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  • Are commodity prices improving?

    Paul Gait, senior research analyst at Bernstein Research, shares his outlook for commodity prices and says there are signs the cycle is improving.

  • MELBOURNE, March 18- London copper hit its highest since November on Friday after the dollar was pummeled as the U.S. tempered an aggressive rate hike, while a revival in China house prices fueled hopes for a recovery in metals demand. *Three-month copper on the London Metal Exchange was trading up half a percent at $5,095 a tonne by 0220 GMT, adding to 2.7- percent...

  • One-hundred-gram gold bars sit on a one-kilogram gold bar, center, at Gold Investments Ltd. bullion dealers in London, July 15, 2014.

    Stock market history says when the gold trade is on fire like it is this quarter, the next big trade is obvious. Can you guess?

  • TORONTO, March 17- Canada's main stock index rose on Thursday as higher oil prices supported energy stocks, while the heavyweight financial and materials sectors also gained. The most influential gainers on the index included Royal Bank of Canada, which rose 0.4 percent to C $74.91, and Canadian Natural Resources, which advanced 1 percent to C $36.58.

  • NEW DELHI, March 17- India imposed quality standards on steel products sold in the country on Thursday, but delayed bringing auto-grade steel imported by car makers under the ambit of the new order by six months. Indian car makers import about 1 million tonnes of high-tensile steel annually, mainly from Japan and South Korea, and had sought an extension to avoid...

  • NEW DELHI, March 17- India imposed quality standards on steel products sold in the country on Thursday, but delayed bringing auto-grade steel imported by car makers under the ambit of the new order by six months. Indian car makers import about 1 million tonnes of high-tensile steel annually, mainly from Japan and South Korea, and had sought an extension to avoid...

  • *Rio Tinto CEO Sam Walsh to retire July 1. SYDNEY, March 17- Rio Tinto has named its copper and coal division head, Jean-Sébastien Jacques, as its chief executive, replacing veteran Sam Walsh and marking a shift for the Anglo-Australian mining major that has long focused on iron ore. The 44- year old Jacques, praised by analysts for running tough assignments such as...

  • MELBOURNE, March 17- Glencore and five other miners backing the world's most expensive coal port in Australia face extra annual charges of A $150 million after the restructuring of one of their partners this month, the latest to buckle under slumping commodity prices. The additional charge will deal a blow to the remaining backers of the A $2.6 billion Wiggins...

  • MELBOURNE, March 17- London copper popped back above the $5,000 mark on Thursday after U.S. monetary officials flagged fewer rate hikes this year because of a fragile global economy, knocking the dollar and boosting the value of commodities. *Three-month copper on the London Metal Exchange traded at $5,000 a tonne by 0117 GMT, up 1.5 percent after closing a tad...

  • TORONTO, March 16- Barrick Gold said on Wednesday that its chief financial officer, Shaun Usmar, is leaving the company to lead a new mine financing venture in Toronto backed by U.S. hedge fund Elliott Management. The Toronto- based miner said Catherine Raw, who is currently the head of business performance, will succeed Usmar, who took over as finance chief just over...

  • JOHANNESBURG, March 16- ArcelorMittal South Africa will increase the prices of its steel products from April as it tries to stabilize the business amid rising input costs and after heavy losses due to competition from cheap imports, it said on Wednesday. South Africa last year slapped a 10 percent tariff on imported steel and ArcelorMittal, which had been hurt...

  • March 16- Peabody Energy Corp, the largest U.S. coal producer, said it may have to seek bankruptcy protection as it did not have enough funds to continue operations. Peabody's shares have crashed from their record high of more than $1,300 in 2008 to $4.01 as of Tuesday's close, reflecting the downturn in the coal market over the past few years. As of Dec. 31, the company...

  • March 16- Peabody Energy Corp, the largest U.S. coal producer, said it may have to seek Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection after it delayed an interest payment due on Tuesday. Peabody, which flagged bankruptcy risk under the "risk factors" section of a regulatory filing on Wednesday, said it skipped a $71.1 million interest payment on its senior notes, kicking off a 30-...

  • Demand for metals is still growing: James Butterfill

    James Butterfill, executive director of ETF Securities, says demand for metals is strong, but supply side destruction will push up prices.

  • Oil prices may have bottomed: BHP Billiton CEO

    Andrew Mackenzie, CEO of BHP Billiton, says there are signs of crude bottoming and the rally in iron ore prices will be short lived.

  • SINGAPORE, March 16- Gold was largely unchanged on Wednesday, after dropping for the past three sessions to its lowest in nearly two weeks, as investors waited for the outcome of the Federal Reserve policy meeting. Spot gold was down 0.02 percent at $1,231.80 an ounce by 0221 GMT and U.S. gold added 0.1 percent to $1,232.5 an ounce. "Gold's reign as the top performing...

  • Andrew Mackenzie, Chief Executive Officer BHP Billiton speaks at the Minerals Week conference, Canberra on June 3, 2015.

    There are signs the commodities rout is bottoming out, but iron ore prices still face downside risk, BHP Billiton's CEO told CNBC.

  • MELBOURNE, March 16- Copper drifted in listless trade on Wednesday ahead of a U.S. Prices have found a floor around the $4,875 mark, while the approaching 200- day moving average ceiling at $5,023 flags a looming breakout. *Shanghai Futures Exchange copper traded flat at 37,370 yuan but still holding above the 200- day moving average.

  • SINGAPORE, March 16- Gold edged higher on Wednesday, recovering from its lowest in nearly two weeks although gains were capped as investors waited for the outcome of the Federal Reserve policy meeting. *Spot gold had risen 0.1 percent to $1,233.70 an ounce by 0011 GMT and U.S. gold added 0.3 percent to $1,234.5 an ounce. *In other news in the precious metals market,...

  • *EU may shore up trade defences if China gets market status. BRUSSELS, March 15- China has persuaded the European Commission to cut estimates of its spare steel capacity, EU documents seen by Reuters suggest, raising concerns in Europe that Brussels may be weakening its stand against cheap Chinese imports. "The figures were revised after China challenged our data,"...

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