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  • METALS-Copper steadies in narrow range, supplies in focus Wednesday, 12 Nov 2014 | 6:10 AM ET

    *Copper down 9 percent year-to-date. LONDON, Nov 12- Copper prices held steady on Wednesday, remaining locked in a sideways trading range, as lacklustre demand and expectations of more supplies next year capped gains. Copper has stayed in a narrow range between $6,500 and $6,800 since mid-September, and some analysts expect prices could weaken further towards...

  • METALS-London copper little changed after U.S. holiday Tuesday, 11 Nov 2014 | 9:07 PM ET

    SYDNEY, Nov 12- London copper was barely changed on Wednesday, after gaining about half a percent in the previous session when U.S. markets were shut for a holiday, while zinc prices were underpinned by a strike at a Peruvian mine. *Prices have traded in a narrow $300 band of around $6,500- $6,800 since mid September as modestly growing demand is met by ample supply.

  • SINGAPORE Nov 12- U.S. crude futures fell on Wednesday as the dollar held close to a seven-year high, but tensions in Ukraine and the Middle East helped keep prices for the commodity above $77 per barrel. *The survey was taken ahead of weekly inventory reports from industry group the American Petroleum Institute and the U.S. Department of Energy's Energy...

  • SINGAPORE, Nov 12- Gold retreated from sharp overnight gains early on Wednesday as the U.S. dollar edged closer on a four-year high. Gold has struggled to hold rallies with the dollar close to multi-year highs and big outflows from bullion funds. *Spot gold fell 0.2 percent to $1,161.60 an ounce by 0044 GMT, after gaining 1.2 percent on Tuesday from a softer dollar.

  • *Royal Canadian Mint on allocation from September. SINGAPORE/ NEW YORK, Nov 5- A tumble in silver prices to four-year lows has triggered a global scramble by consumers to purchase silver coins and bars as the metal has reached its cheapest level relative to gold in more than five years. Retailers and distributors in Asia and the United States said they were...

  • *Royal Canadian Mint on allocation from September. SINGAPORE/ NEW YORK, Nov 5- A tumble in silver prices to four-year lows has triggered a global scramble by consumers to purchase silver coins and bars, as the spread between the price of the metal and gold reaches its widest in five years. Retailers and distributors in Asia and the United States said they were...

  • There is a litany of these things which have risen in the last year or so which have provided a negative backdrop, "said Scott Spitzer, chief operating officer of Manfra Tordella& Brookes, a major coin wholesaler based in New York. Sales to European investors also showed an uptick on bets that a proposal to prohibit the Swiss National Bank from selling any of its gold...

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 9- The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits fell last week to nearly its lowest level since before the 2007-09 recession, a sign of growing steam in the U.S. labor market. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits dropped 1,000 to a seasonally adjusted 287,000 in the week ended Oct. 4, the Labor Department said on...

  • U.S. wholesale inventories grow more than expected Thursday, 9 Oct 2014 | 10:03 AM ET

    WASHINGTON, Oct 9- U.S. wholesale inventories rose by the most in four months in August, a sign the U.S. economy may have grown more than expected in the third quarter. The Commerce Department said on Thursday wholesale inventories increased 0.7 percent during the month after a 0.3 percent gain in July, which was larger than initially estimated.

  • *Aurubis hikes 2015 copper term premium $5 to $110/ T. LONDON, Oct 9- Copper and other base metals rebounded on Thursday after U.S. central bank authorities signalled they would not rush to boost interest rates, extending a period of cheap capital for industry and investors. "It was a surprise, definitely everyone thought the dollar strength would go in one direction,"...

  • SINGAPORE Oct 9- U.S. crude futures climbed towards $88 a barrel on Thursday, rebounding after falling to their lowest level in 18 months on a weaker dollar and a draw on inventories at the Cushing delivery hub. *U.S. crude inventories surged by 5 million barrels in the week to Oct. 3, far higher than the 1.5 million barrel build forecast by analysts, data from the U.S....

  • SINGAPORE, Oct 9- Gold climbed to its highest in nearly two weeks on Thursday as expectations of an early hike in U.S. interest rates eased and the dollar lost traction after the release of minutes of the last Federal Reserve policy meeting. *Spot gold rose to $1,223.61 an ounce early on Thursday, before paring gains to trade down 0.2 percent at $1,219.30 by 0036 GMT.

  • SYDNEY, Oct 9- London metals climbed on Thursday after minutes of the latest Federal Reserve meeting doused fears of any early move to raise interest rates, potentially prolonging cheap capital for industry and investors. *The most-traded December copper contract on the Shanghai Futures Exchange finished down 1.2 percent at 47,340 yuan a tonne in the...

  • DEARBORN, Sept 29- Higher recall costs in North America and steeper losses in Russia and South America have caused Ford Motor Co to slash its forecast for pretax profit this year to $6 billion, from $7 billion to $8 billion previously, executives told investors at a briefing on Monday.

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 10- U.S. wholesale inventories barely rose in July, suggesting a slower pace of stock accumulation at the start of the third quarter that prompted economists to trim growth estimates. The Commerce Department said on Wednesday wholesale inventories edged up 0.1 percent, the smallest rise since July of last year, after a 0.2 percent gain in June.

  • U.S. wholesale inventories post smallest gain in a year Wednesday, 10 Sep 2014 | 10:00 AM ET

    WASHINGTON, Sept 10- U.S. wholesale inventories barely rose in July, suggesting a slower pace of stock accumulation at the start of the third quarter that could prompt economists to trim their growth estimates.

  • METALS-Copper edges up, dollar, China worries limit gains Wednesday, 10 Sep 2014 | 8:30 AM ET

    LONDON, Sept 10- Copper prices rose on Wednesday but remained near a one-month low due to concerns about growth in top consumer China and a strong dollar, while nickel slipped as supply worries eased.

  • METALS-Copper steadies as dollar's rally eases Wednesday, 10 Sep 2014 | 6:57 AM ET

    LONDON, Sept 10- Copper prices steadied on Wednesday near a one-month low, after hefty falls in the previous session, as the dollar's surge against a basket of currencies stabilized, while nickel slipped as supply worries eased.

  • SYDNEY, Sept 10- London metal contracts nursed heavy losses from the session before on Wednesday, as the dollar took a breather from an upward surge, with copper steadying near a four-week low and nickel recovering from 5- percent losses as supply worries eased.

  • *U.S. crude for October delivery had risen 19 cents to $92.94 by 0034 GMT, after gaining 9 cents the day before to end declines over the previous three sessions. *Brent crude rose 28 cents to $99.44, snapping a four-day losing streak after it settled down $1.04 on Tuesday at $99.16, the lowest closing price since April 2013.