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Minmetals resources, the state-backed Chinese metals trader, surprised the markets yesterday by tabling a $6.5bn (£4bn) bid for Equinox Minerals, the dual Canada and Australia-listed group which has been vying to take over Canada's Lundin Mining.

Commodities in turmoil on devastation in Japan

Global commodities markets were plunged into chaos yesterday as traders across the world struggled with the economic implications of the devastating Japanese earthquake and tsunami.

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Copper gallops to record high

Copper touched an all time high of $10,000 per tonne on Thursday, vaulting as investors piled in against the backdrop of supply shortages and strong demand.

Miners agree to special Chilean tax

A host of big-name mining firms have agreed to pay higher taxes to help fund reconstruction work in the wake of last year's devastating earthquake in Chile, the world's leading copper producer.

Commodities round off strong year

Gold and copper rose on the final day of what proved to be a stellar 12 months for both commodities.

Small Talk: Entrepreneurs eyegrowth but stay shy of emerging markets

The economic outlook might be uncertain, with a number of possible flashpoints – not least Europe's unrelenting sovereign debt woes – keeping policymakers up at night. But while this uncertainty might trigger caution among economic forecasters, it seems to have done little to dampen the mood among entrepreneurs.

Market Report: Appetite for acquisitions sends Compass higher

It was a busy day for Compass yesterday on the acquisitions front, as the catering company confirmed one deal while rumours flew that it was on the trail of another.

Small Talk: On the hunt for Botswana's new copper reserves

The FTSE 100 is awash with copper miners. Investors have their pick of the big diversified groups or more focused players such as Antofagasta and Kazakhmys, both of whose shares tend to move in tandem with the copper price.

Market Report: Antofagasta on a high note in copper crescendo

As the price of copper reached a record high yesterday, Antofagasta was propelled towards the top of the blue-chip index even as analysts disagreed over what the future holds for both the miner and the metal.

Market Report: Surge of copper miners led by Chilean operator

There was really only one game in town yesterday, as a surge in London's miners dominated the FTSE 100. Seven of the top 10 risers were in mining, as commodity prices stormed higher.

Miners gather for emotional return

Some of the rescued miners returned to the mine for a religious service at the place where they spent 69 days trapped underground yesterday.

Charles Glass: Do we stop caring after the miners are free?

The public took us to their hearts. But the underlying cause of our captivity, just like the real reason the mine caved in, was not mentioned. It is still not being dealt with

A nation united: There's more to Chile than a well-priced Pinot Noir

The fate of the miners trapped half a mile underground, and their government's remarkably competent efforts to pull them out alive, has united the people of Chile and reminded the rest of the world that there's an awful lot more to this Andean nation than military dictators and well-priced pinot noir.

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