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  • If BHP does indeed reach this unit-cost level, it'll become the lowest-cost supplier to China. Rio Tinto (RIO), which is the lowest-cost producer currently, has a cash cost excluding freight and royalties ...

  • Brent crude oil looked likely to post its largest monthly loss in about two years on Friday as the commodity traded at $85.52 at 8:30 GMT, hurt by a strong dollar and oversupply concerns. Data out on Thursday ...

  • Gold futures are down sharply following the Bank Of Japan rate cut , trading at the lowest price since August 2010. December gold is down 2.75 percent at 1165.60, breaking support at the 1180 level. Gold ...

  • Bunge 3Q results hit by slow farmer selling @ Financial Times - 17 hours ago

    South American farmers have stung Bunge, the global food commodities trader, as they hold out hope that grain prices will rise before agreeing to sell future harvests. Stand-offs between farmers trying ...

  • Royal Dutch Shell's decision to stray further from its traditional Anglo-Dutch gene pool by appointing Chad Holliday as chairman may help the oil major deepen its engagement with campaigners who regularly ...

  • The number of rigs in play will loosely follow prices with a lag. Oil producers keep increasing the number of rigs drilling for oil as long as crude oil prices make production profitable.

  • Why are iron ore futures downward sloping? Market Realist - 20 hours ago

    "Backwardation" occurs when futures contracts trade below the spot price, and the futures curve begins to downward slope. This means that the market expects further decline in iron ore prices ...

  • Gold prices are down 12%—from the peak of $1,385 per ounce. The peak was reached in March. Currently, it's trading at $1,230 per ounce.

  • Afren said it was evaluating the need to restate historic financial information after the Nigeria-focused oil producer completed an independent accounting review of unauthorised payments uncovered earlier ...

  • Miners take toll on FTSE 100 @ Financial Times - 23 hours ago

    Weaker precious metals prices were taking a toll on miners in London on Thursday after the end of the Federal Reserve's quantitative easing programme set the tone across global markets. Randgold Resources ...

  • China’s Big Oil Companies Battered by Low Crude Oil Prices @ 24/7 Wall St. - Thu, Oct 30, 2014 12:00 PM EDT

    China’s big three oil companies have recently reported earnings that are significantly below expectations.

  • It Looks Like $80 Oil Is Here to Stay @ BusinessWeek - Thu, Oct 30, 2014 11:44 AM EDT

    The oil selloff appears to be permanent. That's good news for the U.S. and trouble for Iran and Russia

  • Barrick Gold: Earnings Beat Not Enough as Gold Prices Tumble @ Barrons.com - Thu, Oct 30, 2014 11:27 AM EDT

    Barrick Gold (ABX) reported better-than-forecast earnings today, but that don't seem to matter much as the price of gold continues to plunge. Barrick Gold reported a profit of 19 cents a share, topping the Street consensus for 18 cents, and Barrick also said that its "all-in sustaining costs" for an ounce of gold would …

  • Emerging Markets Winners, Losers As Energy & Commodity Prices Fall @ Barrons.com - Thu, Oct 30, 2014 10:12 AM EDT

    With the price of crude hovering near $86 per barrel, governments have to rethink their oil-price subsidies as India has. To shield lower-income households, governments in emerging markets with large energy producers - and net importers of energy - provide generous fuel subsidies. Subsidies keep retail fuel prices artificially …

  • Which Move Will Crude Make Next? MrTopStep.com - Thu, Oct 30, 2014 9:54 AM EDT

    In the early trade this week, crude oil (CLZ14:NYM) saw a fresh multi-month low as it traded just below $79.50, finding a low at $79.44; Today, I will be presenting two possible ways to trade this market – one from a bullish view, and the other from a bearish view – using the flexibility that Nadex binary options provide. …

  • Political uncertainty worries Zambia investors @ Financial Times - Thu, Oct 30, 2014 9:05 AM EDT

    When Michael Sata won Zambia's elections three years ago, the country's currency slumped to a one-year low against the dollar as investors feared a veteran politician not averse to lashing business with ...

  • Shell taps ex-BofA banker to be new chairman @ Financial Times - Thu, Oct 30, 2014 3:41 AM EDT

    Royal Dutch Shell has named former Bank of America chairman Chad Holliday as its new chairman, replacing Jorma Ollila, who will step down in 2015 after nine years in the role. The oil company announced ...

  • Must-know: An investor’s guide to Reliance Steel’s 3Q results Market Realist - Wed, Oct 29, 2014 3:42 PM EDT

    Reliance Steel was established as a distributor of steel reinforcing bars in California. It was established in 1939. The company grew organically and through a focused acquisition strategy.

  • Opec expects fall in US shale output @ Financial Times - Wed, Oct 29, 2014 2:13 PM EDT

    Opec expects a sharp reduction in higher cost production such as US shale if the price of crude oil remains around $85 a barrel. Taking a different view to US industry executives and analysts, Abdalla ...

