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Barrick's Thornton Puts Shine Back in Gold With Randgold Bid

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Call it the shot heard ’round the gold industry.

As more than 1,100 gold mining executives, metals analysts and investors made their annual retreat to the mountains of Colorado, all anyone seemed to want to talk about was the deal that was announced just hours earlier. Mark Bristow, the outspoken chief executive officer of Randgold Resources Ltd. who helped arrange the merger with Barrick Gold Corp., didn’t seem surprised.