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  • HOUSTON, Nov 21- Energy companies have long touted to Wall Street investors the number of acres they lease or own as a measure of how many oil and gas shale wells they can potentially drill. Several smaller operators in the Permian Basin of Texas, including RSP Permian Inc, Laredo Petroleum Inc and Callon Petroleum Co, are telling investors there is more than meets...

  • Early Glance: Silver companies Friday, 21 Nov 2014 | 10:18 AM ET

    Hecla Mining Co. rose$. 06 or 2.3 percent, to $2.49. Pan American Silver Corp. rose$. 25 or 2.4 percent, to $10.79. Silver Standard Resources Inc. rose$. 20 or 3.4 percent, to $6.01.

  • Early Glance: Gold companies Friday, 21 Nov 2014 | 10:17 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Shares of some top gold companies are up at 10 a.m.:. Barrick Gold Corp. rose$. 11 or. 9 percent, to $12.94. Newmont Mining Corp. rose$. 13 or. 7 percent, to $19.71.

  • Early Glance: Coal companies Friday, 21 Nov 2014 | 10:17 AM ET

    Arch Coal rose$. 12 or 4.7 percent, to $2.65. Consol Energy Inc. rose$. 30 or. 7 percent, to $41.91. Peabody Energy rose$. 54 or 4.8 percent, to $11.68.

  • Early Glance: Chemicals companies Friday, 21 Nov 2014 | 10:17 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Shares of some top chemicals companies are up at 10 a.m.:. Dow Chemical Co. rose $1.40 or 2.7 percent, to $52.88. DuPont Co. rose $1.08 or 1.5 percent, to $72.51.

  • Dow Chemical agrees to add board members Friday, 21 Nov 2014 | 9:57 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Dow Chemical Co. has agreed to add four new members to its board of directors after pressure from hedge fund activist Daniel Loeb's Third Point. In January, Third Point disclosed that it bought a stake in Dow, calling it its biggest investment. Third Point currently has a 1.9 percent stake in the company.

  • Bet on Big Macs, materials when China cuts rates Friday, 21 Nov 2014 | 9:22 AM ET
    McDonald's in Kaifeng of Henan Province, China.

    When China cuts interest rates, McDonald's outperforms the market five days later and makers of stone and gravel also beat the market, history shows.

  • Berry Plastics misses Street 4Q forecasts Friday, 21 Nov 2014 | 8:54 AM ET

    EVANSVILLE, Ind. _ Berry Plastics Group Inc. on Friday reported net income of $29 million in its fiscal fourth quarter. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 37 cents per share. Analysts expected $1.33 billion, according to Zacks.

  • *State-controlled KGHM is one of Poland's biggest companies. Poland's environment ministry, which allocates concessions, denied it gave preferential treatment to KGHM over Canadian Miedzi Copper, which has filed a lawsuit, or British firm Darley Energy, which has submitted an appeal. KGHM, Europe's second-largest copper producer and an industrial champion...

  • European shares extend rally after China rate cut Friday, 21 Nov 2014 | 6:48 AM ET

    PARIS, Nov 21- European stocks extended an early rally on Friday morning, led by mining shares after China's central bank cut its benchmark interest rate for the first time in more than two years in an attempt to lift its cooling economy. European mining shares, strongly affected by China's economic growth, featured among the top gainers, with Rio Tinto up 3.9...

  • METALS-Prices rally after China cuts interest rates Friday, 21 Nov 2014 | 6:22 AM ET

    *China cuts benchmark rates for first time in two years. LONDON, Nov 21- Metals prices rose on Friday after China cut benchmark interest rates in a bid to jumpstart its economy, while expectations of raw material scarcity gave a further lift to nickel which hit a five-week high. Three-month copper on the London Metal Exchange hit a session high of $6,748 a tonne...

  • Final Glance: Coal companies Thursday, 20 Nov 2014 | 6:02 PM ET

    Arch Coal rose$. 23 or 10.0 percent, to $2.53. Consol Energy Inc. rose$. 84 or 2.1 percent, to $41.61. Peabody Energy rose$. 35 or 3.2 percent, to $11.14.

  • Final Glance: Chemicals companies Thursday, 20 Nov 2014 | 6:02 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Shares of some top chemicals companies were up at the close of trading:. Dow Chemical Co. unchanged at $51.48. DuPont Co. rose$. 18 or. 3 percent, to $71.43.

  • Final Glance: Gold companies Thursday, 20 Nov 2014 | 6:02 PM ET

    Barrick Gold Corp. rose$. 37 or 3.0 percent, to $12.83. Gold Fields rose$. 06 or 1.5 percent, to $4.15. Newmont Mining Corp. rose$. 47 or 2.5 percent, to $19.58.

  • Final Glance: Silver companies Thursday, 20 Nov 2014 | 6:02 PM ET

    Hecla Mining Co. rose$. 04 or 1.7 percent, to $2.44. Pan American Silver Corp. rose$. 37 or 3.6 percent, to $10.67. Silver Standard Resources Inc. rose$. 37 or 6.8 percent, to $5.81.

  • Nasdaq stocks posting largest volume increases Thursday, 20 Nov 2014 | 6:02 PM ET

    China Shengda Packaging Group: Approximately 52,200 shares changed hands, a 894.7 percent increase over its 65- day average volume. The shares fell$. 04 or 4.2 percent to$. 92. Covenant Transport Inc.: Approximately 1,781,600 shares changed hands, a 955.5 percent increase over its 65- day average volume.

  • Quebec's ambitious Plan Nord mineral project goes south Thursday, 20 Nov 2014 | 5:54 PM ET

    MONTREAL/ VANCOUVER, Nov 20- A plan by the Canadian province of Quebec to spend billions to develop the mineral riches of its northern region has been dealt a crippling blow by the pending closure of a major mine as iron ore prices sink and China's interest wanes. But Plan Nord took a big hit on Wednesday, when Cliffs Natural Resources said it is closing its Bloom Lake...

  • Midday Glance: Chemicals companies Thursday, 20 Nov 2014 | 2:49 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Shares of some top chemicals companies are mixed at 1 p.m.:. Dow Chemical Co. fell$. 06 or. 1 percent, to $51.42. DuPont Co. rose$. 10 or. 1 percent, to $71.35.

  • Midday Glance: Gold companies Thursday, 20 Nov 2014 | 2:49 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Shares of some top gold companies are up at 1 p.m.:. Barrick Gold Corp. rose$. 24 or 1.9 percent, to $12.70. Newmont Mining Corp. rose$. 37 or 1.9 percent, to $19.48.

  • Midday Glance: Silver companies Thursday, 20 Nov 2014 | 2:49 PM ET

    Hecla Mining Co. rose$. 01 or. 4 percent, to $2.41. Pan American Silver Corp. rose$. 20 or 1.9 percent, to $10.50. Silver Standard Resources Inc. rose$. 21 or 3.9 percent, to $5.65.