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  • 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: 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: 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: 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: Coal companies Thursday, 20 Nov 2014 | 2:49 PM ET

    Arch Coal rose$. 14 or 6.1 percent, to $2.44. Consol Energy Inc. rose$. 73 or 1.8 percent, to $41.50. Peabody Energy rose$. 18 or 1.7 percent, to $10.97.

  • 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: 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: 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.

  • *Platinum briefly dips to a discount to gold. NEW YORK/ LONDON, Nov 20- Gold rose on Thursday on data showing rising U.S. inflation, and after the previous day's 1- percent drop triggered renewed physical interest by price-sensitive Asian buyers. Spot gold was up 0.7 percent at $1,191.44 an ounce by 1:55 p.m. EST, while U.S. gold futures for December delivery settled...

  • LONDON, Nov 20- Daily average aluminium production in the world outside China slid to 66,200 tonnes in October, according to the International Aluminium Institute. The cutback impetus is fading just about everywhere outside South America, while news that one European smelter, the Aldel plant in the Netherlands, is planning a restart may be a harbinger of a major...

  • *Focus on north of England and Scotland. LONDON, Nov 20- Swiss chemicals group Ineos announced on Thursday plans to invest $1 billion in shale gas exploration in Britain, hoping to emulate the U.S. shale boom in one of few European countries to endorse controversial fracking technology. The $1 billion investment, which is subject to Ineos winning UK shale gas...

  • Early Glance: Gold companies Thursday, 20 Nov 2014 | 10:29 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Shares of some top gold companies are up at 10 a.m.:. Barrick Gold Corp. rose$. 18 or 1.4 percent, to $12.64. Newmont Mining Corp. rose$. 28 or 1.5 percent, to $19.39.

  • Early Glance: Chemicals companies Thursday, 20 Nov 2014 | 10:29 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Shares of some top chemicals companies are down at 10 a.m.:. Dow Chemical Co. fell$. 21 or. 4 percent, to $51.27. DuPont Co. fell$. 24 or. 3 percent, to $71.01.

  • Early Glance: Silver companies Thursday, 20 Nov 2014 | 10:29 AM ET

    Hecla Mining Co. rose$. 04 or 1.7 percent, to $2.44. Pan American Silver Corp. rose$. 17 or 1.7 percent, to $10.47. Silver Standard Resources Inc. rose$. 09 or 1.7 percent, to $5.53.

  • Early Glance: Coal companies Thursday, 20 Nov 2014 | 10:29 AM ET

    Arch Coal rose$. 05 or 2.2 percent, to $2.35. Consol Energy Inc. rose$. 69 or 1.7 percent, to $41.46. Peabody Energy rose$. 20 or 1.9 percent, to $10.99.

  • China firm disputes AP report of profits, history Thursday, 20 Nov 2014 | 10:26 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— A $5 billion Chinese chemical company backed by Morgan Stanley disputed overstating its profits, saying that local officials in China have agreed to change outdated records. The Associated Press cited the records about the company's origins and the source of its key assets in a two-month investigation that revealed discrepancies between...

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