Base & Precious Metals News

Jul 27 - China iron ore miners' call for import protection is ironic, distracting: Russell 

There is something of a delicious irony in China's iron ore miners complaining of dumping by foreign producers, but what it really underscores is the multitude of challenges facing the world's biggest steel industry.The domestic miners want an anti-dumping investigation into iron ore imported from the world's top suppliers, complaining that low-cost majors - Brazil's Vale  and the Anglo-Australian pair of Rio Tinto and BHP Billiton - are flooding the market. click here.

Jul 27 - Barrick Gold weighs sale of $1.9 bln Acacia stake - sources

Barrick Gold Corp, the world's largest gold producer, is weighing a sale of its majority stake in African unit Acacia Mining Plc and has approached several South African miners, according to sources familiar with the situation.Barrick owns 64 percent of Acacia, a London-listed miner with three producing gold mines in Tanzania: Bulyanhulu, Buzwagi and North Mara. Acacia also has exploration projects in the East African country and other parts of Africa. click here.

Jul 27 - Nickel, zinc seen retreating by year-end after strong rallies - Poll

Prices of nickel and zinc, top performers among industrial metals in recent months, are overcooked and likely to retreat by the end of the year even though shortages are becoming more severe, a Reuters poll showed. While global deficits in both metals are forecast to be deeper than in the previous poll three months ago, analysts are wary of current rallies fuelled by speculators, partly due to heavy inventories. click here .

Jul 27 - Freeport-McMoRan takes foot off gas on asset sales, to issue shares 

Freeport-McMoRan Inc, the world's biggest publicly listed copper miner, put its high-profile asset sales plan on the rear burner on Tuesday, and instead unveiled a $1.5 billion share issue to help it cut debt.Freeport's chief executive said he was confident the company could reduce its $18.8 billion of net debt to between $13.2 billion and $10.5 billion by the end of 2017 on the back of already executed asset sales and excess cash it expects to earn from higher mined volumes and metals prices. click here .

Jul 27 - Antofagasta sees full-year copper production at lower end of forecasts 

Chilean copper miner Antofagasta said full-year copper production would be at the lower end of the 710,000 to 740,000 tonnes it predicted in January as a global market surplus shows little sign of easing.In common with other mining companies, Antofagasta has this year staged a recovery from the hammering inflicted by an extreme boom-bust cycle after a weaker Chinese economy cut into demand. click here .

Jul 27 - China gold consumption to reach 1,200 tonnes by 2020 - state media 

China's annual gold consumption is expected to be 1,200 tonnes by 2020, state-owned Shanghai Securities News reported on Wednesday, citing an estimate from a Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) official. Zhou Changyi, head of MIIT's raw materials for industry department, also said that while demand is expected to increase in the future, current domestic production levels will remain unable to meet forecast homegrown demand. click here .

Jul 27 - Fortescue cuts iron ore production cost target 

Australia's Fortescue Metals Group on Wednesday lowered its production cost target for fiscal 2017 to $12-$13 per wet tonne, down from its fiscal 2016 average of $15.43 a tonne and taking it closer to bigger rivals.The world no.4 iron ore miner also set shipment guidance for fiscal 2017 at 165 million to 170 million tonnes, little changed from the 169.4 million tonnes shipped in fiscal 2016. click here .

Jul 27 - Lithium Power CEO eyes quick growth in Chile 

Lithium Power, the latest company keen to capitalise on Chile's vast reserves of key battery ingredient lithium, is planning to start drilling by September and ramp up to commercial sales by 2020, the chief executive told Reuters.The Australian-listed smallcap, which already has projects in Australia and Argentina, announced last week that it was forming a joint venture with local partners to develop the Maricunga project in northern Chile. Lithium Power is going to fund the development costs starting with a $2 million loan. click here .

Jul 27 - Aluminium Bahrain may increase $750 mln loan for expansion project- CEO 

Aluminium Bahrain (Alba) has received strong support from banks for a loan to part-finance its Line 6 expansion project and may increase the amount it borrows from an original $750 million target, its chief executive said on Tuesday.Alba will become the world's largest single aluminium smelter complex, boosting its annual output by 540,000 tonnes to 1.5 million tonnes per year by adding a sixth "potline", used in producing the metal from raw materials such as bauxite. click here .

Jul 26 - Looming price falls may force big miners to speed up asset sales 

Three of the world's top five miners will need to step up asset sales in the second half of this year to meet a $14 billion full-year target as they race to cut debt, with a recent rally in commodities prices seen as short-lived.The world's biggest miners predicted doom and gloom for 2016 six months ago when they booked their worst earnings in more than a decade, slashed dividends and put an array of copper, coal, iron ore and other assets on the block. click here

Jul 26 - The three bull standouts in China's first-half metals trade: Andy Home 

China's imports of base metals were once the bullish drumbeat to which the global market marched. Those days are no longer.Not just because of the broader Chinese economic slowdown story, but because the country's own refined metal production capacity has evolved to the point of self-sufficiency in some industrial commodities. click here.

Jul 26 - An arranged marriage in China's steel industry troubled from the start 

It may be the Chinese government's idea of creative destruction.Beijing appears to be on the brink of forcing the most modern and competitive Chinese steelmaker, which is itself struggling amid a global steel glut, to rescue a loss making and heavily indebted rival in what some securities and credit analysts see as potentially a marriage made in hell.Listed units of Baosteel Group, the second-largest Chinese steelmaker, and Wuhan Iron and Steel Group, the sixth largest, said in separate stock exchange announcements on June 26 that they are planning on restructuring together. click here .

Jul 26 - China cuts 13 mln T of steel capacity in H1, less than third of FY goal 

China cut 13 million tonnes of excess crude steel capacity in the first half of the year, less than a third of its annual target, but will step up efforts in the second half, the vice industry minister said on Monday.Feng Fei, regarded as the architect of China's plans to curb profit-sapping capacity gluts in both steel and coal, said during a press briefing in Beijing that he remained confident China would reach its target of 45 million tonnes for 2016. click here .

Jul 26 - German firm to start metal trading platform for spot deliveries 

Newly-established German company Metalprodex GmbH said on Monday it planned to start a trading platform for the buying and selling of base metals for immediate physical delivery. The aim is to start offering an electronic trading platform in September which can provide delivery of physical metal within two days, Metalprodex managing director Janko Linhart said. No exact start date has yet been set. click here .

Jul 26 - China H1 gold output up 0.16 pct y/y to 229.102 T - state media 

China produced 229.102 tonnes of gold in the first half of this year, up 0.16 percent from the same period a year earlier, state-owned Shanghai Securities News said on Tuesday citing the country's gold association.In the first six months of 2016, China consumed a total of 528.52 tonnes of gold, down 7.68 percent from a year earlier, it added. click here .

Jul 25 - New faces in LME warehousing but old hands still dominate: Andy Home 

The number of London Metal Exchange (LME) physical storage units continues to decline in tandem with falling registered stocks. As of July 8 there were 608 registered warehouses for the storage of base metals, down from 621 a year ago and from almost 700 in 2012 and 2013. click here

Jul 25 - G20 officials vow to tackle steel, industrial overcapacity 

The world's top economies will work to tackle excess production capacity in steel and some other industries, including government subsidies that have distorted markets, G20 finance officials said on Saturday. In a draft statement obtained by Reuters, the G20 finance ministers and central bank governors meeting in China's southwestern city of Chengdu said that excess capacity problems, "exacerbated by a weak global economic recovery and depressed market demand, have caused a negative impact on trade and workers."  click here.

Jul 25 - De Beers puts Canadian Snap Lake diamond mine up for sale

Anglo American Plc's De Beers has put its Snap Lake diamond mine in Canada up for sale after suspending operations at the unprofitable mine last December, a spokesman said on Friday. De Beers has hired Bank of Montreal to market the underground mine in Northwest Territories, said spokesman Tom Ormsby, but he did not provide financial details. click here.

Jul 25 - LME to continue ring trading at emergency venue until early August 

The London Metal Exchange (LME) will maintain open outcry trading at its disaster recovery site in Chelmsford, east of London, until early August after continuing structural problems that mean its offices will remain shut, the exchange said on Friday. This marks the second time the LME has extended ring trading its emergency venue after a potential safety issue was discovered last weekend in the building that houses its offices on Finsbury Square in London's financial district.  click here.

Jul 25 - Japan steel industry says China's anti-dumping duties unjust 

China's decision to levy anti-dumping duties on electric steel products from Japan was unjust and regrettable, the chairman of the Japan Iron and Steel Federation said on Monday. "Japan has been explaining that exports of the electric steel products from Japan had caused no injury to local industry, but China has rejected our claims," Kosei Shindo, the chairman of the Japan Iron and Steel Federation, told a news conference. click here.

Jul 25 - Speculators pile on bullish silver bets to new record - CFTC 

Hedge funds and money managers continued to pile on bullish silver bets in the week to July 19 as spot prices hovered near two-year highs and increased their copper net long to their highest since the end of March in the week to July 19, data showed on Friday. As gold's safe-haven appeal continued to wane and prices slipped to three-week lows, speculators cut their record bullish bets on COMEX futures and options for a second straight week, taking the total to its lowest in a month, U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) data showed. click here.

Jul 25 - Randgold lowers Ivory Coast output forecast on power cuts 

Randgold Resources' Tongon mine in Ivory Coast will have a slightly lower gold output this year than previously expected mainly owing to an erratic power supply, Chief Executive Mark Bristow told reporters late on Saturday. The mine, one of five operated by the London-listed company in three African countries, is on track to produce 260,000 ounces of gold this year, up from 242,948 ounces in 2015, Bristow said. click here.

Jul 22 - Brazil's Vale expects 2017 iron ore output to be below forecast

Vale SA expects full-year iron ore output to come in at the lower end of forecasts this year, and below expectations in 2017, a sign the world's No. 1 producer of the raw material is effectively reining in production at low-margin facilities. Iron ore output was 86.823 million tonnes in the second quarter, down 2.8 percent from a year earlier, Rio de Janeiro-based Vale said in a report on Thursday. click here .

 

Jul 22 - Miner Newmont hints at dividend increase as bullion prices soar

Newmont Mining Corp, the world's second biggest gold miner by market value, hinted on Thursday that it will boost its quarterly dividend later this year, reflecting a 25 percent jump in bullion prices so far this year. Newmont, which posted market-beating quarterly profits on Wednesday reflecting price, production and cost gains, will review its gold price-linked dividend at an October board meeting. click here .

Jul 22 - Stronger China leads Norsk Hydro to up aluminium demand forecast

Strengthening Chinese demand led Norsk Hydro, one of the world's largest aluminium producers, to raise its forecast for global aluminium demand growth this year to 4-5 percent as it reported forecast-beating earnings on Thursday. The company's global aluminium demand forecast, revised up from 3-4 percent, is now closer to peer Alcoa's forecast of 5 percent. click here.

Jul 22 - LME trading resumes after four hour delay on technical outage

Trading on the London Metal Exchange's electronic platforms restarted just before 0400 GMT after technical issues delayed the start of trading for almost four hours on Friday. The delayed was due to technical issues relating to members' ability to connect to the market, a spokesman at LME-owner Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing said. click here .

Jul 22 - Nucor profit up, sees better performance in third quarter 

Steelmaker Nucor Corp on Thursday reported a higher quarterly net profit as lower costs offset a decline in revenue and the company said it expected a strong improvement for earnings in the third quarter thanks to higher efficiency and a better outlook for non-residential construction markets. Steelmakers like the Charlotte, North Carolina-based company have struggled with low prices, complaining that China has flooded the market with cut-price product. click here .

Jul 22 - Lithium rivals SQM and Albemarle sign environment deal 

SQM and Albemarle's Rockwood, two of the world's biggest lithium producers, have agreed to work together on "environmental administration" of the giant Chilean salt flats where they operate, SQM said on Thursday. As part of the agreement, Santiago-based SQM said it was dropping a complaint it had been pursuing against rival Rockwood's environmental approval for increased extraction. click here .

Jul 21 - HKEX to put LME clearing link plans on hold due to Brexit - CEO 

Britain's vote to leave the EU has prompted the Hong Kong stock exchange (HKEX) to put on hold a commodities clearing link with its London Metal Exchange (LME), dealing a blow to its bid to make the LME more profitable. Hong Kong Exchanges & Clearing Chief Executive Charlies Li said the planned link-up would now have to wait due to the uncertainty created by the British vote last month. click here.

Jul 21 - Gold is not all that glisters - diamonds act as hedge for the rich

In a packed Christie’s auction room in Geneva, one could hear a pin drop as two anonymous bidders slugged it out in their quest to own the world’s most exquisite blue diamond. The room in the Four Seasons Hotel des Bergues was filled with multi-millionaire collectors and diamond dealers, listening intently as the bidders, each speaking by phone to a Christie’s representative, took turns adding a few hundred thousand dollars in a tense struggle dragging on for more than half an hour. click here .

Jul 21 - Zinc starts to bubble as investors pile in (again): Andy Home

Zinc is this year's investment pick of the base metals traded on the London Metal Exchange (LME). The price of LME zinc for three-months delivery has risen by 42 percent since the start of January to a current $2,235 per tonne. click here.

Jul 21 - Global steel output unchanged in June but China ramps up

Global crude steel production was unchanged in June from the same month last year, as higher output in top producer China was offset by falls elsewhere, figures from the World Steel Association (Worldsteel) showed on Wednesday. China, which produces about half the world's steel, has been ramping up output since March as rising prices and improved demand spurred mills to churn out more alloy. click here .

Jul 21 - Casualty of Australia's iron ore war seeks second chance in lithium

Ken Brinsden rode Australia's iron ore boom up and then down as head of Atlas Iron. Now he is chasing a new treasure, one fuelled by a metal powerful enough to propel electric cars to speeds of 250 km (150 miles) per hour: lithium. His company, Pilbara Minerals, plans to be mining the silvery-white metal by 2018, putting it ahead of dozens of other Australian prospectors. click here .

Jul 21 - Japan's Komatsu to buy U.S. mining equipment maker Joy Global for $2.9 bln

Japan's Komatsu Ltd has agreed to buy U.S. mining equipment manufacturer Joy Global Inc for about $2.9 billion, its biggest-ever acquisition, in a bid to strengthen its core mining equipment business. The Japanese maker of construction and mining equipment said on Thursday that it would buy 100 percent of the Milwaukee, Wisconsin-based company for $28.30 per share, about a 20 premium to Wednesday's closing price. click here .

Jul 21 - BHP, Anglo see only slight setbacks for iron ore production

BHP Billiton and Anglo American have reported setbacks in their iron ore production, but analysts said the contraction was nowhere near enough to dent the massive global supply glut that has driven prices to record lows. Overnight on Tuesday, BHP Billiton narrowly missed its iron ore output target in the financial year just ended following the Samarco disaster in Brazil, while Anglo American on Wednesday reduced its full-year production forecast in Brazil. click here .

Jul 21 - Gold miner Newmont cuts cost forecast, beats market 

Newmont Mining's adjusted net income in the second quarter blew past market expectations on Wednesday and the world's second biggest gold miner by value also cut its gold cost forecast, sending its shares higher after hours. Greenwood Village, Colorado-based Newmont kicked off the reporting season for large North American gold miners, which are expected to have benefited from a rise in bullion prices this year. click here.

Jul 21 - Brazil state could ban dam design used at Samarco mine

A Brazilian state law to ban upstream tailings dams, the design used at a dam that collapsed at the Samarco iron ore mine in November, could be approved this year, an environmental official for the state of Minas Gerais told Reuters on Wednesday. Anderson Silva de Aguilar, the subsecretary for environmental regulation, also said Samarco, which is co-owned by Vale SA and BHP Billiton, would not be resuming operations this year and may not in 2017 either. click here .

Jul 21 - Global extraction of primary materials to triple by 2050 - UNEP 

The amount of primary materials extracted from the earth will almost triple by the middle of this century if action is not taken, as emerging economies develop and consume more, a U.N.-backed report said on Wednesday. The use of fossil fuels, metal ores and non-metallic minerals has accelerated rapidly since 2000 as emerging economies such as China transform their industries and cities, requiring unprecedented amounts of iron, steel, cement, energy and construction materials. click here .

Jul 20 - EU launches WTO challenge to Chinese raw material duties

The European Union launched a third legal challenge to restrictions on Chinese exports of 11 key metals and minerals, joining the United States in suing Beijing for unfairly favouring Chinese industry. The bloc is seeking formal consultations with China, the first step in World Trade Organization dispute settlement procedures, over restrictions on graphite, cobalt, copper, lead, chromium, magnesia, talcum, tantalum, tin, antimony and indium.click here

Jul 20 - China steelmaker defaults on another bond amid investor complaints

Dongbei Special Steel Group Co Ltd, an unlisted Chinese steelmaker whose first debt default helped spark a bond market sell-off in April, said on Tuesday it was unable to make payment on another bond.  It announced the default on a 870 million yuan ($130 million) two-year private placement note, which matured Monday, on the website of China's interbank market operator on Tuesday. click here .

Jul 20 - BHP to boost iron ore, copper output, but oil to fall 

BHP Billiton said it aims to boost its iron ore output by up to seven percent this year as it works its existing mines harder, after narrowly missing its target for fiscal 2016 due to the Samarco disaster in Brazil. Output at BHP's Western Australian mines rose by 5 percent quarter-on-quarter to 64.6 million tonnes, pushing the annual total to 257 million tonnes against guidance of 260 million. BHP's share of quarterly output was 55.6 million tonnes. click here .

Jul 20 - Anglo American trims full-year guidance on Brazilian iron ore

Anglo American lowered its full-year guidance on Brazilian iron ore to 15-17 million tonnes from 15-18 million tonnes, while reporting a mixed picture for second-quarter production for diamonds, platinum and copper. Chief Executive Mark Cutifani said second-quarter copper output was in line with the same period last year and Anglo was showing discipline in diamonds and platinum. click here .

Jul 20 - LME extends ring trading at emergency venue until Friday

The London Metal Exchange (LME) has extended open outcry trading to its disaster recovery site in Chelmsford, east of London, until Friday after structural problems forced the shutdown of its offices, the exchange said on Tuesday. The LME said on Sunday it was moving ring trading to its emergency venue for Monday and Tuesday after a potential safety issue was discovered in the building that houses its offices on Finsbury Square in London's financial district. click here .

Jul 20 - China's H1 copper output up 7.6 pct on year - industry ministry 

China's copper output rose 7.6 percent to 4.03 million tonnes in the first half of 2016 from a year ago, data from the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology showed on Wednesday. Aluminium output fell 1.9 percent to 15.32 million tonnes in the first six months, data showed. click here .

Jul 20 - South Africa's Implats revises debt facilities up $278 mln 

South Africa's Impala Platinum (Implats) has extended the tenure and amount of its existing debt facilities from certain local banking institutions in order to further strengthen its balance sheet, it said on Tuesday. Implats amended 3.25 billion rand ($225 million) of its existing debt facilities, which was previously available until December 2017, to a revised 4 billion rand available until 2021. click here .

Jul 19 - After Brexit, ordinary Britons warm to gold as safe haven 

When Britain voted to leave the European Union, the thoughts of Yorkshire teacher Grace Hall immediately turned to her family's bottom line. Three days later, as UK stocks and sterling plummeted, she put those thoughts into action and deposited part of her life savings -- 25,000 pounds -- into gold. click here.

