HONG KONG, Dec 11- China shares sank to their lowest in more than a week early Wednesday, weighing on Hong Kong markets, as coal producers slid after the country's top economic planner said its use will be curbed to combat pollution.» Read More
LONDON, July 25- South Africa's platinum sector, already under pressure from rising costs, labour unrest and falling metal prices, is now facing a rival for investment flows-- a major new physical platinum fund with unprecedented levels of demand.
TORONTO, July 25- Teck Resources Ltd on Thursday reported a sharp drop in second-quarter earnings on lower copper and coal prices, and cut its capital spending plan through 2014, delaying new mining projects.
HUCKNALL, England, July 25- Britain's fledgling economic recovery is reaching at least some people in this former mining town in the country's Midlands. Three builders, enjoying a lunchtime round of beers, said they have a hefty backlog for the first time since the financial crisis plunged Britain into a deep recession five years ago.
July 25- Potash Corp of Saskatchewan, the world's biggest fertilizer producer, reported a lower-than-expected quarterly profit on Thursday and cut its outlook as prices of its crop nutrients fell. The decline in potash prices has prompted several major companies, including Vale SA and Mosaic Co, to delay plans for new or expanded mines.
TORONTO, July 25- Hundreds of small mineral exploration companies may have their stock delisted by Canada's TSX Venture Exchange in the coming months, choking off a development pipeline that has long supplied major miners with new projects.
*Copper hit one-month high at $7,119 on Wednesday. Copper is down more than 11 percent this year amid a slowdown in China, which accounts for 40 percent of global demand for refined copper.
SINGAPORE, July 25- London copper futures edged down on Thursday, after a five-day run-up that lifted prices to one-month highs, weighed by concerns a slowing Chinese economy may dent demand from the world's top consumer. *Copper is down nearly 12 percent this year amid a slowdown in China which accounts for 40 percent of global demand for refined copper.
July 24- Caterpillar Inc reported a 43.5 percent drop in quarterly profit and cut its outlook for the year on Wednesday, blaming steeper-than-expected inventory reductions by dealers and continued weak demand from the mining industry.
*Gold producers offer 5 pct wage increase. JOHANNESBURG, July 24- Bruising wage negotiations between South African goldminers and workers look to have stalled after unions declared an official wage dispute, which could bring more trouble for beleaguered bullion producers.
*Goldman Sachs appointed to find buyer-source. NEW DELHI/ LONDON, July 24- JSW Steel, India's third-largest steelmaker, has expressed interest in buying British steel trader Stemcor's Indian iron ore assets, joining at least three other interested parties, two sources at the companies said.
BOGOTA, July 24- Cemex Latam Holdings, the regional unit of Mexican cement company Cemex, which listed on Colombia's stock exchange last year, posted a second-quarter profit of $115 million on Wednesday, versus $26 million in the first quarter.
*Gerdau, CSN, Usiminas see better margins. Steel mills in Brazil are facing their worst crisis in years as their ability to stay competitive has been compromised by rising labor and raw materials costs, almost three years of sub-par economic growth and declining global prices that are making imported steel more attractive in Brazil.
*Coal prices could rise at loss of 1/ 3 of Colombia coal. Drummond, which has two mines and a port in Colombia, and the Sintramienergetica union, which represents about half of Drummond's roughly 10,000 workers, had been in negotiations for weeks over pay and upcoming job cuts among port workers.
SINGAPORE, July 24- London copper futures edged up to their highest in more than a month on Wednesday on optimism demand from top consumer China will remain firm despite headwinds to its economy.
WASHINGTON, July 23- The U.S. Commerce Department on Tuesday launched one of its biggest trade investigations in years into charges that manufacturers in South Korea, India and seven other countries are selling steel pipe used by oil and natural gas producers at unfairly low prices in the United States.
July 23- Peabody Energy Corp reported a surprise second-quarter profit on Tuesday as it benefited from a lower-than-expected tax rate, and shares of the world's largest private-sector coal miner jumped more than 7 percent. But Raymond James analyst James Rollyson said Peabody's operating results fell short of his expectations because of lower prices.
MEXICO CITY, July 23- Mexican copper miner and railroad operator Grupo Mexico reported on Tuesday a 54 percent drop in second-quarter profit, as a slump in global metals prices hurt sales.
*World shares gain as China signals support for growth. LONDON, July 23- World shares were propelled towards five-year highs on Tuesday by signs China was moving to avoid a hard landing for its slowing economy, but copper and oil prices slipped as worries over global demand lingered.
Andrew Driscoll, head of resources reasearch at CLSA, discusses the outlook for metals and the impact the "structural shift" currently underway in China will have on prices.
TOKYO, July 23- Japan's Nikkei average rose for the second straight day on Tuesday in volatile trade, with traders citing opportunistic buying in index heavy-weights such as SoftBank Corp and Sony Corp. The steel sector also benefited from a media report citing price hike in steel products, sending the benchmark Nikkei up 0.8 percent to 14,778.51 after falling as low as 14,549.06 in early trade.