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  • *Gold heads for 0.5 percent weekly increase. LONDON, May 16- Gold struggled below $1,300 an ounce on Friday, as data indicating brighter prospects for the U.S. economy reinforced views that the Federal Reserve will maintain its pace of stimulus tapering.

  • *Gold heads for 0.5 percent weekly increase. LONDON, May 16- Gold struggled below $1,300 an ounce on Friday, as data indicating brighter prospects for the U.S. economy reinforced views that the Federal Reserve will maintain its pace of stimulus tapering.

  • *Gold holds overnight losses after strong U.S. data. SINGAPORE, May 16- Gold struggled below $1,300 an ounce on Friday as U.S. jobs and factory data indicated brighter prospects for the economy, hurting the metal's appeal as an investment hedge.

  • PRECIOUS-Gold holds below $1,300 on solid U.S. data Thursday, 15 May 2014 | 8:36 PM ET

    SINGAPORE, May 16- Gold struggled below $1,300 an ounce on Friday as U.S. jobs and factory data indicated brighter prospects for the economy, hurting the metal's appeal as an investment hedge.

  • *Gold reserves fell to unsustainable levels. RABAT, May 13- Morocco's biggest miner Managem has ended gold extraction in the southern Akka gold mines after reserves fell to non-viable levels, leading to the loss of around 300 jobs from its own staff and contractors, it said on Wednesday.

  • *Guangdong already owns 23 percent of PanAust. *PanAust not recommending bid but allows due diligence. SYDNEY/ MELBOURNE, May 13- China's Guangdong Rising Assets Management has proposed a A $1.1 billion takeover offer for copper and gold miner PanAust Ltd, the second bid for an Australian resources firm by a Chinese state-owned company in two weeks.

  • 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.

  • Freeport sheds TX shale assets in $3.1 bln deal Wednesday, 7 May 2014 | 7:32 AM ET

    Freeport-McMoRan is selling its Eagle Ford Shale assets in Texas to an Encana subsidiary for $3.1 billion.

  • *Tensions in Ukraine fuel buying of bullion. LONDON, May 6- Gold prices firmed for a third session on Tuesday as tensions flared between government forces and pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine, and the dollar slid to a 6-1/ 2 month low against a currency basket.

  • NEW YORK/ LONDON, May 1- Gold fell on Thursday on fresh outflows from gold exchange-traded funds, extending losses from the previous day when the Federal Reserve reinforced its view in the U.S. economy's prospects and reduced its monthly bond purchases, as expected.

  • April 30- Barrick Gold Corp reported a dramatic drop in first-quarter earnings on Wednesday and cut its forecast for 2014 copper production due to damage to the main conveyor at its Lumwana mine in Zambia that had halted ore processing there.

  • April 30- Barrick Gold Corp, the world's largest gold miner, reported a 90 percent fall in quarterly earnings, hurt by lower gold prices and production. Net earnings attributable to shareholders fell to $88 million, or 8 cents per share, in the first quarter ended March 31, from $847 million, or 85 cents per share, a year earlier.

  • *Newmont and Barrick shares slide on the NYSE. By Euan Rocha, Allison Martell and Soyoung Kim. TORONTO/ NEW YORK, April 28- Failed merger talks between Barrick Gold Corp and Newmont Mining Corp descended into acrimony on Monday, with the two large gold miners publicly accusing each other of scuppering a deal favored by many investors.

  • TORONTO, April 28- Newmont Mining Corp has terminated merger talks with Barrick Gold Corp. The news sent shares of Newmont sliding 5.5 percent to $25 in New York trading before the market opened, while Barrick was slightly higher. Toronto- based Barrick and smaller rival Newmont have considered merging on numerous occasions in the past two decades.

  • *U.S., Europe prepare more sanctions against Russia. NEW YORK/ LONDON, April 25- Gold rose to close at $1,300 an ounce on Friday, extending the previous day's sharp reversal from a 2-1/ 2 month low, as violence in Ukraine boosted bullion's safe-haven appeal, and weakness in equity markets also supported gold.

  • April 23- The disagreements around the spin-out of certain assets that had snagged merger talks between Barrick Gold Corp and its rival, Newmont Mining Corp, have been resolved but talks are at a standstill for now, said three sources familiar with the matter on Wednesday.

  • 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..

  • TORONTO, April 21- Talks between Barrick Gold Corp and Newmont Mining Corp about a potential merger have hit a snag, but sources close to the situation say the companies remain keen to reach a deal and discussions are likely to resume.

  • 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.

  • MOSCOW, April 11- Polyus Gold, Russia's biggest gold miner is considering state proposals to encourage the rebasing of Russian firms currently owned by offshore entities and intends to explore these issues with the government, the company said on Friday.