual results since the commodities group was formed, helped by a strong performance from its trading arm offsetting a decline at its mining division.

  • Is BHP giving enough back to shareholders?     Monday, 17 Feb 2014 | 10:23 PM ET

    Mark Taylor, Senior Resources Analyst at Morningstar, says the firm's lower-than-expected dividend suggests that a buyback may be on the cards.

  • Yellen's remarks push gold to a 3-month high Tuesday, 11 Feb 2014 | 4:39 PM ET

    Janet Yellen's remarks hinting the Fed will continue to taper pushed gold to a 3-month high.

  • Peter Akerley, President & CEO of Canada-based Erdene Resource Development, says Mongolia has been making progress in terms of mining regulations.

  • Scott Maddock, Anlyst at Macquarie Private Portfolio Management, says he expects the iron ore market to remain strong, which should generate good returns for BHP Billiton shareholders