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With a mighty $61bn bound, Glencore gets set to enter the FTSE 100

The secretive Swiss commodities trader will come under close scrutiny as it floats with up to 1.25 billion shares this month

Commodities promise an interesting ride for investors

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Commodities fall as Goldman calls time on the bull run

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EDF hit by 74 per cent profits drop

The French energy giant EDF yesterday blamed a 74 per cent drop in annual profits on gas and electricity markets still depressed by the economic slowdown.

EDF hikes gas and electricity prices

EDF Energy has become the last of the big six suppliers to announce a tariff rise as it called an end to its winter price freeze on 2 March. Standard tariffs for electricity bills will rise by an average 7.5 per cent, and gas bills will increase by an average of 6.5 per cent.

BP hit by UK safety order and alleged US market fixing

BP was defending itself on multiple fronts yesterday after the UK health and safety watchdog ordered it to fix safety lapses on some North Sea rigs while American regulators mulled charges over alleged manipulations of the gas market.

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