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  • Victims in Texas blast choose closure over answers Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 | 12:24 PM ET

    WEST, Texas— Families of the 15 people killed in a massive explosion at a Texas fertilizer plant have spent the year since the blast navigating the difficult balance between moving forward and digging for answers from the past.

  • Early Glance: Chemicals companies Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 | 10:27 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Shares of some top chemicals companies are up at 10 a.m.:. Dow Chemical Co. rose$. 23 or. 5 percent, to $47.80. DuPont Co. rose$. 46 or. 7 percent, to $67.36.

  • Early Glance: Coal companies Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 | 10:27 AM ET

    Arch Coal fell$. 03 or. 6 percent, to $4.85. Consol Energy Inc. fell$. 11 or. 3 percent, to $40.83. Peabody Energy fell$. 10 or. 6 percent, to $16.76.

  • Early Glance: Gold companies Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 | 10:27 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Shares of some top gold companies are mixed at 10 a.m.:. Barrick Gold Corp. fell$. 13 or. 7 percent, to $18.41. Newmont Mining Corp. fell$. 05 or. 2 percent, to $23.79.

  • Early Glance: Silver companies Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 | 10:27 AM ET

    Hecla Mining Co. fell$. 04 or 1.3 percent, to $3.13. Pan American Silver Corp. fell$. 13 or 1.0 percent, to $13.13. Silver Standard Resources Inc. fell$. 11 or 1.1 percent, to $9.80.

  • Despite spills, hazardous cargo still rides the rails Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 | 10:07 AM ET
    Joseph Targ, right, and Jodi Ross, respectively the fire chief and town manager of Westford, Mass., revisit the site where a train carrying natural gas recently derailed, on March 24, 2014.

    The number of trains carrying crude oil is increasing and so is the number of spills, exposing a world of secrecy around these operations.

  • LONDON, April 16- Sharp sell-offs in copper and iron ore last month helped boost first-quarter exchange trading activity across the industrial metals. The return of volatility to the iron ore market, meanwhile, fired up trading volumes on the Singapore Exchange and the new Dalian Commodity Exchange contract.

  • LONDON, April 16- The top names in global mining, gathered in Chile last week, publicly shrugged off concerns that copper financing deals in China, that have locked up mountains of metal, could unravel.

  • China's plan for iron ore giants hard to make the grade Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 | 5:06 AM ET

    *China plans 6-8 big iron ore miners to rely less on imports. SHANGHAI, April 16- China's bid to slash its dependence on foreign iron ore miners by creating its own mega producers risks running aground before it starts due to high costs and poor quality of ore.

  • ZURICH, April 16- Syngenta AG, the world's largest maker of crop chemicals, expects weak emerging markets currencies to have a bigger hit on full-year earnings than previously assumed, it said on Wednesday, as it posted higher first-quarter sales.

  • SYDNEY, April 16- Australian miners are racing ahead with plans to expand iron ore production to capture more of the Chinese market for the steelmaking ingredient, amid strong competition from the world's biggest supplier Vale of Brazil.

  • SYDNEY, April 16- BHP Billiton is lifting its iron ore production this year to capture more of the Chinese market for the steelmaking ingredient, amid strong competition from rivals in Australia and Brazil.

  • Warnings fly in tense call between Obama and Putin Tuesday, 15 Apr 2014 | 9:38 AM ET
    President Barack Obama speaks in the East Room of the White House April 14, 2014 in Washington.

    President Obama said to President Putin during a phone call that Russia would have to face further sanctions if it continues its actions in Ukraine.

  • *Indonesia's export ban, Russia sanctions support. *Copper falls for 2nd day on China's demand woes. SINGAPORE, April 15- Nickel edged lower on Tuesday as the market took a breather after hitting a 14- month high in the previous session, supported by Indonesia's ore export ban and the prospect of tougher sanctions against Russia over Ukraine.

  • SYDNEY, April 15- Rio Tinto's iron ore shipments fell 8 percent in the first-quarter from the previous quarter due to weather-related disruptions in Australia and Canada, but the miner said it was on track to meet its full-year target.

  • SINGAPORE, April 15- Gold was trading near its highest in three weeks on Tuesday as heightened tensions between the West and Russia over Ukraine lifted the metal's safe-haven appeal. Palladium continued to hold near its highest since August 2011 on worries over supply constrains from Russia and South Africa, the top two producers of the metal.

  • SYDNEY, April 15- World number 2 iron ore producer Rio Tinto posted an 8 percent drop in first-quarter shipments compared with the previous quarter owing to weather-related disruptions in Australia and Canada.

  • Final Glance: Coal companies Monday, 14 Apr 2014 | 6:01 PM ET

    Arch Coal fell$. 04 or. 8 percent, to $4.84. Consol Energy Inc. rose$. 47 or 1.2 percent, to $40.58. Peabody Energy rose$. 03 or. 2 percent, to $17.00.

  • Final Glance: Gold companies Monday, 14 Apr 2014 | 6:01 PM ET

    Barrick Gold Corp. rose$. 21 or 1.1 percent, to $18.83. Gold Fields rose$. 03 or. 7 percent, to $4.08. Newmont Mining Corp. rose$. 18 or. 7 percent, to $24.41.

  • Final Glance: Chemicals companies Monday, 14 Apr 2014 | 6:01 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Shares of some top chemicals companies were up at the close of trading:. Dow Chemical Co. rose$. 55 or 1.2 percent, to $47.50. DuPont Co. rose$. 50 or. 8 percent, to $66.59.

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