Jul 19 - A structural problem the London Metal Exchange can fix: Andy Home

Some problems you can't fix yourself. The London Metal Exchange (LME) today finds itself operating in "business continuity" mode with open-outcry ring trading migrating east of London to the disaster recovery site in Chelmsford. That's because of "a structural issue" within the Exchange's new home in Finsbury Square. The building remains out of bounds until at least Wednesday, July 20 as "the landlord, building manager, structural engineer and other relevant parties (work) to establish the extent of the issue, its implications and resolution."  click here .

Jul 19 - European aluminium premiums creep lower amid weak finance deals 

Surcharges for physical aluminium in Europe are expected gradually to extend their recent decline due to sluggish demand and as metal is released from warehouses when finance deals become less lucrative. The surcharges, or premiums, which consumers pay on top of the LME cash price for immediate delivery, were quoted at $115-$120 a tonne for duty-paid metal in Rotterdam, down some $10-$15 in recent months and from $140-$150 in early February. click here .

Jul 19 - Banks see more gains for gold, silver after Brexit vote - Poll

Britain's shock vote to leave the European Union has led analysts to raise their gold price forecasts again this year, after the decision shook up financial markets and sparked a rally in the precious metal to two-year highs. A poll of 25 analysts and traders over the last two weeks returned an average price forecast for this year of $1,280 an ounce, up from $1,209 in a similar survey in April, and nearly 15 percent higher than a poll at the start of the year. click here .

Jul 19 - Rio Tinto keeps iron ore mines running at full steam 

Rio Tinto said on Tuesday it was on track to meet its full-year iron ore shipment guidance from its Australian mines of roughly 330 million tonnes, underscoring the strength of sales to China, despite concerns of oversupply. China's iron ore imports grew strongly in the first half of 2016 as cheaper imported ore replaced domestic output, while its steel production has also risen, fueled by expectations of higher domestic construction spending and rising steel exports. click here .

Jul 19 - Chinese steel futures tumble on economy worries

Chinese steel futures fell more than 5 percent on Tuesday, extending a decline in the previous session as slower home sales spurred investors to take profits amid concerns about the world's second-biggest economy. China's home price rises slowed in June for a second straight month, adding to fears that a construction-led economic rebound in the economy may be unsustainable, despite a big spike in new yuan loans in June. click here .

Jul 19 - Congo's small miners fill hole left by downsizing multinationals

His toes bursting out of sneakers several sizes too small, a miner hacks with a pick at the copper and cobalt-laced stone in southeastern Congo, slowly filling a sack that could earn him anywhere from a handful to a few hundred dollars. The 42-year-old father of five, who only gave his first name, Stany, has done this nearly every day for a decade, after he quit his maize fields for the comparatively lucrative mines of Africa's top copper producer. click here .

Jul 19 - Peru says World Bank panel rejects lawsuit over smelter 

A World Bank panel has rejected an $800 million lawsuit filed against Peru for allegedly failing to clean up and take legal responsibility for pollution tied to a smelter in the South American nation, the Peruvian government said on Monday. New-York-based Renco Group Inc sued Peru in 2011, accusing it of failing to clean the soil around the La Oroya smelter as promised when it was sold to the company in 1997. It also said Peru did not take responsibility for legal claims regarding past pollution tied to the smelter. click here .

Jul 19 - Saudi miner Ma'aden beats estimates despite Q2 profit halving

Saudi Arabian Mining Co (Ma'aden), the Gulf's largest miner, beat analysts' forecasts despite posting a 51 percent fall in second-quarter net profit on Monday, as sales revenues declined on low commodity prices. The firm made a net profit of 132.5 million riyals ($35.3 million) in the three months to June 30, it said in a bourse statement. That compared with a profit of 270 million riyals in the corresponding period of 2015. click here .

Jul 18 - Iron ore volatility masks positive shift in fundamentals: Russell

Iron ore's wild price gyrations this year may be masking a small, but significant, shift in the underlying fundamentals for the steel-making ingredient. While seaborne iron ore remains a well-supplied market, it appears the level of over-supply has been diminishing faster than many expected, leading to an improvement in the supply-demand balance. click here .

Jul 18 - U.S. takes aim at (some of) China's metal export duties: Andy Home 

The U.S. government has upped the ante in what appears to be an undeclared but escalating trade war with China. Steel remains the core battleground between the two nations, with the United States and others accusing China of flooding already distressed markets with unprecedented amounts of exports. click here .

Jul 18 - Red-hot rally in gold and silver cools streaming deal bonanza

Soaring gold and silver prices have clipped a deal-making spree for metals streaming companies - the mining financiers that provided a lifeline to the cash-strapped industry in recent years. With bullion up 25 percent since January, precious metals miners are once again able to raise money in the equity markets, reducing the need to obtain funds in exchange for a portion of future mine output at discounted prices. click here .

Jul 18 - China steel-linked commodities futures tumble, on expectation gains outpacing physical demand

Chinese steel-related commodities futures dived on Monday, erasing last week's rally as investors felt the previous gains outpaced physical demand for steel in China, the world's top producer. The October benchmark rebar contract on the Shanghai Futures Exchange and September iron ore contract on the Dalian Commodity Exchange deepened losses in the afternoon trading, hitting downside limit of 6 percent by close. click here .

Jul 18 - Speculators set fresh record for bullish COMEX silver bets

Hedge funds and money managers again raisedtheir net long positions in COMEX silver futures and options to fresh record highs in the week to July 12, as spot prices hovered near two-year highs, data showed on Friday. As gold's safe-haven appeal waned, speculators cut their record bullish bets for the first time in five weeks and raised their net longs in copper, U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) data showed. click here .

Jul 18 - South Africa's mines minister calls for quick platinum wage deal

Platinum mining firms and South African trade unions should conclude wage talks quickly to avoid the protracted disputes that led to a five-month strike two years ago, mines minister Mosebenzi Zwane said on Friday. "I wish that everybody can negotiate with cool heads and avoid a strike and speedily resolve these negotiations," he told reporters at a Sibanye Gold mine. click here .

Jul 18 - LME says ring trading moves to emergency venue after offices shut

The London Metal Exchange (LME) will move open outcry trading to its disaster recovery site in Chelmsford, east of London, on Monday and Tuesday because its offices have been closed due to a structural issue, the exchange said in a statement on Sunday. The exchange, the world's oldest and largest market for industrial metals, said a potential safety issue in the building that houses its offices on Finsbury Square in London's financial district was discovered on Saturday. click here .

Jul 18 - Vietnam says investigating dry waste by Formosa steel unit 

Vietnamese environmental authorities said they were working with local officials in the Ha Tinh province to investigate dry waste, belonging to a unit of Taiwanese conglomerate Formosa Plastics Group, that was found dumped on a residential farm. The probe puts Formosa Ha Tinh Steel under the spotlight yet again - this time for waste dumped inland in the province where earlier this year the firm released toxic waste into the sea and caused massive fish deaths in one of the biggest environmental disasters to ever hit Vietnam. click here .

Jul 15 - China, EU to set up mechanism to fight steel overcapacity - Chinese foreign minister 

China and the European Union agreed to establish a bilateral mechanism to deal with overcapacity in steel, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said on Thursday.China is by far the world's biggest steel producer and its annual output is almost double that of the 28-nation EU. click here .

Jul 15 - Rare earth metals pay the price of previous excess: Andy Home 

For every action there is a reaction and never more so than when it comes to industrial commodity supply chains.Japanese automotive giant Honda and its technology partner Daido Steel have just announced a materials breakthrough in the electric motors used in hybrid vehicles.  click here .

Jul 15 - China's provinces enlist banks to defy overcapacity cuts 

China's provinces are pushing back against Beijing's efforts to restrict credit to loss-making enterprises with excess capacity, and are enlisting the support of local bankers to keep financing the targeted sectors, such as steel and coal.As part of China's economic efficiency goals, the State Council earlier this year set capacity reduction targets for regional and central government enterprises in such sectors, and China's banks have been ordered to slash lending to loss-making and delinquent corporate borrowers. click here .

Jul 15 - Global nickel market deficit widens to 11,200 T in May - INSG 

The global nickel market deficit widened to 11,200 tonnes in May, as low prices weighed on refined output from top producer China while demand slowly improved, data from the International Nickel Study Group showed on Friday.But strong yearly production from mines in Indonesia and a revival in output from the Philippines in May suggests global refined nickel production posted a strong recovery in June. click here .

Jul 15 - LME says to freeze warehouse rental rates for 5 years 

The London Metal Exchange (LME) took action on Thursday against surging costs at its approved network of warehouses, announcing plans to freeze maximum rental rates for five years.The move was the latest in a series of reforms at the 139-year-old exchange's global network of more than 600 warehouses at 37 locations, which have included tough rules to slash delivery backlogs. click here .

Jul 15 - Japan's aluminium association head sees metal price at $1,500-$1,700/T 

Aluminium prices are likely to hover between $1,500 and $1,700 per tonne for the later half of this year as oversupply will cap further gains, Akio Hamaji, the new chairman of the Japan Aluminium Association said on Thursday."With uncertainty over the European economy after Brexit, it is unlikely to see a strong pickup in global economy," Hamaji told a small group of reporters. click here .

Jul 15 - Stormy seas hit Chile copper exports, could buoy prices 

Choppy seas off the coast of Chile caused widespread delays to copper shipments from the world's top producer in the second half of June, potentially supporting prices in a market grappling with oversupply.Cargoes were stranded at ports as stormy weather prevented ships from loading, said miners in Chile, including world No.1 Codelco. click here .

Jul 15 - KPS Capital Partners backs out of Essar Steel Algoma bid 

Essar Steel Algoma Inc said private equity firm KPS Capital Partners LP had backed out of a consortium that made an offer for the steel maker, but that certain term lenders were still pursuing a bid.ESA, which was bought nearly a decade ago by Indian energy and resources conglomerate Essar Global, had put itself up for sale while operating under creditor protection. click here .

Jul 15 - Samarco seeks huge job cuts as mine stays shut after dam spill - BHP 

BHP Billiton said the Samarco iron ore operation in Brazil expects to cut its workforce by 40 percent through voluntary redundancies as it remains shut this year, after halting production in November due to a deadly dam collapse.In what has been billed the worst environmental disaster in Brazil's history, the burst tailings dam at the Samarco mine on Nov. 5 unleashed a mud flow that killed 19 people, left hundreds homeless and polluted a major river. click here .

Jul 14 - Silver jumps 50 percent, but beware the devil's metal 

Silver prices have leapt nearly 50 percent so far this year, reversing three years of losses, but history shows investors hoping to hop aboard the bandwagon should be wary.A surge in gold and upbeat prices of industrial metals, along with prospects for yet more monetary stimulus from leading central banks, have prompted some heart-stopping moves. click here.

Jul 14 - U.S. challenges China raw material export duties in trade enforcement push 

The United States challenged China's export duties on nine key metals and minerals on Wednesday, arguing they violate Beijing's commitments to the World Trade Organization (WTO) and give an unfair advantage to Chinese manufacturers.China said it respected WTO rules and that the duties had been imposed as part of efforts at environmental protection. click here .

Jul 14 - China can meet 2016 coal and steel capacity reduction goal - economic planner 

China can meet its 2016 target for reducing capacity in its coal and steel sectors, the country's top economic planner said on Thursday.The comments were made by National Development & Reform Commission (NDRC) spokesman Zhao Chenxin at a briefing in Beijing. click here.

Jul 14 - Scant short term impact seen on nickel from Philippine mine crackdown

An environmental crackdown on Philippine mines, which helped drive nickel prices to eight-month highs, is likely to have only a muted impact on exports to China in the short term because the biggest mines have met guidelines, experts said.The Philippines is the biggest exporter to top metals consumer China of nickel ore, used to make stainless steel. click here .

Jul 14 - BHP says unlikely to restart Samarco operations in Brazil this year 

BHP Billiton said the Samarco iron ore operation in Brazil was unlikely to restart this year, with discussions taking place to reduce the workforce by 40 percent through voluntary redundancies."Samarco has confirmed it is unlikely to have in place the necessary approvals to restart its operations in this calendar year," BHP, a 50-50 owner of Samarco with Vale, said in a statement. click here .

Jul 14 - India relaxes gold jewellery excise duty rules 

India on Wednesday relaxed the rules for its tax on gold jewellery sales that was introduced earlier this year in an attempt to address concerns raised by the industry, the government said in a statement.Jewellers in the world's second biggest gold consumer went on strike for six weeks after the government imposed 1 percent excise duty on gold jewellery from March onwards. click here .

Jul 14 - Brazil's Usiminas asks banks to extend standstill, sources say 

Usinas Siderúrgicas de Minas Gerais SA, Brazil's No. 1 listed flat steelmaker, is asking banks to extend a 120-day standstill agreement covering 4 billion reais ($1.22 billion) in loans that expires next week in a bid to conserve cash, four sources said on Wednesday.Usiminas has contacted Itaú Unibanco Holding SA, Banco Bradesco SA and state-controlled lenders Banco do Brasil SA and BNDES to stretch out the standstill deadline by between 30 days and 60 days, said the sources, who asked for anonymity to speak about the matter. click here .

Jul 14 - Brazil prosecutors open criminal probe into Samarco CEO 

Brazilian federal prosecutors said on Wednesday they opened an investigation into alleged environmental crimes by Roberto Carvalho, chief executive of iron-ore mining company Samarco Mineração SA, over a deadly damburst last year.According to a statement released by prosecutors, Samarco, a 50-50 joint venture between Brazil's Vale SA and Australia's BHP Billiton Ltd, has failed to fully implement emergency precautionary measures ordered by Brazil's environmental protection agency Ibama in the wake of the October 2015 tailings dam burst. click here .

Jul 14 - London gold trade body appoints Bank of England's Fisher as chairman

The London Bullion Market Association has appointed Bank of England executive Paul Fisher as its first non-executive chairman, effective from September 5.Fisher most recently served as deputy head of the Prudential Regulation Authority, and was a member of the Bank of England's monetary policy committee from 2009 to 2014. He is due to retire from the bank in July. click here.

Jul 13 - Goldman raises base metals price forecasts on supply inequalities 

Goldman Sachs on Monday raised its outlook for zinc, aluminum and nickel prices anticipating supply inequalities to continue across the metals sphere throughout the second half of the year"In our view, the impact of the prior stimulus is still set to result in sufficient demand growth such that we will continue to see supply differentiation across the metals space during the second half of 2016," the bank said in a note. click here .

Jul 13 - China says U.S. deliberately misread WTO rules in steel subsidy spat 

China's Commerce Ministry said on Wednesday the United States had deliberately misinterpreted World Trade Organization (WTO) rules after the U.S. Commerce Department found in favour of subsidy rates for Chinese steel.The U.S. Commerce Department found in favour of anti-dumping measuresfor imports of stainless steel sheet and strip from China and said it had set a preliminary subsidy rate of 57.30 percent for a Chinese steel manufacturer, according to a preliminary finding released on Tuesday. click here .

Jul 13 - Peru's Kuczynski to name economic consultant as mines minister 

Peru's President-elect Pedro Pablo Kuczynski will appoint Gonzalo Tamayo, a leading economist for local consulting firm Macroconsult, as his energy and mines ministry in his first cabinet, a source said on Tuesday.Tamayo will be tasked with overseeing major policy decisions on mining as investments in the country's key sector have tumbled on weak commodity prices and local protests derailed two major projects in recent years. click here .

Jul 13 - Japan's Tanaka to buy Swiss precious metals refiner Metalor

Japan's Tanaka Holdings said it would buy Metalor Technologies International SA, a privately held Swiss precious metals refiner, to boost its business as local growth stagnates due to a falling population.The purchase of Metalor will allow Tanaka to expand into precious metals recovery and refining in Europe, North America and Asia, the Tokyo-based company said in a statement on Tuesday. click here .

Jul 13 - Essar Global investors, others express intent to buy Essar Algoma 

A group that includes shareholders of Essar Global said it signed a letter of intent with a local unit of the United Steelworkers Union to negotiate a deal to buy Essar Steel Algoma Inc for about $900 million.Essar Global said in a statement last month that it did not support a deal to sell Essar Steel Algoma's assets to a consortium formed by private equity firm KPS Capital Partners. click here .

Jul 13 - Eramet's nickel business SLN agrees to 200 mln euro state loan 

Mining group Eramet said that the board of its nickel subsidiary SLN in New Caledonia has approved a 200 million euro ($222.28 million) loan from the French government, aimed at helping the loss-making business survive a severe market downturn.The loan was proposed by Prime Minister Manuel Valls during a visit to the French Pacific territory in late April, but initial terms were blocked by representatives of New Caledonia's northern province.  click here .

Jul 12 - Gold miners expand hedge book by another 50 T in Q1 - report 

Gold miners expanded the global hedge book by another 50 tonnes in the first quarter after hedging on a net basis for a second straight year in 2015, an industry report showed on Monday.Miners use hedging, usually by selling future production forward, to guarantee returns for their output. click here.

Jul 12 - Australia's Port Hedland June iron ore exports to China rise to record 

Record iron ore shipments to China moved through Australia's Port Hedland terminal in June, as major producers BHP Billiton and Fortescue Metals operated close to full capacity and inventories at Chinese ports swelled.Most of the ore both companies mine is sent to China, where higher-grade imports are displacing lower quality domestic ore in Chinese steel mills. click here.

Jul 12 - Goldman raises base metals price forecasts on supply inequalities 

Goldman Sachs on Monday raised its outlook for zinc, aluminum and nickel prices anticipating supply inequalities to continue across the metals sphere throughout the second half of the year. "In our view, the impact of the prior stimulus is still set to result in sufficient demand growth such that we will continue to see supply differentiation across the metals space during the second half of 2016," the bank said in a note. click here.

Jul 12 - UK says still offers to take a stake in Port Talbot after Tata pauses sale 

Britain said on Monday it could still take a stake in Tata Steel's largest assets, including the Port Talbot plant, or offer loans in order to find a buyer after the Indian steelmaker said it was pausing the sale."The government’s offer of support via an equity stake and/or loans on commercial terms to a future owner of the strip products business, which includes the operations at Port Talbot, remains," Business Secretary Sajid Javid said in a statement posted on parliament's website. click here.

Jul 12 - Low aluminum prices hurt Alcoa second-quarter profit 

Alcoa Inc on Monday reported a lower quarterly net profit, with falling aluminum and alumina prices pressuring revenue while plant operations have been scaled back ahead of a spinoff of its traditional smelting business later this year.Alcoa reiterated its forecast for global automotive production growth in 2016 of 1 percent to 4 percent, but said continued weakness in the North American market would offset anticipated growth in heavy-duty truck, trailer and bus production in China. click here.

Jul 12 - Mexico extends tariff on steel tubing imports from the U.S. 

Mexico extended a tariff on imports of steel carbon pipes from the United States on Monday and announced a separate tax on ferromanganese from South Korea, in moves to protect local production.A resolution, published in the official gazette by the Economy Ministry, extended a tax of 6.77 percent on pipe imports manufactured by Berg Europipe Holding Corporation and a tax of 4.04 percent for imports made by Berg Steel Pipe Corporation.  click here.

Jul 12 - Russia to press on with privatisations after Alrosa sale nets $813 mln 

Russia will press on with major privatisations this year, senior government officials said on Monday, after the sale of a further 10.9 percent stake in diamond company Alrosa raised 52.2 billion roubles ($813 million).The deal, the largest state ownership sale for almost four years, is being heralded as a success by the government - especially as it comes after a period during which investor sentiment towards Russia has been soured by low oil prices and Western sanctions over Russia's actions in Ukraine. click here.

