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  • 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.

  • DuPont to take $315 mln restructuring charge in Q4 Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 4:50 PM ET

    Dec 18- DuPont said it will take a record a pre-tax charge of about $315 million in the fourth quarter related to the spin-off of its performance chemical business and other restructuring measures. The spinoff is part of DuPont's strategy to move into less volatile businesses. The chemicals unit has weighed on DuPont's results since 2012, mainly due to weak...

  • Moving target: How China steel data masks scale of glut Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 4:00 PM ET

    SINGAPORE/ BEIJING, Dec 19- China appears to have been routinely underestimating output from its sprawling steel sector, with official figures for last year alone 40 million tonnes below a key industry estimate- an amount equivalent to Germany's entire annual production. "It is not satisfactory to have doubts about the accuracy of steel production statistics,...

  • Midday Glance: Coal companies Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 1:48 PM ET

    Arch Coal rose$. 01 or. 5 percent, to $1.83. Consol Energy Inc. rose$. 36 or 1.0 percent, to $35.26. Peabody Energy rose$. 13 or 1.6 percent, to $8.09.

  • Midday Glance: Gold companies Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 1:48 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Shares of some top gold companies are up at 1 p.m.:. Barrick Gold Corp. rose$. 16 or 1.5 percent, to $10.92. Newmont Mining Corp. rose$. 62 or 3.4 percent, to $19.12.

  • Midday Glance: Chemicals companies Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 1:48 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Shares of some top chemicals companies are up at 1 p.m.:. Dow Chemical Co. rose$. 51 or 1.1 percent, to $45.06. DuPont Co. rose $1.34 or 1.9 percent, to $71.60.

  • Midday Glance: Silver companies Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 1:48 PM ET

    Hecla Mining Co. rose$. 09 or 3.6 percent, to $2.61. Pan American Silver Corp. rose$. 17 or 1.8 percent, to $9.45. Silver Standard Resources Inc. rose$. 17 or 3.7 percent, to $4.72.

  • Early Glance: Chemicals companies Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 11:11 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Shares of some top chemicals companies are up at 10 a.m.:. Dow Chemical Co. rose $1.13 or 2.5 percent, to $45.68. DuPont Co. rose $1.05 or 1.5 percent, to $71.31.

  • Early Glance: Silver companies Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 11:11 AM ET

    Hecla Mining Co. rose$. 05 or 1.8 percent, to $2.57. Pan American Silver Corp. rose$. 12 or 1.3 percent, to $9.40. Silver Standard Resources Inc. rose$. 16 or 3.5 percent, to $4.71.

  • Early Glance: Coal companies Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 11:11 AM ET

    Arch Coal rose$. 07 or 3.8 percent, to $1.89. Consol Energy Inc. rose$. 61 or 1.7 percent, to $35.51. Peabody Energy rose$. 29 or 3.6 percent, to $8.25.

  • Early Glance: Gold companies Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 11:11 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Shares of some top gold companies are up at 10 a.m.:. Barrick Gold Corp. rose$. 25 or 2.3 percent, to $11.01. Newmont Mining Corp. rose$. 29 or 1.6 percent, to $18.79.

  • MOSCOW, Dec 18- Russia's Uralkali, the world's largest potash producer, said flooding at Solikamsk-2 would not affect its overall 2014 output and that it was doing its best to save the damaged mine. With increased capacity utilisation at other mines, Uralkali said it plans to produce 12 million tonnes of potash- a crop nutrient- this year. Uralkali may also consider...

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