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Global aluminum demand to slow in 2012, says top producer

Norsk Hydro, one of the world's top aluminum producers, sees growth in global aluminum demand weakening in 2012 as a result of economic turbulence that is creating a weak market and pushing many industry players into the red. In a press release, Hydro's President and CEO Svein Richard Brandtzæg showed confidence in the market and he company, despite the fact Hydro's stocks dropped 2.9 percent after the prediction.

Diamonds display Einstein's 'spooky action at a distance'

Nature reports that quantum entanglement, odd behaviour at the subatomic level coined 'spooky action at a distance' by Albert Einstein, has been scaled up to the level of two macroscopic diamonds.

Kenya grants first-ever gold mining lease

Kenya is set to join the league of gold-producing nations following the granting of the first mining lease to UK company Goldplat.

Gold hit a 2-week high on Thursday

Gold hit a 2-week high on Thursday as gains in equities and the euro prompted buying from speculators after major central banks took coordinated action to prevent the euro-zone debt crisis from igniting a global economic meltdown.

Northland Resources up 4.9% after Norwegian officials approve Narvik iron ore terminal construction

Northland Resources S.A. (NAU.TO) is nearly 5% higher today at $1.29 a share after local officials in Narvik, Norway, approved a construction permit allowing the company to begin work on a new iron ore terminal on the Barents Sea coast.

The European debt crisis for dummies

Matt Miller at the Washington Post lays out the European debt crisis in simple to follow steps, and even weaves in a parable:

Occupy protesters take Xstrata building

Activists from the Occupy London anti-capitalist movement have stormed a building housing the mining giant Xstrata, targeting its chief executive.

Stocks rally, lifting commodities

North American stock exchanges are on a tear today after central banks made more funds available to lenders, giving investors hope for a way out of the European debt debacle. The markets were also cheered by better than expected private sector job growth in the United States. The mining-heavy S&P/TSX Composite was up 2.5% to just over 12,000 at time of writing. The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 384 points, or 3.3%, the most on a closing basis since Aug. 11, according to Bloomberg. Spot gold was up $32 from yesterday to $1747 which is just above the 20-day moving average of $1744, noted Kitco. Silver was up marginally to $32.86 from yesterday's $31.92, while benchmark copper was up more than 5% to a two-week high of $7,885/tonne. Zinc, lead, aluminum and nickel were also up from Tuesday.

Bets on lower copper prices double as specs turn cautious

Speculative positions on rising commodity prices fell to their lowest since July 2009 on concerns that Europe's debt crisis will crimp demand Speculators decreased wagers on rising commodity prices to the lowest since July 2009 amid concern that Europe's

Riding with The King: Iron ore junior hires Larry King as pitch man

It's not often that a junior mining company has star power in its corner. Black Iron (TSE:BKI) was busy fielding media calls Monday when the Toronto-based company announced it has retained celebrated CNN talk show host Larry King to help raise the profile of the company. Black Iron owns the Shymanivske project in Ukraine, an NI 43-101 compliant resource with 345 Mt measured and indicated resources grading 32% iron and 469 Mt of inferred resources grading 31% iron. The project is surrounded by five other operating mines including ArcelorMittal's iron ore complex.

U.K. supports Canada on oilsands

The British government is working with Canada to fight a European proposal that would officially label fuel from the Alberta oil sands as dirtier than conventional sources, according to the Guardian newspaper in London.

Comex Gold Ends Solidly Higher On Bargain Hunting, Weaker U.S. Dollar, General Rally in Commodities

Comex December gold futures prices ended the U.S. day session solidly higher Monday on bargain hunting and short covering following selling pressure seen last week.

Global Updates Regional Exploration

VANCOUVER, Nov. 27, 2011 /CNW/ - Global Minerals Ltd. (TSXV: CTG) ("Global or the Company") is pleased to provide this update on regional exploration activities

Pressure on rich over coal rules

AUSTRALIA and other rich countries are under pressure to change rules that allow them to meet climate change targets by subsidising coal plants in poor countries.

Highland Gold buys 48% of Russian mine for $110 million

Highland Gold Mining Limited announced the signing of an agreement on acquiring Kazzinc’s 48.3 percent share of Novoshirokinsk Mine for $110 million. The transaction is expected to be completed by the end of this year after the approval of the Russian Antimonopoly Department is obtained.

Public's support of nuclear power waning; Brits and Americans buck the trend

A BBC poll enquiring about the public's appetite for nuclear power has delivered some surprising results. The poll by GlobeScan, commissioned for the BBC, asked 23,231 people in 23 countries with nuclear programs their opinions on nuclear power. It found that most are significantly more opposed to nuclear power than they were in 2005, with just 22% agreeing that "nuclear power is relatively safe and an important source of electricity, and we should build more nuclear power plants."

