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United States as a top coal exporter is here to stay

The United States’ new status as a top world coal exporter will survive as miners struggle to stay in business by chasing foreign sales after the collapse of a domestic market decimated by a glut of cheap gas.

China to launch crude oil futures this year: Xinhua

China is expected to begin trading in crude oil futures within the year, a senior government official said on Wednesday, as the world's second-largest oil consumer and crude buyer aims to increase its say in oil pricing.

HudBay eyes further growth in Peru

Base metals miner HudBay Minerals is looking at expanding its asset base in Peru as it seeks to create a new hub that replicates the successes enjoyed at its mines in the Canadian province of Manitoba, the company's top executive says.

Caterpillar’s big bet on the US economy

It hasn't been long since Caterpillar Inc looked like the typical resident of the Rust Belt. Having misjudged how deep the U.S. economy would decline, the world's largest maker of construction machinery reduced its workforce by 33,000 people worldwide in 2009, closed plants and posted lower profits.

Gold drops more in late trade

Spot gold prices retreated from two-week highs on Tuesday after being repulsed by the $1,700 per ounce level. Losses continued in New York trade after hours on the back of the March options expiry where bullion was last trading at $1,683 an ounce .