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  • Euro Shares Close Mixed, Gloom Returns Friday, 18 Jan 2008 | 11:40 AM ET

    European stocks closed mixed Friday after a short rally during the day after better-than-expected consumer confidence data from the U.S. and on the back of talk of consolidation in the mining sector.

  • Talk of Sweeter BHP Offer Boosts Rio Shares Friday, 18 Jan 2008 | 4:11 AM ET

    Speculation swirled on Friday that BHP Billiton was readying a sweetened offer that includes cash for rival Rio Tinto, driving Rio's shares 4.6 percent higher.

  • Rio Tinto Announces Record Production in 2007 Wednesday, 16 Jan 2008 | 6:43 AM ET

    Mining giant Rio Tinto reported record annual output for key commodities Wednesday and said it expects growth to continue through 2008 on strong demand from developing countries like China and India.

  • The Scent of Steel Is in the Air Wednesday, 9 Jan 2008 | 8:18 AM ET

    An evocative smell from childhood can quickly trigger the realization that cost cutting is not a strategy, but a reaction that, without corresponding investment, will doom industries.

  • Anglo American to Delay Tarmac Sale: Report Monday, 7 Jan 2008 | 3:04 AM ET

    Mining group Anglo American has postponed plans to sell its 3 billion-pound ($5.9 billion) Tarmac road-covering business until turmoil on capital markets eases, Britain's Sunday Telegraph reported.

  • Helium: Not Just for Parties Wednesday, 12 Dec 2007 | 10:42 AM ET

    Demand for this gas is so tight it's being compared to oil. Here's how Cramer recommends playing it.Investing can be confusing. Luckily, Cramer has mapped out some road rules for all you Home Gamers trying to navigate the jungle that is Wall Street. Think of it as "Mad Money 101" –- some fundamental advice to keep in mind as you play the market. Whether you're a first time investor or a seasoned financier, it's always good to remember the basics.

  • Rio Tinto Challenges BHP with Bid Ultimatum Tuesday, 11 Dec 2007 | 9:26 AM ET
    Rio Tinto

    Rio Tinto challenged BHP Billiton on Tuesday to make a formal bid to create a mega-mining house or walk away from what could be the second biggest takeover ever.

  • Miner Xstrata Open to Merger Suitors: FT Tuesday, 11 Dec 2007 | 4:38 AM ET

    Xstrata, the world's sixth-biggest mining company, is open to talks with potential suitors, including Vale and Anglo American, the Financial Times said on Tuesday.

  • Lafarge to Buy Orascom Cement for $12.8 Billion Monday, 10 Dec 2007 | 12:36 PM ET

    France's Lafarge, the world's biggest cement maker, has agreed to buy Egypt's Orascom Cement for 8.8 billion euros ($12.81 billion) to boost its earnings and exposure to high-growth emerging markets.

  • Blackstone Denies Rio Tinto Bid Speculation Monday, 10 Dec 2007 | 11:58 AM ET
    Rio Tinto

    Private equity firm Blackstone Group on Monday denied speculation that it is planning a counterbid for Rio Tinto with a consortium believed to include China's sovereign wealth fund.

  • Rio Chief Says BHP Proposal "Dead in the Water" Thursday, 6 Dec 2007 | 11:54 PM ET
    Rio Tinto

    Rio Tinto Chief Executive Tom Albanese said on Friday BHP Billiton's $140 billion takeover proposal to assemble super mining house was now "dead in the water."

  • Striking Gold With Freeport-McMoRan Thursday, 6 Dec 2007 | 10:41 AM ET

    This company is the best way to play a sector that should be in bull mode for a long, long time.Investing can be confusing. Luckily, Cramer has mapped out some road rules for all you Home Gamers trying to navigate the jungle that is Wall Street. Think of it as "Mad Money 101" –- some fundamental advice to keep in mind as you play the market. Whether you're a first time investor or a seasoned financier, it's always good to remember the basics.

  • China's Baosteel Denies Bid for Rio Tinto Wednesday, 5 Dec 2007 | 8:10 PM ET
    Rio Tinto

    China's Baosteel group has no plan to bid for mining giant Rio Tinto and does not have the financial strength for such a bid, official Chinese media quoted Baosteel chairman Xu Lejiang as saying.

  • Euro Shares End Higher on Rate-Cut Hopes Wednesday, 5 Dec 2007 | 11:51 AM ET

    European shares gained 1.7 percent on Wednesday, snapping a two-day losing streak as banks and commodity stocks rose and a series of U.S. data releases soothed some concerns over the outlook for economic growth.

  • China's Baosteel Mulls Rio Tinto Bid: Report Tuesday, 4 Dec 2007 | 2:44 AM ET
    Rio Tinto

    Top China steelmaker Baosteel is weighing a bid to counter BHP Billiton's $125 billion takeover offer for Rio Tinto, Baosteel Chairman Xu Lejiang told a Chinese business newspaper.

  • BHP Pitches $30 Billion Buyback; Rio Unmoved Sunday, 11 Nov 2007 | 11:54 PM ET

    BHP Billiton on Monday mapped out its plan for acquiring rival Rio Tinto , promising to hand shareholders $30 billion via a share buyback if the deal goes through, in the hope of drawing Rio's board into talks.

  • BHP May Shed Petroleum Arm: Report Sunday, 11 Nov 2007 | 11:01 AM ET

    BHP Billiton, the world's biggest mining group, is considering the sale of one of its largest units, BHP Petroleum, to help finance a hostile takeover of Rio Tinto, the UK Sunday Times newspaper said.

  • Rio Tinto

    Investors seem sure that mining giant BHP Billiton will continue its $149 billion pursuit of Rio Tinto, a combination that would control more than one-third of the world's iron ore sales.

  • Rio Tinto Rejects BHP Billiton's All-Stock Offer Thursday, 8 Nov 2007 | 3:17 PM ET

    BHP Billiton has made a long-awaited bid approach to Rio Tinto in a move aimed at creating a $350 billion-plus mining giant, but Rio rejected the all-share proposal as too low.

  • 3M Profit Rises on Strong International Sales Friday, 19 Oct 2007 | 11:11 AM ET

    3M, whose products range from Scotch tape to optical films for liquid crystal displays, on Friday posted a 7.4 percent increase in quarterly profit, helped by strong demand in international markets.

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