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Carmakers invite action on conflict minerals rule as May deadline looms

Commitment was made at the AIAG Corporate Responsibility Summit, where…

No retreat for Goldcorp: raises hostile Osisko bid to $3.6bn

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Harmony Gold’s guidance for the June 2011 quarter

Harmony Gold Mining Company Limited (Harmony) announces that higher production from its growth assets resulted in overall production being higher quarter on quarter. Gold production for the June 2011 quarter is likely to be 3% higher than the previous

BHP drags market lower

Local shares have closed lower, dragged down by losses in Australian mining giant BHP Billiton.The market also had a weak lead from overseas markets, after Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke deflated investors' stimulus hopes.The All Ordinaries

North American Palladium draws bullish bets

Shares in the platinum and precious metals mining company rose as much as 6.4% at the start of the session to an intraday high of $4.98 before the broad market soured during Fed Chairman Bernanke’s second day of testimony on Capitol Hill.

Gold on high on threat of US default

Gold hit a record high for the second day running yesterday on rising fears of debt default and future inflation. Spot metal touched an intraday best level of $1 594 (R10 933) an ounce and set a record fix of $1 592.50 in the morning in London before dropping back to $1 590.50 at the afternoon fix.

Gloucester Coal completes two acquisitions

Gloucester Coal has completed two acquisitions designed to create a leading Australian coal miner worth about $2 billion. Gloucester said it had completed the purchase of Donaldson Coal Holdings, which owns three NSW coal mines, from Asian commodities trader Noble Group.

Brazil’s Usiminas leases iron ore access in $1.16 billion deal

Brazilian steelmaker Usiminas said on Thursday it agreed to pay at least $1.16 billion to have long-term access to iron ore resources, seeking to battle a surge in prices for the key steel ingredient. Usiminas signed an agreement to rent mining rights owned by MBL Materiais Basicos for the next 30 years, it said in a securities filing. Usiminas will also buy 6 million tonnes of iron ore reserves at $12.50 per tonne from MBL, as well as a processing facility.