Jul 12 - South Africa's Sibanye Gold to cut jobs at loss-making mine 

South Africa's Sibanye Gold  has started talks with unions about cutting jobs at its loss-making Cooke 4 mine though the largest union in the gold sector has vowed to fight any reductions.With unemployment running at nearly 27 percent, job cuts are often opposed by unions in Africa's most industrialised economy, which is a major concern for mining companies grappling with soaring costs and low metal prices.  click here.

Jul 11 - Thyssenkrupp says in talks with Tata about European steel plants 

Thyssenkrupp, Germany's biggest steelmaker, confirmed on Sunday that it is in talks with India's Tata Steel about a consolidation of beleaguered European steel mills that are hit by overcapacity, weak demand and cheap imports.Tata Steel said on Friday it had suspended the process of selling its troubled UK arm while it held talks with potential partners, including Thyssenkrupp, about alternative and more sustainable solutions for its entire European business. In addition to its UK operations Tata Steel Europe also owns the former Hoogovens steel plant in the Netherlands. click here

Jul 11 - Nippon Steel may ask Brazil court to name new Usiminas CEO -source 

Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal could ask a Brazilian court to choose a new chief executive forits jointly owned steelmaker,Usinas Siderúrgicas de Minas Gerais SA, if a shareholder meeting fails to produce a bettersolution, a source with direct knowledge of the situation said on Friday.Nippon Steel has sued fellow controlling shareholder Ternium over the management of Usiminas, as the Brazilian steelmaker is known. click here .

Jul 11 - Essar Steel Minnesota files for chapter 11 bankruptcy 

Essar Steel Minnesota LLC, a U.S. affiliate of India's shipping, natural resources and power conglomerate Essar Global Group, filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Friday.The company's assets and liabilities are estimated to be worth between $1 billion and $10 billion, according to a court filing in the District of Delaware. click here.

Jul 11 - Speculators take record bullish COMEX gold, silver stances 

Hedge funds and money managers again raisedtheir net long positions in COMEX gold and silver contracts to record highs in the week to July 5, as safe-haven assets gained appeal after the June 23 vote by Britain to leave the European Union, U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) data showed on Friday.The speculators switched to a net long position in copper futures and options, the data showed. click here .

Jul 11 - Russia's RDIF, co-investors bought half of Alrosa share offer - source 

The Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) and its co-investors, including sovereign funds in the Middle East and Asia, have bought about half of the shares in state-controlled diamond miner Alrosa offered in a placing, a source familiar with the process said.However, the stake bought by the state-backed RDIF is significantly smaller than those taken by the international funds, the source said, adding that there were Western investors among them. click here .

Jul 11 - Hobbled by 2014 strike, South Africa platinum producers brace for wage talks 

The world's top platinum miners face tough wage talks next week with South Africa's hardline unions, having seen their balance sheets battered and the capacity for big pay hikes limited by low prices and the effects of a five-month strike in 2014.The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) plans to demand rises of more than 50 percent, while a smaller union demanded 20 percent. click here .

Jul 11 - Strike begins at Anglo American's El Soldado mine in Chile 

Workers at Anglo American's small El Soldado copper mine in Chile began a strike on Friday after failing to reach agreement in contract talks, a union official told Reuters.The union said operations ceased at 8 a.m. local time (1200 GMT), withworkers continuing only essential shifts at the mine, which produced around 36,000 tonnes of copper last year, less than 1 percent of Chile's overall 5.76 million tonnes. click here .

Jul 11 - Congo agrees to mining companies' demands to resume VAT repayments 

Democratic Republic of Congo will resume value-added tax reimbursements owed to mining companies and suspend VAT on their imports, the finance minister said on Friday, aiming to help the sector weather the commodities slump.The government of Africa's largest copper producer suspended the reimbursements in April, seeking to shore up the Congolese franc amid the slowdown in the mining and oil sectors. click here

Jul 08 - Philippines suspends 2 nickel mines, halts permits in environmental crackdown 

The Philippines has ordered the suspension of operations at two nickel ore mines for environmental violations and halted the issuance of exploration permits as a nationwide crackdown led by a new mining minister begins.The move could curb nickel ore shipments from the Southeast Asian country, the top supplier to No. 1 market China, and push up global prices further. click here .

Jul 08 - Liberty to bid for Tata Steel units, Port Talbot sale on ice - source 

Liberty House Group plans to bid for two units of Tata Steel's British business - specialty steels and pipeline tubes - which operate independently of its Port Talbot plant and related assets that were put up for sale earlier this year, an industry source told Reuters."Liberty will be bidding but that's not the solution to the lack of competitiveness of the UK steel industry. If Tata don't want to continue here but are forced to hold on (to Port Talbot), there's a great danger the business will decline," said an industry source close to Liberty. click here .

Jul 08 - Australia cuts 2016, 2017 iron ore forecasts on supply glut 

Australia on Friday signalled it sees the current rally in iron ore prices coming to an end, cutting its price forecasts over the next 18 months to reflect an industry grappling with oversupply and weak demand.The Department of Industry, Innovation and Science cut its 2016 forecast for the country's biggest export earner by nearly 2 percent to an average of $44.20 a tonne and by 20 percent to $44 in 2017. click here .

Jul 08 - China govt-run steel, coal firms to cut 10 pct of capacity in 2 yrs - regulator

China's central-government run steel and coal firms will cut capacity by around 10 percent in the coming two years, and by 15 percent by 2020, as part of their efforts to tackle gluts in the sectors, the state asset regulator said on Friday.The State-Owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission (SASAC) held a meeting with the 25 coal and steel firms under its jurisdiction at the end of June, it said. click here .

Jul 08 - Chile 2016 copper output seen down 0.5 pct, up 3.1 pct next year 

World No.1 copper exporter Chile is expected to produce 5.74 million tonnes of the metal in 2016, a 0.5 percent decrease from a year earlier, state copper commission Cochilco said on Thursday.Next year, copper output is expected to increase 3.1 percent to 5.92 million tonnes. click here .

Jul 08 - Kyrgyzstan votes against Centerra's Thompson Creek takeover 

Kyrgyzstan's state gold company Kyrgyzaltyn has voted against a planned $1.1 billion takeover of Thompson Creek Metals by Canadian miner Centerra Gold.Kyrgyzaltyn, which has a 33 percent stake in Centerra, said on Thursday it had not been informed about the planned deal in advance and opposed it because the move would dilute Kyrgyzaltyn's holdings. click here .

Jul 08 - U.S.-based gold funds attract most money since February - Lipper 

Investors poured the most money into U.S.-based funds invested in precious metals since February, adding $2 billion to these funds in the latest week, data from Thomson Reuters' Lipper service showed on Thursday.Fund investors bid up gold and other precious metals prices during the seven-day period ended July 6 as markets took cover following Britain's June 23 vote to exit the European Union, a process often referred to as Brexit. click here .

Jul 08 - South Africa's AMCU union to start wage talks with platinum firms next week 

The largest union in South Africa's platinum industry said on Thursday it would be demanding higher wages for its members when it begins wage talks next week with Anglo American Platinum, Impala and Lonmin.The union will seek a net salary of 12,500 rand ($853) as minimum wage for its lowest paid members who now take home around 8,000 rand or a 56 percent increase, and a 15 percent hike for higher paid employees when the talks start on July 12.  click here .

Jul 08 - U.S. agrees to clean-up deal with bankrupt miner, hopes for payment 

The U.S. government agreed to a mine clean-up deal that allows coal producer Alpha Natural Resources to exit bankruptcy, despite concerns that Alpha will be unable to fund $400 million in commitments, a government lawyer told a court on Thursday. The agreement stems from an industry subsidy that allows coal companies to self-insure the environmental costs of mining, called self-bonding, rather than set aside cash or other collateral. click here .

Jul 08 - Eramet seeks new partners for Indonesia's Weda Bay nickel project -CEO 

French mining and metals group Eramet said on Thursday it was seeking new partners for its Weda Bay nickel project in Indonesia after two Japanese partners left."We are seeking partners. We've contacted some other groups including Japanese companies," Eramet chairman and chief executive Patrick Buffet told a news conference in Tokyo. click here .

Jul 07 - UK renews pre-Brexit financial aid pledge for Tata Steel 

The British government's offer of financial aid to Tata Steel UK and to potential buyers of its assets here is still on the table, business minister Anna Soubry said on Wednesday, despite Britain's shock vote last month to leave the European Union. Seeking to avoid thousands of job losses, the government had offered millions of pounds in support for the company and its potential buyers. It also pledged to take a 25 percent equity stake in Tata Steel UK and reform the British Steel Pension Scheme (BSPS). click here .

Jul 07 - Russia starts sale of stake in diamond producer Alrosa 

Russia on Wednesday launched the sale of a stake in diamond producer Alrosa as part of a privatisation programme to help to bolster government finances which have been hit by weak oil prices. Alrosa is the world's largest producer of rough diamonds in carat terms. Together with Anglo American's unit De Beers, they produce about half the world's rough diamonds. click here

Jul 07 - Tata Steel to further delay decision over UK Port Talbot plant - BBC

Tata Steel TISC.NS will announce the sale of some of its speciality businesses in Britain but further delay a decision on the future of its Port Talbot plant, which it put up for sale earlier this year, the BBC reported. Britain's Business Secretary Sajid Javid is due in Mumbai on Thursday to meet Tata Chairman Cyrus Mistry and the BBC said that the Brexit vote had partly caused the delay in selling the Port Talbot facility in southern Wales. click here.

Jul 07 - DoubleLine's Gundlach: Gold remains best investment in 'shaky' world 

Jeffrey Gundlach, the chief executive of DoubleLine Capital, said on Wednesday that gold remains the best investment amid fears of instability in the European Union and prolonged global stagnation, as well as concerns over the effectiveness of central bank policies. "Things are shaky and feeling dangerous,” Gundlach said in a telephone interview. “I am not selling gold.” click here.

Jul 07 - Dominion Diamond sees encouraging acquisition prospects in Canada 

Dominion Diamond Corp, Canada's biggest publicly traded diamond miner, is keeping an eye out for acquisitions in Canada where some prospects are "very encouraging," its chief executive said on Wednesday. Dominion, which owns stakes in two of Canada's biggest diamond mines, Ekati and Diavik, is looking for a new chief financial officer who has been involved in a lot of mining mergers and acquisitions, CEO Brendan Bell said. click here.

Jul 07 - Myanmar annual jade and gem emporium sale nets $592 mln 

Proceeds from Myanmar's annual sale of jade, gems and pearls totalled 533.49 million euros ($592.12 million), down nearly 10 percent from 2015, government data showed. More than 2,000 gem merchants, many from neighboring China, attended the sale in the capital Naypyitaw from June 24 to July 6, the official Myanmar Alin Daily reported. click here.

Jul 06 - Large inventories a major hurdle for nickel price rally 

Nickel bulls have been invigorated by the prospect of demand exceeding supply for the first time in years, but large stocks mean the recent price rally could soon fizzle out.Benchmark nickel on the London Metal Exchange hit an eight-month high of $10,410 a tonne on Monday, a gain of 37 percent since a 13-year low of $7,555 in February. click here .

Jul 06 - Nippon Steel says Usiminas split possible but negotiations not started 

A split-up of Brazilian steelmaker Usiminas between controlling shareholders remains an option for resolving a two-year boardroom dispute, but negotiations have not yet started, the top executive in Brazil for one of the parties said on Tuesday.Yoichi Furuta, chief executive for Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal in Brazil, told reporters the Japanese company remains committed to Brazil and Usiminas. click here .

Jul 06 - Japan aluminium buyers work out up to 23 pct drop in Q3 premiums 

Japanese aluminium buyers have sorted out lower premiums for the metal in the July to September quarter, as much as 23 percent less than the previous quarter, on weaker spot premiums, six sources directly involved in the quarterly pricing talks said.The buyers have agreed to pay producers a premium of $90 to $93 per tonne for metal to be shipped this quarter, down between 19 percent and 23 percent from last quarter, the sources said. click here .

Jul 06 - Germany's BDI warns on rare metals supply 

More needs to be done to address trade barriers that are endangering the supply in Germany of some commodities, especially rare metals and rare earths, the head of industry association BDI said on Tuesday."The theme of security of commodity supply (must go) higher on the political agenda," BDI President Ulrich Grillo said. click here.

Jul 06 - Centerra Gold to buy Thompson Creek Metals for $1.1 bln including debt 

Canadian mining company Centerra Gold agreed on Tuesday to buy U.S. –based miner Thompson Creek Metals for around $1.1 billion in shares and cash, including paying off nearly $900 million of debt, to expand its operations in North America.Centerra, whose main asset is the Kumtor gold mine in Kyrgyzstan, has wanted to reduce its exposure to the impoverished Asian nation, which has in recent months escalated its rhetoric against the miner as it guns for a bigger slice of its profits. click here.

Jul 05 - Rio Tinto chief shelves giant Guinea iron ore project - newspaper 

Rio Tinto has shelved its $20 billion Simandou iron ore project in Guinea because of a sustained slump in prices, the company's new Chief Executive Jean-Sebastien Jacques said in an interview with The Times newspaper.Rio Tinto declined to comment on the article.  click here .

Jul 05 - Low scrap metal prices hurting even U.S. garbage scavengers

Erica spends four hours daily walking miles of Milwaukee streets and alleys, digging through garbage and stuffing her red plastic grocery cart with aluminum cans and other small metal items to sell to support her three children.The 34-year-old scavengerhas had to work longer and harder over the past year, underlining how a drastic decline in scrap metal and commodity prices has hurt even the poor who collect discarded metal to sell to scrap yards. click here .

Jul 05 - Chile's Escondida copper mine to spend $180 mln on concentrator 

Chile's Escondida, the world's biggest copper mine, said on Monday that it will invest $180 million to revamp an older concentrator plant with processing capacity of some 100,000 tonnes per day.Escondida has three concentrators, and once all of them are up and running, the mine expects to produce around 1.2 million tonnes of copper annually for the next decade. The mine, nestled high in Chile's arid Atacama desert, produced 1.15 million tonnes in 2015. click here .

Jul 05 - India may alter minimum import price list for steel sector 

India may alter the list of steel items that attract a minimum import price if the country decides to continue with the protectionist measure beyond August, steel secretary Aruna Sundararajan said.India imposed the minimum import price (MIP) on 173 steel products in February, helping cut inbound shipments last month to their lowest level in at least 14 months. The MIP expires in August. click here .

Jul 05 - Thyssenkrupp plans further shakeup of Industrial Solutions 

German industrial group Thyssenkrupp announced a further shakeup of its Industrial Solutions unit, which it is restructuring in the face of weak demand for plant engineering and challenges in its naval business.The unit is Thyssenkrupp's main heavy manufacturing business whose activities range from shipbuilding to mining technology to automotive engineering systems. But it has been hit as customers have been reluctant to invest in large projects because of weak oil and raw material prices, and its naval business lost out on a $40 billion Australian defense contract to French rival DCNS in April. click here .

Jul 05 - As lithium market booms, explorer Neo Lithium eyes Toronto listing 

Neo Lithium Corp, a small lithium exploration company with a recent discovery in Argentina, is planning to list on Canada's TSX Venture Exchange around July 15, its chief executive, Waldo Perez, said on Monday.The company, which owns the 3Q brine-reservoir lithium project in northwest Argentina, is fully funded for now after three recent rounds of financing brought in C$18 million ($14.01 million), Perez said in an interview.  click here .

Jul 04 - Silver targets $20/oz threshold after push to near 2-year highs 

Silver's price charts are signalling further gains after it rallied to near two-year highs on Friday on a combination of rebounding appetite for industrial assets, and rising demand for bullion after last week's shock Brexit vote.Silver, which acts as both as an investment vehicle like gold, and an industrial metal like copper, hit a peak of $19.40 an ounce as the prospect of further interest rate cuts lifted cyclical assets, while concerns over Britain's imminent exit from the European Union boosted gold as a haven from risk. click here .

Jul 04 - BHP, Vale to fight reinstated $6 bln claim for Samarco disaster 

BHP Billiton and Vale SA said on Friday they would appeal a Brazilian court's decision to reinstate a $6 billion public civil claim from Brazilian authorities over last year's Samarco iron ore mine disaster.Samarco, along with BHP and 50-50 joint-venture partner Vale, had agreed in March to settle that claim with staggered payments over a 15-year period, with the total amount dictated by the clean-up and repairs. click here .

Jul 04 - Speculators lift bullish gold stance to record amid Brexit vote

Hedge funds and money managers raised their bullish positions in COMEX gold and silver contracts to record highs in the week to June 28, which included the surprise "Brexit" vote by Britain to leave the European Union, U.S. government data showed on Friday.The speculators lowered their net short position in copper futures and options, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission data showed. click here .

Jul 04 - Adani plans $1.5 bln copper smelter to boost solar ambitions - source 

Indian billionaire Gautam Adani-controlled conglomerate Adani Enterprises plans to build a copper smelter with an eye to furthering its ambitions in the solar sector, said a source familiar with the plan.The company recently sought environmental approval to set up a 1-million-tonne-per-year copper smelter in the western state of Gujarat, according to an application submitted by the company which was reviewed early this month by the Environment Ministry.  click here .

Jul 04 - Philippines to review all mines as environmentalist takes the helm 

The Philippines will review all mines operating in the country, the new mining minister said on Friday, as the committed environmentalist vowed to determine whether the industry is hurting the Southeast Asian nation.Regina Lopez's appointment to head the Department of Environment and Natural Resources has sent shockwaves through the mining sector, which fears a nationwide crackdown. click here .

Jul 04 - Vale says sold three Valemax iron ore ships to ICBC for $296 mln 

Brazil's Vale SA said it has sold three of its giant "Valemax" iron ore ships to a group led by Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, continuing efforts to unload assets to cut debt and focus investment on its main mining activities.Vale will receive $269 million for the ships when they are delivered to the Chinese-led group, likely in August, Vale said in a statement late on Thursday. click here .

Jul 01 - Rio Tinto's young guns herald new era of growth for miners 

After a rapid rise at Rio Tinto, Jean-Sebastien Jacques, 44, is the youngest boss at a major mining company: the first in a generation that will need to shift from an era of cuts to one of cautious growth.The mining industry, worth nearly $2.5 trillion at its peak in 2011, has reeled from the excesses of the boom years, when companies turned to frenzied dealmaking and building to keep up with China's insatiable appetite for raw materials. click here .

Jul 01 - BHP says will fight $6 bln claim over Samarco disaster 

BHP Billiton on Friday said it would appeal against the decision by a Brazilian court to reinstate a $6 billion public civil claim over last year's Samarco iron ore mine disaster.BHP and 50-50 joint-venture partner Vale had agreed on a $2.3 billion settlement in March, but Brazil's Superior Court has responded to an appeal from the Federal Prosecutor's Office by issuing an interim order suspending its ratification.  click here .

Jul 01 - Philippine mining set for bumpy ride under Duterte administration 

After the Philippines became the top supplier of nickel ore to China in the last two years, its struggling mining industry may have felt like it was turning a corner.But hope in the industry of getting an easier ride exploiting minerals in a country with a strong anti-mining lobby now looks misplaced with the new administration of President Rodrigo Duterte sending tough messages on mining.  click here .

