Materials and Metals


  • The coal ripple effect     Thursday, 20 Mar 2014 | 2:53 PM ET

    CNBC's Scott Cohn reports on the projected increase in demand for coal.

  • Coal's environmental conundrum     Thursday, 20 Mar 2014 | 1:39 PM ET

    CNBC's Scott Cohn reports on the demand for coal and the government regulation coal miners are facing.

  • US manufacturing is coming back—Thank shale Thursday, 20 Mar 2014 | 11:33 AM ET
    Rig hands thread together drilling pipe at a hydraulic fracturing site owned by EQT Corp., atop the Marcellus shale rock formation in Washington Township, Pennsylvania.

    Shale gas is adding manufacturing jobs to US cities in industries thought to be lost to foreign competition, says a report by IHS Global.

  • The future of coal in America     Thursday, 20 Mar 2014 | 10:33 AM ET

    CNBC's Scott Cohn speaks with Colin Marshall, Cloud Peak Energy CEO, from the Spring Creek Mine about the rising demand for coal due to the spike in natural gas prices.

  • *Mining output to rise in Australia, Colombia, South Africa. "As global output is now set to expand, we believe the supply overhang will persist and revise our forecast for Newcastle coal lower to $74 per tonne as an average for 2014, down from $82 per tonne previously," Bank of America Merrill Lynch said in a research note on Thursday.

  • RUSTENBURG, South Africa, March 20- As South Africa's biggest post-apartheid mine strike marks its eighth week on Thursday, it is already denting growth and export earnings, and many of those affected are having to sell their most prized possessions to make ends meet.

  • LONDON, March 20- Copper slid on Thursday, giving up the previous day's gains, as investors worried about the prospect of U.S. interest rates increasing earlier than expected and about a credit squeeze in top consumer China. "The base metals prices are on a rollercoaster ride, especially copper," said analyst Daniel Briesemann at Commerzbank in Frankfurt.

  • UPDATE 2-U.S., Ethiopia, PNG to join anti-corruption drive Wednesday, 19 Mar 2014 | 11:57 AM ET

    OSLO/ ADDIS ABABA, March 19- Ethiopia, the United States and Papua New Guinea are on course to join the leading world initiative to combat corruption in the energy and mining industries.

  • LONDON, March 19- CME Group will launch a physically delivered North American aluminium contract this May. It represents the most credible challenge to the London Metal Exchange's pricing franchise in the global aluminium market since... well, since the CME's previous aluminium contract. It's easy to forget now, but CME has been here before.

  • The economy can't grow without increasing electrification, which requires more power plants, and given coal is the cheapest form of fuel and is abundant, it makes sense that India is looking to boost the use of the fuel. Coal output is also concentrated in the north and east of India, while power demand growth is more toward the south and west.

  • *Worries over China credit weigh on copper outlook. LONDON, March 18- Chilean copper miner Antofagasta paid out an unexpectedly large dividend for 2013, despite a 30 percent drop in annual core profit, opting to distribute cash rather than hold it at low interest rates.

  • *Worries over China growth weigh on copper outlook. LONDON, March 18- Chilean copper miner Antofagasta announced on Tuesday a unexpectedly large dividend payout for 2013, despite a 30 percent drop in annual core profit as falling metal prices and soaring costs offset an increase in output.

  • JOHANNESBURG, March 17- With no end in sight, South Africa's platinum strike is set to become the biggest single stoppage to hit the country's mining sector since the end of apartheid in 1994, and now threatens the viability of an industry already in deep trouble.

  • Playing the materials with ETFs     Monday, 17 Mar 2014 | 1:38 PM ET

    CNBC's Dominic Chu digs into the top three most actively traded materials ETFs and reveals their biggest holding.

  • Sectornomics: Movers in materials     Monday, 17 Mar 2014 | 12:31 PM ET

    CNBC's Dominic Chu dissects the best performing stocks in the materials sector.

  • LONDON, March 17- Glencore Xstrata could reach an agreement as soon as this week over the sale of its large Peruvian copper mine Las Bambas to a Chinese consortium led by Minmetals, two sources with knowledge of the situation said.

  • *Some 30 pct of capacity may be forced to leave mkt in 3 yrs- China Hongqiao CEO. HONG KONG, March 17- Major aluminium producer China Hongqiao Group Limited expects its production to rise by about 20 percent this year even as overcapacity could force some smaller producers into bankruptcy.

  • *ShFE copper premiums slip by $5 to $120- $140- Shmet. SYDNEY, March 17- London copper fell on Monday, hovering close to last week's three-year lows on concerns about Chinese growth and the potential for further defaults that encouraged fresh bets that prices will fall.

  • TOKYO, March 17- Tokyo Steel Manufacturing Co will maintain current product prices for delivery in April as customer stockpiles grow after a winter freeze and labour shortages curbed construction projects, said the country's top electric furnace steelmaker.

  • Was that Russia transferring dollar holdings? Friday, 14 Mar 2014 | 3:05 PM ET
    Russian President Vladimir Putin

    The Fed's custody holdings report is usually a sleeper, but this week there was a whopping withdrawal by a central bank. Speculation is it was Russia.

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