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  • *Russia in dire need of cash as oil prices slide. MOSCOW, Feb 2- Russian oligarchs are the most likely potential buyers of the stakes in some of the country's largest companies that President Vladimir Putin wants to sell. The preliminary privatization plan, aimed at preventing the state budget deficit from ballooning, coincides with a second year of recession for...

  • *Russia in dire need of cash as oil prices slide. MOSCOW, Feb 2- Russian oligarchs are the most likely potential buyers of the stakes in some of the country's largest companies that President Vladimir Putin wants to sell. The preliminary privatisation plan, aimed at preventing the state budget deficit from ballooning, coincides with a second year of recession for...

  • MELBOURNE/ BEIJING, Feb 2- China plans to boost its crackdown on illegal mining of rare earths by setting up a system to certify the origin of supplies of the materials, used in everything from fighter jets to mobile phones. Illegal Chinese output and smuggling have helped drag global rare earth prices to their lowest in around six years, hitting legitimate...

  • Here are the three top safe-haven investments Friday, 29 Jan 2016 | 12:44 AM ET
    Here are the three top safe-haven investments

    According to V. Anantha Nageswaran, CEO at Vansight, the three safe-haven investments are gold, stable currencies such as the dollar, and uncorrelated equity markets such as Vietnam.

  • Commodities tomorrow: Crude oil settles above $33 Thursday, 28 Jan 2016 | 4:00 PM ET
    Commodities tomorrow: Crude oil settles above $33

    CNBC's Jackie DeAngelis discusses the day's activity in the commodities markets.

  • JAKARTA, Jan 28- Indonesia's government and Freeport McMoRan Inc on Thursday failed to reach a deal on extending the U.S. mining giant's six-month export permit, potentially halting shipments from Indonesia's massive Grasberg copper and gold mine. Freeport's six-month export permit for its Indonesian unit expired on Thursday but it was still unclear how...

  • Nevada governor seeks change in sage grouse mining rule Thursday, 28 Jan 2016 | 4:00 AM ET

    RENO, Nev.— The governor of gold-rich Nevada is pressing the Obama administration to alter its sage grouse protection plan to free up thousands of mining claims by shrinking the restricted area in exchange for making other unprotected areas off limits, restoring burned out rangeland and reining in wild horse herds. Brian Sandoval maintains his alternative...

  • NEW YORK/ LONDON, Jan 27- Gold turned positive and rose to a 12- week high on Wednesday, after the U.S. "Gold has risen to highs of this rally as the FOMC provided a perfunctory yet cordial nod to doves by removing' risks are balanced' and acknowledging market conditions," said Tai Wong, director of base and precious metals trading for BMO Capital Markets in New York.

  • Commodities tomorrow: OPEC closer to a deal? Tuesday, 26 Jan 2016 | 4:00 PM ET
    Commodities tomorrow: OPEC closer to a deal?

    CNBC's Jackie DeAngelis discusses the day's activity in the commodities markets.

  • Commodities stocks help European shares to close higher Tuesday, 26 Jan 2016 | 12:33 PM ET

    MILAN, Jan 26- European stocks gained on Tuesday after early losses, with commodities stocks rebounding after oil rose towards $31 on hopes of an agreement to deal with supply glut and metals prices gaining ground on speculative buying. The STOXX Europe 600 Oil and Gas index rose 2.4 percent after oil prices rose on expectations that OPEC and non- OPEC producers...

  • Commodities stocks help European shares to bounce back Tuesday, 26 Jan 2016 | 11:55 AM ET

    MILAN, Jan 26- European equities gained on Tuesday after early sharp losses, with commodity stocks rebounding after oil rose towards $31 on hopes of a deal to tackle a supply glut and metals prices gaining ground on speculative buying. The STOXX Europe 600 Oil and Gas index rose 2.5 percent after oil prices rose on expectations that OPEC and non- OPEC producers may...

  • TROMSOE, Norway, Jan 26- Greenland's push to extract rare earth metals will remain a contentious political issue for years to come because the mining also produces uranium as a by-product, the nation's finance minister told Reuters. Greenland has been opening up to foreign companies with hopes that its vast resources in metals and minerals, including rare...

  • Jan 26- Large mining projects in Greenland have mostly slowed down or been in limbo due to persistently low commodity prices and regulatory uncertainty. Greenland has been opening up to foreign companies with hopes that its vast resources in metals and minerals would help finance its ambition to become completely independent from former colonial master...

  • *Greenland seeking to develop metals, minerals. TROMSOE, Norway, Jan 26- A Chinese mining firm that took over a planned $2 billion iron ore mine project in Greenland is unlikely to develop it as long as iron prices remain low, Greenland's finance minister told Reuters. General Nice replaced previous owner London Mining, which went bankrupt, becoming the first...

  • Freeport-McMoran reports 4Q loss Tuesday, 26 Jan 2016 | 8:09 AM ET

    PHOENIX— Falling oil and commodities prices led Freeport-McMoran Copper& Gold Inc. to report a loss of $4.08 billion in its fourth quarter. The average estimate of eight analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for a loss of 14 cents per share. The mining company posted revenue of $3.8 billion in the period, which was short of the $4 billion expected by...

  • *Govt wants Freeport to pay $530 mln smelter deposit. Freeport, which has seen its stock plummet over 70 percent in the last three months as commodity markets plunge, could be forced to halt exports from its massive Grasberg copper and gold mine in Papua if it fails to meet government obligations. Freeport executives are expected to discuss the issue with the...

  • WILMINGTON, Del, Jan 22- A U.S. judge reversed course on Friday and narrowed an ongoing investigation seeking the identities of sources who leaked confidential information about bankrupt mining company Molycorp to reporters at Bloomberg LP. Bankruptcy Judge Christopher Sontchi said he realized he went too far in trying to protect a confidential mediation...

  • Brazil says deal with BHP, Vale over dam burst is near Thursday, 21 Jan 2016 | 9:01 PM ET

    Brazil's government and Samarco Mineracao have moved closer to a deal to settle a $4.8B lawsuit for damages from November's dam disaster.

  • Jan 21- Barrick Gold Corp, the world's biggest gold producer, said it expects to take charges of up to $3 billion following an annual accounting impairment review. The company said it may have to take a goodwill impairment charge of about $1.8 billion, and asset impairment charges of $1.0- $1.2 billion, based on its preliminary analysis. The asset writedown is...

  • Commodities tomorrow: Crude oil prices pop Thursday, 21 Jan 2016 | 4:00 PM ET
    Commodities tomorrow: Crude oil prices pop

    CNBC's Jackie DeAngelis discusses the day's activity in the commodities markets.