• 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...

  • US inventories gain in Dec., but fail to impress Tuesday, 11 Feb 2014 | 10:05 AM ET
    An employee operates a forklift at the distribution center of the Oregon Freeze Dry facility in Tangent, Oregon.

    U.S. wholesale inventories rose less than expected in December, suggesting a moderation in the pace of stock accumulation.

  • Political unrest deals blow to Thai billionaire Tuesday, 21 Jan 2014 | 7:36 PM ET
    Dhanin Chearavanont, billionaire and chairman of Charoen Pokphand Group Co. (CP Group), pauses while attending a conference hosted by the Thailand-China Chamber of Commerce in Bangkok, Thailand.

    A local currency hit by months of political unrest, and skittish consumers spending less are keeping the pressure on Thai billionaire Dhanin Chearavanont.

  • Herbalife sales claims in India raise questions Friday, 18 Oct 2013 | 7:00 AM ET

    In one of Herbalife's fastest-growing markets, sellers' extraordinary health claims are drawing unwanted attention.

  • Yum? China Probes Mutton Supplier in New Food Scare Monday, 6 May 2013 | 5:53 AM ET
    Chinese lamb stew hot pot

    Shanghai authorities are testing mislabeled mutton from a wholesaler that supplies a chain of hot pot restaurants run by U.S. fast food firm Yum Brands.

  • Gold Rallies After ECB Decision, Strong Chinese Data Thursday, 10 Jan 2013 | 3:36 PM ET
    These Are Gold's Key Levels: Pro

    Gold prices topped $1,675 an ounce, rising along with the euro after the European Central Bank gave no hints on near-term rate cuts.