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  • CALGARY, Alberta, Feb 9- Faced with record low prices for heavy crude, Canadian energy companies are sacrificing other parts of their business to keep higher-cost oil sands production going and safeguard the billions already invested in these multi-decade projects. Although the move to support higher-cost production seems counterintuitive, oil sands...

  • HELSINKI, Feb 9- Finnish mining technology company Outotec missed quarterly earnings forecasts on Tuesday and did not propose a dividend, warning demand from miners would weaken further this year. Outotec is struggling as miners have cut spending due to low metal prices, and recent uncertainty regarding China's growth prospects has further hit its business,...

  • *Thin liquidity in Asia with China on week-long holiday. MANILA, Feb 9- Gold edged up to near its highest since June on Tuesday, as uncertainty over global growth that has hammered stocks puts the precious metal on course for its longest rally since 2011.. Tuesday would mark gold's eighth straight day of gains as investors sought safe havens in the face of...

  • Why oil will recover faster than metals Tuesday, 9 Feb 2016 | 2:15 AM ET
    Operations at U.S. Steel

    Metals prices may have outperformed oil over the past 20 months, but that's unlikely to continue, with metals set to keep dropping, Goldman Sachs said.

  • *Coming Up: Germany Industrial output Dec 0700 GMT. MELBOURNE, Feb 9- London copper steadied on Tuesday, underpinned by a weaker dollar as worries over bank solvencies spilled over from global stock markets, and turnover was extremely low as traders waited for the return of top consumer China next week. "There are a lot of people who have come back in 2016 and are...

  • *Thin liquidity in Asia with China on week-long holiday. MANILA, Feb 9- Gold edged up to near its highest since June on Tuesday, as uncertainty over global growth that has hammered stocks puts the precious metal on course for its longest rally since 2011.. Tuesday would mark gold's eighth straight day of gains as investors seek safe havens in the face of instability...

  • *Asia trade insurers wary over China, India metals firms. *Coming Up: Germany Industrial output Dec 0700 GMT. MELBOURNE, Feb 9- London copper drifted on Tuesday after worries over bank solvencies spilled over from global stock markets, and turnover was extremely low as traders waited for the return of top consumer China next week for fresh signals on demand.

  • Chart: This gold pattern can't be ignored Monday, 8 Feb 2016 | 9:58 PM ET

    Gold is showing the same fan pattern as appeared on the dollar-yen chart prior to the very powerful breakout in November 2012.

  • MELBOURNE, Feb 9- London copper was underpinned by weakness in the dollar on Tuesday, with extremely low turnover as traders waited for the return of top consumer China next week for fresh signals on demand. Copper topped out at its highest in a month at $4,720 on Thursday and trade is expected to stay quiet with China out this week for the Lunar New Year break.

  • NEW YORK, Feb 8- U.S. commodity trader Gerald Group said on Monday it will sell a stake in a subsidiary to a Chinese copper explorer and producer to boost its balance sheet, the latest sign that plunging metals prices are shaking up the global metals landscape. The size of the stake was not disclosed, but Pengxin International Mining Co Ltd will inject equity into...

  • Over the past year scores of commodity-related businesses have filed for bankruptcy as prices for metals, energy and coal have plummeted amid a slowdown in markets such as China and Brazil. "This is due to a number of factors, principal among them is the sustained and dramatic decline in the price of primary aluminum," Chief Financial Officer Dale Boyles said in a...

  • Spot prices of uranium, used to make fuel for nuclear power production, have been depressed since the 2011 Fukushima disaster in Japan, which led to the shutdown of all reactors in that country, generating burdensome stockpiles globally. Its stock plunged more than 5 percent in Toronto and New York around midday. Contracting looks to significantly pick up in...

  • Feb 8- Miner Tahoe Resources Inc said it would buy Canada's Lake Shore Gold Corp for about C $751 million to add low-cost gold mines in Ontario to its portfolio. Tahoe had also bought smaller rival Rio Alto Mining Ltd in a cash-and-share deal valued at C $1.4 billion last February to expand its presence in Latin America. Lake Shore Gold operates Timmins West and...

  • LONDON, Feb 8- Another day, another landmark low for the nickel price. London Metal Exchange three-month nickel traded down to $7,900 per tonne on Monday morning. "Not an inconceivable prospect by any means," according to one analyst, Leon Westgate of ICBC Standard Bank..

  • Feb 8- Miner Tahoe Resources Inc said it would buy Canada's Lake Shore Gold Corp for about C $751 million to add low-cost gold mines in Ontario to its portfolio. Lake Shore Gold operates Timmins West and Bell Creek mines in Timmins, Ontario, while Tahoe has a mine in Guatemala and two mines in Peru. "The combination with Lake Shore Gold enhances Tahoe's position as the...

  • *France says will support New Caledonia nickel industry. Three-month nickel on the London Metal Exchange lurched down to $7,900 a tonne, the weakest since April 2003, before paring losses to $8,095, down 0.8 percent, by 1127 GMT. We think there's over one million tonnes of nickel inventories around, "said analyst David Wilson at Citi in London.

  • LONDON, Feb 8- European shares steadied in early trading on Monday after steep losses in the previous week, with some encouraging company updates and stronger mining stocks underpinning the market. Casino shares rose 5 percent after the French retailer said it had agreed to sell its majority stake in Thai hypermarket operator Big C Supercenter for 3.1 billion...

  • Gold is a portfolio hedge: Head of investments Monday, 8 Feb 2016 | 3:09 AM ET
    Gold is a portfolio hedge: Head of investments

    Johanna Kyrklund, head of multi-asset investments at Schroders, says gold is attracting interest as a hedge for portfolios and talks about the Federal Reserve.

  • Demand for gold remains solid: Randgold CEO Monday, 8 Feb 2016 | 2:10 AM ET
    Demand for gold remains solid: Randgold CEO

    Mark Bristow, CEO of Randgold, discusses the gold market and his company. The share price of Randgold has risen 33 percent over the past three months.

  • *Coming up: euro zone Sentix index at 0930 GMT. MELBOURNE, Feb 8- Spot gold stepped back on Monday from near a three-month top hit the session before, after a U.S. jobs report cast some doubt over prospects for a quicker pace of rate hikes this year and pushed up the dollar. "We prefer gold," said analyst Lachlan Shaw of UBS.