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  • *Rio CEO hopes Guinea assembly to agree deal by early 2014. ABU DHABI, Nov 24- Rio Tinto expects to agree a settlement with Guinea on the southern part of the Simandou iron ore deposit by the end of this year or early in 2014, its chief executive told Reuters on Sunday.

  • NEW YORK/ LONDON, Nov 22- U.S. bank Goldman Sachs Group Inc has put its uranium trading business up for sale, a source familiar with the matter said on Friday, the latest sign that Wall Street's most storied commodity trader is paring back parts of the business.

  • Nov 22- Shares of Pretium Resources Inc nearly doubled after the Canadian miner said output from an ore sampling program at its flagship gold exploration project topped its target. Strathcona is best known for its role in exposing problems at miner Bre-X in the late 1990 s, where investors lost billions after a massive gold find in Indonesia was found to be fake.

  • CANADA STOCKS-Energy gains, U.S. data take TSX higher Thursday, 21 Nov 2013 | 4:30 PM ET

    *Gold- mining shares hit a four-month low. TORONTO, Nov 21- Canada's main stock index advanced on Thursday as a jump in the price of oil pushed up shares of energy companies and positive U.S. economic data drove gains across most of the other major sectors. "Sentiment is quite bullish," said Elvis Picardo, strategist at Global Securities in Vancouver.

  • *Guinea to hold Abu Dhabi investor meeting Nov. 24-25. Guinea's President Alpha Conde will woo investors at a two-day conference in Abu Dhabi starting on Sunday, hoping to build on a legislative election in September that marked the return to democracy after a 2008 coup.

  • *China copper importers face shortfall after typhoon-traders. LONDON, Nov 21- Copper rose at the close on Thursday as a softer dollar and a short-term shortage of refined metal offset worries about a fall in Chinese factory activity and U.S. central bank tapering.

  • *China copper importers face shortfall after typhoon-traders. LONDON, Nov 21- Copper dipped on Thursday after two days of gains as concern about temporary shortages of refined metal were outweighed by a firmer dollar, a fall in Chinese factory activity and worries about earlier-than expected U.S. central bank tapering.

  • *Indexes still in industry consultation phase. SINGAPORE, Nov 21- Metals consultancy CRU Group plans to launch in 2014 indexes that will for the first time price the fees miners pay smelters to produce copper, cashing in on a trend of commodities pricing moving towards spot markets from long-term contracts.

  • LONDON, Nov 21- Mining in space is moving from science fiction to commercial reality but metals magnates on this planet need not fear a mountain of extraterrestrial supply- the aim is to fuel human voyages deeper into the galaxy.

  • Indonesia bourse plans to launch tin futures next year Thursday, 21 Nov 2013 | 4:36 AM ET

    *Indonesia wants greater influence on tin prices. JAKARTA, Nov 21- Indonesia's main commodities exchange is planning to build on its physical tin contract by offering tin futures next year that it hopes could help win trade from the London Metal Exchange.

  • *Oyu Tolgoi is key to Mongolia development plans. BEIJING, Nov 21- Mongolia hopes the $5 billion expansion of the giant Oyu Tolgoi copper and gold mine can start next year as it works to resolve a dispute with global miner Rio Tinto, its partner on the project, a government source said.

  • LAUNCESTON, Australia, Nov 21 (Reuters- Spot coal prices in Asia have rallied 10.3 percent since the year-low in September, but producers' hopes for an even bigger boost from winter buying may be in vain. The spot price of coal at Australia's Newcastle port, a regional benchmark, reached $84.63 a tonne in the week to Nov. 15, having bottomed at $76.70 in the week to Sept. 6.

  • BEIJING, Nov 21- Mongolia hopes the $5 billion expansion of a giant copper and gold mine can start next year as it works to resolve a dispute with global mining giant Rio Tinto, its partner on the project, a government source said.

  • Cliffs calls time on Canada chromite project Wednesday, 20 Nov 2013 | 8:52 PM ET

    Nov 20- Cliffs Natural Resources Inc said it would indefinitely suspend a $3.3 billion chromite-mining project in Canada by year-end, snubbing out faint hopes that the struggling development might be able to get back on track.

  • SINGAPORE, Nov 21- London copper fell on Thursday after minutes of a Federal Reserve meeting showed officials could start to scale back commodities-friendly stimulus in the next few meetings if economic recovery stays strong. *Three-month copper on the London Metal Exchange fell by 0.53 percent to $6,959.25 a tonne by 0130 GMT, from the previous session.

  • *Gold, platinum hit 1- month lows, silver 3- month low. NEW YORK/ LONDON, Nov 20- Gold fell around 1 percent on Wednesday, as unusually large trades in the New York futures market set the tone for lower prices ahead of the release of minutes of the Federal Reserve's last policy meeting later in the day.

  • PRECIOUS-Gold slides to 1-month low ahead of Fed minutes Wednesday, 20 Nov 2013 | 10:13 AM ET

    *Gold, platinum hit 1- month lows, silver 3- month low. LONDON, Nov 20- Gold fell more than 1 percent on Wednesday as investors awaited the release of minutes of the Federal Reserve's last policy meeting later in the day, hoping for clues on when it will trim its monetary stimulus programme.

  • Miners face rising threat of cyber-attacks Wednesday, 20 Nov 2013 | 8:00 AM ET

    *E&Y survey finds 41 pct rise in external threats to miners. MELBOURNE, Nov 21- Miners are becoming increasingly vulnerable to cyber-hacking as they slash costs, automate equipment, rely more on the internet, and run mines from hundreds of kilometers away, a survey of nearly 40 mining companies has found.

  • *ThyssenKrupp says in exclusive talks to sell U.S. plant. *ThyssenKrupp pushes back results to Dec. 2 from Nov. 21. FRANKFURT, Nov 20- Germany's ThyssenKrupp is nearing a long-awaited sale of its U.S. steel plant and has reached an agreement to settle a cartel lawsuit, clearing the way for it to raise much-needed capital.

  • Gold mine output set to reach record, disappoint bulls Wednesday, 20 Nov 2013 | 6:16 AM ET

    *Gold mine production set to reach record this year. LONDON, Nov 20- Output from the world's gold mines is set to hit record highs this year, disappointing bulls who are impatiently waiting for production cuts following this year's 24 percent plunge in prices.

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