JOHANNESBURG, Aug 21- South Africa's National Union of Mineworkers said on Wednesday it would ballot its members this week on whether to go on strike after gold miners' wage talks stalled, raising the prospect of crippling stoppages in an industry in terminal decline.
*Gold producers, unions remain poles apart over wages. Gold mine stoppages would inflict more damage on Africa's largest economy, which is already losing $60 million a day to a strike by 30,000 workers in the car manufacturing sector that accounts for 6 percent of gross domestic product.
SINGAPORE, Aug 20- Gold was steady on Tuesday as traders waited for clues on the outlook for U.S. stimulus from the minutes of the Federal Reserve's July policy meeting, due for release later in the day.
SINGAPORE, Aug 8- Gold fell for a third session out of four on Thursday, staying below $1,300 on a stronger dollar and fears the U.S. *Spot gold had dropped 0.2 percent to $1,284.50 an ounce by 0020 GMT, after gaining 0.5 percent in the previous session.
*Gold producers offer 5 pct wage increase. JOHANNESBURG, July 24- Bruising wage negotiations between South African goldminers and workers look to have stalled after unions declared an official wage dispute, which could bring more trouble for beleaguered bullion producers.
*Typical mining family may spend 5,000 rand a month, about basic wage. JOHANNESBURG, July 10- "A living wage" is the battle cry of South Africa's Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union as it and rival unions plunge into pay talks this month with mining houses.
China's export figures are not good news for GDP figures, which will be released on Sunday night.
We are hearing the usual chorus of complaints at the start of earnings season, that profits look anemic, but data suggests things may not be that bad.
*Third of all gold ever produced came from South Africa. KROMDRAAI/ JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, July 7- A hand drill lying in the hillside tunnel of a 19th- century South African gold mine testifies to the back-breaking labour by black miners that built what was once the world's biggest bullion industry.
Stocks held their gains Wednesday, extending their rally from the previous session, after the weaker-than-expected final read on first-quarter gross domestic product diminished worries that the Fed would rein in its stimulus measures in the immediate future.
JOHANNESBURG, June 25- South Africa's AMCU mining union is demanding gold mining companies more than double the wages of entry-level workers, according to a document seen by Reuters on Tuesday, raising the stakes for pay talks set for early next month.
The collapse in bullion prices may rekindle gold mining takeovers as Chinese companies and other investors step in to rescue small and mid-sized miners.
Flash crash in Germany? Well, not quite.
In an investor briefing to be distributed late Tuesday or Wednesday, John Paulson will reveal that his gold fund fell more than 10 percent for the first two months of this year, said people familiar with the numbers.
Notable institutional investors, including George Soros, Julian Robertson and Allianz's PIMCO reduced their bets on gold during the fourth quarter of 2012, when bullion posted its biggest quarterly loss in more than four years.
Anglo American took a $4 billion hit to its Minas Rio project on Tuesday, clearing the decks for new boss Mark Cutifani and indicating that the delayed Brazilian operation will eventually get off the ground.
Tito Mboweni, chairman of AngloGold Ashanti, tells CNBC that Africa is emerging as an important growth market, but the continent must continue to deal with constraints of growth.
Conflict in the West African state of Mali -- the continent's third-largest gold producer -- poses "manageable" risks for miners active in the country's south as Al Qaeda-linked Islamist rebels remain confined to strongholds in the north while former colonial power France continues its offensive against militant bases.
Hedge fund giant John Paulson's tough track record in 2012 is spilling over into the gold market because his rivals are going after him, an industry watcher told CNBC.
Bargain-hunting traders in the mining space have turned to Barrick Gold.