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    Iron ore prices have nearly doubled over the past four months, delighting producers, yet the surge is hindering expansion of iron ore mines in Western Australia, the site of the world's largest known deposit.

  • Commodities Next Week: Will the Silver Surge Continue?

    Sharon Epperson reports the "silver surge" has driven demand for silver coins made by the U.S. Mint. (1:23)

  • Banks Up Price Targets on Rio Tinto Thursday, 17 Jan 2013 | 11:00 AM ET
    Banks Up Price Targets on Rio Tinto

    Paul Renken, senior geologist at VSA Capital, explains why investment banks are upping their price targets on Rio Tinto after the new CEO announcement.

  • Rio Tinto Blame Game Begins After Big Writedown Thursday, 17 Jan 2013 | 4:32 AM ET

    Rio Tinto, the mining giant, was in turmoil Thursday morning after the abrupt departure of its chief executive and the announcement of a $14 billion writedown.

  • Rio Tinto CEO Resigns After $14 Billion Charge Thursday, 17 Jan 2013 | 2:55 AM ET
    Rio Tinto to Axe Costs, Cautiously Optimistic on China Growth

    Global miner Rio Tinto has announced the surprise resignation of its chief executive after taking a $14 billion charge in connection with Tom Albanese's two most significant acquisitions, Mozambican coal and aluminium.

  • Platinum Supply to Remain Tight: Analyst Wednesday, 16 Jan 2013 | 2:40 AM ET
    Platinum Supply to Remain Tight: Analyst
  • Platinum at Three-Month High; Gold Futures Settle Up Tuesday, 15 Jan 2013 | 5:00 PM ET

    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.

  • Which Metal Will Have the Best 2013? Tuesday, 15 Jan 2013 | 12:04 PM ET
    Ilczyszyn: Key Levels to Watch on Gold

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  • 2013 Will Mark the Return of a China Play: Pro Tuesday, 15 Jan 2013 | 4:20 AM ET
    2013 Will Mark the Return of a China Play: Pro

    Ker Chung Yang, senior investment analyst at Phillip Futures expects 2013 to be the return of a China play again, especially in the base metal commodity.

  • Rio Tinto Numbers Surprise on the Upside Tuesday, 15 Jan 2013 | 2:10 AM ET
    Rio Tinto Numbers Surprise on the Upside

    Paul Renken, senior geologist at VSA Capital, tells CNBC that Rio Tinto figures have surprised on the upside, suggesting some demand for iron ore.

  • Will Lady Luck Return to Australia This Year? Tuesday, 15 Jan 2013 | 12:13 AM ET

    Often called the "lucky country" because of its rich natural resources, Australia's growth has long been funded by the commodities boom but now, economists say, there are a few other bright spots that could pick up where mining left off.

  • Rio Tinto Output Tops Forecast on Resurgent China Monday, 14 Jan 2013 | 11:39 PM ET
    A haul truck is loaded by a digger with material from the pit at Rio Tinto Group's West Angelas iron ore mine in Pilbara, Australia.

    Rio Tinto said on Tuesday its iron ore production beat its own guidance to hit 253 million tons in 2012, as the miner cashes in on resurgent Chinese demand that has driven up prices in recent months.

  • A miner at Vaal River gold mine, operated by AngloGold Ashanti in Klerksdorp, South Africa

    Conflict in the West African state of Mali -- the continent's third-largest gold producer -- poses "manageable" risks for miners active in the country's south as Al Qaeda-linked Islamist rebels remain confined to strongholds in the north while former colonial power France continues its offensive against militant bases.

  • The high-rise Bakrie Tower, which houses the headquarters of Bumi Resources, owned by the Bakrie family in Jakarta

    Indonesia's influential Bakrie family warned on Monday that it could rethink its proposed exit from Bumi, a coal venture it co-founded with Nat Rothschild, if the financier pursues a planned return to the board.

  • Gold Must Hit This Level to Be a Buy: Futures Pro Friday, 11 Jan 2013 | 3:20 PM ET

    Pro trader Rich Ilczyszyn looks at key technical levels for trading gold futures.

  • Bargain Hunters Take a Shine to Barrick Gold Friday, 11 Jan 2013 | 6:23 AM ET

    Bargain-hunting traders in the mining space have turned to Barrick Gold.

  • 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.

  • Junk-Rated ArcelorMittal Raises Surprise $4 Billion Thursday, 10 Jan 2013 | 4:49 AM ET
    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.

  • China's Record Iron Ore Imports Buff Up Recovery Hopes Thursday, 10 Jan 2013 | 2:58 AM ET

    China's imports of iron ore roared to a record high in December and for the full year, while crude imports also climbed, boosting hopes that a recovering economy in the world's top commodities consumer will lift its appetite for imports.

  • Cyclone Gathers Strength Off Australia's West Coast Wednesday, 9 Jan 2013 | 9:11 PM ET

    Australia's first cyclone of the storm season is intensifying off the country's northwest and is expected to start affecting coastal areas in mining powerhouse Western Australia state as soon as Friday, the Australian Bureau of Meteorology said.