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Cliffs Resources officially shutting Canadian Wabush Mines

Cecilia Jamasmie | October 31, 2014
Cliffs Resources officially shutting Canadian Wabush Mines

About 500 workers will lose their job.

China's gold strategy

GoldMoney | October 31, 2014

China first delegated the management of gold policy to the Peoples Bank by regulations in 1983. This development was central to China’s emergence as a free-market economy following the post-Mao reforms in 1979/82.

Rio Tinto braces for $2.5bn Oyu Tolgoi writedown

Cecilia Jamasmie | October 31, 2014
Rio Tinto braces for $2.5bn Oyu Tolgoi writedown: report

According to The Times, Rio flagged the possibility of a writedown in August.

Barrick boosts ties with China, names Woo Lee as regional leader

Cecilia Jamasmie | October 30, 2014
Barrick boosts ties with China, names Woo Lee as regional leader

Woo served as a U.S. State Department representative in Asia for about 15 years with postings in countries including China, Japan and Australia.

Russia pushes forward plans to mine the moon

Cecilia Jamasmie | October 28, 2014
Russia is seriously advancing plans to mine the moon

The country's ultimate purpose is to extract rare earth elements, breaking China's dominance and pushing prices down.

Freeport-McMoRan's profit down 32% amid lower copper, gold prices

Cecilia Jamasmie | October 28, 2014
Freeport-McMoRan's profit down 32% amid lower copper, gold prices

The U.S. largest miner by market value and revenue is also dealing with a strike threat at its Indonesia's Grasberg copper and gold mine, which recently resumed operations.

Oliver Gross says peak gold is here to stay

The Gold Report | October 27, 2014
Gold mines output to reach record high

Midtier producers will soon be desperate to buy low-cost, high-quality deposits.

CHARTS: This is how much gold miners really put into their host countries

Cecilia Jamasmie | October 27, 2014
This is how much gold miners really put in their host countries

Members of the World Gold Council spent last year a total of $47 billion in countries hosting their mining operations.

China’s September gold imports hit five-month high

Cecilia Jamasmie | October 27, 2014
China’s September gold imports hit five-month high

Total gold imports from Hong Kong totalled 91.745 tonnes, as the nation observed its annual holiday the first week of October, a time when millions of people travel and spend more than usual.

This firm has more than half the copper in LME warehouses

Cecilia Jamasmie | October 27, 2014
This firm has more than half the copper in LME warehouses

That is worth around $534-$854 million, based on prices of $6,675 per tonne.

India closer to ending decades-old state monopoly on coal

Cecilia Jamasmie | October 24, 2014
India closer to ending decades-old state monopoly on coal

The country is opening coal mining to private firms.

Iron ore and rare earth metals mining: an industry under siege?

The Guardian | October 24, 2014

Resource scarcity and human rights issues surrounding metals extraction, coupled with unrelenting global demand mean the industry is facing some tough realities.

Asian gold demand up as India’s Diwali boost sales

Cecilia Jamasmie | October 23, 2014
Asian gold demand up as India’s Diwali boost sales

The World Gold Council predicts that India will import 850 to 950 tonnes of gold this year.

Rio’s Walsh gets big backing from shareholders, to stay longer as CEO

Cecilia Jamasmie | October 23, 2014
Rio’s Walsh gets big backing from shareholders, to stay longer as CEO

The move is seen by analysts as an attempt to strengthen the firm’s image.

Caterpillar posts strong results despite poor mining sales

Cecilia Jamasmie | October 23, 2014
Caterpillar posts strong results despite poor mining sales

The equipment maker beat analysts' expectations and the stock is skyrocketing in premarket trading.

Caterpillar global sales down 10% in September

Cecilia Jamasmie | October 22, 2014
Caterpillar global sales down 10% in September

The equipment maker is scheduled to report third-quarter earnings Thursday.

China to scrap tariffs on Australian coal

Cecilia Jamasmie | October 22, 2014
China to scrap tariffs on Australian coal

The controversial duties, imposed earlier this month, will be eliminated once ongoing negotiations on a free trade agreement (FTA) between the two nations is finalized.

Horse breeders win coal mine expansion fight against Anglo American

Cecilia Jamasmie | October 22, 2014
Horse breeders win coal mine expansion fight against Anglo

Planners ruled Anglo’s 100 million-tonne project was a threat to the Hunter Valley's thoroughbred and tourism industries.

India diamond merchant boss gives 500 cars, 200 apts to employees

Cecilia Jamasmie | October 21, 2014
India diamond merchant boss gives 500 cars, 200 apts to employees

He has also insured 280 employees who have been with the company for more than a decade to the tune of $160,000 each.

China sets tougher restrictions on illegal mining, exporting of rare earths

Cecilia Jamasmie | October 20, 2014
China sets tougher restrictions on illegal mining, exporting of rare earths

Beijing has launched a five-month campaign that aims to finally crackdown on illegal extraction and smuggling of the coveted elements.

Polish coal miner slashes production forecast amid restructuring

Cecilia Jamasmie | October 20, 2014
Polish coal miner slashes production forecast amid restructuring

Announcement comes as Polish authorities work on a plan to group its loss-making mines into a “bad” or a “good” unit.

Mining investment in Kazakhstan to reach $30bn by 2017

Cecilia Jamasmie | October 20, 2014
Mining investment in Kazakhstan to reach $30bn by 2017

The country is fine-tuning details of a new mining law that will make it easier for foreigners to tap the nation’s riches.

Indonesia’s Choice: Coal vs. Environment

Epoch Times | October 19, 2014

Indonesia cannot build power stations fast enough. And neither can most of its Asian neighbours.

Vale to ditch 20% of its nickel assets in Indonesia

Cecilia Jamasmie | October 17, 2014
Vale to ditch 20% of its nickel assets in Indonesia

The agreement signed with Indonesia’s outgoing government also means higher royalties to be paid by the firm.

Platinum, palladium price-setting technology ‘optimum’ for gold: LME

Cecilia Jamasmie | October 17, 2014
Platinum, palladium price-setting technology ‘optimum’ for gold: LME

The LME says its electronic solution for the platinum and palladium price — LMEbullion — could benefit gold bugs.

Cliffs the newest victim of iron ore price slump: to take $6bn charge

Cecilia Jamasmie | October 17, 2014
Cliffs the newest victim of iron ore price slump: to take $6bn charge

The miner said the move was driven by its revised pricing outlook and adverse market conditions.

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