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Shares of U.S. Steel are surging after the company announced its Canadian unit will go into creditor protection. CNBC's Sara Eisen has the details.
Sept 17- Steelmaker Nucor Corp said it expects higher third-quarter profit, citing a rise in profitability from some steel products. The company forecast third-quarter profit of 70- 75 cents per share. It posted a profit of 46 cents per share for the third quarter last year.
NEW YORK, Sept 17- Auxilium Pharmaceuticals shares surged in brisk premarket trading Wednesday, a day after receiving an unsolicited offer from Endo International. Analysts said the offer could complicate Auxilium's buyout of Canadian eye drug maker QLT Inc, whose U.S. shares were down 11.3 percent in light trading.
Sept 16- United States Steel Corp said its Canadian arm would apply for relief from creditors under Canada's Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act and said it would drop plans to expand two of its facilities. Steel Canada, formerly known as Stelco, accounts for about $1 billion of U.S.
BEIJING, Sept 17- Nearly four years after a massive state-run steel mill on the outskirts of Beijing was closed to help cut smog in the Chinese capital, little has been done to clean up the contaminated site.
HONG KONG, Sept 15- Shanghai shares eked out modest gains to end at their highest in more than 1-1/ 2 years on Monday, underpinned by prospects of further government stimulus to buttress a slowing economy. The CSI300 of the leading Shanghai and Shenzhen A-share listings ended down 0.1 percent. Inner Mongolia BaoTou Steel Union led gains among steel-makers.
SHANGHAI, Sept 13- China's power output, a bellwether for economic activity, posted its first annual decline in more than four years in August, adding to evidence that the world's second-largest economy is losing momentum after a brief rebound in the second quarter.
BEIJING, Sept 11- China's consumer inflation cooled more than expected in August, further evidence after a fall in imports that the economy is losing momentum, but giving policymakers room for more stimulus measures if needed.
Nucor, which operates its own steel mill in Mississippi County, had opposed the request for an extension, saying any delay in the case will make it more difficult to stop the project. "With each passing day, more resources are poured into the construction of the facility," attorneys for Nucor wrote in a court filing.
LONDON, Sept 10- Copper prices rose on Wednesday but remained near a one-month low due to concerns about growth in top consumer China and a strong dollar, while nickel slipped as supply worries eased.
LONDON, Sept 10- Copper prices steadied on Wednesday near a one-month low, after hefty falls in the previous session, as the dollar's surge against a basket of currencies stabilized, while nickel slipped as supply worries eased.
MOSCOW, Sept 10- Russian indebted coal-to-steel group Mechel is considering selling its core assets and hopes to earn between $2 billion and $3 billion over two or three years, its chief executive Oleg Korzhov told Vedomosti newspaper.
LONDON, Sept 9- Nickel shed over 5 percent on Tuesday after worries faded about a squeeze on supply from the Philippines, and other metals were knocked by a robust dollar that hit a 14- month high. Three month nickel on the London Metal Exchange ended at $18,925 a tonne, down 5.04 percent and making for the biggest one day price fall since May 15.
LONDON, Sept 9- Nickel shed 2 percent on Tuesday after worries faded about a squeeze on supply from the Philippines and other metals were knocked by a robust dollar that hit a 14- month high. Three month nickel on the London Metal Exchange slipped 1.8 percent to $19,580 a tonne by 0951 GMT, having hit its highest since July 3 at $19,940 on Monday.
SYDNEY, Sept 9- London nickel slipped from near two-month highs on Tuesday as the dollar rose, sparking profit-taking across metals, but gains were underpinned by prospects of an ore export ban from the Philippines.
LONDON, Sept 8- Everyone knew this was going to be a difficult year in the iron ore market. Expansions by existing producers such as Rio Tinto and BHP Billiton and ramp-ups by newer players in Australia and West Africa were widely expected to generate a wall of supply in the sea-borne market.
*Copper shipments steady, crude oil imports rise. *China steel mills have been slashing output. China's economy has had a bumpy ride this year.
BEIJING, Sept 8- China's import growth unexpectedly fell for the second consecutive month in August, posting its worst performance in over a year and stoking speculation about whether authorities should loosen policy further to revive domestic demand.
--Clyde Russell is a Reuters columnist. LAUNCESTON, Australia, Sept 8- If you were trying to distil China's commodity imports for August into a single word, that word may be cautious.
*China steel mills have been slashing output. SHANGHAI, Sept 8- China, the world's top buyer of iron ore, coal and soybeans, saw imports of those commodities fall sharply in August from the previous month amid slackening demand and abundant supply, while rapidly falling prices also kept buyers on the sidelines.