Volume 96 Number 47 Jan 10 - 16, 2011

Rio offers A$3.9 billion for Riversdale

Vancouver – Rio Tinto (RIO-N, RIO-L) wants more coal: the major has offered A$3.9 billion for Riversdale Mining (RIV-A), an Australian coal company with one mine in operation, one in construction, and one primed for development.

Coalspur develops Vista project in Alberta

Four months after he was hired as managing director and chief executive of Coalspur Mines (cpt-t, cpl-a) Gene Wusaty was still working out of his home and a local coffee shop in Calgary and putting business expenses on his personal credit card.

NSGold to revive Nova Scotia gold camp

Newly listed NSGold (nsx-v) is determined to make a name for itself in the historic gold camps of Nova Scotia.The junior recently wrapped up a $750,000-exploration drilling campaign on the Mooseland gold project, 110 km by paved highway…

Technical Analysis: Platinum looks good

In this Technical Analysis Report we re-visit the Commitments of Traders (COT) report, supplied by the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission to see if any metals appear ready to make a significant move.

Shear rolls back shares, changes name

At the opening bell on Dec. 30, 2010, Shear Minerals began trading on a consolidated basis under the new name of Shear Diamonds (srm-v).At the company’s recent annual meeting, shareholders and the board of directors approved a 10-to-1 rollback…

Battle for Baffinland heats up

Revised offers in the dwindling hours of 2010 from both Nunavut Iron Ore Acquisition and global steel giant ArcelorMittal (mt-n) for junior Baffinland Iron Mines (bim-t) have grabbed the headlines in the first week of 2011. Nunavut Iron Ore,…

toronto stock exchange

Investors shrugged off the tendency to sell at the close of the year causing the TSX Composite index to rise from 13,231.49 points to 13,443.22 for the Dec. 20-31 period. Perhaps investors were emboldened by year-end figures on the Canadian…

TSX VENTURE EXCHANGE (January 10, 2011)

  The Dec. 20-31 holiday-filled period saw the S&P-TSX Venture composite index climb 153.52 points to close the year at 2,287.85.Daily trading volume was understandably down somewhat, averaging 120 million shares traded thanks in part…

U.S. MARKETS (January 10, 2011)

For the Dec. 20-31 report period, U.S markets were tepid. The S&P 500 closed 13.73 points higher at 1,257.64, marking its best December performance in 19 years. The Dow Jones was up 0.7% to 11,577.51, while Nasdaq closed up at…

Commodities enter 2011 on uptick

Despite all the geopolitical and economic jitters around the world, 2010 proved to be a sweet year for commodities investors.

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