Aug 3- Alpha Natural Resources Inc, one of the largest U.S. coal companies, became the latest in the hard-hit industry to seek bankruptcy on Monday. Walter Energy Inc and Patriot Coal Corp also filed for bankruptcy protection this year. Energy Future Holdings Corp, a power company that also has a large coal mining business, has been in bankruptcy since 2014..» Read More
Casablanca Capital co-founder Donald Drapkin explains his call for big changes at Cliffs Natural Resources. "This is not us going after entrenched management," he says.
An internally flawless blue diamond has been discovered at a South African mine. CNBC's Bernie Lo and Adam Bakhtiar discuss.
BHP Billiton posted strong rises in its December quarter and said it was well positioned to reward shareholders as productivity increased.
Jim Steel, chief commodities analyst at HSBC, says a strong dollar and bullish equity market are creating headwinds for the gold price.
The president of South Africa's main trade union for platinum workers told CNBC that miners were treated like slaves, after ordering strikes that will start on Thursday.
Joseph Mathunjwa, president of South Africa's AMCU, says the miners' strike will hit platinum producers and possibly gold producers, as workers demand better wages.
After four years of sector underperformance due to oversupply and a lack of demand, miners present a buying opportunity in 2014, analysts say.
Nik Stanojevic, equity analyst at Brewin Dolphin, says the marginal costs of producing oil are rising faster than in the past.
Kevin Norrish, head of commodities research at Barclays, says OPEC's spare capacity is "not that great" and is concerned about the oil price pushing higher.
Heath Jansen, global head of metals and mining research at Citigroup, explains that the mining sector has gone through the "five stages of grief", and that he is now bullish on the sector.
Ephrem Ravi, head of metals and mining sector at Barclays, comments on Rio Tinto's strong production numbers and advises being cautious on the stock due to the group's dependence on iron ore.
Australian miners shoveled record tonnages of iron ore in the December quarter, supported by billions of dollars worth of expansion plans coming on stream.
Gavin Wendt, Founding Director & Senior Resource Analyst, MineLife, analyses the factors that helped Rio Tinto accomplish a record fourth-quarter iron ore output.
George Jones, Chairman of Sundance Resources, explains the reaction the firm has received after issuing tenders for its $5 billion Mbalam-Nabeba project in Africa.
Mike Harrowell, Senior Resource Analyst at BBY, describes the outlook ahead for nickel and copper after Indonesia implemented a long-planned ban on mineral ore exports.
Indonesia banned all mineral ore exports, as expected, on Sunday, but will likely allow some U.S. mining giants to continue shipments.
Alcoa reported quarterly revenue that beat analysts' expectations on Thursday, but earnings came up short.
Axel Merk, President and Chief Investment Officer at Merk Investments, describes his reasons for liking the precious metal despite 2013's steep losses.
David Lennox, Resources Analyst at Fat Prophets, outlines the factors that will support bullion prices this year.
Scott Nations, CIO and President of Nations Shares, explains why he thinks gold is one of the most vulnerable asset classes and will get crushed next year.