EUROPE MINOR METALS-Bismuth gains on China, tantalite eyed

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LONDON, Sept 25 (Reuters) - Minor metal bismuth gained over the last week, as a tightness in supplies boosted prices after a Chinese stockpiling drive, traders said. Used in pharmaceuticals, cosmetics and ammunition, bismuth prices were around $8.50/$9.50 a lb from $6.50/$7.50 on Aug. 28. Prices have fallen from levels above $16 a lb in March 2008. "There is talk of this stockpile, and now the Chinese are trying to say the situation is unchanged," said one trader. Bismuth prices in ...

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