Jul 01 - Indonesian group to buy 82.2 pct of copper-gold miner for $2.6 bln 

An Indonesian investor group consisting of oil and gas tycoon Arifin Panigoro and banker Agus Projosasmito will spend $2.6 billion to buy 82.2 percent of Newmont Nusa Tenggara (NNT), which operates Indonesia's second-biggest copper and gold mine.The deal, announced on Thursday, highlights how a slump in commodity prices due to oversupply and slowing demand in China has made asset valuations more attractive, spurring merger and acquisition activities. click here .

Jul 01 - Macquarie, Orion quit metals warehousing after 3 years - source 

Australia's Macquarie Group Ltd and Orion Mine Finance have sold their stakes in the small British metal warehousing company, Scale Distribution, a source said on Thursday, the latest firms to quit the business as regulation crimps profits.The sale ends a three-year foray into the lucrative storage business, highlighting how tougher regulatory oversight and sweeping rule changes by the London Metal Exchange have made it harder for warehouses to capture the fat profits that lured merchants and banks like Glencore, Goldman Sachs Group Inc into storage in 2010.  click here .

Jul 01 - London gold trade agrees reforms to boost transparency 

The London Bullion Market Association (LBMA) has taken steps to help to preserve London's role as a major global gold trading centre by making its management more open and independent, documents seen by Reuters showed.London currently dominates the global over-the-counter gold trade but is facing increasing competition from China. There are also more regulatory demands after scandals over attemps to rig interest rate and currency benchmarks.Several banks have run into trouble with regulators over misdemeanors in their precious metals trading business.  click here .

Jul 01 - SocGen raises 2016, 2017 gold price forecasts on post-Brexit worries 

Societe Generale on Thursday raised its gold price forecasts on fears over the ongoing political, financial and economic fallout of Britain's vote last week to leave the European Union.The French bank raised its 2016 gold price forecast to $1,280 per ounce from $1,200 per ounce previously, and its 2017 forecast to $1,300 per ounce from $1,050. click here .

Jul 01 - ArcelorMittal, Italy's CDP lead rival bids to buy Ilva steel plant 

ArcelorMittal and Italy's Marcegaglia have offered to acquire Italian steel plant Ilva, pitting themselves against a rival joint bid by Italy's state lender CDP, businessman Leonardo Del Vecchio's holding company and steelmaker Arvedi.The loss-making Ilva group, which Italy's government took over last year to save jobs and clean up polluted factories, said in a statement it had received the two offers.  click here .

Jul 01 - Saudi's Ma'aden says unit begins commercial production at copper mine 

An affiliate of Saudi Arabian Mining Co (Ma'aden), the Gulf's largest miner, has started commercial production at the Jabal Sayid copper mine, Ma'aden said on Thursday.The mine is operated by Maaden Barrick Copper Co, which is jointly owned by Ma'aden and Canada's Barrick Gold Corp, according to a statement to Riyadh's bourse. click here .

Jun 30 - Alcoa spins off smelting business; aero, auto unit now 'Arconic' 

Metals company Alcoa Inc said on Wednesday it will spin off its traditional aluminum smelting business as part of its planned company split, with up to 19.9 percent of the new company owned by its business that serves aerospace and transportation industries.The company to be spun off will be named Alcoa Corp and the "value-added" business that makes engineered products for growth markets will be named Arconic Inc, Alcoa said in a regulatory filing. click here .

Jun 30 - China is running out of time to cure its steel problems: Andy Home 

China is frantically trying to apply the brakes to its runaway steel juggernaut.Targets are being set for capacity closures, 45 million tonnes nationally this year and 100-150 million tonnes over the next three to five years. click here.

Jun 30 - Iron ore seen boxed below $50 in H2 as glut persists 

After an unexpected rally in the first months of 2016, iron ore should fall back below $50 a tonne in the second half of the year as more of the bulk commodity hits an oversupplied market, a Reuters poll showed.But prices should still be up on the year, analysts say, thanks to an early-year rally in Chinese steel futures that spread to iron ore and helped the raw material recover from a three-year slide. click here.

Jun 30 - Rio Tinto cuts mining links with Papua New Guinea 

Rio Tinto Ltd will sever mining links with resource-rich Papua New Guinea, relinquishing ownership of the Panguna copper mine on Bougainville island which has been closed for around 25 years after a secessionist rebellion.The global miner said on Thursday that it would transfer its majority shareholding of 53.8 percent in Bougainville Copper Ltd to an independent trustee to manage the distribution of the shares to the Autonomous Bougainville Government and Papua New Guinea. click here.

Jun 30 - Brexit makes government fix to Tata steel pension plan elusive 

A government overhaul of the British Steel Pension Scheme - crucial to convincing anyone to buy Tata's British assets – is in jeopardy after Britons' vote to leave the European Union deepened the fund's debts and depleted its assets, analysts and industry sources said.Pension trustees said they were in talks to assess the impact of last week's decision, which sources said already raised the risk Tata Steel's giant Port Talbot plant would be closed, destroying thousands of jobs. click here.

Jun 30 - JPMorgan beats traders in silver futures rigging lawsuits 

JPMorgan Chase & Co on Wednesday won the dismissal of three private antitrust lawsuits, including from hedge fund manager Daniel Shak, accusing the largest U.S. bank of rigging a market for silver futures contracts traded on COMEX.The lawsuits accused JPMorgan of having in late 2010 and early 2011 placed artificial bids onto the trading floor, harangued employees at metals market COMEX to obtain prices it wanted, and made misrepresentations to a committee that set settlement prices. click here.

Jun 30 - Malaysia extends bauxite mining moratorium by two months to Sept 14

Malaysia announced on Thursday it was extending a moratorium on bauxite mining by two months to September 14, as existing stockpiles remain high.The federal government and Pahang state government said in a joint statement there was still an estimated 5.4 million tonnes of bauxite stockpiled around the Kuantan port yet to be cleared, despite an earlier extension to the moratorium. click here.

Jun 30 - Canada, U.S., Mexico want action on excess global steel capacity 

Canada, the United States and Mexico on Wednesday demanded that all major steel-producing nations make a strong and immediate commitment to address the problem of excess capacity in the industry.A joint statement called for an end to government subsidies and supports that artificially maintain capacity, but did not name any country. The United States has acted several times to counter what it says is dumping of some Chinese steel products. click here.

Jun 30 - AngloGold to invest over $400 million in Guinea gold production 

South Africa-based gold producer AngloGold Ashanti plans to boost gold output in Guinea by investing over $400 million in the next eight years, according to an agreement reached this week with the West African country.Guinea is a significant producer of bauxite and iron ore and is also seeking to expand its gold production. This latest deal with AngloGold extends another agreement that had been set to expire in 2019. click here.

Jun 30 - De Beers gets approval to flood suspended Arctic diamond mine 

De Beers Canada can flood the tunnels of its underground Snap Lake diamond mine in the Northwest Territories under a revised suspension plan approved by the region's land and water board. The company is weighing whether to sell, close, reopen, or continue suspension at the money-losing Arctic mine, which was shuttered last December due to poor market conditions. Waning Chinese demand and an industry credit crunch have been hurting the sector. click here.

Jun 29 - China aluminium makers boost output, risking new trade tensions 

After signs China was curbing aluminium output late last year, the world's biggest producer is gradually increasing output again, raising the risk of fresh tensions with global trading partners from any spike in exports.The production restarts and new capacity come as local prices and demand rise, and are earlier than some experts expected. Chinese production and exports of semi-finished products (semis) hit six-month highs in May, after decade-low prices had caused widespread curtailments in December. click here.

Jun 29 - LME electronic volumes surge in battle over traditional trading 

Electronic trade on the London Metal Exchange has climbed by nearly a fifth this year as the LME lures more speculators, sparking a battle with members who worry about threats to the traditional structure symbolised by the open outcry floor.The 139-year-old exchange, the only one in Europe still maintaining open outcry trading, has been seeking to placate members, especially brokers, worried about losing lucrative business. click here.

Jun 29 - Salzgitter lifts earnings forecast on rising steel prices 

German steelmaker Salzgitter lifted its 2016 earnings guidance on Tuesday, citing a stabilisation of Europe's steel market thanks to a "surprisingly steep decline" in cheap Chinese exports. Salzgitter said it now expects pretax profit of between 30 million euros and 60 million euros ($33 million to $66 million), having previously forecast a break-even result after last year's 13 million euros. click here

Jun 29 - Indian cabinet clears new mineral exploration policy - govt source 

India's cabinet on Wednesday cleared a new mineral exploration policy that will allow private companies to carry out stand-alone exploration for the first time, a government source said.India is keen to get private firms to start exploring for more minerals like diamonds and gold, where current mining is negligible, as part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's ambition to make the country a major mineral producer.  click here .

Jun 28 - Retail gold buyers take profits in bullion after Brexit price surge 

Retail gold investors are booking profit on metal bought to hedge against Thursday's decision by British voters to leave the European Union, while an initial surge in buying slackened off on Monday.The chief executive of online platform BullionVault said on Monday that while buying had risen sharply in the last session, its users had overall been net sellers since the Brexit vote became apparent on Friday, liquidating a quarter of a tonne of gold. click here.

Jun 28 - A new threat to China's nickel pig iron producers? Andy Home 

What sort of threat does the election of a new government in the Philippines pose to China's nickel pig iron (NPI) sector?Incoming President Rodrigo Duterte has already fired several warning shots at the country's mining sector, calling on local operators to "shape up" and stop "the spoiling of the land". click here.

Jun 28 - U.S. SEC adopts rule on oil, mining payments to foreign governments 

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Monday approved a rule requiring oil, gas and mining companies to disclose payments made to foreign governments, capping a process stalled in the courts for years. The rule requires companies to state publicly starting in 2018 how much they pay governments in taxes, royalties and other types of fees for exploration, extraction and other activities. click here.

Jun 28 - Druckenmiller's Duquesne Family long gold futures ahead of Brexit 

Billionaire investor Stanley Druckenmiller's Duquesne Family Office LLC was long gold futures ahead of last week's vote in Britain to leave the European Union, a source familiar with the matter said on Monday.Gold soared on Friday in its best day since 2009, hitting two-year highs as uncertainty after Britain's vote to leave the European Union pushed investors to sell equities and seek safer assets. click here .

Jun 28 - Russia aims to tender Sukhoi Log gold deposit this year - minister 

Russia plans to tender Sukhoi Log gold deposit this year, which may happen at the end of summer-beginning of autumn, Russian Natural Resources Minister Sergei Donskoi told reporters on Monday.Sukhoi Log, one of the world's largest untapped gold deposits, has remained untapped for half a century and Russia has been considering selling rights to the deposit for almost 20 years. click here .

Jun 27 - How long Brexit uncertainty reigns is key for commodities, gold: Russell

Amid the horror for many, the elation for others and the shock for virtually everybody of the British vote to exit the European Union, perhaps the most measured and predictable response was from commodity markets. As it became clear on Friday that the Leave camp was going to pull off an unexpected victory, commodities did what they normally do in a period of heightened risk, they declined. click here.

Jun 27 - China aims to cut steel capacity by 45 mln tonnes in 2016 -state planner 

China plans to cut its steel production capacity this year by 45 million tonnes and lower coal output capacity by 280 million tonnes, the head of the country's top economic planner said on Sunday. The capacity cuts will involve relocating 700,000 workers in the coal sector, and 180,000 workers in the steel industry, Xu Shaoshi, chairman of the National Development and Reform Commission, said at the World Economic Forum in the northern city of Tianjin. Xu said he was very confident that China will achieve the 2016 targets.  click here .

Jun 27 - London gold dealers report surge in coin, bar demand on Brexit vote 

Gold dealers in London reported surging demand for coins and bars on Friday, with some saying stocks were tight, after a shock vote for Britain to leave the European Union sent financial markets into meltdown and drove the pound lower. Gold delivered double-digit percentage gains in sterling terms on Friday, topping 1,000 pounds an ounce for the first time in over three years, and soared as much as 8 percent in dollars. click here .

Jun 27 - China's Baosteel, Wuhan Steel announce plan to restructure

China's Baosteel Group and Wuhan Iron and Steel Group, two of the country's largest steelmakers, are together planning to restructure, their listed units said in separate stock exchange filings on Sunday. Baosteel Group is China's second-largest steelmaker, and Wuhan Iron and Steel Group is the country's fourth-largest. click here .

Jun 27 - BHP lifts exploration spending by nearly 30 pct, targets copper and oil

BHP Billiton said on Monday it plans to boost its exploration budget by 29 percent to around $900 million next year, as the global miner counts on new finds of oil and copper to drive growth in a tough market rather than mergers and acquisitions. The figure represents 18 percent of BHP's total capital budget of $5 billion over fiscal 2017 and comes amid efforts by big miners to maintain growth while tightening balance sheets. click here .

Jun 27 - Brexit decision piles pressure on Tata British steelworks 

Tata Steel's Port Talbot plant has moved a step closer to closure following Britain's decision to leave the European Union, but buyers remain interested, industry sources said on Friday. Liberty House, management buy-out vehicle Excalibur Steel Limited and up to five other entities entered bids for Tata Steel's British operations, which employ around 11,000 people.  click here .

Jun 27 - Anglo American advancing in wage talks at Chile copper mines

Global mining company Anglo American Plc said on Friday that it is progressing with wage negotiations at its flagship Los Bronces copper mine in Chile, and is looking to finalize talks with workers at other operations in the country. This year, Anglo American needs to negotiate contracts with seven unions in Chile amid low prices for the red metal. click here .

Jun 27 - Kuczynski wants Peru to become metals refining hub - finance minister 

President-elect Pedro Pablo Kuczynski wants China to help transform Peru into a metals refining hub to boost the Andean country's key mining exports as prices for them slump, the incoming finance minister said. Alfredo Thorne told Reuters that some Chinese companies have already signaled interest in partnering in developing new refineries, part of Kuczynski's plans to boost infrastructure investments to rev up sluggish economic growth. click here .

Jun 27 - Speculators lift bullish gold stance to record ahead of Brexit

Hedge funds and money managers raised their bullish positions in COMEX gold and silver contracts to record highs in the week to June 21, days ahead of the surprise "Brexit" vote by Britain to leave the European Union, U.S. government data showed on Friday. The speculators lowered their net short position in copper futures and options, taking it off the prior week's record, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission data showed.  click here .

Jun 24 - Britain votes to leave EU, unleashing global turmoil 

Britain has voted to leave the European Union, results from Thursday's landmark referendum showed, a stunning repudiation of the nation's elites that deals the biggest blow to the European project of greater unity since World War Two.World financial markets plunged as nearly complete results showed a 51.8/48.2 percent split for leaving. The vote instantly creates the biggest global financial shock since the 2008 economic crisis, this time with interest rates around the world already at or near zero, stripping policymakers of the means to fight it.  click here.

Jun 24 - POSCO CEO says steel "protectionism" by US, others to hurt exports -media 

Chief executive of POSCO, South Korea's top steelmaker, said "protectionism" by the United States and other countries could have an adverse impact on the company's exports, media reports showed on Friday.The comments came after the United States slapped a series of anti-dumping duties on major steel-producing countries like China and South Korea. China's Commerce Ministry said on Thursday it was deeply concerned about protectionism in the U.S. steel sector and urged the United States to strictly abide by World Trade Organization rule.  click here .

Jun 24 - India's Tata says skilled labour important consideration after Brexit

India's $100 billion Tata group said in a statement on Friday that access to markets and a skilled workforce would remain important considerations for its businesses in Britain, which on Friday decided to leave the 28-nation European Union bloc. Tata has 19 independent companies in the U.K., a Tata Sons spokesman said in the statement, including luxury carmaker Jaguar Land Rover, Tetley Tea and steel plants.  click here.

Jun 24 - Lenders turn away BHP port debt plan, wary of coal 

Australian mining giant BHP Billiton pulled a $500 million debt refinancing plan at one of Australia's biggest coal export terminals after banks were reluctant to lend to the sector, said three sources with knowledge of the process.The decision earlier this month sets back efforts to simplify complex debt arrangements at the Newcastle Coal Infrastructure Group (NCIG) project and stalls BHP's plan to release cash tied up in the terminal as it looks to strengthen its balance sheet amid a global commodities slump.  click here .

Jun 24 - New Philippine minister says open-pit mining is "madness" 

The incoming minister in charge of Philippine mining has slammed the use of open pits to extract minerals, describing it as "madness" even to consider the method in the resource-rich country because of the environmental impact.The stance by Regina Lopez, an environmentalist who on Tuesday accepted President-elect Rodrigo Duterte's offer to head the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, could set her on a collision course with the mining industry.  click here .

Jun 24 - Chile's Codelco to decide on partner for lithium development in 2017 

The world's No. 1 copper producer Codelco is expected to make its decision on who to partner with to develop its lithium assets in the first quarter of next year, Chile's Mining Minister Aurora Williams told Reuters on Thursday.Lithium is an important ingredient in rechargeable batteries and is used in electric cars. Annual demand for lithium is forecast to more than double by 2020 from 95,000 tonnes now. click here .

Jun 24 - China impounds assets of troubled metal exchange after arrests 

Chinese police have impounded over 70,000 tonnes of non-ferrous metals and other assets of the Fanya Metals Exchange, the local government said, after arresting the company head and others following accusations it was running a multi-billion-dollar Ponzi scheme.After months of protests, dozens of investigators took over the Kunming-based Fanya exchange building late in 2015, and earlier this year police arrested the head of the exchange, Shan Jiuliang, along with 15 other suspects.  click here .

Jun 24 - Gold rocketed this morning as the shock UK referendum result saw carnage in financial market prompting a rush to safe haven assets like gold. With sterling falling to its lowest in 30 years, the biggest gains were seen in gold for UK investors which rose 20% in just a few minutes before settling this morning at gbp 960, a gain of 12% on the day so far.
- At Sharps Pixley we have seen our busiest day ever with online sales draining our stocks of our larger bullion bars and prompting us to call on emergency reserves of kilobars from Germany. Our stocks of many coins have also been bought out with only limited availability today.
- Speaking of the gold rush Ross Norman, CEO at Sharps Pixley said "gold has done what it does best and that is to provide investors with protection against currency weakness and political uncertainty- it is a safe haven asset with wealth preservation properties - the prescient investor has been well rewarded by his caution".   

Jun 23 - Gold investors wrestle with Brexit vote in wild options dealings 

Gold investors piled on near-term bullish and bearish options bets on Wednesday, racing to protect against whipsawing prices as Britons head to the polls to decide on the future of their European Union membership on Thursday, data showed.Implied volatility, a measure of options activity, in Comex July gold calls and puts with strike prices that are as much as $50 higher or lower than current prices soared to record highs on Wednesday. click here .

Jun 23 - Southeast Asia steelmakers bid to emerge from China's shadow 

As a construction boom spurs steel demand across Southeast Asia, countries such as Vietnam, Indonesia and Thailand are challenging a flood of imports from China by retooling their steelmaking technology or imposing tariffs.U.S. and European steelmakers are leading complaints over alleged dumping, but cheap Chinese imports account for two thirds of steel consumed in many Southeast Asian countries. The region includes six of the top 10 buyers of Chinese steel, and capacity utilisation in its own mills has slumped to less than 40 percent. click here.

Jun 23 - Rio Tinto's cleared the decks, now time to change iron ore tack: Russell 

The beautiful thing about cleaning out the executive ranks is that it gives a company an opportunity to press the reset button on strategies and positions.Rio Tinto should seize the moment and come up with a forecast for Chinese steel output that is more realistic.click here.

