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  • You can't have solar without silver @ USA TODAY - 1 hour 8 minutes ago

    Solar energy wouldn't work the same way if it wasn't for silver.

  • Shell seeks fresh Arctic drilling permits @ Financial Times - 12 hours ago

    Royal Dutch Shell, the oil group, has asked the US government for permission to drill in the Arctic off the coast of Alaska, keeping open the possibility that it could resume its troubled campaign there ...

  • Copper production increased by a modest 2% year-over-year (or YoY) to 1.7 million tons. Record mining rates were achieved at Olympic Dam—increasing by 11% YoY. The company predicts that copper production ...

  • Coffee prices are now pushing $2 a pound. Starbucks (NASDAQ: SBUX ) has more exposure to milk prices than coffee, so that morning latte won’t be getting more expensive. However, that doesn’t make coffee’s ...

  • Argentina, Malaysia in deal to develop oil field Associated Press - 15 hours ago

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — State-run Argentine oil company YPF SA said Thursday it has reached a deal with Malaysia's Petronas to develop what is believed to be massive deposits of shale oil and gas in the vast Vaca Muerta formation in Patagonia.

  • Despite their reliability, pipelines still lead to an unacceptable rate of safety mishaps. They corrode and rupture, which threatens workers and nearby communities.

  • Enjoying your morning cup of coffee? Coffee futures fell after rising Wednesday to a three-month high as dry weather in Central America reignited worries over what is already expect to be a tight supplies of bean this year. Arabica coffee for December – the most actively traded coffee contract on the ICE Futures U.S. …

  • Afren has suspended two more executives as part of an investigation at the Nigeria-focused oil explorer that has led to its chief executive and chief operating officer being removed from office last month. ...

  • Stocks slip as Ukraine tensions build @ Financial Times - 19 hours ago

    Thursday 15:40 BST. Stocks are sliding and bolt-holes such as Bunds and gold are rising after Kiev said the Russian military had "invaded" Ukraine. The claims from Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko ...

  • PetroChina behind Sinopec in China's shale gas race @ Financial Times - 19 hours ago

    Chinese oil company PetroChina vowed to catch up with its arch-rival Sinopec in shale gas production next year, as the two race to meet a government mandate to increase output of the fuel that has revolutionised ...

  • Newbuild VLCCs (very large crude carriers) remained consistent or dipped marginally in July 2014, according to data from R.S. Platou—a leading international ship and offshore broking company.

  • Another asset class that is proving vulnerable to rising rates is commodities. The prospect for tighter monetary conditions is driving the dollar higher and putting downward pressure on many commodities....

  • Nathan Tinkler's coal-mining comeback crumbles @ Financial Times - Thu, Aug 28, 2014 5:51 AM EDT

    Nathan Tinkler's hopes for a comeback in the coal industry have been dealt a serious blow by the collapse of the Australian entrepreneur's deal with Peabody to buy the US coal producer's Wilkie Creek coal ...

  • All this ping pong table needs to throw a rave is a strobe light @ Engadget - Thu, Aug 28, 2014 5:03 AM EDT

    Your souped-up table tennis setup for Saturday night beer pong sessions would tremble in shame in the presence of Stiga's new Studio table if it could. This is one fancy table, you see, with its own 2,800W ...

  • 'Crop tourists' predict record harvests @ Financial Times - Thu, Aug 28, 2014 4:15 AM EDT

    Every August, travellers with a high tolerance for monotony flock to the two-lane highways of the rural US Midwest. Tracing 1,000-mile routes across corn and soyabean fields, these participants in annual ...

  • China issues crude import license to non-state firm @ Financial Times - Thu, Aug 28, 2014 3:54 AM EDT

    China has issued a crude import licence to a non-state-owned company after months of expectations, in a grudging first step towards opening its state-dominated oil sector to competition. Guanghui Energy, ...

  • Labor Day gas prices cheapest since 2010 @ USA TODAY - Wed, Aug 27, 2014 6:35 PM EDT

    Regular gasoline will average $3.41 a gallon -- 18 cents less than a year ago

  • Copper Prices Dim on Uncertain Demand @ Barrons.com - Wed, Aug 27, 2014 5:14 PM EDT

    Copper futures ended lower Wednesday as uncertainty about demand from China and the U.S. The WSJ reports: Copper prices lost 4.4% during the first three weeks of August, tumbling to a two-month low as a slew of disappointing economic data from China stoked worries about future demand for the metal. China accounts for …

  • Locals tap oil majors' Niger delta retreat @ Financial Times - Wed, Aug 27, 2014 1:57 PM EDT

    Royal Dutch Shell's planned sale of some of its Nigerian oilfields to domestic buyers for $5bn highlights the rising importance of Nigeria's indigenous oil companies - one of the fastest-growing segments ...

  • Must-know: The long-awaited split Market Realist - Wed, Aug 27, 2014 1:00 PM EDT

    The new company (or NewCo) will be an Australian incorporated company. It will be listed on the Australian Securities Exchange (or ASX). It will also have a secondary listing on the Johannesburg Stock ...

