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  • *Gold to hover above $1,307- technicals. SINGAPORE, Feb 20- Gold edged up in choppy trade on Thursday as the U.S. dollar gave up gains, while demand from the physical sector also underpinned prices. Gold hit a low of $1,308.34 an ounce on a firmer dollar before rising as high as $1,314.70 as the U.S. currency changed course.

  • PRECIOUS-Gold weakens as dollar recovers after Fed minutes Wednesday, 19 Feb 2014 | 11:03 PM ET

    *Gold to hover above $1,307- technicals. SINGAPORE, Feb 20- Gold slipped on Thursday as the dollar firmed after minutes from a U.S. Gold hit an intraday high of $1,314.50 before slipping to $1,309.85 by 0332 GMT, down $1.40.

  • Feb 19- Canadian miner Sherritt International Corp reported a bigger fourth-quarter loss as it took an impairment charge related to the pending sale of its coal operations, and the company slashed its quarterly dividend.

  • BENONI, South Africa, Feb 19- After eight days decomposing in a disused South African gold mine, 32- year-old Blessing's body was so bloated it could barely fit through the tiny tunnel entrance hidden at the foot of a towering mine dump in a town east of Johannesburg.

  • Feb 19- Canadian miner Sherritt International Corp posted a bigger fourth-quarter loss due to an impairment charge of C $466.8 million related to the pending sale of its coal mines, and it slashed its quarterly dividend. Sherritt is selling its coal business for C $946 million to focus on nickel and oil.

  • FACTBOX-Aluminium smelter cutbacks and closures Tuesday, 18 Feb 2014 | 4:54 PM ET

    On Monday, Alcoa Inc said it will close its 50- year-old Point Henry aluminium smelter and two rolling mills in Australia after a two-year review. Russia's Rusal estimates that producers outside of China eliminated up to 1.2 million tonnes of capacity last year and further reductions of 1 million-1.5 million tonnes are expected in 2014..

  • *Underlying profit of $7.76 bln v $6.9 bln consensus. *Shares in Australia hit one-year high, outpace market. MELBOURNE, Feb 18- Global miner BHP Billiton topped market forecasts with a 31 percent rise in first-half profit on Tuesday and hinted it may launch a share buyback in August, despite giving a cautious outlook on Chinese growth.

  • *China's central bank drains $7.9 bln from the market. *Alcoa to shut Port Henry aluminium smelter in Australia. LONDON, Feb 18- Copper rose on Tuesday as support from a strong euro helped cushion concerns about short-term demand in China after its central bank moved to tighten the money supply.

  • *China's central bank drains $7.9 bln from the market. *Alcoa to shut Port Henry aluminium smelter in Australia. LONDON, Feb 18- Copper was steady on Tuesday as support from a weak dollar offset concerns about short-term demand in China after its central bank moved to tighten the money supply.

  • Chemical maker Ashland to sell water unit for $1.8 bln Tuesday, 18 Feb 2014 | 9:32 AM ET

    Feb 18- U.S. chemical manufacturer Ashland Inc said it would sell its water technologies unit to a fund managed by Clayton, Dubilier& Rice for about $1.8 billion. The proceeds will be used to fund a $1.35 billion stock repurchase it also announced on Tuesday. Ashland shares were up 2.3 percent at $98.40 in early trading.

  • *China's central bank drains $7.9 bln from the market. *Alcoa to shut Port Henry aluminium smelter in Australia. LONDON, Feb 18- Copper was steady on Tuesday after a move by China's central bank to drain funds from the market offset a stronger euro versus the dollar.

  • *China's central bank drains $7.9 bln from the market. *Alcoa to shut Port Henry aluminium smelter in Australia. LONDON, Feb 18- Copper fell on Tuesday after China's central bank unexpectedly drained funds from the market and due to worries that a harsh winter in the United States could drag on global growth.

  • *China is tightening credit to sectors with overcapacity including steel.

  • *Alcoa to shut Port Henry smelter in Australia. SYDNEY, Feb 18- London copper fell almost half a percent on Tuesday after gains in the previous two sessions, as worries lingered that a winter chill in the United States may drag on global growth and on demand for metals.

  • *Alcoa to close Australia Point Henry aluminium smelter. *Will bring total Alcoa capacity cuts to 551,000 tonnes. SYDNEY, Feb 18- Alcoa Inc said it will close its Point Henry aluminium smelter and two rolling mills in Australia, underscoring the dire market conditions facing producers amid a flood of new Chinese capacity.

  • *China physical copper trades at premium to ShFE front-month. *Alcoa to shut Port Henry smelter in Australia. SYDNEY, Feb 18- London copper was steady on Tuesday after gains in the previous two sessions, supported by a post- Lunar New Year pick up in Chinese buying.

  • *Underlying profit of $7.76 bln v $6.9 bln consensus. MELBOURNE, Feb 18- Global miner BHP Billiton topped market forecasts with a 31 percent rise in first-half profit on Tuesday and hinted it may launch a share buyback in August, despite a cautious outlook on Chinese growth.

  • SYDNEY, Feb 18- London copper held steady on Tuesday, supported by a post- Lunar New Year pick up in Chinese demand, but was down from near two-week highs hit the session before as traders waited for fresh readings on the pulse of the global manufacturing sector. *Copper prices reached an 11- seesion peak of $7,206.50 a tonne on Monday.

  • *Alcoa to close Australia Point Henry aluminium smelter. *Will bring total Alcoa capacity cuts to 551,000 tonnes. SYDNEY, Feb 18- Aluminium producer Alcoa Inc said it will close its Point Henry smelter and two rolling mills in Australia, underscoring the dire market conditions facing producers amid a flood of new Chinese capacity.

  • BEIJING, Feb 17- The big debate about how fast China's economy will grow this year can find some answers in the real world, where signs suggest the growth giant is slowly but surely losing its fizz.

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