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    1. March 25, 2015

      Thermal coal retreats on fears over Japanese deal

      Australian thermal coal prices — the benchmark for the giant Asian market — have surrendered recent gains as traders fret...

    2. March 25, 2015

      Fortescue: fixer upper

      When planning a little industry collusion, the way to go about it is not to suggest it in public. On Wednesday,...

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    1. March 20, 2015

      Castleton hires Sellars for metals push

      Energy trader Castleton Commodities International is expanding into industrial metals, hiring a former head of metals at...

    2. March 19, 2015

      Oil trader Vitol’s profits rebound to $1.35bn

      Vitol, the world’s biggest independent oil trader, saw a sharp recovery in profits in 2014, aided by more favourable market...

    3. March 18, 2015

      Noble braced for next critique by mysterious research firm

      The past month has been anything but business as usual for Yusuf Alireza, chief executive of Noble Group. Since Iceberg...

    4. March 17, 2015

      BHP unwinds Billiton merger with South32 spin-off plan

      BHP Billiton chief Andrew Mackenzie on Tuesday hailed the “perfect timing” to create a company “unparalleled in the...

    5. March 16, 2015

      Holcim-Lafarge like other megamergers with huge hidden obstacles

      Last April, cement companies Holcim and Lafarge faithfully promised their investors that the deal they had just announced...

    6. March 16, 2015

      Trafigura chief financial officer Pierre Lorinet to step down

      Trafigura, one of the world’s biggest commodities trading houses, will have a new chief financial officer later this year...

    7. March 15, 2015

      X2’s Davis ready to re-enter the fray with $5.6bn war chest

      Mick Davis, the South African who built Xstrata into one of the most successful companies of the last mining boom, is ready...

    8. March 15, 2015

      Barrick Gold eyes sale of key Chilean copper mine

      Barrick Gold is eyeing the sale of one of its “crown jewels”, a Chilean copper mine, as the Canadian miner tries to meet an...

    9. March 10, 2015

      Copper fate hinges on Chinese demand

      Copper prices have rebounded from five-year lows hit in January, giving a glimmer of hope that the end of Chinese new year...

    10. March 5, 2015

      Noble vows greater transparency in defence of accounting methods

      Noble Group, Asia’s biggest commodities trader by sales, has promised greater transparency as it mounted a robust defence of...

    11. March 5, 2015

      Glencore’s thermal coal output cut set to warm market

      It is a measure of the distress in the thermal coal market that one of its lowest cost producers — the Swiss resources group...

    12. March 5, 2015

      Mick Davis builds X2 war chest up to $5.6bn

      Mick Davis has raised up to $5.6bn for the private equity vehicle that is intended to bring the former Xstrata chief...

    13. March 4, 2015

      Time in the sun for Glencore’s agribusiness

      It was agriculture’s time in the sun at Glencore on Tuesday after the trading house revealed earnings at its grain and...

    14. March 3, 2015

      Glencore: trading places

      How does this sound: a commodity company that can make money whatever commodity prices do. Such is the allure of Glencore,...

    15. March 3, 2015

      Glencore’s Glasenberg forecasts ‘blowout’ year for oil trading

      The oil trading operations of Glencore could “blow out the lights” with a strong performance if market trends continue this...

    16. March 2, 2015

      LME aims to limit warehouse payments

      The London Metal Exchange has tightened rules for owners of warehouses that store its metal, including Glencore and...

    17. March 2, 2015

      ECB meeting and US jobs define week ahead

      The end of earnings season will not provide a respite for equity investors and broader markets. Expect a busy week, with key...

    18. February 27, 2015

      Rio cost-cutting move points to possible sale of coal assets

      Rio Tinto has broken up its energy division in a cost-cutting move that analysts predicted could lead to a sale of its...

    19. February 16, 2015

      Oil traders celebrate market rout

      For some the lavish party thrown by Socar, the state oil company of Azerbaijan, during International Petroleum Week, was a...

    20. February 11, 2015

      Lonmin was never a good fit for Ivan

      There was a time when Glencore took a close interest in Lonmin. Remarkably, it was less than 18 months ago that the...

    21. February 11, 2015

      Glencore to divest 24% stake in Lonmin

      Glencore has decided to spin off its stake in Lonmin, the troubled South African platinum producer, in a move that could...

    22. February 6, 2015

      Oil producers seek liquidity from prepayment deals

      When the US government slapped sanctions on Rosneft in the summer, restricting its access to long-term US dollar financing,...

    23. February 3, 2015

      ADM sells stake in Brazilian export terminal to Glencore

      Archer Daniels Midland is forming a joint venture with the commodities trading house Glencore to quadruple the amount of...

    24. February 2, 2015

      Rise and fall of a commodities powerhouse

      Phibro is to be dismantled, ending a 114-year-long run for a former giant of the commodities markets that started in a...

    25. February 1, 2015

      Genel to part with founding CFO

      Genel, the energy group led by former BP chief Tony Hayward, is to part ways with one of its founders at a time when falling...

    26. January 30, 2015

      Miners look to another round of spending cuts

      For the past couple of years the mining industry has been on an efficiency drive, slashing thousands of jobs and putting...

    27. January 28, 2015

      Glencore considers cuts at South Africa coal unit Optimum

      Glencore is considering a partial shutdown of a coal unit in South Africa in what would be the most decisive response so far...

    28. January 26, 2015

      Zambia’s copper belt reels as price falls

      The legacy of copper mining on Kitwe, a small but bustling city in the heart of Zambia’s Copperbelt province, is...

    29. January 23, 2015

      Glencore falls after downgrade

      A revival of balance sheet worries meant Glencore led London’s blue-chip fallers on Friday. The metals trader lost 5.8 per...

    30. January 23, 2015

      Thermal coal pick-up creates a stir

      A sudden burst of activity has set tongues wagging in the thermal coal market. Over the past week, someone has been paying...

    31. January 22, 2015

      Anglo American set to sell Australian coal mines to boost returns

      Anglo American is eyeing the sale of a cluster of coal assets in eastern Australia as the miner struggles to boost...

    32. January 20, 2015

      China funds become new force in global commodity trade

      China’s Shanghai Chaos investment fund is named after the pioneer of chaos theory Edward Norton Lorenz, who coined the term...

    33. January 19, 2015

      Rio raises iron ore shipments to 300m tonnes

      Rio Tinto raised its shipments of iron ore 17 per cent last year and expects a further surge in output during 2015, adding...

    34. January 14, 2015

      Copper slump heightens concern over state of mining sector

      Shares in global miners were pummelled on Wednesday after sharp falls in the price of copper exacerbated investor concerns...

    35. January 14, 2015

      Miners hit FTSE as copper prices slide

      Miners dominated the list of falling stocks on a retreating FTSE 100 on Wednesday as the rout on commodities markets took...

    36. January 14, 2015

      Copper slumps on Chinese selling

      Copper slumped to its lowest levels in five-and-a-half years on Wednesday, driven down by aggressive selling by Chinese...

    37. January 6, 2015

      Miners face challenge tapping copper opportunities

      The giant Chilean Escondida mine produces more copper than anywhere on earth. Some 1.2m tonnes emerge from the BHP...

    38. January 6, 2015

      Iron ore bounce likely to be shortlived

      Few in the iron ore industry will remember 2014 with any fondness. The steelmaking ingredient was the worst performing major...

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