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Peabody/Glencore to combine neighbouring Australia mines

25 Nov 2014 / 
The companies have agreed to form a JV at two neighbouring mines in Hunter Valley.

Flooded Russian mine bolsters BHP potash plan

24 Nov 2014 / 
BHP Billiton is looking to build its Jansen project in Saskatchewan sometime in the next decade.

Platinum to palladium shortages seen persisting

24 Nov 2014 / 
Platinum demand will outpace supply by 1.13 million ounces this year and palladium’s deficit will be 1.62 million ounces.

HK collector pays $33m for Sotheby’s blue diamond

21 Nov 2014 / 
The collector saw off six other bidders to set a new record price-per-carat for any diamond.

Wall Street Banks dumping some physical commodities units

21 Nov 2014 /  Dorothy Kosich
Several witnesses indicate they could support increased regulation of their activities.

Iron ore heads for fifth weekly loss on glut

20 Nov 2014 / 
Prices are trading near the lowest since 2009 on concerns that slowing growth in China will hurt demand.

Returning to a gold standard – why and how

20 Nov 2014 / 
Fraser Murrell delves into the history of the Gold Standard and how a modern day version could be put in place.

Senate panel to grill Wall Street bankers on commodities activity

20 Nov 2014 /  Dorothy Kosich
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

20 Nov 2014 /  Reuters
BHP is confident of at least maintaining its dividend even at current weak commodity prices.

Cliffs may close Bloom Lake iron ore mine

20 Nov 2014 / 
Cliffs may close the Quebec mine as it struggles to find investment to expand the project.

Foreigners flock to mine gold illegally in Colombia

19 Nov 2014 / 
Colombian police say the number of foreigners involved in illegal mining is on the rise.

Harper govt. expands support for offshore Canadian mining

19 Nov 2014 /  Dorothy Kosich
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

18 Nov 2014 / 
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

18 Nov 2014 / 
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

18 Nov 2014 /  Ben Sharples (Bloomberg)
Demand from utilities is driving prices higher after uranium entered a bull market in September.

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