Jun 23 - China concerned about protectionism in U.S. steel sector -Commerce Ministry 

China's Commerce Ministry said on Thursday it was deeply concerned about protectionism in the U.S. steel sector and urged the United States to strictly abide by World Trade Organization rules."The U.S. steel sector has been in a state of overprotection," the ministry said in a statement on its website, adding that this overprotection has made the U.S. sector uncompetitive. click here.

Jun 23 - Copper export surge, a sign of China weakness or London strength? Andy Home 

China exported 85,000 tonnes of refined copper in May. It was the second highest monthly outflow on record, eclipsed only by the 102,000 tonnes that left the country in May 2012.The copper market, which is more accustomed to tracking what goes into China, the world's largest single consumer of the stuff, is now fretting that more, maybe much more, may be on its way. click here .

Jun 23 - Emirates Global Aluminium to press ahead with Guinea bauxite mine 

State-owned Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA) has concluded its feasibility study on development of its Guinea bauxite mine and will press ahead with construction, the company said on Wednesday. The mine, which is slated to begin operating in 2018, will help to secure supply of the aluminium ore for EGA's primary production facilities in the United Arab Emirates, with some of the bauxite to be exported to Asia, a company statement said.click here .

Jun 23 - Australia's Telstra buys into mining technology sector 

Australia's No. 1 telecommunications firm Telstra Corp Ltd  has bought a mining technology company for an undisclosed sum, looking to tap the resource sector's appetite for cost-cutting in the face of slumping commodity prices.Markets for everything from oil to iron ore have collapsed from record highs a few years ago due to swelling supply and a slowing economy in major consumer China, prompting mining companies to adopt new technologies which automate processes and boost production. click here .

Jun 22 - Gold rush to end whether or not Britain votes to exit EU 

Gold's sharp gains on uncertainty over Britain's European Union membership are likely to come to an end, regardless of whether Britons vote to leave or remain in Thursday's referendum.Prices hit their highest since August 2014 last week as the $5-trillion a year gold market rose with other "safe" assets, such as German bunds, the Swiss franc and Japan's yen. click here .

Jun 22 - Global palladium demand in autos to hit record in 2016 - CPM 

Global demand for palladium in automobiles will rise nearly 3 percent to a record in 2016 on growing Chinese demand for small cars and as lower oil prices have spurred U.S. sales of light trucks, CPM Group said on Tuesday.But demand for platinum in automobiles will be flat, the market research firm said in a report. click here.

Jun 22 - Singapore trader Kyen Resources buys Gunvor's metals book - sources 

Singapore-based metals trader Kyen Resources has bought the metals trading book of Switzerland's Gunvor, three sources with direct knowledge of the deal said, the latest small trader to expand even as the climate for trading metals gets tougher.Kyen Resources, set up around two years ago, this week finalised the purchase of Gunvor's metals business - mostly term copper and zinc shipments - to add to its existing business that also includes aluminium, one of the sources said. click here.

Jun 22 - Baosteel shuts blast furnace in drive to cut China's overcapacity 

China's Baosteel Group, the country's second largest steelmaker by output, has shut a blast furnace as part of a national restructuring effort to reduce overcapacity in the sector, the company said.China, the world's biggest producer and consumer of steel, is prioritising supply-side reform in both steel and coal due to sagging prices to help overhaul its industrial sector. click here.

Jun 22 - China export curb pushes antimony to 11-month highs 

Antimony prices have hit their highest in more than 11 months due to a tighter market created by top producer China limiting exports of the metal used in fire-retardants and plastics, traders in Europe said. Prices of antimony  on the spot market in Europe have risen about 24 percent to $6,500 a tonne from $5,250 in March. They are at their highest since July 2015. click here.

Jun 22 - Liberty lines up banks, private funds for Tata Steel UK bid 

Liberty House Group has lined up financing from banks in the United Kingdom and India as well as several private investment firms to support its bid to acquire the British assets of Tata Steel, Executive Chairman Sanjeev Gupta told Reuters. The firm is one of a number of companies that have put forward offers to buy Tata Steel's loss-making UK operations and save thousands of jobs in Britain, whose steel industry has been hit by cheap Chinese imports, high energy costs and a global supply glut.click here.

Jun 21 - In aluminium market it's still China versus rest of world: Andy Home  

"China has committed to ensure that its central government policies and support do not target the net expansion of steel capacity; and to actively and appropriately wind down 'zombie enterprises' through a range of efforts, including restructuring and bankruptcy."This statement was made by U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew earlier this month after high-level talks with Chinese officials in Beijing. click here .

Jun 21 - Rio Tinto replaces iron ore chief, shuffles executive team 

Global miner Rio Tinto Plc said it appointed Chris Salisbury as head of its iron ore business, replacing veteran Andrew Harding.Salisbury, currently acting head of Rio Tinto's copper and coal unit, will take up the role on July 2.Rio Tinto also appointed Arnaud Soirat as head of its new copper and diamonds unit, Stephen McIntosh as growth and innovation executive, and Joanne Farrell as group executive, health, safety and environment. click here.

Jun 21 - India wants private sector to explore for diamonds, gold 

India is seeking the participation of Rio Tinto and Anglo American's De Beers to explore for diamonds and gold, part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's ambition to make the country a major mineral producer, the mines secretary said.Balvinder Kumar told Reuters on Monday that the Indian government will start to auction the rights to up to 70 diamond and gold exploration zones to mining companies this year. click here .

Jun 21 - Brazil's Samarco, owners hire banks for debt talks - source 

Brazilian mining company Samarco Mineração SA and owners Vale SA and BHP Billiton Plc have hired banks to sound out creditors on a potential renegotiation of $3.8 billion in debt, after a deadly dam spill led to the shutdown of a key mine, a source with direct knowledge of the plan said on Monday.According to the source, BHP Billiton has hired Rothschild & Co as an advisor on the deal, Vale has brought in Moelis & Co, and JPMorgan Chase & Co is advising Samarco. The source asked for anonymity because the process is private. click here .

Jun 20 - Rio suspends work at Channar iron ore mine after death 

Rio Tinto has suspended operations at its Channar iron ore mine in Australia after a worker was killed overnight, the company said on Monday."Operations have been suspended," a Rio Tinto spokesman said, adding that the company was working with investigators on the cause of the incident. He did not say when operations would resume.  click here .

Jun 20 - Options market maps zinc bulls' upside ambitions: Andy Home 

Zinc continues to shine amid the general gloom pervading the base metals complex.On the London Metal Exchange (LME) benchmark three-month zinc has eased back from the near one-year high of $2,105.50 per tonne hit earlier this month. click here .

Jun 20 - China orders energy use checks to speed closure of coal, steel capacities - NDRC 

China has ordered local authorities nationwide to check on energy use by coal and steel companies to speed up the closure of plants and mines that fail to reach certain efficiency standards, the country's economic watchdog said on Monday.Local governments need to conduct energy consumption checks on coal and steel producers, and any that do not meet efficiency standards will be given a maximum of nine months in which to improve or be closed, according to two statements on the website of the National Development & Reform Commission (NDRC). click here .

Jun 20 - ArcelorMittal plans divestment of French businesses 

World number-one steelmaker ArcelorMittal is looking for a partner for one French subsidiary and is in discussions to sell another unit that operates largely in France, the company said on Friday.ArcelorMittal said it was in talks with potential joint venture partners for SoluStil, which makes sheet steel for the aerospace, rail, agriculture and construction sectors and has 660 employees. click here .

Jun 20 - Australia gov't pledges A$49 mln for Whyalla steel firm as election nears 

The Turnbull government offered A$49.2 million ($36.4 million)in assistance on Sunday to a struggling steel firm in the South Australian town of Whyalla if it is reelected next month, as major parties worry about losing seats in a region hit hard by the end of the mining boom.The funds, which would be in the form of a loan, would allow troubled Arrium Mining and Materials to buy equipment to upgrade lower quality iron ore for use in the steelmaking process. click here .

Jun 20 - Brazil fines Samarco 142 mln reais for damages to protected areas 

Brazil's Environment Ministry fined mining company Samarco 142 million reais ($41.6 million) for damages to three protected areas resulting from a tailings dam burst in November, the ministry said on Friday.The ministry said in a statement the three areas on the coast of Espirito Santo state were contaminated by metals such as lead, coper and cadmium. The metals spilled from the dam and were carried all the way from Minas Gerais through the Doce River to the ocean. click here .

Jun 20 - Speculators at record bearish copper stance, gold at 2011 peak 

Hedge funds and money managers raised their net short position in COMEX copper contracts to the biggest on record, and took their bullish stance in gold to the highest in nearly five years in the week to June 14, U.S. government data showed on Friday.The speculators also added to their net long position in silver, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission data showed. click here .

Jun 20 - Russian gold miner Polyus plans 5 pct stake sale in Moscow

Russia's largest gold producer Polyus plans to sell 5 percent of its existing shares on the Moscow bourse when market conditions are right, Chief Executive Pavel Grachev told Reuters on Friday.Polyus, controlled by the family of Russian tycoon Suleiman Kerimov, needs to raise its free float to at least 10 percent from 5 percent to meet Moscow Stock Exchange requirements after an upgrade of its listing, which Grachev has said would enable it to increase liquidity and attract new investors. click here .

Jun 20 - Guinea's CBG gets $1 bln loan to boost bauxite production 

Guinea's Bauxite Company (CBG) has reached an agreement in principle over a $1 billion loan to increase production capacity at the Kamsar treatment plant, the firm's general director told Reuters on Friday.Guinea has around a third of the world's reserves of bauxite, used to make aluminium, although development has been hampered by years of military rule and popular unrest. click here .

Jun 20 - Canada's Kinross suspends work at Mauritania gold mine 

Canada's Kinross Gold Corp has suspended activity at its Tasiast mine in Mauritania after the West African country ordered expatriates whose work permits were invalid to stop working, a company source said.The company "has decided to temporarily shut down the mine following the withdrawal of invalid work permit of expatriates by labor inspection", the source told Reuters late on Saturday click here .

Jun 17 - Vale will not support Samarco if unable to resume operations 

Brazilian mining company Vale SA will not financially support Samarco, a joint venture with BHP Billiton, if the company is not able to resume operations, Vale's head of investor relations said on Thursday.Rogerio Nogueira told analysts at an event in Sao Paulo that he did not believe Samarco would need financial support, but that in the event its mine was unable to get permission to restart, Vale would not fund Samarco. The joint venture's iron ore mine closed in November after a deadly dam spill.  click here .

Jun 17 - Copper faces tough outlook on rise in Asia stockpiles, mined metal
Copper stocks held in London Metal Exchange warehouses in Asia are set jump by around 50 percent in the next month, as the metal is shifted out or diverted away from top consumer China, industry sources said.The rise in warehouse stocks is likely to depress prices in the near term, while the outlook further out is also weak due to fresh mine supply, said attendees at the LME Week Asia conference in Hong Kong. click here .

Jun 17 - Glencore plans to sell option in Falco's Horne gold project -sources 

Glencore is planning to sell its option in a gold mine owned by Falco Resources, two sources familiar with the situation said on Thursday, as the mining group and commodities trader presses ahead with asset sales.London-listed Glencore has appointed BofA Merrill Lynch to sell the 65 percent option in the Horne 5 gold project in Quebec, the sources said, and potential buyers have been contacted. click here .

Jun 17 - Producers expect Ukraine July steel output of 2.2 million tonnes 

Ukrainian steel production in July is likely to stay at a high level of about 2.2 million tonnes, steelmakers said on Friday.Steel output rose 14 percent in the first five months of 2016 to 10.6 million tonnes, mostly thanks to an increase in demand from the local market and exporters.  click here.

Jun 17 - ArcelorMittal plans to sell two French units - report 

World number-one steelmaker ArcelorMittal is preparing to shed about 10 percent of its 17,200 strong workforce in France through the sale of two subsidiaries, according to a report in Le Figaro newspaper. The report said the two units for sale are Solustil, which makes steel for car bodies, and WireSolutions, which makes fencing wire and nails.  click here .

Jun 17 - Brazil judge bars steelmaker CSN's appointees from Usiminas board 

An appeals judge in Brazil has overturned a ruling by the country's antitrust authority that allowed steelmaker CSN to make appointments to the board of rival Usiminas, in which it has a stake.The ruling by Judge Jirair Aram Meguerian on Wednesday could mean CSN's two appointees will have to step down from the Usiminas board, which grew to 11 members after the regulator, known as Cade, cleared the way for the move in April. click here .

Jun 17 - U.S. SEC proposes mining rules to sync with global standards 

The top U.S. securities regulator on Thursday proposed new requirements for what companies must disclose about their mining properties, saying the industry had undergone significant changes in recent years and become more globalized.The proposal would align with "global standards and give investors more comprehensive information," said Securities and Exchange Commission Chair Mary Jo White in a statement. click here.

Jun 16 - Gold play distorts Thai run of better export data 

A run of strong Thai exports this year should be welcome news for the trade-dependent economy, but rather than reflecting healthy shipments of goods such as cars or textiles speculative gold sales have often had an outsized influence.In February alone, a 1,000 percent surge in gold exports to a record $1.89 billion contributed to the largest annual rise in overall exports for more than three years at 10.3 percent. Stripping out gold, year-on-year growth was just 0.3 percent. click here.

Jun 16 - Brazil's Usiminas draws bank refinancing deal respite; shares jump 

Usinas Siderúrgicas de Minas Gerais SA agreed with banks and local bondholders to refinance about 5.4 billion reais ($1.6 billion) in loans and local notes, boosting efforts by Brazil's largest listed flat steelmaker to overcome a deep crisis.In a Wednesday securities filing, Belo Horizonte-based Usiminas said banks agreed to extend maturities over the next 10 years with a three-year grace period on the principal. A spokesman for the company declined to detail additional terms of the new arrangement, saying the accord is under banking secrecy. click here.

Jun 16 - Aluminium premiums adjust to life after the queues

Japanese aluminium buyers are locked in talks with producers over the level of physical premiums to be paid for shipments in the third quarter.The opening salvoes suggest the premium will fall slightly from the second-quarter level of $115-117 per tonne over London Metal Exchange (LME) cash prices. click here.

Jun 16 - Vale-BHP's Samarco no longer sees operations resuming this year 

Brazilian miner Samarco, a joint venture between Vale SA and BHP Billiton, no longer expects to resume mining operations this year, Benedito Waldson, the company's head of human resources told Reuters on Wednesday.The lack of clarity of when the company would receive the necessary licenses to restart operations had forced the company to move to lay off over 1,000 workers, Waldson said. The Samarco iron ore mine was closed last November after a deadly tailings dam spill. click here.

Jun 16 - European Union reaches outline deal to stem flow of conflict minerals 

The European Union on Wednesday agreed an outline deal on a law to clean up the commodities supply chain, so importers will have to carry out checks to stem the use of gold and other metals from conflict zones, European politicians said.Human rights campaigners said the agreement was progress after months of argument, although it did not go far enough. Industrial users of the relevant commodities said the compromise struck the right balance.  click here.

Jun 16 - Westpac commodity finance division expects revenue growth this year 

The structured commodity finance division of Australia's Westpac bank expects revenues to grow by a third this financial year as new products gain momentum, but business is likely to level out next year as the global economy falters.Westpac Banking Corp set up its Hong Kong and Singapore-based commodity financing business in 2013-2014 to tap trade flow from its home market to China and to capture demand from Asia's urbanisation drive, just as many global banks, stung by increasing regulatory costs, quit the sector. click here.

Jun 16 - South Africa's Northam says lost 15 mln rand a day in work stoppage 

South Africa's Northam Platinum lost 15 million rand ($983,026) a day in revenue during a week-long work stoppage at Zondereinde mine, a company spokeswoman said on Wednesday.Memory Johnstone said about 7,000 ounces of output were lost at the mine which produces about 300,000 ounces of platinum a year and accounts for 70 percent of the mid-tier producer's revenue. click here.

Jun 16 - Polymetal says Sberbank to finance Kazakh gold project 

Russia's Polymetal plans to borrow $350 million from Sberbank to finance the development of its Kazakh gold field Kyzyl, chief executive Vitaly Nesis told reporters in Astana on Wednesday."We have reached an agreement in principle with Sberbank on project finance for about $350 million, this is long money, about six years," Nesis said. click here.

Jun 16 - Japan aluminium stocks rise for first time in 9 months 

Aluminium stocks held at three major Japanese ports climbed for the first time in nine months in May due to an increase in imports and softer demand at home. The increase comes as global aluminium producers and Japanese buyers negotiate premiums for July-September primary metal shipments. click here.

Jun 16 - China to strictly control new metals capacity, boost state reserves -cabinet 

China will strictly control new production capacity in the non-ferrous metals sector and boost the stockpiling of state reserves as parts of an effort to push forward structural supply-side reform, the cabinet said on Thursday. The government will increase financial incentives to metals companies that produce higher-end products and upgrade technology, and will urge industry bodies to improve the stockpiling of metals reserves, the cabinet said in a document dated on June 5 and published on its website. click here.

Jun 15 - China won't come to the LME, so the LME will go to China: Russell 

Some four years after shelling out a top-of-the-market $2.2 billion for the London Metal Exchange (LME), it appears owners Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing (HKEx) are still battling to make the venerable old Western institution work with China, the new and dominant centre for metal demand. HKEx Chief Executive Charles Li used the LME Week Asia seminar today to tout the latest plan, which involves bringing the LME's expertise in physical metals markets to China, where financial instruments dominate trade. click here .

Jun 15 - Hong Kong bourse pushes on with China metals trading hub

Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing is pushing ahead with plans to start a metals trading platform in southern China, looking to build its commodity business in the world's No.2 economy. Qianhai, a new free trade zone near Hong Kong, is set to host the platform for trading metals before stretching into other commodities, pending regulatory approval. click here .

Jun 15 - Kyrgyz president orders legal review of Centerra Gold deals 

Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambayev ordered state prosecutors on Tuesday to review the legality of agreements signed with Canada's Centerra Gold Inc in 2003-2004 and 2009, his office said in a statement. Centerra operates Kyrgyzstan's biggest gold mine, Kumtor, and has been locked in a bitter dispute with the Central Asian nation's government over profit-sharing that has recently escalated. click here.

Jun 15 - Colombia's Cerro Matoso nickel mine workers cancel strike after pay deal 

Union workers at Colombia's Cerro Matoso nickel mine ditched plans to strike on Tuesday after reaching a deal on pay increases and benefits, the company and union said, averting potential disruption to output from one of the world's largest producers of ferronickel. Workers voted late last month to strike beginning Tuesday, but reached an eleventh-hour deal with mine owners South32 Ltd, officials confirmed. click here.

Jun 15 - Russia's Norilsk aims for debt ratio of up to 2 by end-2016 

Russian miner Norilsk Nickel aims to keep its net debt to core earnings ratio at up to 2.0 by the end of 2016, compared to 1.0 a year earlier, the company's chief financial officer said. "We hope that we will stay safe regarding our debt burden level, up to 2 by the end of the year," CFO Sergei Malyshev told reporters. click here.

Jun 15 - South Africa's NUM union members to resume work at Northam Platinum mine 

South Africa's National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) said its members will return to work for the nightshift on Tuesday at Northam Platinum's Zondereinde after staying away since Monday last week after violence broke out at the site. Northam suspended operations at the mine on June 6 after a worker was fatally stabbed when members of NUM clashed with those of the rival Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU). click here.

