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SINGAPORE, Feb 11- Gold shrugged off a weaker euro to edge up in thin trade on Monday with much of Asia shut for the Lunar New Year holiday, while platinum and palladium hovered below their strongest levels in 17 months. *Spot gold had risen $1.36 an ounce to $1,668.25 by 0042 GMT.
*Ban adds to mounting problems in Colombia's coal industry. BOGOTA, Feb 9- Colombia's top coal railway, Fenoco, will comply with a ban on nighttime trains issued by a regional environmental authority to reduce noise, the company said late on Friday.
BOGOTA, Feb 8- Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos on Friday sent his labor minister to mediate a dispute over wages and benefits at the country's largest coal exporter after its workers went on strike.
*Q4 after-tax ENI per share $1.69 vs Street view of $1.05. Apollo's private equity business was boosted by the sale of stakes in chemical producer LyondellBasell Industries NV and cable operator Charter Communications Inc, as well as a special dividend from LyondellBasell.
Feb 8- Gold miner Aurizon Mines Ltd said it was in talks with a number of potential buyers, after rejecting last month an unsolicited C $780 million offer from Alamos Gold Inc.. Confidentiality agreements have been reached with the potential buyers and they are conducting due diligence, Aurizon said in a statement on Friday.
*MSCI Asia ex- Japan gains, Nikkei plunges 1.8 pct. European markets are seen climbing, with financial spreadbetters predicting London's FTSE 100, Paris's CAC-40 and Frankfurt's DAX would open up around 0.5 percent.
*Gold Fields' South African assets list Monday. JOHANNESBURG, Feb 8- South Africa's Gold Fields will list most of its local assets as a separate company from Monday, testing investor appetite for a mining industry battered by labour unrest. Gold Fields is spinning off two of its three South African mines, both of which were hit by labour unrest last year.
SINGAPORE, Feb 8- Gold regained its footing on Friday after falling in the previous session as the euro weakened on concerns over the health of the euro zone economy.
*China exports, imports surge, surpass market expectations. SINGAPORE, Feb 8- London copper futures rose for the first time in four sessions on Friday after trade data from top consumer China confirmed signs of a strengthening economic recovery, suggesting its raw material demand will remain robust.
SINGAPORE, Feb 8- London copper futures ticked up on Friday, bouncing back after three days of losses ahead of data likely to show that imports by top copper consumer China may have recovered in January. *China's copper imports may have risen in January after falling in December although near-record stocks in Shanghai should keep any increase modest.
SINGAPORE, Feb 8- Gold fell further on Friday as the euro weakened on renewed concerns over the health of the euro zone economy, while investors eyed China trade data for more trading cues. *Gold fell $2.25 an ounce to $1,668.44 by 0050 GMT, but prices were still headed a slight gain this week-- its second straight weekly rise.
BOGOTA, Feb 7- Workers at Colombia's largest coal exporting company Cerrejon began a strike on Thursday, after the two sides failed to reach an agreement during last-minute talks on wages and benefits.
BOGOTA, Feb 7- Workers at Colombia's largest coal exporting company Cerrejon will go on strike on Thursday, a union leader said, after the two sides failed to agree during last minute talks on wages and benefits. "At 3 p.m., zero hour begins," Orlando Cuello of the Sintracarbon union said by telephone.
*Adjusted profit C $0.61 vs Street view C $0.48. *Shares down 5.95 percent at C $34.46 on TSX. TORONTO, Feb 7- Teck Resources Ltd warned on Thursday that global economic uncertainty would weigh on demand for coal through the first half of 2013, sending shares of the diversified Canadian miner down more than 5 percent.
*Spot gold fails to breach 55- day moving average. NEW YORK, Feb 7- Gold fell in a volatile session on Thursday after comments by European Central Bank President Mario Draghi ignited renewed economic fears over the euro zone. It was up earlier but couldn't get through a resistance level, "said COMEX gold options floor trader Jonathan Jossen."
LONDON, Feb 7- Gold rose in volatile trade on Thursday, displaying resilience even as currency fundamentals turned against the market, after European Central Bank President Mario Draghi highlighted downside risks for the euro area's outlook.
"Most of the coal companies are' buys' at these levels," said Eric Green, a senior portfolio manager at Penn Capital in Philadelphia. " Green said he expected Alpha Natural Resources Inc, which closed on Wednesday at $8.67, and Walter Energy Inc, which ended at $36.88, ultimately to rise 50 percent from current levels.
NEW YORK- Hedge fund manager David Einhorn's Greenlight Capital sues Apple, saying the company needs to do more to unlock value for shareholders given its huge cash pile (APPLE-GREENLIGHT/, moving shortly, 400 words).
Feb 7- Canadian fertilizer company Agrium Inc has failed to prove that it should keep its two main divisions together, and also needs to cut costs and use capital more effectively, activist shareholder Jana Partners said on Thursday.
LONDON, Feb 7- Gold held to tight ranges on Thursday after the European Central Bank left interest rates unchanged and as the focus turns to an imminent press conference that could give further clues on monetary policy. Gold hit an intraday high at $1,680.95, before easing to stand flat on the day at $1,676.46 an ounce by 1258 GMT.