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  • China's plan for iron ore giants hard to make the grade Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 | 5:06 AM ET

    *China plans 6-8 big iron ore miners to rely less on imports. SHANGHAI, April 16- China's bid to slash its dependence on foreign iron ore miners by creating its own mega producers risks running aground before it starts due to high costs and poor quality of ore.

  • SYDNEY, April 16- Australian miners are racing ahead with plans to expand iron ore production to capture more of the Chinese market for the steelmaking ingredient, amid strong competition from the world's biggest supplier Vale of Brazil.

  • DAKAR/ JOHANNESBURG, April 11- For centuries, colonial era merchants tussled for access to Africa's raw materials, and huge swathes of Africa's geography became synonymous with the main commodity they exported: Gold Coast, Ivory Coast, the Spice Island of Zanzibar.

  • LONDON, April 11- Nickel hit a 13- month high on Friday as Indonesia's ban on ore exports kept market supplies tight, though risks are rising that lofty prices will encourage buyers to look for cheaper sources of supply.

  • SYDNEY, April 11- London nickel reached its highest in 13 months on Friday and was on track to log its ninth weekly gain in 10 weeks, as a ban on ore exports from Indonesia fuelled prices of the metal used in stainless steel. China's stainless steel makers and traders stocked up on nickel ore exports from Indonesia ahead of the ban that came into force in January.

  • SYDNEY, April 11- London nickel held near a more than one-year top on Friday and was on track to log its ninth weekly gain in 10 weeks, as a ban on ore exports from Indonesia fuelled prices of the metal used in stainless steel. China's stainless steel makers and traders stocked up on nickel ore exports from Indonesia ahead of the ban that came into force in January.

  • BHP polishes up nickel unit as demerger talk swirls Thursday, 10 Apr 2014 | 10:00 PM ET

    *Could make it easier to find buyer for Nickel West division in Australia. SYDNEY, April 11- Breakthroughs in the way BHP Billiton processes nickel ores could help the world's biggest miner find a buyer for its ailing Nickel West division in Australia.

  • *China copper imports jump 10.8 pct y/y in March. LONDON, April 10- Nickel prices touched their highest in more than a year on Thursday as speculators continued to buy up futures on concerns about shortages following a ban on ore exports from Indonesia.

  • LONDON, April 10- China Kingho Energy Group, one of China's largest privately owned energy groups, said it has more than ten interested parties for its $6 billion- plus investment in infrastructure, energy and iron ore mining in Sierra Leone.

  • *Copper, iron ore see double-digit month-on-month growth in March. SHANGHAI, April 10- China's imports of iron ore and copper soared in March from the previous month in anticipation of higher seasonal demand in the world's top metals consumer, though crude oil shipments dropped after three months of high inbound volumes.

  • METALS-Nickel hits one-year high on shortage concerns Thursday, 10 Apr 2014 | 6:13 AM ET

    *China copper imports jump 10.8 pct y/y in March. LONDON, April 10- Nickel prices rose to their highest level in more than a year on Thursday on concerns about shortages following a ban on ore exports from Indonesia.

  • *China copper imports jump 10.8 pct in March on month to 420,000 T. *China exports unexpectedly fall in March; imports weak. "NPI prices are going up in China and that's because of cost pressures the producers are facing with higher costs for their feeds," said Matt Fusarelli at AME Group in Hong Kong, referring to nickel pig iron, a cheaper substitute for refined nickel.

  • *China copper imports jump 10.8 pct in March on month to 420,000 T. SYDNEY, April 10- London nickel extended gains to a fresh one year high on Thursday as investors raised bullish bets after signs of stress in Chinese stainless steel markets following a ban on exports from top ore exporter Indonesia.

  • METALS-London copper edges up after Fed minutes Wednesday, 9 Apr 2014 | 9:26 PM ET

    SYDNEY, April 10- London copper edged up on Thursday, supported by the prospect U.S. interest rates may not rise as soon as previously thought, while investors were awaiting Chinese trade data to shed fresh light on demand in the world's top consumer.

  • MOSCOW, April 9- Russia's biggest gold miner Polyus Gold is considering delisting from London, Kommersant newspaper said on Wednesday, which would make it the first Russian company to heed a call by officials to bring assets home to survive Western sanctions.

  • *Prices for stocks at China ports up more than 15 pct. HONG KONG, April 9- Producers of an alternative to refined nickel in China are expected to cut output as prices for ore imports have nearly doubled since end-February in the wake of a ban on shipments by top exporter Indonesia.

  • MOSCOW, April 9- Russia's largest steelmaker, Evraz, posted on Wednesday a 2013 net loss of $572 million, 35 percent deeper than in 2012 due to "cyclical headwinds" and said the political standoff with Ukraine could hit its business.

  • LONDON, April 7- Britain's second largest steelmaker SSI UK said it expects to record its first ever profit this year and to add much needed jobs in England's north east, but added market conditions were tough and that its future was not yet secure.

  • LONDON/ LAUSANNE, Switzerland, April 2- Western banks involved in global commodity trade flows are tightening payment procedures for steel and grain deals with Russia, having already taken similar steps for Ukraine due to its political upheaval. "Until the geopolitical situation is clear, most banks are reducing risk in Russia as well as Ukraine.

  • LONDON/ LAUSANNE, Switzerland, April 2- Western banks involved in global commodity trade flows are tightening payment procedures for steel and grain deals with Russia, having already taken similar steps for Ukraine due to its political upheaval. "Until the geopolitical situation is clear, most banks are reducing risk in Russia as well as Ukraine.

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