Jun 15 - Metals company CEO pleads guilty in New York over Iran exports 

A New York City man who runs a metallurgy company pleaded guilty on Tuesday to having conspired to illegally export missile-grade metallic powder to Iran, the U.S. Department of Justice said. Erdal Kuyumcu, 44, admitted to one count of conspiracy to violate the International Emergency Economic Powers Act at a hearing before Chief Judge Dora Irizarry of the U.S. district court in Brooklyn. click here .

Jun 14 - LME chief says possible link between higher fees, lower volumes 

The head of the London Metal Exchange on Tuesday said the bourse's falling trade volumes could be linked to a fee-hike introduced early last year, but added that the main reason for the decline was a downturn in the global economy.  Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Ltd bought the LME for $2.2 billion four years ago, before raising trading fees by an average 31 percent in early 2015 as it aimed to wring profit from its investment. click here

Jun 14 - Hong Kong bourse confirms working on China metals trading hub 

Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing on Tuesday confirmed it was pushing ahead with plans to start a metals trading platform in southern China, looking to build its commodity business in the world's No.2 economy. Qianhai, a new free trade zone near Hong Kong, is set to host the platform for trading metals before stretching into other commodities, pending regulatory approval. click here 

Jun 14 - Cuba sees nickel output steady at 56,000 tonnes; low prices bite 

Cuba is trying to reduce costs in the nickel industry to offset losses from low global prices, rather than raising output from 56,000 tonnes annually, industry executives said on a rare tour of one of the communist-led island's plants. The head of state monopoly Cubaniquel and plant managers said that despite the slump they were looking to foreign investment to increase capacity in the future. click here

Jun 14 - Brazil judge dismisses $5.7 bln civil suit against Samarco -Vale 

Brazilian iron ore miner Vale SA said on Monday that a 20 billion reais ($5.7 billion) civil lawsuit seeking environmental and property damages for last year's deadly Samarco mine disaster has been dismissed. The mine is operated by Samarco Mineração SA, a joint venture between Vale and the world's largest mining company, BHP Billiton Ltd. Vale said the judge did not rule on the merits of the case. click here.

Jun 14 - South African miner RBPlat hands NUM exclusive union rights 

South Africa's National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) has secured exclusive union rights for workers at platinum producer Royal Bafokeng Platinum (RBPlat), it said on Monday. The NUM represents 80 percent of RBPlat's workforce of around 7,000 and said workers at the company's four mines voted overwhelmingly last week in favour of the agreement. click here.

Jun 14 - Glencore says coal an investment opportunity despite CO2 worry 

Coal is an investment opportunity as global demand will grow and a halt in spending would halve seaborne supplies in 15 years' time, Glencore said on Monday, adding its own coal operations would be depleted by 2035 without new funds. The Paris Agreement on climate change agreed in December triggered selling in companies heavily exposed to coal, the most carbon-intensive of the fossil fuels. click here.

Jun 14 - Australian magnate Palmer sues Queensland Nickel administrator 

Australian magnate Clive Palmer on Tuesday sued the administrators of his nickel business for holding on to assets that he says belonged to the Queensland Nickel operation when he took back management control of it in March. The Queensland Nickel operation went into voluntary administration in January and let go of all its workers following a collapse in nickel prices. Palmer took back control in March with the aim of restarting operations later this year. click here.

Jun 13 - Breaking the back of the London copper market: Andy Home

It's been a tough week for copper bulls. The price of benchmark three-month delivery copper on the London Metal Exchange (LME) has slumped almost $250 to a current $4,498 per tonne, the lowest level since February. Copper is now challenging out-of-favour lead as the worst performing base metal so far this year.  click here .

Jun 13 - Lawsuit alleges Glencore warehouse firm falsified zinc documents 

Executives at a metals warehouse firm owned by commodities group Glencore allegedly ordered workers to falsify documents in New Orleans to manipulate the zinc market, according to a complaint filed by zinc purchasers in a U.S. Federal Court. On Monday, a U.S. judge in Manhattan allowed a private antitrust lawsuit to go forward against two units of Anglo-Swiss Glencore Plc.  click here .

Jun 13 - China's crude steel output rises 1.8 pct in May on yr -stats bureau 

China's crude steel output rose 1.8 percent to 70.5 million tonnes in May from a year ago, the second time to stand above 70 million tonnes this year, data from the National Bureau of Statistics showed on Monday. The average daily crude steel output in the world's top producer eased 1.7 percent to 2.27 million tonnes in May from a month ago, according to Reuters' calculation based on the data. click here.

Jun 13 - Liberty eyes other acquisitions if bid for Tata Steel UK fails 

Liberty House Group, which wants to buy the British assets of Tata Steel, has its eye on other steel plants in the United States, Africa and India if the Tata deal doesn't happen, Executive Chairman Sanjeev Gupta told Reuters. Liberty and other companies belonging to the Gupta Family Group (GFG) are looking for acquisitions and GFG plans to list part of its assets to expose itself to the rigorous governance demanded of public companies, Gupta, who is co-owner of the group, said on Friday.click here .

Jun 13 - Commodities broker Marex targets growth away from LME after fee hikes 

Commodities broker Marex Spectron is expanding its metals business into new regions and products beyond the London Metal Exchange after fee hikes led its customers to look for cheaper avenues for trading. London-based Marex has hired new staff to reach into Japan and to add an industrial metals base in Singapore, its global head of metals told Reuters in an interview late last week.  click here .

Jun 13 - Baosteel cuts main steel product prices for July delivery

China's biggest listed steelmaker, Baoshan Iron & Steel (Baosteel), has cut its main steel product prices for July delivery, the company said in a statement on Monday. Prices for hot-rolled coil and cold-rolled coil were lowered by 200 yuan ($30.37) and 180 yuan per tonne, respectively, according to the statement. click here.

Jun 13 - Speculators lift bearish COMEX copper stance to 3-year high

Hedge funds and money managers raised their net short position in COMEX copper contracts to the biggest in more than three years in the week to June 7, as top consumer China saw weak demand growth, U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission data showed on Friday. The speculators increased their net long position in gold futures and options to a three-week high while they cut their net long position in silver for the fourth straight week, the data showed. click here

Jun 13 - Vale's Mozambique unit says trains attacked by gunmen 

The Mozambique unit of Brazilian mining company Vale said on Friday that its trains had targeted by gunfire twice in recent days on the Sena rail line which carries coal from the interior to the Indian Ocean port of Beira. "Vale has been working with the relevant authorities to ensure that logistic activities on the Sena railway line can safely continue," the company said in a statement. click here.

Jun 13 - Sable Mining CEO says Liberia indictment 'politically motivated' 

Sable Mining Chief Executive Officer Andrew Groves said on Friday that his indictment this week by a grand jury in Liberia in relation to a corruption investigation was politically motivated. President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf last month ordered an inquiry into London AIM-listed Sable's unsuccessful attempt to acquire an iron ore concession in northern Liberia after the watchdog group Global Witness made accusations of wrong-doing. click here

Jun 10 - Brazil police say Samarco ignored risk of dam collapse 

Brazil's federal police accused on Thursday mining company Samarco, a joint venture between Vale SA and BHP Billiton, of willful misconduct in relation to a deadly dam burst last November, saying the company had ignored clear signs the dam was at risk of collapsing.Police said Samarco had skimmed on safety spending, focusing instead on increasing production despite obvious indications, such as cracks, that the dam was in danger of a breach.  click here.

Jun 10 - India's steel ministry to seek extension of floor price on imports 

India's steel ministry will seek to extend a floor price on steel imports beyond August, a senior steel ministry source said, as the country looks to keep up its protectionist barriers to stem the tide of cheap foreign products.New Delhi imposed the minimum import price (MIP) on 173 steel products in February, helping cut inbound shipments last month to their lowest level in at least 14 months. The MIP expires in August. click here .

Jun 10 - Lundin mulls interest from multiple parties on Tenke copper mine 

Lundin Mining Corp is weighing interest from "multiple parties" for its stake in the Tenke Fungurume copper mine in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Chief Executive Paul Conibear said on Thursday.In June, Tenke mine operator Freeport-McMorRan Inc  agreed to sell its majority stake to China Molybdenum for $2.65 billion to help cut its debt.  click here.

Jun 10 - Usiminas CEO says no talks over breaking up company 

Controlling shareholders are not in negotiations about breaking up Brazil's Usiminas, the chief executive of the troubled steelmaker said on Thursday, in the midst of an ongoing boardroom battle for control.CEO Sergio Leite, speaking on the sidelines of a steel event in Sao Paulo, ruled out filing for bankruptcy protection and said the company was up to date with debt payments. He said a 1 billion reais ($296 million) capital increase should be completed within a month.  click here .

Jun 10 - South Australia offers funding for new owner of Arrium steel plant 

The South Australian government said on Thursday it would provide A$50 million ($37 million) in funding to help keep Arrium Ltd's loss-making Whyalla steelworks open under a new owner.State Labor premier Jay Weatherill has also pressed Australia's two major parties to commit to contribute A$100 million from the federal government to help keep Whyalla open. click here .

Jun 10 - Brazil's Gerdau says not been notified of U.S. investors lawsuit 

Brazilian steelmaker Gerdau SA said in a securities filing on Thursday it has not yet been notified of investors' lawsuits filed in the United States.New York law firm Pomerantz LLP filed a class-action suit against Gerdau on May 26, alleging the company issued materially misleading business information to investors over tax liabilities, based on Brazilian corruption investigations.  click here .

Jun 10 - Northam Platinum walkout to resume until worker safety assured, says NUM 

Members of South Africa's National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) will not return to work at Northam Platinum's Zondereinde mine until they receives assurances over security from police and the company, an NUM spokesman said on Thursday.The police and company are to report to the union on Tuesday, when its members will decide whether or not they will return or continue the stay away, the union said. click here.

Jun 10 - Thyssenkrupp says plans job cuts at industrial unit 

German steel-to-elevators group Thyssenkrupp plans to cut jobs at its Industrial Solutions unit, a spokesman said on Thursday, declining to say how many.The spokesman said the cause was a difficult market environment in large plant construction as well as a poor competitive position, and the cuts would affect its Process Technologies unit, which employs about 2,300 people in Germany.  click here .

Jun 10 - Liberia indicts Sable Mining chief executive over alleged bribery scandal

A grand jury in Liberia indicted on Thursday the chief executive officer of the London AIM-listed Sable Mining, Andrew Groves, in connection with an alleged bribery scandal involving several senior Liberian officials, the head of a special task force said.President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf ordered in May an inquiry into Sable's attempt to acquire an iron ore concession in northern Liberia after the watchdog group Global Witness made accusations of wrong-doing in a report. click here .

Jun 09 - Freeport says buyers eager for a stake in its assets

U.S. miner Freeport-McMoRan Inc will consider a "broad spectrum" of asset sales and has attracted interest from parties wanting to buy a stake in a grouping of its assets, Chief Financial Officer Kathleen Quirk said on Wednesday. "We have not ruled anything out," Quirk said at the Deutsche Industrials and Materials summit. click here.

Jun 09 - London appetite for gold bars, coins rises on Brexit nerves 

At Sharps Pixley, a gold showroom in London's smart Mayfair district, demand for bullion bars and coins is rising, with men and women of all ages buying up the safe-haven metal in case of a British exit from the European Union. Shoppers can walk out of the sleek St James's Street showroom carrying their gold investments, or leave them in the rows of safety deposit boxes that line the walls.  click here.

Jun 09 - After five lean years, gold miners gear up for growth

For the first time in five years, Barrick Gold and other bullion miners are getting ready to expand, breaking from their monologue on cutting costs and debt because of tumbling gold prices. Backed by healthier balance sheets, a 17 percent rise in the price of gold since January to $1,244 an ounce and new investors, miners from Canada to Australia and South Africa are studying ways to raise production. click here .

Jun 09 - BHP sets sights on a new iron mine to replace ageing one 

BHP Billiton is studying an option to develop a massive new iron ore deposit in Australia to replace lost tonnes as operations age and reserves decline, according to the company and documents filed with environmental regulators. The deposit is called South Flank and lies 10 km (6.2 miles) south of BHP's existing Mining Area C operation and would create an expanse 26 km long and 2 km wide. click here.

Jun 09 - Electric vehicles to power cobalt revival 

Cobalt prices may be on the threshold of a major revival due to flourishing demand for the mineral, a key component of lithium-ion batteries used in electric cars. Prices for cobalt metal are expected to rise 45 percent to above $16 a lb by 2020 from $11 now as stricter emissions controls boost demand for electric vehicles and push the market into deficit from this year, analysts said. click here .

Jun 09 - Pharaohs' shadow an omen in Egypt gold search 

Careering around Egypt's rocky Eastern Desert, Alexander Nubia CEO Mark Campbell peers from his jeep and sees hills so rich with gold they could lure billions in investments and jumpstart the ailing economy. His company just has to find it. Egypt's gold mining industry has for years been long on potential and short on investment -- the result of a jarring mismatch between spectacular geology and an unattractive commercial framework for mining. click here .

Jun 09 - Japan may seek WTO help to resolve India steel tariff dispute 

Japan said it may ask the World Trade Organization (WTO) to help resolve a dispute related to India’s "safeguard" tariffs on the import of hot-rolled steel. India has extended its safeguard import taxes on some steel products until March 2018, in a bid to stop cheap overseas purchases from flooding its market and bolster the domestic steel sector.  click here .

Jun 09 - S.Africa's NUM union members refuse to resume work at Northam until demands met 

Workers belonging to the major union at South Africa's Northam Platinum said on Wednesday they would not resume work at its Zondereinde mine until arrests were made for a spate of murders. The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) also resolved at a mass meeting that Northam should stop holding talks with the rival Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) which has a minority representation at the mine. click here .

Jun 09 - Congo state miner plans to cut workforce, will invest $717 mln

Democratic Republic of Congo state miner Gecamines, whose debt stands at $1.6 billion, plans to cut its 12,000 strong workforce by more than 2,000 in the coming months, its chairman said on Wednesday, amid steep commodity price drops. Albert Yuma made the announcement while presenting a modernisation plan for Gecamines for 2016-2020 that will see the company invest $717 million on operations. click here .

Jun 08 - China commits to curbing steel capacity - U.S. Treasury's Lew
China has committed to curbing its steel capacity and winding down weak state enterprises, U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew said on Tuesday at the end of high-level talks between U.S. and Chinese officials in Beijing. "China has committed to ensure that its central government policies and support do not target the net expansion of steel capacity; and to actively and appropriately wind down 'zombie enterprises' through a range of efforts, including restructuring and bankruptcy," Lew said. click here.

Jun 08 - Copper's contango returns after biggest inventory rise in a decade
Cash copper's premium over forward contracts disappeared on Tuesday for the first time in six months after a whopping 43,000 tonnes of metal landed in exchange storage in two days, the biggest delivery in more than a decade. The sudden arrival of metal into Asian sheds reignited concerns about demand from the world's top user and sent cash prices down more than 2 percent to $4,585 per tonne on Tuesday, their lowest in 3-1/2 months. click here.

Jun 08 - London Metal Exchange faces new challenge, this one from its own members: Andy Home
If you want to understand why some members of the London Metal Exchange (LME) are so unhappy with the way things are going that they are considering forming their own metals-trading platform, look no further than the latest exchange notice to members. Dated Monday, the LME said it has received an application for exchange membership from Jump Trading Futures LLC. click here.

Jun 08 - China copper imports jump 19 pct in May, concentrate shipments surge
China's copper imports jumped 19.4 percent from the same month a year ago to 430,000 tonnes in May, customs data showed on Wednesday, swelling already ample supply that is expected to reduce metal imports in coming months. Shipments into China have remained strong this year - up 22 percent over the first five months - after a weaker dollar boosted Chinese purchasing power, swelling exchange and bonded inventories. Exchange stockpiles hit record highs in March. click here.

Jun 08 - U.S. government joins race for cobalt compound stockpiles
The United States has started to stockpile cobalt in the form of chemical compounds used in lithium-ion batteries, because it considers them to be strategic. Lithium-ion batteries are key constituents of electric vehicles, which have been the subject of fast-growing demand due to stricter emissions controls. click here.

Jun 08 - Producers seek Q3 aluminium premiums of $100-110/T from Japan buyers
Top aluminium producers have offered Japanese buyers premiums of $100-110 per tonne for July-September primary metal shipments, down 4-15 percent from the previous quarter, three sources directly involved in pricing talks said on Tuesday. Japan is Asia's biggest importer of aluminium and the premiums it agrees to pay each quarter over the London Metal Exchange (LME) cash price set the benchmark for regional primary metal shipments. click here.

Jun 08 - S.Africa's NUM union to decide whether to return to work at Northam
Members of South Africa's National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) will decide on Wednesday if they will return to work at Northam Platinum's Zondereinde mine, which was shut on Monday after violent clashes between NUM and a rival union. Northam made the initial decision to close operations at the mine but on Tuesday asked the workers to return, saying calm had been restored. click here.

Jun 08 - Zimbabwe chrome miner given deadline to cede half its claims
Zimbabwe's second largest ferrochrome producer Zimbabwe Alloys has been given until the close of business on Tuesday to hand over half its chrome mining claims or risk having them seized, according to a letter from the government seen by Reuters. The southern African nation holds the world's second largest deposits of chrome, which is smelted to produce ferrochrome, a raw material used in stainless steelmaking. click here.

Jun 08 - Congo mining sector sheds 3,000 direct jobs since last year - chamber
Democratic Republic of Congo's mining sector has lost at least 3,000 direct and 10,000 subcontractor jobs since commodity prices began to tumble last year, the chamber of mines said on Tuesday. Congo, Africa's largest copper producer, is heavily dependent on the mining sector, which together with its smaller oil industry accounts for 98 percent of export earnings.
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Jun 07 - LME warehouses poised for transformation on rent capping -sources
Several metals storage companies are set to support an option floated by the London Metal Exchange (LME) to limit the amount of rent they can charge, marking a huge change after years of jostling for advantage, sources said. The LME, the world's biggest and oldest market for industrial metals, has imposed a series of warehousing reforms in recent years after complaints by consumers paying rent to store metal while trapped in backlogs to get delivery of the material. click here.

Jun 07 - What price lithium, the metal of the future? Andy Home
Lithium is shaping up to be The Next Big Thing. Prices are going stratospheric, junior miners are rushing to stake claims on future supply and investment websites are glowing red hot with speculation about the metal's prospects. click here.

Jun 07 - Glencore must face U.S. lawsuit over zinc prices
A U.S. judge said on Monday two units of Anglo-Swiss mining company Glencore Plc  must face a private antitrust lawsuit accusing them of trying to monopolize the market for special high grade zinc, driving up its price. U.S. District Judge Katherine Forrest in Manhattan said zinc purchasers alleged "a plausible story of market control" by the Glencore units, Glencore Ltd and Pacorini Metals USA Inc, that violated the Sherman Act, a U.S. antitrust law. click here.

Jun 07 - Former LME boss in talks on rival metals trading platform
A former chief executive of the London Metal Exchange is holding talks with trading houses and brokers about launching a new London-based metals trading platform in a challenge to the LME amid discontent over rising fees. They hope to do a feasibility study within a few weeks that would assess the practicalities and costs of an alternative base metals trading platform, Martin Abbott told Reuters on Monday.click here.

