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  • '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.

  • Glencore Seen Still Hungry After Swallowing Xstrata Thursday, 2 May 2013 | 2:15 AM ET

    After years of on-off talks, Glencore's head Ivan Glasenberg gets to complete the $30 billion acquisition of Xstrata on Thursday, the mining industry's biggest takeover yet.

  • Texas Disaster Seen Delaying New Industry Players Thursday, 18 Apr 2013 | 10:34 AM ET

    The massive plant explosion in Texas could be beneficial in the long-term to some fertilizer companies, Citigroup said in a research note on Thursday.

  • Codelco Declares Force Majeure at Key Copper Mine Sunday, 31 Mar 2013 | 4:22 PM ET

    Codelco, the world's #1 copper producer, is losing a "relevant" amount of output due to a two-day-old strike at its Radomiro Tomic open pit mine in northern Chile, the company said on Sunday, branding the work stoppage illegal.

  • Rusal CEO: 'Last Act of Drama' in Commodities Thursday, 14 Mar 2013 | 1:37 PM ET

    Oleg Deripaska, the CEO of the world's largest aluminum company Rusal said global commodity producers need to cut output by up to 10 percent.

  • China's Dream of US-Style Shale Gas Boom in Trouble Monday, 11 Mar 2013 | 5:00 AM ET

    China's plans to unlock what could be the world's biggest shale gas reserves risk running further off track after 16 firms recently awarded exploration rights lacked one core skill - not one has drilled a gas well before.

  • BHP Billiton Names New CEO as Profit Slumps Tuesday, 19 Feb 2013 | 6:03 PM ET

    Global miner BHP Billiton appointed the head of its non-ferrous business as its new chief executive on Wednesday to replace Marius Kloppers.

  • Another Bloomberg Ban     Thursday, 14 Feb 2013 | 3:24 PM ET

    New York City Mayor Bloomberg wants to ban styrofoam cups and containers, reports CNBC's Courtney Reagan.

  • Australia Floods Cast Pall Over Wesfarmers Outlook Tuesday, 29 Jan 2013 | 9:55 PM ET

    Australian mining-to-retail conglomerate Wesfarmers on Wednesday cut its full-year coal sales forecast, citing flooding in Australia and weak demand in Asia that is depressing sales prices.

  • A Mining CEO, a Family Scion, and a Resume Spat Tuesday, 29 Jan 2013 | 5:25 AM ET
    Financier Nat Rothschild

    Nat Rothschild, Co-founder of Bumi stepped up the bitter battle for control of the Indonesia-focused miner, attacking both the board for its inaction and CEO Nick von Schirnding for "embellishing his CV."

  • For all the doomsayers predicting an end to its mining boom, Australia is pumping out more metal, coal and gas thanks to a investment bonanza that will peak this year, boosting exports needed to extend a jaw-dropping 21-year run of economic growth.

  • BHP Digs Deeper for More Ore to Feed China Steel Mills Wednesday, 23 Jan 2013 | 12:13 AM ET

    BHP Billiton, the world's biggest mining company, boosted its iron ore output by 3 percent in the December quarter, as it races to supply more of the raw material to Chinese steelmakers despite signs of a softening market.

  • Mining firms including BHP Billiton and Anglo American are likely to follow Rio Tinto's lead in writing down underperforming assets by as much as $10 billion, as low prices and rising costs eat into valuations.

  • Platinum at Three-Month High; Gold Futures Settle Up Tuesday, 15 Jan 2013 | 5:00 PM ET

    Platinum rose to a three-month high on Tuesday, rallying for a sixth straight session as funds bought heavily due to a mine labor crisis in South Africa that sparked supply fears.

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