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  • GM under mounting pressure to pay crash victims Friday, 14 Mar 2014 | 7:24 AM ET
    Mary Barra, CEO of General Motors.

    General Motors is facing increasing pressure to compensate victims for an ignition defect that prompted the recall of 1.6 million vehicles.

  • What happened? Global events sting stocks Thursday, 13 Mar 2014 | 2:31 PM ET
    Trader on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

    Stocks tumbled amid concerns events surrounding Ukraine are escalating and China's slowing growth will rub off on the global economy and bite corporate profits.

  • Traders watch to see why copper is getting scorched Tuesday, 11 Mar 2014 | 6:41 PM ET
    Traders on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Tuesday, March 11, 2014.

    Wary financial markets are watching the decline in copper, to see if the red metal is acting as a fire alarm for the global economy.

  • Is India going back to bullion? Tuesday, 11 Feb 2014 | 9:58 AM ET

    India's trade deficit narrowed in January, but analysts are warning that now is not the time to ease gold import controls.

  • Carlyle nears $3B deal for Illinois Tool unit Thursday, 6 Feb 2014 | 5:02 PM ET
    A sign for the Carlyle Group, a private equity firm, in Washington, DC.

    Carlyle Group is close to reaching an agreement to buy Illinois Tool Works Inc's industrial packaging unit for more than $3 billion, sources said.

  • Gorilla glass vs. sapphire for smartphones  Tuesday, 28 Jan 2014 | 11:05 AM ET

    Corning Incorporated makes gorilla glass for smartphones. Jim Flaws, Corning vice chairman and chief financial officer, discusses the company's relationship with Apple and Samsung. Flaws also explains the threat sapphire presents to gorilla glass.

  • 29.6 carat blue diamond found in S.African mine Tuesday, 21 Jan 2014 | 12:39 PM ET

    A 29.6 carat blue diamond, with a possible price tag of tens of millions of dollars, has been discovered at a mine in South Africa.

  • South African miners treated as 'slaves': Union head Monday, 20 Jan 2014 | 11:57 AM ET
    AMCU leader Joseph Mathunjwa addresses miners in August, 2013

    The president of South Africa's main trade union for platinum workers told CNBC that miners were treated like slaves, after ordering strikes that will start on Thursday.

  • Rio Tinto Iron Ore Parker Point loading facility reclaimer is seen as part of the mining activities of British-Australian mining and resources company Rio Tinto Iron Ore, at Dampier in Western Australia.

    Australian miners shoveled record tonnages of iron ore in the December quarter, supported by billions of dollars worth of expansion plans coming on stream.

  • The outlook for commodity funds after an ugly 2013 Wednesday, 15 Jan 2014 | 12:54 PM ET

    Commodity fund managers face an uphill struggle persuading investors to return to the unloved sector after an abject year.

  • What the F-150 says about the aluminum industry Tuesday, 14 Jan 2014 | 12:15 PM ET

    Aluminum makers have been shifting from mining, refining and smelting and focusing on fabricated products. Here's why.

  • Indonesia bans mineral ore exports Sunday, 12 Jan 2014 | 5:45 AM ET
    An excavator operates on a stockpile of rock ore at the PT Aneka Tambang gold mine in Pongkor, West Java, Indonesia, on Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013.

    Indonesia banned all mineral ore exports, as expected, on Sunday, but will likely allow some U.S. mining giants to continue shipments.

  • Alcoa revenue beats, but earnings come up short Thursday, 9 Jan 2014 | 5:11 PM ET
    A worker walks among rolls of semi-finished aluminum at an Alcoa aluminum factory.

    Alcoa reported quarterly revenue that beat analysts' expectations on Thursday, but earnings came up short.

  • 'Error trade' blamed for spike in copper futures Tuesday, 24 Dec 2013 | 1:58 PM ET

    The spike in COMEX March copper futures prices around midday in NY was due to an "error trade," a source familiar with the matter said.

  • Options Action: Hazardous materials?  Wednesday, 23 Oct 2013 | 5:44 PM ET

    Breaking down the bearish bets in material stocks, with Brian Stutland of Stutland Volatility. WeyerhaeuSer is reporting earnings on Friday.

  • Glencore to take up to $7 billion hit on Xstrata Sunday, 18 Aug 2013 | 10:48 AM ET
    Glencore in Baar, Switzerland.

    Mining giant Glencore Xstrata is expected to write down the value of assets inherited from Xstrata by as much as $7 billion, when it reports first-half earnings on Tuesday.

  • Stocks slump but bounce off lows  Monday, 12 Aug 2013 | 10:09 AM ET

    The Dow is in the red but industrial names are hitting new highs today. James Paulsen, Wells Capital Management; and Jerry Castellini, CastleArk Management, weigh in on big moves in the market.

  • Chart: 7 sectors less than 2% from 52-week highs Wednesday, 24 Jul 2013 | 12:26 PM ET

    With the S&P 500 reaching new records and flirting with 1,700, data show it to be a broad-based move, with all 10 S&P sectors close to 52-week highs.

  • Why Cyclicals Are Hot for Investors This Summer Wednesday, 12 Jun 2013 | 5:19 AM ET

    Cyclicals are heating up as the summer approaches and the economy starts to show signs of improvement, analysts say.

  • Are Materials Finally Ready to Rally? Wednesday, 8 May 2013 | 5:45 AM ET

    Materials have lagged all year, but one option trader is betting that the sector will go from worst to first.

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