Jun 07 - BHP teams up with China to work on iron and steel carbon capture
BHP Billiton on Monday announced a $7.4 million donation to Peking University to develop technology to capture carbon emissions from the iron and steel industries. Analysts said the funding marked a shift, as North America has so far led the way in development of carbon capture and storage (CCS) and the focus has been on power plants rather than industrial sector emissions. click here.

Jun 07 - Port Hedland iron ore exports to China dip in May
Iron ore shipments to China from Australia's Port Hedland, used by BHP Billiton and Fortescue Metals Group, slipped to 31.7 million tonnes in May from 32.6 million tonnes in April, port data showed on Tuesday. Total shipments from the Indian Ocean port, however, climbed to 39.4 million tonnes in May against 37.7 million tonnes in April, reflecting a rise in exports to Japan and South Korea, according to the Pilbara Ports Authority. click here.

Jun 07 - India's May steel imports lowest in at least 14 months
India's steel imports fell in May to their lowest level in at least 14 months, provisional government data showed, thanks to the country's efforts to cut cheap overseas purchases. India, the world's third-largest steel producer, imported 546,000 tonnes of finished steel last month, nearly 41 percent lower than the same month a year earlier, data from the Joint Plant Committee (JPC) of the steel ministry showed. click here.

Jun 07 - S. Africa's NUM union members will not return to Northam mine until safety assured
Members of South Africa's National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) will not return to work at Northam Platinum's Zondereinde mine until their safety is assured after a spate of murders, a spokesman for the union said on Tuesday. Northam suspended production at the mine on Monday after a worker was fatally stabbed during a clash between members of NUM and the rival Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU). click here.

Jun 07 - U.S. black box firm Jump Trading applies for LME membership
U.S. black box trading firm Jump Trading LLC has applied to join the London Metal Exchange, which has been seeking to boost liquidity from market makers and speculators. Jump Trading wants to join the LME, the world's biggest and oldest market for industrial metals, as a category 3 member, the LME said in a statement on Monday. click here.

Jun 07 - Centerra Gold blames weak Kyrgyz economy for pressure on gold miner
A weaker economy in Kyrgyzstan is to blame for the Central Asian state "turning up the heat" on Centerra Gold Inc in recent weeks as the country guns for a bigger slice of the miner's profits, Centerra's chief executive said on Monday. In the past five weeks, the Canadian gold miner has, amongst others, been fined around $100 million for environmental damage by a court in Kyrgyzstan, another regulator filed a $230 million lawsuit against it and its local offices have been raided. click here.

Jun 07 - Dollar shortages threaten Zimbabwe mining production
Zimbabwe could lose the equivalent of four months of mining output this year because an acute dollar shortage has led to delays by banks in processing payments for imports of spare parts and supplies, the Chamber of Mines said on Monday. The problem affects the entire mining sector, which includes gold, nickel, chrome, diamonds and coal.
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Jun 03 - Bucking the trend: Australian prospector plans new iron ore mine
As most of the world's small iron ore miners fight for survival, an Australian prospector is preparing to dig a new mine - counting on its high-grade ore and specialist mill buyers to compete in market dominated by mega producers. Quentin Hill, managing director of Carpentaria Exploration, says his company's "super grade" concentrate represents some of the world's richest iron ore pellet feeds, which can yield margins competitive with Vale, Rio Tinto,  BHP Billiton and Fortescue Metals Group, which together control 70 percent of the sea-borne market. click here.

 Jun 03 - Carmakers seek alternatives to UK steel as Tata looks for buyers
Carmakers in Britain are making plans to get more steel from continental Europe, putting pressure on Tata Steel to secure a sale of its troubled UK plants before it loses customers. India's Tata Steel has serious offers on the table after putting its entire UK business up for sale in March to stem heavy losses, blaming costs, market weakness and cheaper imports from countries such as China. click here.

 Jun 03 - Noble Group to raise funds, cut jobs; chairman plans to step down
Noble Group is raising $500 million in a rights issue and its chairman plans to step down within 12 months - the latest in unexpected measures this week as Asia's largest commodity trader struggles with the fallout from an accounting dispute and weak markets. The resignation plans by Chairman Richard Elman, who is also Noble's founder and largest shareholder with a fifth of the company, come just days after its chief executive quit and the firm said it would sell a North American energy business, its crown jewel. click here.

 Jun 03 - Saudi mining hub plays key role in kingdom's industrial dream
At a sprawling desert complex on Saudi Arabia's northeastern Gulf coast, refineries, smelters and casting machines transform dull pink rocks into silver aluminium bars, a symbol of the kingdom's attempt to diversify its economy. After only two years in operation, the $10.8 billion aluminium project at Ras al-Khair, an industrial city 200 kilometres (125 miles) north of the oil hub of Dammam, is already the world's largest integrated aluminium facility. click here.

 Jun 03 - ArcelorMittal suspends Quebec mine project on weak market
ArcelorMittal, the world's largest steelmaker, is suspending a major project at its Mont-Wright iron ore mine in northern Quebec due to poor market conditions, the company said on Thursday. The company, which employs some 2,500 workers at the mine, informed the United Steelworkers union this week that it will not start an "offload" project in June as planned. The project, which removals surface layers overlaying the deposit, would have extended the mine's lifespan by 15 years to 2045. click here.

 Jun 03 - Russian steelmakers complain of bullying by EU officials
Two of Russia's largest steelmakers NLMK and Severstal have made formal complaints against two EU officials, alleging bullying during an EU investigation into whether China and Russia exported steel at unfairly low prices. Tensions between Russia and Brussels have been high since Moscow's seizure of Ukraine's Crimea region in March 2014 that led to economic sanctions. click here.

 Jun 03 - China's Jiangxi Copper, BHP agree to H2 2016 TC/RCs at $100/T, 10 cents/lb
Chinese top copper smelter Jiangxi Copper has agreed with miner BHP Billiton to set treatment and refining charges (TC/RCs) for the second half of this year at $100 a tonne and 10 cents a pound, a Jiangxi source said. This is higher than the deal between Jiangxi and miner Antofagasta, a division of Antofagasta Plc, of TC/RCs at $97.35 a tonne and 9.735 cents a pound for the full year of 2016. click here.

 Jun 03 - South Africa's NUM union says 45,000 miners face job cuts
About 45,000 workers face layoffs in the South Africa's struggling mining sector, the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) said on Thursday. "More than 45,000 mine workers face retrenchments," NUM president Piet Matosa told a conference. click here.

Jun 02 - Two years after Qingdao scandal, LME bets on electronic tracking of metal
The London Metal Exchange is expanding its new electronic method of tracking metal in warehouses, as the system launched in April gains early traction among some western and Chinese banks, as well as warehousing and metals firms looking to cut risks. Global metals markets were rocked two years ago by a $3 billion fraud in the Chinese port of Qingdao. A firm allegedly duplicated warehouse certificates to pledge metal as collateral for multiple bank loans, hitting companies ranging from Citic to Standard Chartered.  click here.

 Jun 02 - South32 sees more pain ahead for miners
Australia's South32 Ltd expects base metals and coal prices to give up recent gains, inflcting more pain on debt heavy rivals who will eventually be forced to shut loss-making operations, its chief executive said on Thursday. Spun off by BHP Billiton  a year ago with little debt, South32 produces nickel, manganese, aluminium and coal, commodities that have all slumped over the past year due to oversupply and slowing growth in China. click here.

 Jun 02 - Tightening London market a test for zinc bulls: Andy Home
Zinc's star is burning ever more brightly as the year progresses. While other base metals traded on the London Metal Exchange (LME) continue to struggle against the headwinds of slowing Chinese growth and a stronger U.S. dollar, zinc has notched up gains of over 21 percent since the start of January. click here.

 Jun 02 - China's Hebei Iron & Steel says U.S. probe damaging world steel trade
China's Hebei Iron & Steel Group, its biggest steelmaker by output, accused the United States of breaching WTO rules and said U.S. protectionism is damaging the world steel trade, in a statement posted on its website on Thursday. The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) a week ago launched a probe into Chinese steel mills accused by United States Steel Corp of stealing its secrets and conspiring to fix prices.  click here.

 Jun 02 - Workers may lose jobs at South Africa's Sibanye Gold after wildcat strike, says CEO
Dozens of miners who took part in a wildcat strike over the weekend at Sibanye Gold's Kroondal platinum mine may get fired, its chief executive said on Wednesday. Such a response to illegal union actions could raise tensions on the restive platinum belt. The union involved, the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU), has reacted to the firing of wildcat strikers in the past with stoppages and violence. click here.

 Jun 02 - India to charge premium for transfer of mining rights
The Indian government has said a company acquiring mining rights from another firm will be charged 80 percent of royalty as premium if the acreage was originally obtained without bidding. The 80 percent charge will be on top of royalty that the new mining lease holder will pay to the state, the government said in an order on Wednesday. click here.

 Jun 02 - Voestalpine considering new stainless steel plant in Austria
Voestalpine is examining whether to build a new stainless steel plant in Austria for up to 300 million euros ($336 million), the group's chief executive said on Thursday. A final decision about a new plant in Kapfenberg in the southern province of Styria will be made within the next 12-18 months, Chief Executive Wolfgang Eder said in a conference call. click here.

 Jun 02 - Australian micro miner says finds big zinc lode
Australian penny stock Rox Resources, backed by mining major Teck Resources of Canada, said it has discovered one of the world's largest zinc deposits in northern Australia, although any decision to mine is years away. The discovery comes seven months after Chinese conglomerate MMG Ltd  shut the nearby exhausted Century zinc mine, once the world's third-biggest, leaving a hole in global supplies of the metal chiefly used to galvanise steel. click here.

 Jun 02 - Ghana sees slight dip in gold production this year
Ghana expects to produce 2.7 million ounces of gold in 2016, down only marginally from last year as new production offsets a decline in output due to lower global prices and ageing mines, the Chamber of Mines said on Wednesday. Gold is the single biggest revenue earner for Ghana, which is following a three-year aid deal with the International Monetary Fund. click here.

Jun 01 - "We won't let them wreck our plant," Tata's Dutch steelworkers say
With Tata Steel's troubled British operations up for sale, Dutch workers at its only other European site for primary steelmaking are in defensive mood, and yet the plant may have a bright future. "We won't let them wreck our plant" is their motto, directed at top managers of the Indian-owned group; some of the 9,000 staff at the IJmuiden plant on the Dutch North Sea coast even wear it to work on their safety helmets. click here.

 Jun 01 - Nippon Steel looks to break up Usiminas after CEO appointment-source
A change of chief executive at Brazilian steelmaker Usiminas has accelerated plans for controlling shareholders Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corp and Ternium SA to break up the company, a source close to the Japanese firm said on Tuesday. Nippon Steel, however, issued a statement later denying that it was planning to break up Usiminas, and a spokesman said the focus was on financial restructuring and completing an equity financing. click here.

 Jun 01 - Barrick Gold reaches $140 mln accord in U.S. investor lawsuit
Barrick Gold Corp has agreed to pay $140 million to resolve a U.S. lawsuit accusing the gold producer of concealing problems at a South American mine and of fraudulently inflating the company's market value, according to court papers. The settlement, disclosed in papers filed on Tuesday in Manhattan federal court, would resolve a class action accusing Barrick of deceiving investors about environmental problems afflicting its Pascua-Lama project on the border of Argentina and Chile. click here.

 Jun 01 - Workers to strike at Colombia's Cerro Matoso nickel mine
Union workers at Colombia's Cerro Matoso mine, one of the world's largest producers of ferronickel, will begin an indefinite strike on June 14 in protest of work and pay conditions, the union president said. A strike at Cerro Matoso, owned by Australia's South32 Ltd, could impact global nickel prices as production stalls. Miners last year went on strike at the mine for two weeks before reaching agreement on a dispute that had forced previous owner BHP Billiton to declare force majeure. click here.

 Jun 01 - Russian diamond producer Alrosa reports record profits, sees demand rising in 2016
Russian miner Alrosa, the world's largest producer of rough diamonds in carat terms, sees global demand for diamonds rising by up to 2 percent in 2016, it said on Tuesday, after reporting record quarterly profits. With its main mines situated in Russia's Far East, the company has benefited from a weakening of the Russian rouble over the past two years, which narrowed its costs in dollar terms, and from a rebound in diamond sales. click here.

 Jun 01 - Workers at Chinalco's copper mine in Peru start strike - union
Worker's at Chinalco Mining Corp International's Toromocho mine in Peru started a four-day strike on Tuesday to demand the reinstatement of a quarterly bonus, the union said. The strike by about 800 workers started at 6:30 local time (1130 GMT) and followed the suspension of the bonus amid slumping copper prices, said Carlos Roman, an attorney for the union. click here.

 Jun 01 - Peru's illegal gold miners back Fujimori's vow to end crackdown
In this wildcat gold mining town in the Peruvian Amazon, the boom is over. A government crackdown on illegal mines at the end of a decade-long gold rush has shuttered restaurants, quieted the town's muddied streets and slowed the flow of migrants from poor Andean towns seeking the jungle's riches. click here.

May 31 - Chile's copper output drops in April due to heavy rains
Copper output in world No. 1 producer Chile fell in April as some mines in the central part of the country were hit by heavy rains and ore grades continued to decline, the government said on Monday. Chile, which produces one-third of the world's copper, is struggling with dwindling ore grades in many of its aging deposits at a time when mining companies are implementing cost-cutting measures to address a steep drop in metals prices. click here.

 May 31 - Australian miner eyes second bonanza with Canadian iron ore bet
An Australian mining veteran who made investors billions with a shrewd bet on coal in Mozambique is aiming for another big score with Canadian iron ore, even as a global gush of new supply threatens to depress already slumping prices. Champion Iron Chief Executive Michael O'Keeffe is laying the groundwork to restart Bloom Lake mine in northern Quebec's metals-rich Labrador Trough. click here.

 May 31 - Noble Group CEO quits unexpectedly, raising doubts over strategy   
Noble Group's CEO Yusuf Alireza quit on Monday, a surprise move that comes just weeks after he secured crucial financing for Asia's biggest commodity trader and raises questions about its future strategy. The embattled company named its president William Randall, and Jeff Frase, global head of oil liquids, as co-CEOs and said it would begin a sale process for Noble Americas Energy Solutions, which it had indicated to be valued at over $1.25 billion in August 2015. click here.

 May 31 - Fortescue to operate second towage service at iron ore port
Australia's Fortescue Metals Group Ltd has won a tender to become the second provider of marine towage services at the port of Port Hedland, the world's busiest export terminal for iron ore. Fortescue, which ships 155 million tonnes of iron ore through the port, and is acquiring its own fleet of freighters, said a subsidiary, Pilbara Marine Pty, was granted a towage license by Pilbara Ports Authority, creating a second service provider and additional capacity at the port. click here.

 May 31 - Russia's Mechel says shareholders approve debt restructuring deals
Shareholders of indebted Russian coal and steel producer Mechel approved on a second attempt a series of debt restructuring deals with major creditors, Mechel said in a statement on Monday. Mechel reached agreements in principle to restructure $5.1 billion of debt with creditors including some of the largest Russian banks and a syndicate of foreign lenders in February, but it had since struggled to get approval from shareholders. click here.

 May 31 - South Africa's Amcu says ending strike at Sibanye's Kroondal mine
Workers at South Africa's Sibanye platinum mine in Rustenburg will return to work this evening following a wildcat strike on Friday, the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) said on Monday. After a mass meeting at the Rustenburg mine, AMCU general secretary Jeffrey Mphahlele told Reuters the union would meet Sibanye officials to discuss their demand for transport for night-shift workers. click here.

 May 31 - Four killed in Botswana mining accident
Four mine workers were killed and six others critically injured in an accident at Botswana's state-owned BCL copper mine, the minister of energy and minerals said on Monday. The ten employees were travelling underground in a mine shaft elevator on Sunday evening when the accident happened, Minster of Minerals and Energy Kitso Mokaila said in statement. click here.

May 30 - West-to-east gold flow reverses as ETF investment surges
The recent flow of gold from Britain via Switzerland to Asia went into reverse in March and April after a shift in expectations for U.S. interest rate hikes boosted investment in London, Swiss customs data shows. Switzerland's gold exports to Britain hit their highest in 3-1/2 years last month, at 78.8 tonnes. Meanwhile, Switzerland has imported more than 30 tonnes of gold from Hong Kong in the last two months, more than in the whole of the previous year. click here.

 May 30 - Extreme mood swings: Europe miners' revisions at 2-1/2 yr high
Sentiment toward European miners has transformed since the extreme pessimism of early 2016 and the share of upgrades in earnings forecast revisions is now at its highest in more than two years even though metals prices continue to struggle. The European mining sector's earnings revision rate has climbed to a 2-1/2 year high of 56.9 percent from 12.5 percent just about five months ago, Thomson Reuters Datastream shows. click here.

 May 30 - Aluminium producer seeks Q3 premium of $110/T from Japan buyers - sources
A major aluminium producer has offered Japanese buyers a premium of $110 per tonne for July-September primary metal shipments, down 4-6 percent from the previous quarter, three sources directly involved in pricing talks said on Monday. Japan is Asia's biggest importer of the metal and the premiums for primary metal shipments it agrees to pay each quarter over the London Metal Exchange (LME) cash price set the benchmark for the region. click here.

 May 30 - Australian gold output slips 2 pct as miners dig lower grade ore
Gold output in Australia, the world's second biggest producer, slipped 2 percent in the first quarter, due in part to mining of lesser grade ores during a period of higher bullion prices, a survey released on Sunday showed. Australian gold production reached some 71 tonnes in the first quarter, around 1.5 tonnes, or 2 percent lower, than the previous quarter, according to the survey by sector consultants Surbiton Associates in Melbourne. click here.

 May 30 - Alcoa's spin-off plan sparks dispute with Australian partner Alumina
Australia's Alumina Ltd on Monday said it has "serious concerns" about the impact of a demerger plan of U.S. partner Alcoa Inc on the pair's bauxite and alumina production joint venture, Alcoa Worldwide Alumina and Chemicals (AWAC). Alumina in a statement said it was concerned the plan would "result in a material adverse change in the nature, size, scope and financial wherewithal of Alumina's partner in AWAC." click here.

 May 30 - Chile's Codelco copper output rises, costs fall in first quarter
Codelco, the world's biggest copper producer, boosted output and cut cash costs in the first quarter, even as a steep drop in metals prices prompted the Chilean state-run company to post a $151 million pre-tax loss. Production from Codelco's wholly-owned mines rose to 437,000 tonnes, 11 percent higher than a year earlier, mostly due to increases at its century-old Chuquicamata mine and also its newest deposit, Ministro Hales. Its Salvador, El Teniente and Radomiro Tomic mines also helped to boost production. click here.

 May 30 - Speculators cut bullish gold bets as Fed signaled rate hike
Hedge funds and money managers cut their bullish bets in U.S. gold futures and options to their lowest in almost two months after the U.S. Federal Reserve indicated it could raise interest raise rates as early as June, data showed on Friday. In the week to May 24, they cut their net long in silver and added to their bearish bets in copper, taking the total to the highest since January, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) said. click here.

 May 30 - Aluminium Bahrain says capital cost of expansion project cut by $500 mln
Aluminium Bahrain, owner of one of the world's largest smelters, said on Sunday the global drop in oil prices has cut the projected capital cost of its Line 6 expansion by $500 million to a total of $3 billion. The Line 6 project is expected to boost Alba's annual output by 540,000 tonnes to 1.5 million tonnes a year with "first hot metal" due to flow in early January 2019.  click here.

