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  • FACTBOX-Tyre rubber from dandelions Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 | 3:30 AM ET

    Aug 20- Tyre makers such as Bridgestone Corp and Continental AG are spending millions of dollars on the development of new rubber-yielding crops such as dandelions to reduce their reliance on rubber-tree plantations in Southeast Asia. Here are key facts about the rubber trade and the research into new sources of natural rubber.

  • FACTBOX-Tire rubber from dandelions Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 | 3:30 AM ET

    Aug 20- Tire makers such as Bridgestone Corp and Continental AG are spending millions of dollars on the development of new rubber-yielding crops such as dandelions to reduce their reliance on rubber-tree plantations in Southeast Asia. Here are key facts about the rubber trade and the research into new sources of natural rubber.

  • SYDNEY, Aug 20- Shanghai copper dropped towards a major level of support in overnight trade on Wednesday, a break of which could trigger a downleg in prices given forecasts of improving supply. *The most-traded October copper contract on the Shanghai Futures Exchange slipped by 0.4 percent to 49,000 yuan a tonne in early trade on Wednesday.

  • SINGAPORE, Aug 20- Previously ranked as Asia's top diesel importer, now No.3 Indonesia is expected to take a third less of the fuel this year as demand from mining falters and biodiesel use in transport and industry grows with a mandate implemented in January.

  • *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.

  • *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.

  • 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.

  • *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.

  • 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.

  • VANCOUVER, Aug 18- The Canadian province of British Columbia said on Monday it has ordered an independent review of all tailings ponds at every permitted mine in the province in the wake of a major spill at Imperial Metals Corp's Mount Polley mine.

  • *China foreign direct investment falls. LONDON, Aug 18- London copper edged higher on Monday as some investors regarded recent losses as overdone, but gains were capped after new home prices in top metal consumer China fell in July for the third month in a row. Investors are still jittery about developments in China, however.

  • *China foreign direct investment falls. LONDON, Aug 18- London copper edged higher on Monday as some investors regarded recent losses as overdone, but gains were capped after new home prices in top metal consumer China fell in July for the third month in a row. Investors are still jittery about developments in China, however.

  • *China new home prices fall for third month in a row. *China foreign direct investment also falls. LONDON, Aug 18- London copper steadied on Monday, but remained under pressure near two-month lows after new home prices in top metal consumer China fell in July for the third month in a row.

  • METALS-London copper rebounds from near two-month low Monday, 18 Aug 2014 | 12:17 AM ET

    *China new home prices drop 0.9 percent in July from June. SYDNEY, Aug 18- London copper edged higher on Monday, bouncing off last week's near two-month lows, as traders built up stocks on fresh signs of economic recovery in the United States and a view that the sell-off after weak Chinese data was too heavy.

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