Barrick Gold Corp. fell$. 39 or 2.0 percent, to $19.16. Gold Fields Ltd ADS fell$. 13 or 2.2 percent, to $5.74. Newmont Mining Corp. fell$. 25 or. 8 percent, to $31.97.» Read More
*Slump could pressure PICC Group debut on Friday. HONG KONG, Dec 5- Shares in Zhengzhou Coal Mining tumbled in their Hong Kong debut after underwriters of the $300 million offering were stuck in the rare position of holding unsold stock, underscoring poor demand that bodes ill for Chinese insurer PICC's debut on Friday.
SINGAPORE, Dec 5- London copper opened steady on Wednesday, easing from a six-month high hit in the previous session as a deadlock in U.S. budget talks pressured sentiment. *Three-month copper on the London Metal Exchange was little changed at $8,027 a tonne by 0101 GMT, after rising to a six-week high of $8,068 in the previous session.
*Taxpayers stand to miss out on growing coal exports to Asia. WASHINGTON, Dec 4- U.S. miners who are booking big profits on coal sales to Asia are enjoying an accounting windfall to boot. At issue is the black rock pulled from the coal-rich Powder River Basin in Wyoming and Montana.
Spot gold fell as low as $1,690.64 an ounce and was down 1 percent at $1,697.81 at 1454 GMT, while most-active U.S. futures contract were down 1.2 percent at $1,700.10, having earlier dropped to a near one-month low of $1,692.60.
LONDON, Dec 4- Gold fell to its lowest in nearly a month on Tuesday on technically driven selling after prices broke below key support levels, with oil prices also drifting lower as investors worried about stalled U.S. budget talks.
MOSCOW/ HONG KONG, Dec 4- Two Russian billionaires ended a four-year battle over the world's biggest nickel and palladium mine on Tuesday by giving the biggest voting stake in their $30 billion company to Kremlin-favoured tycoon Roman Abramovich.
WASHINGTON, Dec 4- U.S. miners who are booking big profits on coal sales to Asia are enjoying an accounting windfall to boot. "We are committed to collecting every dollar due," said Patrick Etchart, spokesman for the Office of Natural Resources Revenue, which collects federal royalties.
*China to announce tender winners soon. BEIJING, Dec 4- Non-oil companies may have won most of the blocks offered in China's second shale gas auction, media and industry officials say, which may mean lucrative opportunities for service companies such as Schlumberger, Halliburton and China's Anton Oilfield Services Group.
SYDNEY, Dec 4- Australia's central bank cut interest rates a quarter point to a record-matching low on Tuesday, stepping up efforts to safeguard the rich world's most resilient economy from the risk of recession as a mining boom peaks.
--Clyde Russell is a Reuters market analyst. LAUNCESTON, Australia, Dec 4- Copper and iron ore demand and prices both stand to rise, given the improvement in both of China's purchasing managers' surveys, but the steel-making ingredient may have scope for bigger gains.
HONG KONG, Dec 4- Russia's RUSAL Plc said on Tuesday billionaire Roman Abramovich has agreed to buy 7.3 percent of Norilsk Nickel, a stake worth about $2 billion, in a move that is aimed at ending a four-year-old power struggle between the two biggest shareholders of the Arctic miner.
SINGAPORE, Dec 4- London copper dropped for the first time in four sessions on Tuesday, pulling away from six-week highs reached in the prior session, as U.S. economic and fiscal worries countered optimism that top copper user China is on the road to recovery.
NEW YORK, Dec 3- Brazil's Vale SA, the world's second largest mining firm, said on Monday it expects a huge derivatives market in iron ore to eventually take shape as players seek hedging instruments to minimize risk from increasingly volatile prices.
SANTIAGO, Dec 3- A Chilean ministerial group has lifted a suspension on energy firm Endesa's 740- megawatt Punta Alcalde coal-fired thermoelectric project, the company said on Monday, in a boon for miners in the mineral-rich north of the world's No.1 copper-producing nation.
*Current COO Gary Goldberg named new chief executive. Dec 3- Newmont Mining Corp on Monday said Chief Executive Richard O'Brien will step down, making it the third major gold miner this year to replace its top manager as the industry seeks to boost dwindling production and control mushrooming costs.
*Company may sell Norsk Hydro stake, non-core assets. RIO DE JANEIRO, Dec 3- Brazil's Vale SA, the world's second-largest mining company, cut estimated 2013 capital spending by 24 percent after a global slowdown and a drop in iron ore prices led the company to rethink its outlook for expansion.
*Railway says will not extend line into Wyoming, Montana. TORONTO, Dec 3- Canadian Pacific Railway will take a C $180 million charge to abandon plans to expand into the Powder River coal-mining region in the U.S. states of Wyoming and Montana, citing weakness in the thermal coal market.
LONDON, Dec 3- Barclays, Credit Suisse and JP Morgan have underwritten a $1.5 billion financing package to back South African mining company Gold Fields' demerger of two gold mines and refinance existing Gold Fields debt, bankers said on Monday.
SINGAPORE, Dec 3- London copper rallied to its highest in six weeks on Monday as promising manufacturing data from top consumer China fuelled a cautious return in investors' appetite for the metal, although worries over U.S. fiscal woes kept a lid on gains. Three-month copper on the London Metal Exchange climbed 0.20 percent to $8,010.00 a tonne by 0308 GMT.
SINGAPORE, Dec 3- London copper was steady on Monday, sitting near its highest level in more than five weeks hit in the previous session, after promising manufacturing data from top consumer China, but worries over U.S. fiscal woes kept a lid on prices.