  • Chinaoil on buying spree as oil price drops @ Financial Times - Wed, Oct 29, 2014 11:45 AM EDT

    The trading arm of China National Petroleum Corporation has been on a huge buying spree over the past month, snapping up millions of barrels of Middle East crude as global oil prices slumped to the lowest ...

  • Crude Oil Price Rises on Falling Gasoline Inventories @ 24/7 Wall St. - Wed, Oct 29, 2014 11:15 AM EDT

    The latest EIA weekly petroleum status report said U.S. commercial crude inventories increased by 2.1 million barrels last week.

  • With the Federal Reserve on tap today, stocks look set for a quiet open. S&P 500 futures have dipped 0.1%, while Dow Jones Industrial Average futures have ticked up 0.1%. Nasdaq Composite futures have. ...

  • Brent Makes Modest Gains, Fed Outcome Awaited Benzinga - Wed, Oct 29, 2014 8:39 AM EDT

    Brent crude oil was steady above $86 on Wednesday morning as investors awaited the results of the Federal Reserve’s two-day policy meeting. The commodity traded at $86.47 at 7:45 GMT with the bank set ...

  • Gold-mining stocks look cheap, but investors should move in with care.

  • Plunging oil prices hit Total profits @ Financial Times - Wed, Oct 29, 2014 5:47 AM EDT

    Total has warned that sharply falling oil prices have strengthened the case for cost cutting as the group on Wednesday reported a fall in third-quarter profits. Patrick Pouyanné, the former head of refining ...

  • The Good News From Australia's Mining Gloom @ Barrons.com - Wed, Oct 29, 2014 4:29 AM EDT

    Browsing recent headlines emblazoned across the business pages of Australia’s newspapers would leave the distinct impression that the run of good fortune in the Lucky Country is set to come to a shuddering halt. “Goldman Sachs: The worst is yet to come,” trumpeted The Sydney Morning Herald, as the newspaper telegraphed …

  • Zambian President Michael Sata dies @ Financial Times - Wed, Oct 29, 2014 3:38 AM EDT

    Michael Sata, Zambia's populist president, has died at hospital in London following months of rumours and speculation about his health. The 77-year-old, who was known for his fiery rhetoric and had earned ...

  • 4 sectors to buy on crude oil's slide: Pro CNBC - Tue, Oct 28, 2014 6:44 PM EDT

    Lower crude oil prices are positive for everyone, especially four sectors, Bespoke Investment Group's Paul Hickey says.

  • Why last week’s natural gas rig count gives producers hope Market Realist - Tue, Oct 28, 2014 6:36 PM EDT

    The U.S. natural gas rig count was up by four rigs, from 328 to 332, during the week ended October 24.

  • Rich Ross named president of Discovery Channel @ Los Angeles Times - Tue, Oct 28, 2014 5:37 PM EDT

    Discovery Communications has tapped veteran programming executive Rich Ross to run its flagship network.

  • Why coal stocked with utilities is important Market Realist - Tue, Oct 28, 2014 5:00 PM EDT

    Coal-fired power plants require a continuous coal supply to produce electricity. To avoid disruptions in power production, power producers need to stock coal.

  • Identifying natural gas price drivers for the next few months Market Realist - Tue, Oct 28, 2014 5:00 PM EDT

    Despite the warmer weather forecasts, According to the EIA’s "Short-Term Energy Outlook" report, residential gas prices will be 6% higher than last winter’s prices.

  • Energy groups left bruised as falling oil prices bite into profits @ Financial Times - Tue, Oct 28, 2014 3:07 PM EDT

    Tumbling oil prices have hit the earnings of two big London-listed energy companies, in one of the first tangible signs of how the oil supply glut is reverberating across the global economy. FTSE 100 oil ...

  • 18 miners trapped in coal mine accident in Turkey Associated Press - Tue, Oct 28, 2014 12:13 PM EDT
    Rescue workers use pipes to pump water out of the mine after underground waters flooded a section of a coal mine in the town of Ermenek, some 500 kilometers (300 miles) south of Ankara, close to Turkey’s Mediterranean coast, Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014. At least 18 workers were trapped inside, officials and reports said _ an event likely to raise even more concerns about the nation’s poor workplace safety standards. In May, a fire inside a coal mine in the western town of Soma killed 301 miners in Turkey’s worst mining disaster. The fire exposed poor safety standards and superficial government inspections in many of the country's mines.(AP Photo/IHA) TURKEY OUT

    ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Surging water trapped at least 18 workers Tuesday in a coal mine in Turkey, officials and reports said — an event likely to raise even more concerns about the nation's poor workplace safety standards.

  • Rousseff's re-election triggers Brazil market turmoil @ Financial Times - Tue, Oct 28, 2014 11:14 AM EDT

    Just 10 minutes after Brazil's last state finished voting on Sunday night, more than 95 per cent of the country's near-150m votes had already been counted. It was universally accepted that President Dilma ...

  • Gas at $3 carries rewards—and risks The Wall Street Journal - Tue, Oct 28, 2014 10:29 AM EDT

    Gasoline prices have dropped below $3 a gallon at most U.S. gas stations, delivering a welcome lift to American consumers and retailers heading into the holidays. But the related oil-price drop has a thorny ...

