Yahoo! News – Noranda enters buyout talks: “Toronto-based Noranda, 43 per cent owned by Canadian conglomerate Brascan, is the world’s third-biggest zinc producer and ninth-biggest copper producer. It also produces nickel and primary aluminium.

Increasing Chinese demand for commodities, lack of new metals supply and consolidation in the industry provided ‘an opportune environment to review our options’ to increase value for Brascan and Noranda shareholders, said Bruce Flatt, Brascan chief executive.

Brascan made clear two years ago that it wished to sell its stake in Noranda to focus on real estate, power generation and asset management. Brascan said yesterday it was ‘supportive’ of Noranda’s efforts to find a buyer. “

Yahoo! News – Commodities volumes show no sign of slowing: “The increase in commodities trading has coincided with a sharp rise in demand for raw materials due to the first synchronised global economic upturn since the 1980s and the emergence of China as a significant consumer.

The London Metal Exchange, the world’s largest non-ferrous metals exchange, reported an 11 per cent rise in futures and options trading in February from the same month last year. In the past week copper, aluminium, tin, lead and zinc have all broken long-term price highs. Last year, the LME reported its most active year in its 126-year history. “

Now here’s something I bet you didn’t know … did you know that an American Nickel isn’t made only of nickel? It isn’t even mostly nickel … Yahoo! News – U.S. Mint Rolls Out New Nickels: “Vending machines will be able to accept the new nickels because their composition ? 75 percent copper and 25 percent nickel ? and their size remains the same, Mint officials said”

As it turns out, the same is now true for the Canadian Nickel. It wasn’t always so, though.