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  • CHICAGO, Jan 27- Caterpillar Inc on Tuesday cut its 2015 profit outlook and warned the plunge in oil prices would hurt its energy equipment business, sending shares tumbling as much as 8 percent. During the fourth quarter, Caterpillar's energy business helped offset falling construction equipment sales and weakness in mining equipment orders due to lower...

  • CHICAGO, Jan 27- Caterpillar Inc on Tuesday cut its 2015 profit outlook and warned the plunge in oil prices would hurt its energy equipment business, sending shares tumbling as much as 8 percent. During the fourth quarter, Caterpillar's energy business helped offset weakness in mining equipment orders due to lower prices for copper, coal and iron ore and a drop in...

  • Jan 27- Nucor Corp, the No. 1 U.S. steelmaker by market capitalization, reported a better-than-expected quarterly profit due to increases in selling price and shipments. Nucor also forecast its profit for the first quarter to be slightly higher than the $111 million, or 35 cents per share, it reported a year earlier. Net profit attributable to Nucor rose 23 percent...

  • Jan 27- AK Steel Holding Corp, the fourth-largest U.S. steelmaker by market capitalization, reported a better-than-expected quarterly profit, helped by strong demand from automakers. AK Steel makes flat-rolled carbon, stainless and electrical steels, and tubular products for car makers, industrial and construction companies and utilities.

  • Jan 27- Coal miner Peabody Energy Corp said it expected demand in the United States to decline in 2015, mainly due to lower natural gas prices. Peabody said it would pay a quarterly dividend of 0.25 cents per share, way below the 8.5 cents per share it paid in November. The company, which has mining operations in the United States and Australia, forecast U.S. coal...

  • CHICAGO, Jan 27- Caterpillar Inc on Tuesday warned the recent fall in oil prices would hurt its energy equipment business in 2015 and gave an outlook for the year below market expectations after posting a disappointing fourth quarter net profit. During the fourth quarter, Caterpillar's energy business helped offset lower prices for copper, coal and iron ore...

  • Jan 27- Coal miner Peabody Energy Corp reported a smaller quarterly loss, helped by lower operating costs in Australia and the United States. The company's net loss attributable to common stockholders narrowed to $514.6 million, or $1.92 per share, in the fourth quarter ended Dec. 31, from $565.7 million, or $2.12 cents per share, a year earlier.

  • CHICAGO, Jan 27- Caterpillar Inc on Tuesday reported lower quarterly net profit that missed expectations as lower prices for copper, coal and iron ore hurt mining equipment orders, and warned the recent fall in oil prices would make for a difficult year in 2015.. Chief Executive Officer Doug Oberhelman said without a doubt Caterpillar faces a "tough year in 2015.".

  • CHICAGO, Jan 27- Construction and mining equipment maker Caterpillar Inc on Tuesday reported a lower net profit that came in below market expectations, as lower prices for copper, coal and iron ore hurt its mining business and warned the drop in oil prices would hurt its business in 2015.. The Peoria, Illinois- based company reported a fourth-quarter net profit of...

  • CHICAGO, Jan 26- Construction and mining equipment maker Caterpillar Inc on Tuesday reported a lower net profit that came in below market expectations, due primarily to the recent drop in the price of oil and lower prices for copper, coal and iron ore. The Peoria, Illinois- based company reported a fourth-quarter net profit of $757 million, down nearly 25 percent...

  • *Russia added 20.73 tonnes in December-IMF. *Gold price rose in December for first time in five months. SINGAPORE, Jan 27- The Netherlands raised its gold holdings for the first time in 16 years in December, while Russia extended its buying spree of the precious metal to a ninth straight month, data from the International Monetary Fund showed on Tuesday.

  • Why iron ore won’t rebound any time soon Monday, 26 Jan 2015 | 10:53 PM ET
    Rail cars laden with iron ore arrive at the receiving facility at Fortescue Metals' Herb Elliott Port in Western Australia.

    Economists may teach that low prices and declining demand encourage producers to decrease supply, but the iron ore industry may have skipped class that day.

  • Jan 26- Iron ore and coal miner Cliffs Natural Resources Inc said it reduced net debt by $400 million and scrapped its quarterly dividend to cut more debt. Cliffs wrote down the value of its coal and iron ore assets by about $6 billion in October due to weak prices, and warned a month later that it might have to close its Bloom Lake iron ore mine in Quebec.

  • SHANGHAI, Jan 26- Iron ore prices hit their lowest in 5-1/ 2 years on Monday despite some loss-making Chinese steel mills curbing output, as ore supplies remained abundant and as concerns persisted about the outlook for economic growth in China this year. The benchmark 62 percent grade iron ore for immediate delivery to China fell 3.9 percent to $63.30 a tonne to...

  • *Shanghai copper hits downside limit, at lowest since July 2009. SINGAPORE, Jan 26- London copper tumbled as much as 3 percent on Monday to its lowest level since 2009 as a stronger dollar fueled an aggressive sell-off that dragged down prices in Shanghai by 5 percent. A slide in the euro to 11- year lows against the dollar after Greece's Syriza party promised to roll...

  • Shanghai copper falls 4 pct to lowest since July 2009. SINGAPORE, Jan 26- London copper fell almost 2 percent to its weakest level in nearly two weeks on Monday, pressured by a stronger dollar as the euro stumbled after Greece's Syriza party, set to win a snap election, promised to roll back austerity measures. It touched a session low of $5,415, its weakest since Jan. 14...

  • SINGAPORE, Jan 26- London copper futures fell for a third session running on Monday as the dollar gained against the euro after Greece's Syriza party promised to roll back austerity measures as it is set to win a snap election. *Syriza's Alexis Tsipras is on course to become prime minister of the first euro zone government openly opposed to austerity policies...

  • *Copper on track for 2 percent fall this week. *Premiums for bonded nickel in China surge. LONDON, Jan 23- Copper fell on Friday, and was on track for its sixth week of falls after failing to post a convincing rebound from last week's 5-1/ 2 year low, weighed by concerns about the outlook for demand from top consumer China.

  • NORILSK, Russia, Jan 23- Falling metal prices are being more than offset by the rouble slide, allowing Russia's Norilsk Nickel to maintain margins despite lower foreign currency earnings, its chief executive said. CEO and co-owner Vladimir Potanin, Russia's eighth richest man with a $12.6 billion fortune from the world's largest nickel and palladium miner,...

  • Chinese steel producers, including the biggest private mill Jiangsu Shagang Group, state-owned Wuhan Iron& Steel Group and Hebei province-based Tangshan Iron& Steel, are scheduling maintenance on some facilities, according to industry consultancy Custeel. "The difference this year is that in order to trim production, many mills in northern China have...