  • Iron ore tumbles to two-year low @ Financial Times - Wed, Aug 27, 2014 12:39 PM EDT

    Iron ore fell for the eighth day in a row on Wednesday, tumbling to a fresh two-year low. Benchmark Australian ore, with a 62 per cent iron content, dropped 70 cents to $88.20 a tonne, according to The ...

  • J Sainsbury falls on market share concern @ Financial Times - Wed, Aug 27, 2014 12:23 PM EDT

    On London Michael Hunter , A broker downgrade in the utility sector and further signs of the impact of discount grocers on the UK's main supermarket chains stood out on Wednesday, as the FTSE 100 held ...

  • Weak rouble aids Russian metals groups Rusal and Evraz @ Financial Times - Wed, Aug 27, 2014 12:19 PM EDT

    Russia's largest aluminium and steel companies reported their first profits in more than a year on Wednesday as a weak rouble, higher prices and tough cost-cutting measures helped the country's metals ...

  • Shale oil and gas producers' finances lift growth hopes @ Financial Times - Wed, Aug 27, 2014 12:19 PM EDT

    The independent oil and gas companies at the forefront of the US shale revolution have substantially improved their financial position - boosting confidence that the rapid growth in production can continue. ...

  • Shell-led group close to selling Nigeria oilfields for $5bn @ Financial Times - Wed, Aug 27, 2014 11:48 AM EDT

    A Royal Dutch Shell-led consortium is close to selling several Nigerian oilfields for about $5bn to domestic buyers, as foreign companies retreat from sub-Saharan Africa's oldest oil industry. The price ...

  • Price Reaction Muted on Crude Oil Inventory Decline @ 24/7 Wall St. - Wed, Aug 27, 2014 11:10 AM EDT

    The U.S. Energy Information Administration released its most recent weekly petroleum status report on Wednesday morning.

  • Newmont Mining: With Overhang Removed, Will Shares Head Higher? @ Barrons.com - Wed, Aug 27, 2014 10:34 AM EDT

    Yesterday, Newmont Mining (NEM) withdrew its arbitration claim against Indonesia. Sterne Agee's Michael Dudas and Satyadeep Jain are encouraged by the news: Newmont has withdrawn international arbitration ...

  • Morgan Stanley Sees Recent Coal Stock Rally As Overdone Benzinga - Wed, Aug 27, 2014 9:40 AM EDT

    In a note released Wednesday, analyst Wee-Kiat Tan from Morgan Stanley thinks the recent rally in coal stock share prices is overdone, especially given the weak outlook. According Tan, there were several ...

  • Confusion fuelled by India coal ruling @ Financial Times - Tue, Aug 26, 2014 11:24 PM EDT

    "Coal is king and paramount lord of industry," wrote India's Supreme Court this week. Few in the country's fuel-starved industrial economy would disagree - hence the dismay that followed when ...

  • Nespresso smells opportunity in helping small coffee growers @ Financial Times - Tue, Aug 26, 2014 7:28 PM EDT

    , The chief executive of Nespresso has high hopes for coffee from South Sudan, part of the area in east Africa from where the bean originates. The farmers in the African nation are several years away from ...

  • BHP’s FY14 results were broadly in-line with market expectations Market Realist - Tue, Aug 26, 2014 6:34 PM EDT

    BHP Billiton's (BHP) results were broadly in-line with market expectations. BHP's underlying net profit after tax (or NPAT) of $13.45 billion is in-line with the $13.6 billion consensus expectation. It's ...

  • US slaps duties on Mexican sugar imports @ Financial Times - Tue, Aug 26, 2014 5:19 PM EDT

    Washington plans to slap duties on $1bn in sugar imports from Mexico, taking the side of its powerful domestic sweetener industry in a cross-border trade spat. Imports into the US would face countervailing ...

  • Tim Hortons’ Canadian Fans Leery of American Hookup Bloomberg - Tue, Aug 26, 2014 3:29 PM EDT

    "I don't like the idea of an American company buying a Canadian company -- it's our brand," Crosgrey, 60, said as she sipped a Tim Hortons coffee with three creams at a food court in downtown Toronto. Burger King may screw it up."

  • Must-know: An overview of BHP’s FY14 earnings Market Realist - Tue, Aug 26, 2014 2:33 PM EDT

    BHP's work is organized into five business units—petroleum and potash, copper, iron ore, coal and aluminium, and manganese and nickel. It's headquartered in Melbourne, Australia. BHP operates through 100 ...

  • Indian coal: Captive king @ Financial Times - Tue, Aug 26, 2014 12:51 PM EDT

    "Coal is king . . . is an old saying in the industrial world," according to India's Supreme Court. This was the awkward opening to its ruling, pronounced on Monday, that the Indian state had ...

