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Senate panel to grill Wall Street bankers on commodities activity

After a two-year probe, a U.S. Senate subcommittee is holding 2 days of hearings to question bankers on commodities activity.

BHP Billiton’s iron ore margins still good

BHP is confident of at least maintaining its dividend even at current weak commodity prices.

Cliffs may close Bloom Lake iron ore mine

Cliffs may close the Quebec mine as it struggles to find investment to expand the project.

Foreigners flock to mine gold illegally in Colombia

Colombian police say the number of foreigners involved in illegal mining is on the rise.

Harper govt. expands support for offshore Canadian mining

The Extractive Sector Strategy builds on Canadian government’s plan for responsible resource development both domestically and abroad.

Physical silver demand to drop 6.7% in 2014 – GFMS

Physical demand for silver will drop 6.7% this year, driven by a slump in coins and bars, says Thomson Reuters GFMS.

De Beers-Namibia JV seeks to prolong diamond mining to 2050

The JV intends to mine the precious stones on land and from the ocean until at least 2050.

Uranium climbs to highest since Jan 2013

Demand from utilities is driving prices higher after uranium entered a bull market in September.

Electricity from fuel cells sparking demand for platinum

Amplats is seeking to boost platinum demand with systems that produce electricity in remote areas.

Brazil’s Vale announces new iron ore chief

Jose Carlos Martins is leaving the company and will be replaced by Peter Poppinga.

China trade pact to deliver relief for Australian coal mines

China is expected to exempt the miners from import tariffs as part of the new trade accord.

SA gets funds for $900m acid-water clean-up

Africa’s richest city is littered with enormous underground mined-out caverns that have become flooded.

Fracking boom spurs demand for sand

Sand production has more than doubled in the U.S. over the past seven years.

Gold drops with silver as SPDR assets slide

Holdings in the SPDR, the largest exchange-traded product backed by the metal, shrank to a six-year low.

Gold drops with silver as SPDR assets slide

Holdings in the SPDR, the largest exchange-traded product backed by the metal, shrank to a six-year low.

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