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  • Palladium steadied near a 13- year high of $900 an ounce hit in the previous session, supported by worries over supplies from top producer Russia and strong demand prospects.

  • *London- listed shares drop 4 pct. MELBOURNE, Aug 19- The world's biggest mining company, BHP Billiton, announced plans to spin off businesses worth an estimated $16 billion, most of them acquired in its 2001 merger with Billiton, to focus on its most profitable activities. BHP's London- listed shares fell 4 percent.

  • *BHP UK shares drop 4 pct. MELBOURNE, Aug 19- Top global miner BHP Billiton will spin off a roughly $16 billion company to shareholders, mostly offloading assets acquired in its 2001 merger with Billiton, as it looks to focus on its strongest businesses.

  • BHP plans asset split, posts $13.8 billion profit Tuesday, 19 Aug 2014 | 3:58 AM ET

    SYDNEY— BHP Billiton, the world's biggest miner, said Tuesday it plans to split off some of its smaller assets into a separate company, as it posted a $13.8 billion annual profit. It will be based in Perth, Australia, and listed on the Australian Securities Exchange, with a secondary listing in South Africa.

  • *H2 profit up 8 pct to $5.69 bln. MELBOURNE, Aug 19- Top global miner BHP Billiton will spin off a roughly $14 billion company to shareholders, mostly offloading assets it acquired in its 2001 merger with Billiton, as it looks to focus on its strongest businesses.

  • Final Glance: Silver companies Monday, 18 Aug 2014 | 6:02 PM ET

    Hecla Mining Co. rose$. 04 or 1.2 percent, to $3.32. Pan American Silver Corp. rose$. 19 or 1.3 percent, to $14.41. Silver Wheaton rose$. 19 or. 7 percent, to $25.80.

  • Final Glance: Gold companies Monday, 18 Aug 2014 | 6:02 PM ET

    Barrick Gold Corp. rose$. 06 or. 3 percent, to $19.01. Gold Fields rose$. 03 or. 7 percent, to $4.19. Newmont Mining Corp. fell$. 07 or. 3 percent, to $26.82.

  • CNBC's Bertha Coombs discusses the day's activity in the commodities markets.

  • Early Glance: Gold companies Monday, 18 Aug 2014 | 10:29 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Shares of some top gold companies are down at 10 a.m.:. Barrick Gold Corp. fell$. 23 or 1.2 percent, to $18.72. Newmont Mining Corp. fell$. 31 or 1.2 percent, to $26.58.

  • Early Glance: Silver companies Monday, 18 Aug 2014 | 10:29 AM ET

    Hecla Mining Co. fell$. 03 or. 8 percent, to $3.26. Pan American Silver Corp. fell$. 03 or. 2 percent, to $14.19. Silver Standard Resources Inc. fell$. 09 or 1.0 percent, to $9.36.

  • *Shares up 2 pct, outperform UK mining sector. MELBOURNE/ LONDON, Aug 15- Diversified mining company BHP Billiton declared its preference for a demerger of its aluminium, manganese and nickel assets on Friday, setting the stage for the formation of a separate business that could be worth at least $12 billion.

  • Final Glance: Gold companies Friday, 15 Aug 2014 | 6:16 PM ET

    Barrick Gold Corp. fell$. 17 or. 9 percent, to $18.95. Gold Fields fell$. 05 or 1.2 percent, to $4.16. Newmont Mining Corp. fell$. 16 or. 6 percent, to $26.89.

  • Final Glance: Silver companies Friday, 15 Aug 2014 | 6:16 PM ET

    Hecla Mining Co. rose$. 03 or. 9 percent, to $3.28. Pan American Silver Corp. fell$. 07 or. 5 percent, to $14.22. Silver Standard Resources Inc. rose$. 02 or. 2 percent, to $9.45.

  • *Investors buy gold, Treasuries on Ukraine news. NEW YORK/ LONDON, Aug 15- Gold prices were slightly lower on Friday, paring losses on safe-haven buying as equity markets slid after Ukraine said its forces had engaged a Russian armored column on Ukrainian soil in what appeared to be a major military escalation.

  • Midday Glance: Silver companies Friday, 15 Aug 2014 | 1:15 PM ET

    Hecla Mining Co. rose$. 01 or. 3 percent, to $3.26. Pan American Silver Corp. fell$. 01 or. 1 percent, to $14.28. Silver Standard Resources Inc. fell$. 02 or. 2 percent, to $9.41.

  • Midday Glance: Gold companies Friday, 15 Aug 2014 | 1:15 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Shares of some top gold companies are down at 1 p.m.:. Barrick Gold Corp. fell$. 22 or 1.1 percent, to $18.91. Newmont Mining Corp. fell$. 28 or 1.0 percent, to $26.78.

  • Schweitzer mining dispute claim goes forward Friday, 15 Aug 2014 | 11:45 AM ET

    BILLINGS, Mont.— An expert commission will decide on a $10 million compensation claim from former Montana Gov. Schweitzer is a director in Optima Inc., a company with mining claims, or rights, that stand in the way of the Montanore silver and copper mine near Libby proposed by Mines Management Inc..

  • Early Glance: Silver companies Friday, 15 Aug 2014 | 11:21 AM ET

    Hecla Mining Co. fell$. 04 or 1.1 percent, to $3.21. Pan American Silver Corp. fell$. 11 or. 8 percent, to $14.18. Silver Standard Resources Inc. fell$. 18 or 1.9 percent, to $9.25.

  • Early Glance: Gold companies Friday, 15 Aug 2014 | 11:21 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Shares of some top gold companies are down at 10 a.m.:. Barrick Gold Corp. fell$. 21 or 1.1 percent, to $18.91. Newmont Mining Corp. fell$. 30 or 1.1 percent, to $26.75.

  • *Concerns over Ukraine, Iraq soften. LONDON, Aug 15- Gold prices dropped 1.4 percent on Friday as European stock markets headed for their biggest weekly gain since mid-February on expectations for more central bank stimulus to lift the euro zone economy. "Gold is really not liking the strong return seen in stocks," Saxo Bank analyst Ole Hansen said.