Economists may teach that low prices and declining demand encourage producers to decrease supply, but the iron ore industry may have skipped class that day.» Read More
*China steel mills have been slashing output. SHANGHAI, Sept 8- China, the world's top buyer of iron ore, coal and soybeans, saw imports of those commodities fall sharply in August from the previous month amid slackening demand and abundant supply, while rapidly falling prices also kept buyers on the sidelines.
STOCKHOLM, Sept 7- For many Swedish businesses and prosperous households, years of falling taxes and reforms that put maids in middle class homes and fed a consumer boom in luxury cars and holidays in Asia may be drawing to a close.
LONDON, Sept 5- Copper edged up on Friday after lower-than-expected U.S. jobs data reassured investors that the Federal Reserve would not speed up plans to increase interest rates, though gains were capped by growing supplies.
LONDON, Sept 5- Copper prices were little changed on Friday as investors weighed weak U.S. jobs data and growing metal supplies versus speculation the European Central Bank's move to cut interest rates would help spur an economic revival in Europe.
LONDON, Sept 5- Copper prices edged higher on Friday, boosted by speculation the European Central Bank's move to cut interest rates would help spur an economic revival in Europe, but gains were kept in check by concerns about growing copper supplies.
SYDNEY, Sept 5- London copper climbed on Friday after the European Central Bank cut interest rates, freeing up capital for industry and investors, but was set to close the week with small losses as mine shipments snake into markets.
*Russia denies it has sent arms, troops to Ukraine. MARIUPOL, Ukraine, Sept 4- In the backyard of a former school, masked volunteers snap to attention to mark the creation of a new fighting unit in the port city of Mariupol in southeastern Ukraine.
The proposed halt is similar to a ban introduced by Indonesia that led to a sharp spike in nickel prices and cut other ore exports from January. The ban in Indonesia has led stainless steel makers in China and in Japan to source more ore from the Philippines.
*Nisshin Steel sinks on share offering. Still, many large-cap shares were listless as geopolitical concerns added to an already shaky outlook for Japan's economy, due to soft domestic consumption and lacklustre exports. Kajima Corp rose 0.9 percent while Kumagai Gumi jumped 5.7 percent to hit an eight-year high.
*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.
LONDON, Aug 27- The spot iron ore market is sinking under the weight of new supply. The benchmark price for 62 percent iron ore as assessed by the Steel Index has just fallen below the $89 per tonne level for the first time since September 2012.
*Euro STOXX 50 up 0.7 pct. LONDON, Aug 26- Euro zone blue chips were on track to record their best two-day gain this year on Tuesday, boosted by the prospect of further stimulus from the European Central Bank and by strong gains for some steelmakers.
TOKYO, Aug 26- Japan's government lobbied hard for a global pact that limits mercury use and to name the resulting treaty after Minamata, the site of a homegrown industrial disaster from the 1950 s when the toxic metal poured into a river, poisoning thousands.
LAUNCESTON, Australia, Aug 25- Something doesn't quite add up with China's rising steel production, but falling coal output and imports so far this year. China's raw steel output was 480.76 million tonnes in the first seven months of 2014, up 2.7 percent from the same period a year earlier, according to data from the National Bureau of Statistics.
WASHINGTON, Aug 22- The United States has approved anti-dumping duties against South Korea and other producers of steel pipes for the energy sector, a victory for domestic producers hoping to benefit from a boom in the U.S. shale oil and gas industry.
WASHINGTON, Aug 22- The U.S. International Trade Commission on Friday voted to impose anti-dumping duties against steel pipe imports from seven countries, exempting two, handing a victory to domestic producers who had complained that the cheap imports were undercutting their prices.
SAO PAULO, Aug 15- Whichever way Brazil's steel industry looks it sees pain. "Only a crazy person would invest in Brazil right now," CSN Chief Executive Benjamin Steinbruch told a conference in Sao Paulo this week.
*Germany's DAX down 0.3 pct, France's CAC down 0.5 pct. By 0712 GMT, the pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 index was 0.3 percent lower at 1,322.09 points, Germany's DAX also fell 0.3 percent and France's CAC dropped 0.5 percent.
NEW DELHI/ LONDON, Aug 13- Italy's claims that a sale of parts of insolvent Italian steelmaker Lucchini to India's JSW Steel will be concluded within days are premature, a top JSW executive said on Wednesday.
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.