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  • Midday Glance: Coal companies Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 1:25 PM ET

    Arch Coal rose$. 13 or 7.4 percent, to $1.89. Consol Energy Inc. fell $1.20 or 3.4 percent, to $34.15. Peabody Energy rose$. 33 or 4.0 percent, to $8.42.

  • Midday Glance: Chemicals companies Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 1:25 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Shares of some top chemicals companies are up at 1 p.m.:. Dow Chemical Co. rose$. 19 or. 4 percent, to $45.67. DuPont Co. rose$. 86 or 1.2 percent, to $73.09.

  • Midday Glance: Silver companies Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 1:25 PM ET

    Hecla Mining Co. rose$. 07 or 2.6 percent, to $2.73. Pan American Silver Corp. rose$. 19 or 2.0 percent, to $9.69. Silver Standard Resources Inc. rose$. 10 or 2.1 percent, to $4.92.

  • Midday Glance: Gold companies Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 1:25 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Shares of some top gold companies are mixed at 1 p.m.:. Barrick Gold Corp. fell$. 12 or 1.1 percent, to $10.97. Newmont Mining Corp. rose$. 31 or 1.6 percent, to $19.70.

  • AstraZeneca cancer drug, companion test approved Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 1:24 PM ET

    TRENTON, N.J.— U.S. regulators on Friday granted accelerated approval to the first in a new class of targeted drugs for ovarian cancer, Lynparza from British drugmaker AstraZeneca PLC. The Food and Drug Administration also approved a companion diagnostic test from Myriad Genetics Inc. of Salt Lake City called BRACAnalysis CDx. Richard Pazdur, director of the...

  • Guyana warns of drop in gold production Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 11:36 AM ET

    GEORGETOWN, Guyana— Officials in the South American country of Guyana say this year's gold production is expected to be lower than originally forecast. Miners Association spokesman Colin Sparman said Friday that hundreds of miners have abandoned the industry after suffering losses amid fluctuating prices. Gold is Guyana's main export.

  • U.S. plans to shut royalty loophole on coal exports Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 11:30 AM ET

    WASHINGTON, Dec 19- U.S. coal companies will no longer be able to settle royalties at low domestic prices when they make lucrative sales to Asia according to reforms proposed by the Interior Department on Friday. "Coal produced on public lands is an important part of our domestic energy portfolio, but we have an obligation- and we are fully committed- to ensure that...

  • Early Glance: Gold companies Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 10:20 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Shares of some top gold companies are mixed at 10 a.m.:. Barrick Gold Corp. rose$. 01 or percent, to $11.10. Newmont Mining Corp. rose$. 16 or. 8 percent, to $19.55.

  • Early Glance: Silver companies Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 10:20 AM ET

    Hecla Mining Co. rose$. 03 or 1.1 percent, to $2.69. Pan American Silver Corp. rose$. 20 or 2.1 percent, to $9.70. Silver Standard Resources Inc. rose$. 19 or 3.9 percent, to $5.01.

  • Early Glance: Coal companies Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 10:20 AM ET

    Arch Coal rose$. 11 or 6.0 percent, to $1.87. Consol Energy Inc. fell$. 24 or. 7 percent, to $35.11. Peabody Energy rose$. 32 or 3.9 percent, to $8.40.

  • Early Glance: Chemicals companies Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 10:20 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Shares of some top chemicals companies are up at 10 a.m.:. Dow Chemical Co. rose$. 49 or 1.1 percent, to $45.97. DuPont Co. rose $1.14 or 1.6 percent, to $73.36.

  • Environmental groups say the practice of storing coal ash in holding ponds supported by permeable, earthen dikes leads both to contamination of surrounding groundwater and the risk of catastrophe when those dikes fail, as happened in Tennessee and at a site in North Carolina earlier this year. The EPA has said contaminants such as arsenic, mercury and cadmium...

  • *Risk appetite re-emerges as oil, Russia's rouble stabilise. *Barrick says may suspend Zambia copper mine. LONDON, Dec 19- Copper rose more around 1 percent on Friday, leading other base metals higher as recent sharp falls prompted some bargain hunting among investors, who were also encouraged by gains in oil and equities.

  • *Gold cuts weekly loss, other precious metals also firmer. SINGAPORE, Dec 19- Gold edged up above $1,200 an ounce on Friday as buyers helped the metal hold up against rising equity markets, paring losses fueled by worries over a looming hike in U.S. interest rates. A surge in gold prices to above $1,230 an ounce last week from around $1,140 a week earlier has spurred...

  • *Shanghai copper reverses early losses to follow LME up. SYDNEY, Dec 19- Copper futures edged higher on Friday as oil prices rose and on worries over a possible supply disruption in Africa. Barrick Gold Corp said on Thursday it would suspend operations at its Lumwana copper mine in Zambia if legislation is passed to lift royalties on open-pit mining operations to...

  • Final Glance: Silver companies Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 8:09 PM ET

    Hecla Mining Co. rose$. 14 or 5.6 percent, to $2.66. Pan American Silver Corp. rose$. 22 or 2.4 percent, to $9.50. Silver Standard Resources Inc. rose$. 27 or 5.9 percent, to $4.82.

  • Final Glance: Gold companies Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 8:09 PM ET

    Barrick Gold Corp. rose$. 33 or 3.1 percent, to $11.09. GoldCorp. rose$. 89 or 5.0 percent, to $18.82. Newmont Mining Corp. rose$. 89 or 4.8 percent, to $19.39.

  • Final Glance: Chemicals companies Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 8:08 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Shares of some top chemicals companies were up at the close of trading:. Dow Chemical Co. rose$. 93 or 2.1 percent, to $45.48. DuPont Co. rose $1.97 or 2.8 percent, to $72.23.

  • Final Glance: Coal companies Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 8:08 PM ET

    Arch Coal fell$. 06 or 3.3 percent, to $1.76. Consol Energy Inc. rose$. 45 or 1.3 percent, to $35.35. Peabody Energy rose$. 13 or 1.6 percent, to $8.09.

  • SINGAPORE, Dec 19- Gold steadied below $1,200 an ounce on Friday and was set to end a two-week rally as the dollar gained on expectations that the U.S. * "Gold prices are currently capped by a stronger dollar and ongoing weak oil prices. Despite this, gold keeps challenging the $1,200/ oz level, " HSBC analysts said in a note.

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