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  • *Copper has lost some 7 pct in 2013 on China demand woes. LONDON, March 7- Copper fell to its lowest level in over seven months on Friday as China's first domestic bond default added to growing concerns this week about slower economic growth in the world's top copper consumer. It was at $6,823 per tonne at 1502 GMT, from a close of $7,055 on Thursday.

  • The steel sector is also one of the single biggest contributors to the thick smog that now regularly envelops Beijing and other Chinese cities. While other markets pore over the implications of premier Li Keqiang's "State of the Union" address to the National People's Congress, steel has already reacted.

  • *Copper has lost almost 5 pct on China demand worries. LONDON, March 7- Copper fell to its lowest level in more than three months on Friday on concerns about slower economic growth in top consumer China as Beijing shifts to a consumption-driven expansion which would curb its demand for the industrial metal.

  • 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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