*Cabinet okays new rules to make firing easier, extend benefits. ROME, Dec 24- Italy's government on Wednesday began drawing up the details of a reform that Prime Minister Matteo Renzi said will "revolutionise" the country's labour market when it takes effect some time next year. At the end of a three-hour Cabinet meeting, Renzi told reporters the measures were a "...» Read More
SHANGHAI, Aug 13- Chinese power generation grew 3.3 percent in July from a year earlier, but the rate of increase eased from the month before as a slowing economy hit production in power-intensive sectors such as steel, autos and machinery.
BEIJING, Aug 13- China produced 68.32 million tonnes of crude steel in July, down 1.4 percent from the month before as mills began cutting output during the off-season.
SAO PAULO, Aug 12- The opening of Brazil's iron ore export terminal Porto Sudeste might be pushed back to next year, according to the CEO of steelmaker Usiminas, which has a contract to ship ore through the port.
*Investors remain concerned about Ukraine, Middle East. The Nikkei rose 0.4 percent to 15,192.13, extending its rebound from a low of 14,753 hit on Friday due to the concerns that conflicts in Ukraine and the Middle East could hamper world growth.
*BCI launches friendly $237 mln offer for Iron Ore Holdings. SYDNEY, Aug 11- BC Iron Ltd has launched a friendly cash and share offer worth around A $256 million for smaller rival Iron Ore Holdings Ltd, the second takeover in a month aimed at beefing up production in Australia's main iron ore region.
SYDNEY, Aug 11- Australia's BC Iron Ltd on Monday launched a friendly cash and share offer worth around A $256 million for smaller rival Iron Ore Holdings Ltd aimed at beefing up production in Australia's premier iron ore region.
Aug 8- Contractors at ArcelorMittal SA's iron ore mine in Liberia are evacuating the country and other miners are sending staff home to prevent the spread of the deadly Ebola virus. A prolonged outbreak, however, will threaten mineral production in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea if essential supplies are disrupted and employees stay away from work too long.
LONDON, Aug 8- Ukrainian companies' dollar bonds are lower than they've been for months on fears the country's worsening economy, armed rebellion and dispute with Russia will send more of them the way of agro firm Mriya, which has hinted at a debt restructuring.
LONDON, Aug 7- Rio Tinto indicated it would not take part in a tender for the mining rights for the northern half of the disputed Guinea iron ore deposit Simandou, saying the government would prefer other companies to invest.
--Clyde Russell is a Reuters columnist. LAUNCESTON, Australia, Aug 7- Just how serious is China about cutting or limiting coal consumption? The latest was from the Beijing Municipal Environmental Protection Bureau, which was reported by state media as saying coal use will be banned in the six main districts of the capital by the end of 2020..
LAUNCESTON, Australia, Aug 5- Prices for thermal and coking coal appear poised to diverge, with the power-plant fuel remaining mired in the doldrums and the steel-making ingredient posting modest gains. The 2011 high was reached after severe flooding in Queensland state, the main coking coal producer in top exporter Australia.
*FTSEurofirst 300 down 1 pct, Euro STOXX 50 down 0.7 pct. *Banco Espirito Santo stock sinks 19 pct. But stocks remained deep in negative territory, with a broad index trading at 3-1/ 2 month lows, hurt by tension between Russia and the West, Argentina's default, as well as concerns around losses at Banco Espirito Santo.
*Metinvest accounts for around 40 pct of Ukraine's steel output. MOSCOW, Aug 1- Metinvest, Ukraine's largest steelmaker, said on Friday it was no longer accepting new orders from buyers due to the months-long crisis in east Ukraine which has forced it to cut production.
MOSCOW, Aug 1- Ukraine's largest steelmaker Metinvest said on Friday it was no longer accepting new orders from buyers due to the months-long crisis in east Ukraine which has forced it to cut production. "Until the situation becomes clear, the decision was taken to stop taking new orders and focus on fulfilling existing contracts," a company spokesman said.
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.