Google retires initiative to make renewable energy cheaper than coal

Energy Efficiency News reports internet giant Google has quietly announced that it is to retire its ‘Renewable Energy Cheaper than Coal’ or RE<C initiative, which it launched in 2007 saying "other institutions seem better positioned than Google to take this work to the next level." Google spearheaded various projects and made investments in companies working on potentially ‘breakthrough’ technologies, including $168 million for a solar tower project in California and geothermal mapping. As part of its broader renewable energy programme Google has made several investments totaling more than $850 million in the US and Germany.

DPM stock jumps on environmental approval for Bulgarian gold mine

Dundee Precious Metals (TSE:DPM) was up 4.83% to close at $8.89 Thursday, on news that the Bulgarian government has approved the environmental impact assessment (EIA) for its Krumovgrad gold project. "Since initially embarking on this project in 2005, we have made great efforts to develop a comprehensive plan for Krumovgrad that addresses the concerns of the community and will prove to be economically beneficial forBulgaria and the local community, as well as DPM and its shareholders," President and CEO Jonathan Goodman said in a statement.

Talk of conflicts of interest as LME shareholders jockey for position in takeover battle

By buying the stake held by defunct broker MF Global, JP Morgan has dramatically boosted its influence in the battle to acquire the London Metal Exchange. As the biggest shareholder JP Morgan now has stronger input into any changes proposed by suitors while making a tidy profit from any sale, but retains the option to team up with others to block a takeover, analysts and industry sources told Reuters. JP Morgan now has a stake of 1.4 million shares or 10.9%, jumping ahead of the former dominant shareholder, Goldman Sachs, but the banks have also come under scrutiny over possible conflicts of interest as it also owns metal warehouses and proved brokerage services. One of the last bastions of open outcry trading, the 134-year old exchange handles some 80% of global trade in metals futures.

EMED Mining rises 6.5% on gov't support for Spanish copper mine restart

London-listed base minerals explorer EMED Mining (LON:EMED) enjoyed a 6.5% bump in its share price Wednesday on news that the government of Andalucia is supporting a restart of its Rio Tinto copper mine. The mine has no connection to the Anglo-Australian mining giant of the same name. EMED said "the Junta de Andalucia has made clear public policy statements committing support for the company’s plans to restart the Rio Tinto Mine as soon as possible, the most recent such statement being in Minas de Rio Tinto last week by the Minister for Economy in Andalucia."

It's worse than you think: Dr. Copper is Dead

Reuters reports copper hit a one-month low on Wednesday, pressured by worries about the outlook for demand after factory growth in top consumer China slowed in November, a poor bond sale in Germany intensified concerns about the euro zone debt crisis and US efforts to tackle its budget continued to flounder. Three-month contracts for the red metal fell to a one-month low at $7,168 a tonne in intra-day trade in London and extended its losses in New York where it was trading at $3.27 a pound by early afternoon, its lowest level since October 25 and down 30% from its 2011 high of $4.61 set in February. Copper used in the power, telecoms and construction sectors is often seen as a barometer for economic growth, but a new research report suggests "Dr. Copper is Dead" and that the red metal, along with oil, have actually been lagging other economic indicators. In short: things may well be even worse than the fall in the copper price suggests.

Markets tumble, gold falls under $1,700

Uncertainty regarding the never-ending euro crisis and weak data from China sent gold and markets lower. The S&P/TSX Composite Index is off 1.88% and the S&P/TSX Venture Composite Index is down 1.93%. Yesterday, gold broke through $1,700 mark but is now back trading at $1,680.

The case for using Europe's $590 billion gold reserves in the euro zone bailout

The Globe and Mail reports ever since the euro zone bond markets first started to get the jitters, hedge fund managers have been whispering that gold could play a part in resolving the crisis. Until recently, this discussion has mainly been the preserve of conspiracy theorists and backbench German politicians. But now the use of gold to fund a euro zone bailout is coming closer to reality.

Silver surges 3.5%, gold nudges $1700

After getting clobbered yesterday, gold and silver rallied Tuesday on a stronger commodities market, along with bargain hunting at lower precious metals prices and short covering. Spot silver gained 3.5% to $32.77 a troy ounce, while the December gold contract was up 1.3% to $1699/oz.

20 tonnes of cobalt stolen in Antwerp

A container with 20 tonnes of cobalt was stolen from the MSC shipping company site in the Antwerp harbour, Scheldelaan, quay 730 on November 14 said the Belgian police.