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  • Midday Glance: Gold companies Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 | 1:49 PM ET

    Barrick Gold Corp. fell$. 13 or. 7 percent, to $18.70. Gold Fields rose$. 18 or 4.4 percent, to $4.29. Newmont Mining Corp. fell$. 07 or. 2 percent, to $26.77.

  • Midday Glance: Silver companies Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 | 1:49 PM ET

    Hecla Mining Co. rose$. 01 or. 3 percent, to $3.32. Pan American Silver Corp. rose$. 18 or 1.3 percent, to $14.42. Silver Standard Resources Inc. rose$. 03 or. 3 percent, to $9.43.

  • Aug 20- Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc agreed to pay an $896,000 civil penalty to the U.S. government for having failed to timely report a transaction that boosted its voting stake in building products company USG Corp.

  • Early Glance: Gold companies Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 | 12:21 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Shares of some top gold companies are mixed at 10 a.m.:. Barrick Gold Corp. fell$. 10 or. 5 percent, to $18.73. Newmont Mining Corp. fell$. 12 or. 4 percent, to $26.71.

  • Early Glance: Silver companies Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 | 12:21 PM ET

    Hecla Mining Co. unchanged at $3.31. Pan American Silver Corp. rose$. 09 or. 6 percent, to $14.33. Silver Wheaton rose$. 05 or. 2 percent, to $25.37.

  • Early Glance: Chemicals companies Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 | 12:21 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Shares of some top chemicals companies are mixed at 10 a.m.:. Dow Chemical Co. rose$. 16 or. 3 percent, to $53.24. DuPont Co. fell$. 05 or. 1 percent, to $66.24.

  • Early Glance: Coal companies Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 | 12:21 PM ET

    Arch Coal fell$. 04 or 1.2 percent, to $3.23. Consol Energy Inc. fell$. 43 or 1.1 percent, to $39.40. Peabody Energy fell$. 05 or. 3 percent, to $16.35.

  • Aug 20- Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc has agreed to pay an $896,000 civil penalty to the U.S. government for having failed to timely report that it had boosted its voting stake in building products company USG Corp.

  • LONDON, Aug 20- Commodities group Glencore became the first of the large miners to honor promises to return cash to shareholders, announcing a share buyback program of up to $1 billion as it reported forecast-beating first-half profit.

  • Fortune Brands to sell window business for $130M Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 | 8:54 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Fortune Brands Home& Security Inc. said Wednesday that it has agreed to sell its Simonton Windows business to building products maker Ply Gem Holdings Inc. for about $130 million. Ply Gem, which is based in Cary, North Carolina, said it is buying Simonton to help it grow its windows division and plans to operate the company as a stand-alone business.

  • Glencore swings to profit, announces buyback Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 | 6:11 AM ET

    GENEVA— Commodities and mining group Glencore PLC says it will buy back up to $1 billion of its own shares as profit for the first half of the year rose 8 percent. The Swiss-based company, which created an industry giant through the merger between Glencore and Xstrata, says the repurchasing of shares will run through the end of March.

  • LONDON, Aug 20- Commodities group Glencore became the first of the large miners to honour promises to return cash to shareholders, announcing a share buyback programme of up to $1 billion as it reported forecast-beating first-half profit.

  • METALS-London copper revives as shorts cover Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 | 3:44 AM ET

    *Copper premiums in Shanghai bonded zone off 37 pct since July 10. SYDNEY, Aug 20- London copper climbed on Wednesday as a mix of short-covering and a constructive technical picture revived momentum, and as some buyers in top consumer China appeared to be taking advantage of lower prices to restock.

  • FACTBOX-Tyre rubber from dandelions Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 | 3:30 AM ET

    Aug 20- Tyre makers such as Bridgestone Corp and Continental AG are spending millions of dollars on the development of new rubber-yielding crops such as dandelions to reduce their reliance on rubber-tree plantations in Southeast Asia. Here are key facts about the rubber trade and the research into new sources of natural rubber.

  • FACTBOX-Tire rubber from dandelions Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 | 3:30 AM ET

    Aug 20- Tire makers such as Bridgestone Corp and Continental AG are spending millions of dollars on the development of new rubber-yielding crops such as dandelions to reduce their reliance on rubber-tree plantations in Southeast Asia. Here are key facts about the rubber trade and the research into new sources of natural rubber.

  • SYDNEY, Aug 20- Shanghai copper dropped towards a major level of support in overnight trade on Wednesday, a break of which could trigger a downleg in prices given forecasts of improving supply. *The most-traded October copper contract on the Shanghai Futures Exchange slipped by 0.4 percent to 49,000 yuan a tonne in early trade on Wednesday.

  • Final Glance: Silver companies Tuesday, 19 Aug 2014 | 6:09 PM ET

    Hecla Mining Co. fell$. 01 or. 3 percent, to $3.31. Pan American Silver Corp. fell$. 17 or 1.2 percent, to $14.24. Silver Standard Resources Inc. fell$. 22 or 2.2 percent, to $9.40.

  • Final Glance: Gold companies Tuesday, 19 Aug 2014 | 6:08 PM ET

    Barrick Gold Corp. fell$. 18 or. 9 percent, to $18.83. Gold Fields fell$. 08 or 1.9 percent, to $4.11. Newmont Mining Corp. rose$. 01 or percent, to $26.83.

  • Final Glance: Chemicals companies Tuesday, 19 Aug 2014 | 6:08 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Shares of some top chemicals companies were up at the close of trading:. Dow Chemical Co. rose$. 20 or. 4 percent, to $53.08. DuPont Co. rose$. 42 or. 6 percent, to $66.29.

  • Final Glance: Coal companies Tuesday, 19 Aug 2014 | 6:08 PM ET

    Arch Coal rose$. 06 or 1.9 percent, to $3.27. Consol Energy Inc. rose$. 29 or. 7 percent, to $39.83. Peabody Energy rose$. 45 or 2.8 percent, to $16.40.

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