  • Chinese coffee attracts Swiss trader interest @ Financial Times - Tue, Oct 28, 2014 10:03 AM EDT

    High quality coffee exports from China are set to receive a boost as Volcafe, a leading international coffee trader, is to launch a procurement and processing joint venture in the southern province of ...

  • Key insight: Why natural gas prices remain bearish Market Realist - Tue, Oct 28, 2014 9:00 AM EDT

    Natural gas prices started the week by falling ~2.4% to $3.67 MMBtu (million British thermal units) on Monday. This was the lowest close in 11 months.

  • Caution Urged For Those Seeking Gold Bargains @ Barrons.com - Tue, Oct 28, 2014 4:34 AM EDT

    Once dismissed as a “barbarous relic” by John Maynard Keynes, gold has been on the receiving end of some market barbarity in recent months. The gold price has fallen nearly 11 per cent from its March high of US$1,379 an ounce as expectations of gathering momentum in the US economic recovery and, more importantly, further …

  • Shell seeks Arctic lease extension after drilling delays @ Financial Times - Tue, Oct 28, 2014 1:56 AM EDT

    Royal Dutch Shell has asked the US government for a five-year extension to its drilling leases in the Arctic waters north of Alaska, in an attempt to sustain an oil exploration programme that has already ...

  • S&P: Why Cheaper Oil Doesn't Affect Asian Oil & Gas @ Barrons.com - Mon, Oct 27, 2014 11:20 PM EDT

    Standard & Poor's Ratings Services capitulated along with the Wall Street banks and lowered its Brent crude oil price forecasts to $85 per barrel this year and $90 per barrel next year and beyond. Malaysia's Petroliam Nasional Bhd. (Petronas),Japan's INPEX Corp. (1605.TO), Thailand's PTT Exploration and Production Public …

  • Oil price fall changes Mexican budget calculations @ Financial Times - Mon, Oct 27, 2014 10:29 PM EDT

    Mexico is poised to redraft part of next year's federal budget after a steep fall in oil prices upended the country's revenue assumptions. The third-largest oil producer in the Americas, Mexico is highly ...

  • WSJ: Lower Oil Prices? No Problem, China Is Buying @ Barrons.com - Mon, Oct 27, 2014 9:00 PM EDT

    Oil prices fell again, as investment banks from Goldman Sachs to Bank of America Merrill Lynch lower their forecast. China is often blamed for the slumping oil prices, but the Middle Kingdom is opportunistically buying to shore up its strategic reserve. The Wall Street Journal's Eric Yep reported: The trading unit of …

  • LME taps China investors' metals interest @ Financial Times - Mon, Oct 27, 2014 7:09 PM EDT

    It is a tradition at the London Metal Exchange's annual black tie dinner in the ballroom of the Grosvenor House Hotel to bet on the length of the speech. At 28 minutes this year's not only surprised to ...

  • Analyzing the EIA’s natural gas inventory report and forecast Market Realist - Mon, Oct 27, 2014 6:56 PM EDT

    On October 23, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (or EIA) reported a 94 billion cubic feet (or bcf) natural gas inventory build for the week ending October 17.

  • Natural gas inventories: Crucial data for energy investors Market Realist - Mon, Oct 27, 2014 2:56 PM EDT

    The U.S. Energy Information Administration (or EIA) reports natural gas inventory figures every week. Natural gas is an important fuel worldwide. Its uses span from power generation to plastics.

  • Floating gas terminal anchored in Lithuania Associated Press - Mon, Oct 27, 2014 2:44 PM EDT
    People take photographs as "Independence", a Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) storage vessel is maneuvered by tugboats through the sea gate port of Klaipeda, Lithuania, Monday, Oct. 27, 2014. The floating natural gas terminal arrived in the Lithuanian port of Klaipeda, in a move by the Baltic country to further reduce its reliance on energy supplies from Russia. (AP Photo/Kestutis Vanagas)

    TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — A giant floating natural gas terminal arrived Monday in the Lithuanian port of Klaipeda as the Baltic country tries to further reduce its reliance on energy supplies from Russia.

  • Strike action by miners boosts copper @ Financial Times - Mon, Oct 27, 2014 2:23 PM EDT

    Copper moved higher on Monday as reports of strikes at two big mines added to concerns about tight supplies of the red metal. Copper for delivery in three months on the London Metal Exchange firmed 0.7 ...

  • Brazil Elections a Mixed Bag for Commodities 24/7 Wall St. - Mon, Oct 27, 2014 12:30 PM EDT

    The outcome of the elections in Brazil are tamping down commodity prices in a serious way.

  • BHP puts shale assets up for sale as it scales back US drilling @ Financial Times - Mon, Oct 27, 2014 12:27 PM EDT

    BHP Billiton has put part of its US shale interests up for sale while insisting that the remainder of its American fracking assets can emerge as a significant cash cow for the global mining and energy ...

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