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  • Midday Glance: Silver companies Tuesday, 19 Aug 2014 | 4:03 PM ET

    Hecla Mining Co. rose$. 01 or. 3 percent, to $3.33. Pan American Silver Corp. fell$. 15 or 1.0 percent, to $14.26. Silver Standard Resources Inc. fell$. 19 or 1.9 percent, to $9.43.

  • Midday Glance: Coal companies Tuesday, 19 Aug 2014 | 4:03 PM ET

    Arch Coal rose$. 07 or 2.2 percent, to $3.28. Consol Energy Inc. rose$. 67 or 1.7 percent, to $40.21. Peabody Energy rose$. 44 or 2.7 percent, to $16.39.

  • Midday Glance: Chemicals companies Tuesday, 19 Aug 2014 | 4:03 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Shares of some top chemicals companies are up at 1 p.m.:. Dow Chemical Co. rose$. 13 or. 3 percent, to $53.01. DuPont Co. rose$. 25 or. 4 percent, to $66.12.

  • *Palladium sinks from Monday's 13- year high. NEW YORK/ LONDON, Aug 19- Gold futures eased on Tuesday, under pressure from buoyant equities markets and a stronger dollar after upbeat U.S. economic data, and palladium sank from Monday's 13- year high as traders booked profits. "Gold obviously didn't like the U.S.

  • New federal mining rule survives court challenge Tuesday, 19 Aug 2014 | 1:48 PM ET

    The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday dismissed the lawsuit brought by the National Mining Association and other groups.

  • *Palladium hovers below 13- year high of $900 an ounce. Palladium steadied near a 13- year high of $900 an ounce hit in the previous session, supported by worries about supplies from top producer Russia and strong demand prospects.

  • COLUMN-Testing the aluminum stock financiers: Andy Home Tuesday, 19 Aug 2014 | 10:35 AM ET

    LONDON, Aug 19- The enigma machine that is the London aluminum market has shifted gears again. The front part of the London Metal Exchange curve has been tightening for several weeks now to the point that the shortest-dated spreads are currently in backwardation.

  • Chemical firm pleads guilty to clean air violation Tuesday, 19 Aug 2014 | 10:23 AM ET

    PROVIDENCE, R.I.— A Massachusetts- based chemical company has pleaded guilty to violating the Clean Air Act at a facility it owned in Rhode Island. Roberts Chemical Co., now based in Attleboro, Massachusetts, pleaded guilty Monday in U.S. District Court in Providence as part of a plea deal with prosecutors.

  • LONDON, Aug 19- Copper prices steadied on Tuesday as encouraging signs from the U.S. economy offset concerns about top consumer China's struggling property sector and the outlook for industrial metals demand. Analysts said upcoming economic data from the United States and China could give a better picture of the copper demand outlook.

  • LONDON, Aug 19- Copper prices steadied on Tuesday, as encouraging signs from the U.S. economy offset concerns about top consumer China's struggling property sector and the outlook for industrial metals demand. Analysts said upcoming economic data from the United States and China could give a better picture of the copper demand outlook.

  • Palladium steadied near a 13- year high of $900 an ounce hit in the previous session, supported by worries over supplies from top producer Russia and strong demand prospects.

  • *London- listed shares drop 4 pct. MELBOURNE, Aug 19- The world's biggest mining company, BHP Billiton, announced plans to spin off businesses worth an estimated $16 billion, most of them acquired in its 2001 merger with Billiton, to focus on its most profitable activities. BHP's London- listed shares fell 4 percent.

  • *BHP UK shares drop 4 pct. MELBOURNE, Aug 19- Top global miner BHP Billiton will spin off a roughly $16 billion company to shareholders, mostly offloading assets acquired in its 2001 merger with Billiton, as it looks to focus on its strongest businesses.

  • BHP Billiton says in talks to sell Nickel West unit Tuesday, 19 Aug 2014 | 4:30 AM ET

    SYDNEY, Aug 19- BHP Billiton is in talks with potential buyers for all, or part, of its Nickel West division in Australia after excluding the business from a major restructuring.

  • BHP plans asset split, posts $13.8 billion profit Tuesday, 19 Aug 2014 | 3:58 AM ET

    SYDNEY— BHP Billiton, the world's biggest miner, said Tuesday it plans to split off some of its smaller assets into a separate company, as it posted a $13.8 billion annual profit. It will be based in Perth, Australia, and listed on the Australian Securities Exchange, with a secondary listing in South Africa.

  • *H2 profit up 8 pct to $5.69 bln. MELBOURNE, Aug 19- Top global miner BHP Billiton will spin off a roughly $14 billion company to shareholders, mostly offloading assets it acquired in its 2001 merger with Billiton, as it looks to focus on its strongest businesses.

  • Aussie miner lawmaker criticized for China tirade Tuesday, 19 Aug 2014 | 12:47 AM ET

    CANBERRA, Australia— A larger-than-life Australian mining magnate turned lawmaker, Clive Palmer, was widely accused Tuesday of threatening Australia's relationship with its biggest trading partner through an extraordinary tirade against China.

  • METALS-Stronger dollar snuffs out copper rebound Monday, 18 Aug 2014 | 9:00 PM ET

    SYDNEY, Aug 19- London copper held steady on Tuesday as brighter prospects for the U.S. economy were chilled by caution over China's stuttering property market, while a stronger dollar sapped a rebound from seven-week lows.

  • Final Glance: Coal companies Monday, 18 Aug 2014 | 6:02 PM ET

    Arch Coal rose$. 07 or 2.2 percent, to $3.21. Consol Energy Inc. fell$. 16 or. 4 percent, to $39.54. Peabody Energy rose$. 03 or. 2 percent, to $15.95.

  • Final Glance: Chemicals companies Monday, 18 Aug 2014 | 6:02 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Shares of some top chemicals companies were up at the close of trading:. Dow Chemical Co. rose$. 86 or 1.7 percent, to $52.88. DuPont Co. rose$. 62 or 1.0 percent, to $65.87.

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