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  • Midday Glance: Silver companies Wednesday, 4 Mar 2015 | 1:16 PM ET

    Hecla Mining Co. fell$. 08 or 2.4 percent, to $3.26. Pan American Silver Corp. fell$. 07 or. 8 percent, to $9.37. Silver Standard Resources Inc. fell$. 20 or 4.0 percent, to $4.75.

  • NEW YORK, March 4- A U.S. judge has dismissed antitrust litigation accusing a variety of Wall Street banks and commodity merchants of conspiring to drive up aluminum prices by reducing supply. District Judge Katherine Forrest in Manhattan rejected claims brought by aluminum purchasers against several defendants including Goldman Sachs Group Inc, JPMorgan...

  • METALS-Nickel rallies after Chinese closures Wednesday, 4 Mar 2015 | 12:42 PM ET

    *US aluminum price-fixing claims vs LME, Glencore thrown out. LONDON, March 4- Nickel rebounded on Wednesday, breaking a string of four straight losing sessions, after reports of closures of nickel operations in China and despite a surge in inventories. Analysts at Macquarie Bank said nickel demand in China should get a boost from a government order to close some...

  • Ecuador, seeking investment, buffs up mining sector image Wednesday, 4 Mar 2015 | 12:35 PM ET

    TORONTO, March 4- Rebranding itself as a mining-friendly jurisdiction, Ecuador has high hopes that incentives and tax benefits will polish its tarnished image and attract $5 billion worth of investment over the next five years, a senior minister told Reuters. "We have made the decision that mining constitutes a central axis of our development plans," said Rafael...

  • NEW YORK, March 4- A U.S. judge dismissed antitrust litigation accusing the parent of the London Metal Exchange, the large mining company Glencore Plc and two other foreign defendants of being part of a conspiracy among Wall Street banks and commodity merchants to drive up aluminum prices by reducing supply. District Judge Katherine Forrest in Manhattan ruled...

  • Early Glance: Silver companies Wednesday, 4 Mar 2015 | 10:36 AM ET

    Hecla Mining Co. fell$. 04 or 1.3 percent, to $3.30. Pan American Silver Corp. fell$. 11 or 1.1 percent, to $9.34. Silver Standard Resources Inc. fell$. 12 or 2.4 percent, to $4.83.

  • Early Glance: Gold companies Wednesday, 4 Mar 2015 | 10:36 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Shares of some top gold companies are down at 10 a.m.:. Barrick Gold Corp. fell$. 14 or 1.2 percent, to $12.37. Newmont Mining Corp. fell$. 16 or. 6 percent, to $25.46.

  • Early Glance: Chemicals companies Wednesday, 4 Mar 2015 | 10:36 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Shares of some top chemicals companies are down at 10 a.m.:. Dow Chemical Co. fell$. 14 or. 3 percent, to $49.11. DuPont Co. fell$. 19 or. 2 percent, to $77.88.

  • Early Glance: Coal companies Wednesday, 4 Mar 2015 | 10:36 AM ET

    Arch Coal fell$. 05 or 4.1 percent, to $1.16. Consol Energy Inc. fell$. 61 or 1.9 percent, to $31.17. Peabody Energy fell$. 37 or 5.1 percent, to $6.86.

  • RIO DE JANEIRO, March 4- Brazilian steelmaker Gerdau SA on Wednesday posted quarterly earnings that beat economists' estimates, sending its shares rallying more than 4 percent on the Sao Paulo stock exchange. Gerdau's sales dropped in line with an economic slowdown in Brazil and other Latin American countries, but a weaker real boosted foreign currency...

  • Installed Building Products posts 4Q profit Wednesday, 4 Mar 2015 | 7:33 AM ET

    COLUMBUS, Ohio _ Installed Building Products Inc. on Wednesday reported fourth-quarter profit of $5.1 million. The average estimate of five analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was also for earnings of 20 cents per share. Installed Building Products shares have risen slightly more than 3 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • *Commercial space economy valued at $250 billion. HAIFA, Israel, March 4- Israel is embarking on a five-year mission to stake its claim on a crowded new frontier, the $250 billion a year commercial space market. China plans to build its own space station by 2022, and Google co-founder Larry Page is backing an asteroid mining company.

  • LONDON, March 4- Nickel prices slid for the fifth straight session on Wednesday towards the lowest levels in nearly 14 months after inventories touched another record high, fanning worries over demand in top consumer China. It should have done, but it hasn't, "said Nic Brown, head of commodities research at Natixis. "I worry that the picture in China is worse than we...

  • Death toll mounts in Ukraine coal mine blast; 17 dead Wednesday, 4 Mar 2015 | 3:10 AM ET

    DONETSK, Ukraine— An explosion ripped through a coal mine before dawn Wednesday in war-torn eastern Ukraine, killing at least one miner and trapping more than 30 others underground, rebel and government officials said. Eastern Ukraine has been wracked by fighting between government forces and Russian-backed rebels for almost a year, a conflict that has...

  • Final Glance: Coal companies Tuesday, 3 Mar 2015 | 6:05 PM ET

    Arch Coal fell$. 08 or 6.2 percent, to $1.21. Consol Energy Inc. rose$. 30 or 1.0 percent, to $31.78. Peabody Energy fell$. 26 or 3.5 percent, to $7.23.

  • Final Glance: Chemicals companies Tuesday, 3 Mar 2015 | 6:05 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Shares of some top chemicals companies were down at the close of trading:. Dow Chemical Co. fell$. 10 or. 2 percent, to $49.25. DuPont Co. fell$. 42 or. 5 percent, to $78.07.

  • Final Glance: Gold companies Tuesday, 3 Mar 2015 | 6:05 PM ET

    Barrick Gold Corp. fell$. 25 or 2.0 percent, to $12.51. Gold Fields Ltd ADS fell$. 11 or 2.5 percent, to $4.23. Newmont Mining Corp. fell$. 27 or 1.0 percent, to $25.62.

  • Final Glance: Silver companies Tuesday, 3 Mar 2015 | 6:05 PM ET

    Pan American Silver Corp. fell$. 24 or 2.5 percent, to $9.44. Silver Standard Resources Inc. fell$. 15 or 2.9 percent, to $4.95. Silver Wheaton fell $1.18 or 5.6 percent, to $20.02.

  • DUBLIN, March 3- Ireland on Tuesday became the second country in the world to pass legislation requiring cigarettes to be sold in plain packets, despite threats of legal action by tobacco companies opposed to the move. Japan Tobacco International and Imperial Tobacco Group have said they would take legal action against the plan to ban the colourful logos used...

  • Irish parliament passes plain tobacco packaging law Tuesday, 3 Mar 2015 | 12:41 PM ET

    DUBLIN, March 3- Ireland's parliament on Tuesday became the second in the world to pass legislation requiring cigarettes to be sold in plain packets, despite threats of legal action by tobacco companies opposed to the move. Japan Tobacco International and Imperial Tobacco Group have announced they would take legal action against the move to ban the colourful...

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