 May 30 - China April copper output up 14.9 pct y/y - stats bureau
China produced 694,000 tonnes of copper in April, up 14.9 percent on the year, the National Bureau of Statistics said, with the increased volumes weighing on prices. Production over the first four months of the year hit 2.715 million tonnes, up 11 percent compared to the previous year. click here.

May 27 - U.S. panel launches trade secret theft probe into China steel
U.S. regulators on Thursday launched an investigation into complaints by United States Steel Corp that Chinese competitors stole its secrets and fixed prices, in the latest trade spat between the two countries. The International Trade Commission (ITC) said in a statement that it has not made any decisions on the merits of the case. click here.

 May 27 - Mining in hard times: small teams and big trucks for BHP's Olympic Dam
A vast copper and uranium lode in Australia's parched outback, global miner BHP Billiton's  Olympic Dam was long emblematic of the industry's boom year projects: complex, ambitious and - until 2012 - slated for a $20 billion expansion. Like its rivals, BHP is still betting on copper, and the ore under Olympic Dam's red desert sand is key to that. click here.

May 27 - Surge in Chinese zinc output could shrink forecast global deficit
Chinese zinc miners and smelters cranked up output in March after prices rallied, raising questions over the market's bullish scenario by potentially delaying global shortages. Zinc has been the darling of the base metals market and the best performer this year, with many investors piling in to benefit from a tightening market after shutdowns at a number of major mines. click here.

 May 27 - Goldman sees China steel demand weakening as 'too many furnaces' reopen
Producers that returned to China's steel market after a price rally earlier this year may be forced to run below capacity as demand weakens for the rest of 2016, Goldman Sachs said. "Too many blast furnaces have been reheated, and excess steel production is driving a modest restocking at a time when inventories are usually drawn down," Goldman analysts Christian Lelong and Amber Cai said in a report dated May 26. click here.

 May 27 - U.S. rates likely to trump geopolitical jitters and drive gold lower
The threat to gold from a rise in U.S. rates will outweigh the potentially positive impact of a raft of geopolitical tensions, if the relationship between gold prices and real interest rates in recent years is anything to go by. Since the depths of the financial crisis in 2009, gold prices have moved in a lockstep inverse relationship to real U.S. interest rates, calculated by subtracting inflation from 10-year Treasury yields. click here.

 May 27 - Top China steel city orders mills to cut output to clear air
China's top steelmaking city of Tangshan has ordered mills in and near the area to cut production for five days from Friday to ease air pollution, according to a notice from the local government. It was not clear how much capacity is affected but Tangshan is the biggest city in Hebei province, which accounts for more than 20 percent of China's steel output. click here.

 May 27 - Gold market set for new code of conduct from 2017
Gold market participants will be covered from next year by a new code of best practice brought in to replace the bullion market annex of the Non-Investment Products (NIPs) code, the London Bullion Market Association said on Thursday. The announcement came after the first global code of conduct for currency trading was launched earlier on Thursday, focusing largely on the detail of how banks deal with clients' orders, and aimed at rebuilding trust in the world's biggest financial market. click here.

 May 27 - Anglo American appoints Bruce Cleaver CEO of De Beers
Global mining company Anglo American Plc said it appointed Bruce Cleaver as chief executive of its diamond mining unit De Beers Group, after previous CEO Philippe Mellier decided to step down. De Beers, the world's largest diamond producer by value, will remain part of Anglo American's operations even after a radical restructuring of the latter, in the belief that surging Chinese and Indian demand for diamonds will outstrip dwindling supply. click here.

 May 27 - U.S. firm files class action against Brazil steelmaker Gerdau
New York investor rights law firm Pomerantz LLP filed a class action suit against Brazil's Gerdau SA, Latin America's largest steelmaker, alleging the company issued materially misleading business information filed to investors over tax liabilities. Porto Alegre, Brazil-based Gerdau is the latest Brazilian company with shares traded in the United States to face actual or potential lawsuits over securities fraud as a result of Brazilian corruption investigations. click here.

May 26 - Britain plans steel pensions overhaul to ease sale of Tata assets
Britain's government said on Thursday it had started discussions on overhauling the deficit-laden British Steel Pension Scheme, a major stumbling block for potential buyers of Tata Steel's UK assets.With serious offers now on the table for Tata Steel UK, Britain's government is racing against time to find a way to put the company's British pension fund on a sound footing to help facilitate a sale. click here.

May 26 - U.S. levies hefty duties on Chinese corrosion-resistant steel
Corrosion-resistant steel from China will face final U.S. anti-dumping and anti-subsidy duties of up to 450 percent under the U.S. Commerce Department's latest clampdown on a glut of steel imports, the agency said on Wednesday. The department also issued anti-dumping duties of 3 percent to 92 percent on producers of corrosion-resistant steel in Italy, India, South Korea and Taiwan, it said in a statement. click here.

 May 26 - Cameron says Tata Steel UK gets "encouraging" offers
Tata Steel has received a number of serious offers for its businesses in Britain, Prime Minister David Cameron said on Wednesday as steel workers marched past Downing Street to put pressure on the government to get a deal. Britain's steel industry has been hit by cheap Chinese imports, high energy costs and a global supply glut and in March Tata said it wanted to sell its remaining plants in the country, putting 15,000 jobs at risk. click here.

 May 26 - Brazil's Usiminas taps Leite as CEO in sign of easing dispute
Usinas Siderúrgicas de Minas Gerais SA tapped veteran executive Sergio Leite as chief executive officer on Wednesday, as Brazil's largest listed flat steelmaker battles to turn around a business hurt by a recession, cheap imports and rising debt. In a securities filing, the board of Belo Horizonte, Brazil-based Usiminas approved a management shuffle in which Ascanio de Figueiredo Silva was picked to replace Leite as senior vice president for sales. Ronald Seckelmann will remain as chief financial officer, the filing said. click here.

 May 26 - Jiangxi Copper says China should prevent excess imports - exec
China should prevent excess imports of copper to offset output cuts by domestic smelters, a senior executive at Jiangxi Copper said on Thursday. Wu Yuneng, vice-president of China's top producer of the metal, also told a conference in Shanghai that banks should not lend to inefficient companies suffering overcapacity. click here.

 May 26 - Kyrgyz court fines Centerra Gold unit Kumtor $98 mln
A court in Kyrgyzstan on Wednesday fined the country's biggest gold miner, Kumtor Operating Company, a unit of Canada's Centerra Gold Inc, 6.7 billion soms ($98 million) for environmental damage. Kumtor's lawyers told reporters at the hearing that they would appeal the ruling. click here.

 May 26 - Amplats bid to buy peace around prized South African mine may backfire
Anglo American Platinum's bid to appease a community near its most profitable South African mine may unravel, highlighting the challenges of managing flashpoints of social unrest while trying to shore up its balance sheet. The world's largest open-pit platinum mine, Mogalakwena was shut for two weeks last year when residents of the surrounding shanty towns rioted, protesting against the government's failure to provide services and the mine's failure to provide jobs. click here.

 May 26 - Russia's Gokhran has no plans to buy palladium, polished diamonds
Russian precious metals and gems repository Gokhran does not need to add palladium or polished diamonds to its stocks in 2016, Russian Deputy Finance Minister Alexei Moiseev said on Wednesday. Gokhran, which is part of the finance ministry, has said repeatedly in recent years that it plans to start buying palladium from Russian miners, but only made small purchases to test the market in 2015. click here.

 May 26 - Finland starts preparations to shut troubled nickel mine
The Finnish government will start preparations for closing down Talvivaara's former nickel mine in northern Finland, economy minister Olli Rehn said on Wednesday. The final decision on closing the loss-making mine will be made later this year, if no private investor is found to keep it running by then, Rehn said. click here.

 May 26 - Liberia grand jury indicts Sable Mining, officials for bribery
A grand jury in Liberia on Wednesday indicted government officials, including the speaker of parliament and the head of the ruling party, along with London AIM-listed Sable Mining on charges including bribery. President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf ordered an inquiry into Sable's acquisition of an iron ore concession in northern Liberia after the watchdog group Global Witness made accusations of wrong-doing in a report earlier this month. click here.

 May 26 - ArcelorMittal South Africa says Saldanha steel plant will keep operating
ArcelorMittal South Africa's Saldanha plant will keep operating, its chairman said on Wednesday, after the facility was placed under review earlier this year due to low steel prices and rising costs. The plant, north of Cape Town is the newest in the company's fleet and was opened in 1998 to focus specifically on steel exports, but low steel prices and high electricity and transport costs made it unprofitable last year.  "As the board, we are comfortable that we will have a Saldanha that is a good, healthy, performing business for a long period," said ArcelorMittal South Africa Chairman Mpho Makwana. click here.

 May 26 - Workers at Toromocho copper mine in Peru plan strike May 31
Workers at Chinalco Mining Corp International's copper mine Toromocho in Peru are planning a four-day strike on Tuesday to press for the reinstatement of a quarterly bonus tied to company results, the union said on Wednesday. The stoppage at the Chinese-owned mine has been scheduled to start at 6:30 a.m. local time (1130 GMT), Carlos Orellana, secretary of defense of the union, said by phone. click here.

May 25 - Top banks gain from discontent over hefty LME fee increases
Core industrial clients of the London Metal Exchange (LME), unhappy with a steep rise in trading fees, are taking some of their business to top-tier investment banks and rival exchanges, industry sources said. Business moving to banks and in some cases, the CME group, is reflected by a 4 percent drop in volumes on the 139-year old exchange last year, the first annual fall since 2009. click here.

 May 25 - China's nickel imports still flattering to deceive: Andy Home
China is importing more nickel than ever before. Headline imports of refined metal hit a new all-time record high of 49,012 tonnes in April. The cumulative tally of 157,600 tonnes over the first four months of the year represents a 115,000-tonne increase over the same period of last year. click here.

 May 25 - Brazil police probe U.S. Steel venture, Tenaris pipe unit
Brazilian police said on Tuesday they investigated local units of three international steelmakers in a second-straight day of raids probing graft at the country's state-controlled oil producer, Petroleo Brasileiro SA . Police and prosecutors allege that Apolo Tubulars, which is 50 percent owned by United States Steel, and Luxembourg-based Tenaris SA's  Brazilian unit Confab were involved in a bribery scheme to win work from Petrobras, as the oil company is known. click here.

 May 25 - Indonesia renews Newmont Mining's copper export licence for six months
Indonesia's mining ministry recommended renewing the export licence for the local unit of U.S. copper and gold miner Newmont Mining Corp  to export copper concentrate for the next six months, a ministry official said on Tuesday. Newmont, Indonesia's second-biggest copper miner, will be allowed to export up to 419,757 tonnes of copper concentrate from its Batu Hijau mine in eastern Indonesia, Coal and Minerals Director General Bambang Gatot told reporters. click here.

 May 25 - Freeport staff to oversee transition at Tenke copper mine in Congo
The Chinese company buying Freeport McMoRan Inc's majority stake in the Tenke copper mine has told the Congolese government that Freeport staff will oversee the operation for a transitional period of 12 to 18 months, an adviser to the prime minister said on Tuesday. A delegation from China Molybdenum Co (CMOC) is visiting Democratic Republic of Congo this week to reassure government officials who have expressed alarm about the change of ownership of the largest private investment in the country's history, the adviser said. click here.

 May 25 - Venezuela to rejoin global group fighting conflict diamonds
Venezuela expects to rejoin the global watchdog established to stop trade in conflict diamonds as it seeks to resume diamond exports, its central bank director said on Tuesday. "We are certain we will rejoin this year," Jose Khan told Reuters on the sidelines of an international meeting of the group, known as the Kimberley Process. click here.

 May 25 - Serbia's sole copper miner plans job cuts to return to profit
Serbia's RTB Bor copper mine plans to lay off nearly a third of its workforce over a five-year period and hire new management in an attempt to return to profit in the face of low copper prices, an executive said on Tuesday. Burdened with one billion euros ($1.1 billion) of debt, state-owned RTB Bor has been protected from creditors but the government has said that status will end this month as part of a 1.2 billon euro International Monetary Fund loan deal.  click here.

 May 25 - Kinross continues processing at strike-hit Mauritania gold mine
The processing facility remains in operation at Kinross Gold Corp's Tasiast mine in Mauritania, a spokesman for the miner said on Tuesday after workers at the site went on strike. Management at the mine in western North Africa also have a contingency plan to minimize the impacts of the strike, which includes processing stockpiled material, Kinross spokesman Louie Diaz said in an email. He did not give details of the plan. click here.

 May 25 - France's Macron backs mineral exploration, rues lost GMO research
France will encourage more exploration in oil and gas as well as other minerals to reduce its dependence on imports, backed by new mining legislation to be put before parliament, Economy Minister Emmanuel Macron said on Tuesday. The government has already awarded 10 exploration permits under a new "responsible mining" approach drawn up to accompany the bill to be introduced in parliament within months, Macron told a commodities conference in Paris. click here.

May 24 - Coking coal's sensible response to China's steel boom: Russell
With China's steel and iron ore bubble popped, the market is struggling to work out what price levels these commodities should be trading around. Perhaps coking coal provides good guidance. Coking, or metallurgical, coal is the second major component, along with iron ore, in making steel, but it doesn't attract as much attention given the limited ways to trade it and relatively strong concentration of producers. click here.

 May 24 - Collapsed Australian steelmaker Arrium eyes sale of profitable Moly-Cop unit
Troubled Australian steel group Arrium Ltd, which collapsed last month after creditors rejected a private equity bailout, will hire a global investment bank to advise on the sale of its profitable Moly-Cop mining supplies unit, the firm's administrator said on Monday. Moly-Cop, which makes steel balls to grind ore, among other items, operates mostly in the United States and Latin America, and had been excluded until now from Arrium's restructuring after a private equity sale collapsed last year. click here.

 May 24 - China not encouraging large steel exports - industry body
China is not encouraging large steel exports and has taken measures to control shipments offshore, the country's steel association said on Tuesday. "The Chinese steel industry is willing to solve trade disputes through cooperation ... it strongly opposes protectionism and making steel trade a political issue," the China Iron & Steel Association (CISA) said in a report on its website. click here.

 May 24 - Indonesia renews Newmont Mining's copper export licence for six months
Indonesia's mining ministry has issued the local unit of U.S. copper and gold miner Newmont Mining Corp with a recommendation to continue copper concentrate exports for the next six months, a ministry official said on Tuesday. Newmont, Indonesia's second-biggest copper miner, will be allowed to export "around 400,000" tonnes of copper concentrate from its mine in eastern Indonesia, Coal and Minerals Director General Bambang Gatot told reporters, without providing further details. click here.

 May 24 - New Mexico sues EPA, mine owners over massive gold mine waste spill
New Mexico sued the U.S. Environmental Protection agency, an agency contractor and two mining companies on Monday over the 2015 breach of an abandoned Colorado gold mine that spilled some 3 million gallons of toxic wastewater into three states. The Gold King Mine spill, which was accidentally triggered by EPA inspection team called to the mine to inspect an existing seepage, unleashed a torrent of yellow sludge which contained high concentrations of heavy metals such as arsenic, mercury and lead. click here.

 May 24 - Copper market in 24,000 tonnes surplus in Feb 2016 - ICSG
LONDON, May 23, The global world refined copper market showed a 24,000 tonnes surplus in February, compared with a 51,000 tonnes surplus in January, the International Copper Study Group (ICSG) said in its latest monthly bulletin. For the first 2 months of the year, the market was in a 76,000 tonnes surplus compared with a 134,000 tonnes surplus in the same period a year earlier, the ICSG said. click here.

 May 24 - Czech unions join investors to bid for insolvent NWR arm
Czech miners' unions have teamed up with lignite mine owner Pavel Tykac and another investor to make on offer for New World Resources' insolvent mining subsidiary OKD, the unions said on Monday. The unions did not give any details of their offer to NWR, which is mainly owned by a trio of international investment funds. OKD, NWR's main business, filed for insolvency this month after failing to secure government aid. click here.

 May 24 - Gold miner Polyus evacuates miners after pit landslide in Siberia
Russia's largest gold producer Polyus has evacuated 89 out of 153 of its miners blocked after a landslide at the Vostochny pit of its Olimpiada mine in Siberia, the company said on Monday. There were no injuries after the slide of some 50,000 to 70,000 cubic metres of rock, and Polyus said the remaining miners would be evacuated by 1200 GMT. click here

May 23 - CME bids to boost its metal storage network, challenge LME
The CME Group is talking to several warehouse companies to expand its metal storage network globally, three metal industry sources told Reuters, a move that could further challenge the London Metal Exchange's (LME) dominance. In recent years the CME, the world's largest futures market operator, has been steadily building its storage network - partly as a result of controversy surrounding the LME warehouse system.
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 May 23 - China's May iron ore imports stay robust, majors squeeze rivals: Russell
China's imports of iron ore are likely to have maintained their recent strength in May, as top suppliers Australia and Brazil continue to squeeze market share from smaller rivals. Imports this month are likely to come in around 84.76 million tonnes, according to vessel tracking data compiled by Thomson Reuters Commodity Research and Forecasts. click here.

 May 23 - Buyout group to back rival's bid for Tata's UK steel assets - sources
Excalibur Steel, a management buyout group interested in purchasing Tata Steel's British steelmaking operations, is ready to lend its support to rival bidder Liberty House, two industry sources told Reuters on Sunday. Tata said in March it wanted to sell its UK steel operation, which has been hit by cheap Chinese imports, rising costs and weak demand. click here.

 May 23 - U.S. measures to protect steel sector do not address root problem - China Commerce Ministry
U.S. efforts to protect its steel industry will not solve the sector's fundamental problems, which stem from past protectionist measures, China's Ministry of Commerce said on Saturday. The comments were posted on the ministry's website following a decision on Friday by the U.S. International Trade Commission to continue probing imports of certain steel products from 12 countries, including China and Korea. click here.

 May 23 - Sluggish Chinese demand, new battery tax weighs on lead
Lead, the worst performing industrial metal on the London Metal Exchange this year, is set to stay under pressure due to weak demand in China, where a new tax has been slapped on lead-acid batteries and authorities are cracking down on electric-bikes. Lead depends on lead-acid batteries for about 80 percent of demand in top consumer China. click here.

 May 23 - Regulator asks China Molybdenum how it will finance Brazil buy
China Molybdenum (CMOC) said Chinese regulators have asked it to disclose how it will finance its $1.5 billion acquisition of Anglo American Plc's niobium and phosphates business in Brazil. The request comes after CMOC, one of China's largest producers of molybdenum, agreed to buy Freeport-McMoRan Inc's stake in the Tenke copper project in Democratic Republic of Congo for $2.65 billion. click here.

 May 23 - Funds raised bullish gold bets before Fed signaled June rate hike
Hedge funds and money managers raised their bullish bets in COMEX gold futures and options in the week to May 17, a day before the U.S. Federal Reserve indicated it could raise interest raise rates as early as June, data showed on Friday. Speculative investors added 1,767 lots to take their total to 227,651, while they cut their bullish bets for silver by 4,674 contracts to 66,982. click here.

 May 23 - Zimbabwe's platinum industry calls for $2.8 bln in new investment
Zimbabwe could double annual platinum production to more than 900,000 ounces in the next decade, making the metal the nation's top export earner but current producers need $2.8 billion in new investment to do so, an industry association said on Friday. The southern African nation holds the second largest known reserves of platinum after South Africa but mines have struggled with low prices, a black empowerment law forcing mines to sell more than 50 percent of the business to locals, and power shortages. click here.