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  • PARIS, April 28- France said it would defend jobs and its national interest as it met suitors eyeing a breakup of engineering group Alstom on Monday and suggested it preferred Germany's Siemens over U.S. giant General Electric.

  • BEIJING, April 29- China's resource-dependent and manufacturing-heavy provinces suffered the sharpest growth slowdown in the first quarter as the government pushed to reduce overcapacity and pollution, adding to signs of protracted weakness in the economy.

  • China provincial GDP data adds to slowdown concerns Tuesday, 29 Apr 2014 | 5:32 AM ET

    BEIJING, April 29- China's resource-dependent and manufacturing-heavy provinces suffered the sharpest economic slowdown in the first quarter as the government pushed to tackle excessive factory capacity and pollution, official data showed.

  • PARIS, April 28- France said it would defend jobs and its national interest as it met suitors for engineering group Alstom on Monday, suggesting Germany's Siemens may have an edge over U.S. giant General Electric.

  • SHANGHAI, April 28- China's banking regulator has urged local authorities and banks to step up an investigation into iron ore financing deals in a bid to minimize default risks, prompting a sell-off in iron ore futures that saw prices fall nearly five percent. A China Banking Regulatory Commission spokesman declined to comment.

  • SHANGHAI, April 28- China iron ore futures fell nearly five percent on Monday after the country's banking regulator urged local authorities and banks to step up an investigation into iron ore financing deals in a bid to minimize default risks.

  • PARIS, April 28- France will block any deal involving engineering group Alstom it considers unfit, Economy Minister Arnaud Montebourg said ahead of a meeting between President Francois Hollande and General Electric's chief executive to discuss Alstom's future.

  • PARIS, April 28- France will block any deal involving engineering group Alstom it considers unfit, Economy Minister Arnaud Montebourg said ahead of a meeting between President Francois Hollande and General Electric's chief executive to discuss Alstom's future.

  • *China domestic copper premiums surge on tight credit conditions. "It's a confluence of a wide range of geopolitical events, and some interesting supply and demand dynamics playing out of China winning the war against the technical view point that is quite obviously overbought," said Mark Keenan, analyst at Societe Generale in Singapore.

  • TOKYO, April 25- Kobe Steel Ltd, Japan's No.3 steelmaker, said its crude steel output hit a 6- year peak in the business year just ended and that production this year would be similar due to robust domestic demand.

  • *Physical copper premiums in China rising sharply. SINGAPORE, April 24- London copper futures rose to three-week highs on Thursday, underpinned by strong seasonal demand in top consumer China that has lifted domestic premiums, while worries over tight supply pushed nickel to a fresh peak in more than 14 months.

  • SEOUL, April 24- South Korean steelmaker POSCO on Thursday cut forecast for sales and investment for this year after its first quarter profit missed estimates as China's slowing economy curbed demand for steel. POSCO cut its sales forecast for this year by around 2 percent to 30.3 trillion won from the previous 31 trillion won, it said in an earnings statement.

  • POSCO Q1 profit falls 11 pct as steel demand stagnates Thursday, 24 Apr 2014 | 2:43 AM ET

    SEOUL, April 24- South Korean steelmaker POSCO reported an 11 percent drop in quarterly operating profit on Thursday, missing estimates, as China's slowing economy curbed demand for steel.

  • *Physical copper premiums in China rising sharply. SINGAPORE, April 24- London copper futures rose to near two-week highs on Thursday, underpinned by strong seasonal demand in top consumer China that has lifted domestic premiums, while worries over tight supply pushed nickel to a fresh peak in more than 14 months.

  • *Copper was up 0.2 percent at $6,683.50 a tonne after ending flat on Wednesday. *The most-traded July copper contract on the Shanghai Futures Exchange rose half a percent to 46,860 yuan a tonne.

  • LAUNCESTON, Australia, April 22- It's hard to find any bullish predictions for iron ore prices, with the consensus being that it will drop to below $100 a tonne. The latest bearish signal for iron ore is the decision by an Indian court to allow the mining of 20 million tonnes per annum in the state of Goa, most of which will end up on the export markets.

  • SINGAPORE, April 22- Copper futures on the London Metal Exchange slipped on Tuesday as the bourse reopened after a long holiday weekend, still pressured by worries over Chinese demand amid a slowdown in the world's top user of the industrial metal.

  • 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.