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  • Bloomberg Hates Styrofoam

    New York City Mayor Bloomberg wants to ban styrofoam cups and containers, reports CNBC's Courtney Reagan.

  • Coal Mining: Very Risky Business

    Australian mining-to-retail conglomerate Wesfarmers on Wednesday cut its full-year coal sales forecast, citing flooding in Australia and weak demand in Asia that is depressing sales prices.

  • Financier Nat Rothschild

    Nat Rothschild, Co-founder of Bumi stepped up the bitter battle for control of the Indonesia-focused miner, attacking both the board for its inaction and CEO Nick von Schirnding for "embellishing his CV."

  • For all the doomsayers predicting an end to its mining boom, Australia is pumping out more metal, coal and gas thanks to a investment bonanza that will peak this year, boosting exports needed to extend a jaw-dropping 21-year run of economic growth.

  • Time to Pick Up Rio, BHP as Carbon Tax Bites: Analyst

    BHP Billiton, the world's biggest mining company, boosted its iron ore output by 3 percent in the December quarter, as it races to supply more of the raw material to Chinese steelmakers despite signs of a softening market.

  • Rio Tinto to Axe Costs, Cautiously Optimistic on China Growth

    Mining firms including BHP Billiton and Anglo American are likely to follow Rio Tinto's lead in writing down underperforming assets by as much as $10 billion, as low prices and rising costs eat into valuations.

  • Platinum rose to a three-month high on Tuesday, rallying for a sixth straight session as funds bought heavily due to a mine labor crisis in South Africa that sparked supply fears.

  • China's harshest winter in nearly three decades has hit iron ore output and driven up prices just as demand from steel mills revives in a resurgent economy. Imports are at record levels.

  • Lakshmi Mittal

    Steelmaker ArcelorMittal raised a bigger-than-expected $4 billion in a share and convertible notes offering, it said on Thursday, to fix its debt-laden balance sheet.

  • Iron ore from Fortescue Metals Group Ltd.'s Cloudbreak mine arrives at the receiving facility at the company's Port Hedland operation in the Pilbara region of Western Australia.

    Iron ore exports to China from Australia's Port Hedland, a bellwether for Chinese industrial activity, surged 25 percent in December from the previous month to a record level, shipping data showed.

  • U.S. executives largely panned the congressional deal to steer America away from the "fiscal cliff," saying Washington wasted an opportunity to address the nation's debt.

  • DuPont research scientists at work in a biobutanol molecular biology lab.

    DuPont announced it will buy back $1 billion of its stock next year and raised its outlook.

  • Investing in Lumber After the Storm

    CNBC's Gary Kaminsky weighs in on the lumber trade, in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.

  • Home Depot Helping Homeowners Rebuild

    Aaron Flowe, Northern Division President of Home Depot, talks about helping people protect and repair their property after the onslaught of the devastating hurricane.

  • Home Improvement Retailers Sending Supplies

    CNBC's Mary Thompson reports home improvement retailers are providing supplies in cleanup efforts after the storm.

  • Will Volatility Shake Market Foundation?

    Lee Partridge, Salient Partners CIO, discusses the impact of Sandy on home builders, materials, and certain insurers.

  • Weakening prices midday don’t necessarily mean the rally has ended, “Fast Money” pros said Wednesday on CNBC.

  • Base Metals to Pull Back

    Mike Harrowell, Senior Resources Analyst, BBY says that the QE boost to commodity prices does not reflect demand concerns and that base metals prices could be trading lower by end-December.

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    With the global economy slowing and the U.S. dollar strengthening it may now be time to invest in companies more tied to the U.S. economy, some market pros are saying.

  • London-based company Lonmin, the platinum mining firm affected by strikes at their Marikana facility in South Africa, is a definite opportunity for investors looking to enter the sector according to Alison Turner, mining analyst at Panmure Gordon.

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