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China continues to show off its influence over the London market as some of the big miners took a heavy dent on the first day when most trading desks were full after the festive celebrations.

Nationalisation of industry fears 'harming South Africa'

Persistent fears that South Africa could order a forced nationalisation of its huge mining industry are jeopardising vast amounts of potential investment in the country, the ratings agencies Fitch and Standard & Poor's have separately warned.

Nationalisation of South African mining 'still a threat'

Persistent fears that South Africa could order a forced nationalisation of its huge mining industry are jeopardising vast amounts of potential investment in the country, the ratings agencies Fitch and Standard & Poor's have separately warned.

Profits show Compass is pointing in right direction

Supplying healthy US hospital food, Disney's staff canteen, the Mammoth Mountain ski resort in California and miners canteens in Australia all helped Compass post a strong 7.7 per cent rise in first-half profits yesterday.

Skiers and miners lift Compass profits

Supplying healthy US hospital food, Disney’s staff canteen, the Mammoth Mountain ski resort in California and miners canteens in Australia all helped Compass post a strong 7.7 per cent rise in first-half profits today.

The Business Matrix: Wednesday 18 April 2012

India cuts rate to boost growth

'Greenest ever' Olympics claims dismissed as corporate spin

Lord Coe’s claim that London 2012 will be the greenest ever Olympic Games is “corporate spin” say human rights groups, who today launch a campaign to highlight the environmental record of three multinational sponsors.

Investment View: Rio or BHP could be the best betsfor a long-haul punt on mining

There are no two ways about it: the big four FTSE 100-listed diversified mining groups had a cracking start to the year. In the first two months of 2012, Rio Tinto and Xstrata's shares both jumped by nearly a third, while BHP Billiton and Anglo American turned in a relatively poor performance, up by a mere fifth.

Stefan Stern: Boardroom shame – and about time too

"Cameron calls for bank bonus truce" ran the Financial Times headline on Saturday. To some this truce will look more like a white flag. It is a curious moment to relax the pressure on financiers just when some appear to be acknowledging that things have got out of hand. First among equals, in this regard, is the Royal Bank of Scotland chief executive, Stephen Hester.

The great bonus clawback

Rio Tinto bosses became the latest to forgo millions in bonuses yesterday as pressure over payouts moves beyond bankers

Investors resist Glencore-Xstrata merger

A multibillion-pound tie-up set to create the world's fourth largest natural resources firm met instant criticism today as two major UK investors said they would vote against the move.

Mining giants Glencore and Xstrata agree $90bn merger deal

Mining heavyweights Glencore and Xstrata have unveiled a deal to create the world's fourth largest natural resources firm worth 90 billion US dollars (£57 billion).

Mark Leftly: Rio Tinto grabs a slice of Canada's uranium riches

Now it just needs to make sure it keeps hold of it

Rio Tinto ups bid for Hathor to trump offer from Cameco

The jousting match for Canadian uranium producer, Hathor Exploration, intensified yesterday as the white knight Rio Tinto trumped an unsolicited offer from its rival suitor Cameco for a second time.

Polymetal looks to raise up to £518m

The Russian precious metals miner Polymetal has increased the amount it hopes to raise with its London stock market listing this year, seeking up to £518m as it eyes a place in the FTSE 100.

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