Mineweb Top Stories: U.S. Mint gold, silver bullion coin sales rebound from February doldrums

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TOP STORIES | Monday , 19 Mar 2012                                                     

U.S. Mint gold, silver bullion coin sales rebound from February doldrums

While this year's bullion coin sales may not match last year's all-time highs, bullion coin sales are once again building up steam.    Monday , 19 Mar 2012

Peru’s gold, silver production up 13.2%, 4.9%, respectively, in January

Peru's Mines Ministry reported decreases in almost all base metals and iron production in January 2012.    Monday , 19 Mar 2012

India gold market body blow - import duty doubled

In a severe measure likely to lower the appetite for gold in the world's biggest bullion consumer, the Indian government has doubled import duty, in a move that could make gold smuggling and black market an attractive proposition all over again.    Saturday , 17 Mar 2012

Canada seeing resurgence in copper, gold, silver mining: Jobin-Bevans

In this interview with The Gold Report, Scott Jobin-Bevans, PDAC President,covers a wide range of topics, from skilled labor shortages to the trials of mining in remote northern Canada.    Sunday , 18 Mar 2012

Teck to team up with China to boost zinc fertilizer use

An agreement between Teck and China's National Agricultural Technology Extension Service Center is aimed at improving crop production and human health in zinc-deficit soils on Chinese farms.    Monday , 19 Mar 2012

Cost overruns, write downs leave Kinross Gold priced for takeover

With the miner's stock having fallen by nearly half since September, bankers see it a target for bigger players who are always on the hunt for deposits to replenish their reserves.    Monday , 19 Mar 2012

Rusoro says Venezuela will likely nationalise its gold assets, shares fall 12%

Vancouver-based Rusoro Mining is preparing to seek international arbitration to obtain compensation for the assets it expects to be nationalised after a deadline to negotiate with the government lapsed.    Friday , 16 Mar 2012

Australia's resource-rich northwest region unscathed after cyclone

The Category 4 cyclone made its way past Australia's resource-rich north west at the weekend without causing any serious damage to major infrastructure and shipping operations have already resumed in the area.    Monday , 19 Mar 2012

Norilsk write-down rocks Rusal's net profit

The company posted a 92% fall in its net profit for 2011, hit by a write-down in the value of its stake in Norilsk Nickel as it grapples with a boardroom dispute between two Russian billionaires.    Monday , 19 Mar 2012

Zimbabwe orders foreign miners to use local banks - paper

The country's Mines Minister told the Sunday Mail paper that cabinet last week ordered foreign miners to deposit their export earnings with local banks.    Monday , 19 Mar 2012

Gold bulls turning bearish - well perhaps not really!

Some normally positive commentators see gold's bull run as being exhausted, apparently, yet then see it as due only a shower, not a bath, with longer term fundamentals still seen as intact.    Saturday , 17 Mar 2012

Marubeni Corp eyes stake in Roy Hill iron ore project

A source familiar with the matter says Japan's Marubeni Corp is looking to buy a 10% to 12.5% stake in the Roy Hill iron ore project in Australia, a JV between POSCO and Hancock Prospecting.    Friday , 16 Mar 2012

First Quantum Kansanshi mine dispute goes to court

Wage-related talks between First Quantum and labour unions at its Kansanshi mine have collapsed and will head to the industrial relations court next week, a union official said Friday.    Friday , 16 Mar 2012

Eurozone crisis not over but gold should not be following the Euro

The Eurozone crisis and its effects on global currencies and gold and silver is far from over. Gold has been following the Euro downwards, but it shouldn't be doing so.    Saturday , 17 Mar 2012

Weekend's Top Story: Is gold now the contrarian play?

The $100 fall in gold prices at the end of February rattled many investors but, are we now moving too quickly to the other side of the investment spectrum?    Friday , 16 Mar 2012

PODCASTS / RADIO                                                     

David Garofalo on M&A in the Canadian mining sector

The President and CEO of Hudbay Minerals comments on the Canadian mining sector M&A scene, leveraged buyouts and asset spin-offs.

Ecuador starting a new mining era - Santiago Yepez

President of the Ecuadorian CoM talks about the signing of the first mining exploitation contract with Chinese-backed EcuaCorriente and efforts by government to improve the tax regimen for foreign miners.

Gold and silver provide an anchor of value - Michael Cuggino

Fund portfolio manager Michael Cuggino sees commodities continuing to trend upwards with demand growing faster than supply, with gold, and to a lesser extent silver, providing an alternative to paper currencies.

Patricia Mohr on metals demand and the impact of potentially rising oil prices

U.S. economic growth, China's social housing programme, Eurozone difficulties and oil prices all likely to impact metals demand in 2012.

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