*Shanghai rebar futures drop to record low. SINGAPORE, Aug 28- Spot iron ore hit a two-year low on Thursday and was on course to fall to its lowest since 2009 as tighter credit in China curbed purchases of imported cargoes, and iron ore futures in Dalian slumped to a contract low.» Read More
UKRAINIAN STEELMAKER METINVEST SAYS NO LONGER ACCEPTING NEW ORDERS FROM BUYERS DUE TO "CHALLENGING SITUATION" IN UKRAINE.
PARIS, Aug 1- European stocks fell on Friday for the third straight session in brisk trade, with a broad index hitting a 3-1/ 2 month low as tension between Russia and the West as well as concerns around losses at Banco Espirito Santo gnawed at sentiment.
*Cuts outlook to more than $7 bln from about $8 bln before. *Iron ore price assumption cut to $105/ tonne from $120. BRUSSELS, Aug 1- ArcelorMittal SA, the world's largest steelmaker, cut its forecast for earnings this year after lower than anticipated iron ore prices ate into the profit of its mining business, sending its shares down some 6 percent.
*FTSEurofirst 300 down 0.4 pct, Euro STOXX 50 down 0.3 pct. *Gloomy outlook at Arcelor, Vinci also weigh. The euro zone Euro STOXX 50 index was down 0.3 percent at 3,106.17 points.
SYDNEY, Aug 1- London copper was underpinned on Friday by expanding factory activity in China that heralded a rosier outlook for demand, soothing nerves after an overnight rout on Wall Street.
*Klesch buys Milford Haven refinery from Murphy Oil. LONDON, July 31- U.S. entrepreneur Gary Klesch is buying the Milford Haven oil refinery on the coast of Wales, safeguarding around 450 jobs and betting an ailing European refining industry can only move up.
MOSCOW, July 31- Russian stock indexes erased early gains on Thursday, falling into the red by evening, as global markets declined and Russia waited to see details of further European Union sanctions over the conflict in Ukraine.
*Eramet says Norilsk would sell to Asia if targeted by West. PARIS, July 30- An embargo against Norilsk Nickel as part of Western sanctions against Russia would hurt nickel users in Europe and the United States rather than Norilsk itself, the head of French mining group Eramet said.
*Mozambique bets on India's growing demand for coal. LONDON, July 30- Rio Tinto has agreed to sell coal assets it bought through a $4 billion acquisition of Riversdale in 2011 for just $50 million to an Indian joint venture, ending its ill-fated venture in Mozambique's coal sector.
BEIJING, July 30- China's regional economies enjoyed a revival in growth in the second quarter, data from provincial governments showed, chiming with earlier figures that suggest a burst of government stimulus measures is re-invigorating activity. Growth also diverged sharply between eastern and western China.
July 29- United States Steel Corp reported a narrower second-quarter loss on Tuesday as steel prices improved, but the impact of bad weather, higher repairs and maintenance costs continued to weigh on earnings. Net loss narrowed to $18 million, or 12 cents a share, in the three months to end-June from $78 million, or 54 cents, a year earlier.
*Second-quarter adj. profit 2 cents/ shr vs est loss 4 cents/ shr. July 29- AK Steel Holding Corp reported a surprise quarterly profit as prices rose and it shipped more steel, sending its shares up nearly 8 percent to their highest in two years.
July 29- AK Steel Holding Corp reported a surprise adjusted profit for the second quarter as shipments rose. Steel prices in North America are near two-year highs, helped by firm U.S. economic growth. Net loss attributable to the company narrowed to $17.1 million, or 13 cents per share, in the second quarter, from $40.4 million, or 30 cents per share, a year earlier.
July 29- U.S. steelmaker AK Steel Holding Corp reported a smaller second-quarter loss, helped by higher shipments. Net loss attributable to the company narrowed to $17.1 million, or 13 cents per share, in the quarter ended June 30, from $40.4 million, or 30 cents per share, a year earlier. Net sales rose 9 percent to $1.53 billion.
HELSINKI, July 24- Finnish stainless steel maker Outokumpu on Thursday reported a smaller-than-expected underlying loss in the second quarter, helped by cost-cuts, but forecast a slighty bigger loss for the third quarter. Outokumpu trimmed its underlying operating loss to 6 million euros from 87 million euros in the same quarter a year earlier.
NEW YORK, July 22- Egypt's steel companies have filed a petition against rebar and wire rod imports from China, Turkey and Ukraine, one of its top steelmakers said on Tuesday, the latest move in a years-long quest to protect the fledging industry from low-priced imports. "How can rebar and wire rod enter Egypt with zero customs?
*Beijing trying to end years of support for bloated sector's such as steel. TANGSHAN, China, July 23- In Tangshan, a polluted industrial Chinese city that produces more steel a year than the entire United States, the Xinming Steel Pipe Plant shut earlier this month leaving more than 400 workers and a host of creditors unpaid.
*China output near record levels, CIS growth strong. China produces around half the world's steel, but output growth remained strong at 3.6 percent in North America and at 1.8 percent in the CIS- the third and fourth-largest producing regions after Asia.
In the Gaza Strip, Israeli jets, tanks and artillery continued to pound Gaza as the death toll from a two-week conflict topped 500. Malaysia has reached an agreement with the leader of the separatist group to retrieve the bodies of the victims from last week's downing of a Malaysia Airlines passenger jet as well as the plane's two black boxes, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said on Tuesday.
July 21- Steel Dynamics Inc will buy Severstal's mini-mill in Columbus, Michigan for $1.62 billion in cash, and AK Steel will buy the Russian steelmaker's assets in Dearborn, Michigan for $700 million in cash. Last month, CEO Alexey Mordashov said that selling the U.S. assets could help decrease Severstal's debt and make the company a lot more profitable.