SYDNEY, July 14- Australian miner Sirius Resources NL is in late-stage negotiations with a trio of major nickel smelters to supply up to 26,000 tonnes of nickel concentrate annually, its managing director said.» Read More
The economy can't grow without increasing electrification, which requires more power plants, and given coal is the cheapest form of fuel and is abundant, it makes sense that India is looking to boost the use of the fuel. Coal output is also concentrated in the north and east of India, while power demand growth is more toward the south and west.
*2/ 3 of Japan firms see BOJ easing further in H1 2014- poll. TOKYO, Dec 10- Almost two-thirds of Japanese firms expect the Bank of Japan will increase its stimulus in the first six months of 2014, a Reuters poll showed, underscoring the pressure on the central bank to remain the engine of growth under Abenomics.
*Alisher Usmanov's Mail.Ru buys 12 pct stake in VKontakte. His Internet holding group Mail.Ru said it had increased its stake in VKontakte, Russia's answer to Facebook, to around 52 percent by buying 12 percent of VKontakte shares from Megafon Chief Executive Officer Ivan Tavrin.
YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio/ WASHINGTON, March 18- Along the banks of the Mahoning River in the struggling Ohio steel town of Youngstown sits a once-abandoned furniture warehouse that has been converted into a sleek new laboratory.
PARIS, March 17- European stocks rose on Monday, bouncing back from a three-week slide, helped by robust U.S. manufacturing data and after Crimea's vote to join Russia passed without violence.
TOKYO, March 17- Tokyo Steel Manufacturing Co will maintain current product prices for delivery in April as customer stockpiles grow after a winter freeze and labour shortages curbed construction projects, said the country's top electric furnace steelmaker.
*Mechel should repay $1 bln of debt this year. MOSCOW, March 14- Russia may again have to step in to help coal and steel group Mechel after the country's largest private bank asked for the early repayment of a $150 million loan.
*Mechel shares down 14 pct in Moscow, underperforming index. MOSCOW, March 14- Indebted Russian coal miner and steelmaker Mechel is in talks with lenders on refinancing and early debt repayment, the company said on Friday.
MOSCOW, March 14- Russian coal miner and steelmaker Mechel is in talks with Alfa Bank, Russia's largest private bank, on paying off a $150 million debt early, Mechel said on Friday. The company's press-service said in an emailed comment that Alfa Bank had asked for the early repayment and the two sides were in discussions.
STOCKS OF RUSSIAN UTILITIES, STEELMAKERS, BANKS FALL SHARPLY ON FRIDAY.
SEOUL, March 14- POSCO's new chief executive said the South Korean steelmaker will restructure non-steel businesses and not make any major investment in increasing steelmaking capacity, in a marked break from the strategy of his predecessor.
SEOUL, March 14- POSCO's new chief executive said the South Korean steelmaker will sell non-core assets and list some affiliates to shore up its balance sheet, shying away from major new investments in a marked break from his predecessor's strategy.
SEOUL, March 14- POSCO's new chief executive said the steelmaker will shy away from expanding manufacturing capacity for the time being, and raise cash by selling non-core assets and by listing some affiliates- a marked break with the strategy set by his predecessor.
SHANGHAI, March 13- Growing jitters about the financial health of bloated industries in China have prompted many banks to cut lending in these sectors by as much as 20 percent, banking and industry sources with knowledge of the matter said.
LAUNCESTON, Australia, March 13- Conventional thinking is that iron ore prices have plunged this year because of concerns about China's economic growth outlook, but it's possible the reverse is the case.
PERTH, March 13- If Australian miners are worried about the dramatic decline in iron ore prices, it doesn't show. "Iron ore mining isn't tennis, it's a contact sport," said David Flanagan, chairman of Atlas Iron Ltd. "Sometimes it hurts a bit, like you copped it in the stomach.
*No disruption from political tension in Ukraine. LONDON, March 12- Ukraine- focused iron ore miner Ferrexpo announced its second special dividend in as many years after it posted increased annual profit and said it is on track to boost production this year.
*Copper prices melting as Shanghai futures hit lowest since 2009. SYDNEY, March 12- Asian stock markets swung lower on Wednesday as economic uncertainty in China and the United States combined with political tensions in Ukraine to keep investors cautious and commodities under a dark cloud.
China concerns take toll on copper, stirs talk of policy easing. turn lower on Wednesday as economic uncertainty in China and. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan eased 0.5 percent.
SunCoke said it would initially transfer a 33 percent interest in its Haverhill and Middletown cokemaking facilities in Ohio to SunCoke Energy Partners LP. Apart from the two coke plants to be initially transferred to the MLP, the company has plants in Virginia, Indiana and Illinois as well as in Brazil and India.