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  • A worker inside the Codelco Ventanas copper refinery in Ventanas, Chile.

    Unfortunately for those in the base metals space, it's grim when the primary bull case involves bankruptcy.

  • RIO DE JANEIRO, Dec 31- Within hours of a deadly mining spill in November that would become Brazil's worst environmental disaster, BHP Chief Executive Andrew Mackenzie was in front of a camera offering his sympathies to those affected. Meanwhile, his counterpart at joint venture partner Vale SA, Murilo Ferreira, took nearly a week after the mine wastewater flood...

  • *Thomson Reuters Commodity Index hits lowest since 2002. SINGAPORE, Dec 31- A decade-old commodity boom came crashing to an end in 2015, hurting energy and mining companies as China's industrial rise and appetite for raw materials slowed. "The chances of an optimistic 2016 are bleak," Mark To, head of research at Hong Kong's Wing Fung Financial Group, said.

  • *Copper, zinc down 25 pct; nickel slid 42 pct in 2015. *Stronger dollar, falling China growth& slow supply side response weigh. SINGAPORE, Dec 31- London copper and zinc futures lost around a quarter of their value this year while nickel prices tumbled more than 42 percent as a stronger dollar, China's slowing growth and a lack of supply-side response hammered base...

  • SINGAPORE, Dec 31- Gold was little changed on the last trading session of the year, but looked set to post its third straight annual loss, undermined by a robust dollar and prospects of higher U.S. interest rates. Gold could drop to $1,000 or below but could recover slightly in the second half of the year, he said. Gold prices have been influenced a great deal by U.S....

  • *Copper dips after rising 0.8 pct in last session. SINGAPORE, Dec 30- London copper and aluminum edged lower on Wednesday, giving up some of their gains from the previous session as concerns over slowing demand in top consumer China and weakness in crude oil weighed on prices. "LME aluminum price is under pressure, the slow demand growth in China is a major concern,"...

  • Trader on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

    Check out the companies making headlines after the bell Tuesday: Chesapeake Energy, Fairchild Semiconductor, Allergan & more.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Dec 29- A federal judge granted approval for coal producer Walter Energy Inc to reject its labor agreements and end retiree benefits, which the bankrupt U.S. company said was needed in order to sell off its operations, given the industry's dire straits. "The court finds credible that no potential buyers have an interest in assuming such obligations,...

  • LONDON, Dec 29- Copper rallied on Tuesday after earlier hitting its lowest in more than a week, as funds reversed bets on lower prices in response to news of planned output cuts in China, but weak demand growth is expected to limit price gains. Benchmark copper on the London Metal Exchange was up 0.6 percent at $4,717 a tonne at 1422 GMT. Traders said the recovery...

  • *Demand is slowing in Europe and China. LONDON, Dec 29- Oil prices rose by $1 a barrel on Tuesday in thin trade amid prospects of colder weather in coming weeks but the outlook for 2016 remained bearish due to slowing global demand and abundant supplies from OPEC members. Both crude benchmarks are down by more than two-thirds since mid-2014 on U.S. shale oil output...

  • The Ranger uranium mine in Kakadu National Park, Australia

    Radioactive metal uranium was the top-performing mining commodity in price terms this year and looks set to gain further in 2016.

  • An Afghan policeman destroys poppies during a campaign against narcotics in Kunar province, April 29, 2014.

    China's bold Silk Road project runs through Afghanistan, where it could gain control of mineral riches in a nation failed by US and Russia.

  • *Gold reverses previous session's decline. LONDON, Dec 29- Gold edged up on Tuesday in response to a flat dollar and slightly firmer oil prices, but the metal is heading for its third consecutive year of losses on prospects of rising U.S. interest rates. Gold is likely to end 2015 down nearly 10 percent, mostly due to expectations that higher U.S. interest rates will...

  • LONDON, Dec 29- Copper prices fell to their lowest in more a week on Tuesday as optimism over output cuts faded and the market focused on weak demand growth in major consumer China. Benchmark copper on the London Metal Exchange was down 0.2 percent at $4,682 a tonne at 1035 GMT. News that nine large copper smelters in China have agreed to cut sales of spot metal by as...

  • *Gold reverses previous session's decline. LONDON, Dec 29- Gold edged up on Tuesday in response to a softer dollar and more stable oil prices, but the metal is heading for its third consecutive year of losses on prospects of rising U.S. interest rates. Gold is likely to end 2015 down nearly 10 percent, mostly due to expectations that higher U.S. interest rates will hit...

  • 2015’s top-performing metal is…

    Heard of uranium? It is this year’s top-performing mining commodity. Colin Hamilton, head of commodities research at Macquarie, discusses why he thinks it will outperform in 2016 as well.

  • A Freeport- McMoran Copper and Gold Inc. mine.

    Miner Freeport-McMoRan said Chairman and co-founder James R. Moffett would step down from its board.

  • *Gold down 9 pct in 2015, eyes 6th straight quarterly loss. LONDON, Dec 28- Gold edged lower on Monday in line with a retreat in oil prices, giving up some of last week's gains, but moves were muted in thin liquidity in a holiday-shortened week. Gold rose nearly 1 percent during Christmas week, but remains on track to fall for a sixth successive quarter, its longest run of...

  • *Gold down 9 pct in 2015, eyes 6th straight quarterly loss. LONDON, Dec 28- Gold edged lower on Monday in line with a retreat in oil prices, giving up some of last week's gains, but moves were muted in thin liquidity in a holiday-shortened week. "Gold is drifting lower after failing to extend the pre-Christmas rally," Saxo Bank's head of commodity research Ole Hansen said.

  • *Gold down 9 pct in 2015, eyes 6th straight quarterly loss. LONDON, Dec 28- Gold edged lower on Monday in line with a retreat in oil prices, giving up some of last week's gains, but moves were muted in thin liquidity in a holiday-shortened week. "Gold is drifting lower after failing to extend the pre-Christmas rally," Saxo Bank's head of commodity research Ole Hansen said.