  • India's Coal Freeze Could Boost Import Demand @ Barrons.com - Tue, Aug 26, 2014 12:44 PM EDT

    With years of India coal mining licenses declared illegal, there is  an opportunity for international investors. Demand for imports could benefit companies like Singapore's Noble Group (NOBGF). While there is uncertainty over just how much coal India will need to import,Abheek Bhattacharya in The Wall Street Journal writes: …

  • Grain prices slide to cut US farm incomes @ Financial Times - Tue, Aug 26, 2014 12:25 PM EDT

    A slide in grain prices will cut US farm income sharply from last year's record levels, official projections show, signalling an end to boom times in the grain belt. Net farm income in the US will total ...

  • India Slumps On Supreme Court Ruling: Oversold? @ Barrons.com - Tue, Aug 26, 2014 5:47 AM EDT

    Indian coal, mining and bank stocks fell for a second day after India's Supreme Court ruled the coal-mining licenses issued between 1993 and 2010 were illegal. Jindal Steel (532286-BOM) dropped 7.1% in addition to yesterday's 14% slump. Tata Power (500400-BOM) dipped 6.8% in two days. Yes Bank (532648-BOM) fell another …

  • India Slumps On Supreme Court Coal Ruling: Oversold? @ Barrons.com - Tue, Aug 26, 2014 5:32 AM EDT

    Indian coal, mining and bank stocks fell for a second day after India's Supreme Court ruled the coal-mining licenses issued between 1993 and 2010 were illegal. Jindal Steel (532286-BOM) dropped 7.1% in addition to yesterday's 14% slump. Tata Power (500400-BOM) dipped 6.8% in two days. Yes Bank (532648-BOM) fell another …

  • Peru to become world's second-largest copper producer @ Financial Times - Mon, Aug 25, 2014 6:08 PM EDT

    Peru is set to become the world's second-largest copper miner, behind neighbouring Chile, thanks to a $20bn pipeline of Chinese mining projects, according to senior officials in Lima. Last month's $7bn ...

  • Why the Baupost Group establishes new position in Kosmos Energy Market Realist - Mon, Aug 25, 2014 5:00 PM EDT

    The Baupost Group added a position in Kosmos Energy (KOS) that accounted for 0.87% of the fund's total second quarter portfolio. Kosmos Energy is a leading independent oil and gas exploration and production ...

  • Why natural gas inventories are so important to energy investors Market Realist - Mon, Aug 25, 2014 2:48 PM EDT

    From the beginning of 2014, natural gas prices have averaged $4.48 per MMBtu. This is ~16% higher than the current levels near $3.85 per MMBtu.

  • Copper on the Rise @ Barrons.com - Mon, Aug 25, 2014 1:16 PM EDT

    Over the weekend, WSJ reporter Ira Iosebashvili wrote that copper prices are set to roar on optimism from metals and mining trader Glencore (GLNCY). The article can be found here, but let us share a few tidbits we pulled.  Copper enjoyed a nice little bump last week rising, 3.3%, but prices are still down 7% for the year …

  • For anyone planning to drive over the Labor Day weekend, the gasoline price news is good. GasBuddy.com chief oil analyst, Tom Kloza spoke with Benzinga last week and said, "Generally, I see gas prices ...

  • India's Supreme Court declares more than 200 coal mining licences illegal @ Financial Times - Mon, Aug 25, 2014 12:36 PM EDT

    More than 200 coal mining licences awarded to private industrial groups have been declared illegal by India's Supreme Court. The ruling on Monday plunged the country's battered resources sector into fresh ...

  • Overview: An investor’s guide to the aluminum industry Market Realist - Mon, Aug 25, 2014 10:52 AM EDT

    Aluminum is the most abundant metal found in the earth’s crust. It's soft, lightweight, and durable in nature. Its low density and resistance to corrosion make it a very important metal that a lot of industries ...

  • Must-know: Why natural gas inventories pushed prices lower Market Realist - Mon, Aug 25, 2014 10:47 AM EDT

    Natural gas has been on a downward trend over the last couple of months. The supply of gas through the shale- and fracking-driven boom has met with weak summer cooling demand.

  • Ebola virus piles pressure on west Africa iron ore miners @ Financial Times - Mon, Aug 25, 2014 8:22 AM EDT

    Already battling tough mining conditions and a price slump, a clutch of west Africa iron ore miners are being plunged further into difficulties by the outbreak of the Ebola virus in the region. The combined ...

  • Australians mine rich seam of interest in UK mining @ Financial Times - Mon, Aug 25, 2014 7:47 AM EDT

    Coal mining is poised for a mini-revival in the UK with Australian investors financing projects close to the border of England and Scotland. Melbourne-based New Age Exploration has been drilling test holes ...

  • Brent crude market and a comic opera @ Financial Times - Sun, Aug 24, 2014 6:01 PM EDT

    From Prof John V Orth. Sir, Reading Dan McCrum's report ("Russia helps lower food prices", August 21) that the Brent crude market is in contango got me singing, not because I had made a fancy ...

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