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  • July 23- Freeport-McMoRan Inc reported second-quarter earnings on Wednesday that were little changed from a year earlier, and said it was "encouraged" by tax-related discussions with Indonesia. The company had cut production in Indonesia, which weighed on results in the quarter ended June 30, but company-wide, copper, gold and molybdenum production rose.

  • LONDON/ SYDNEY, July 23- Zinc held near a three-year peak on Wednesday with supply set to tighten while aluminum dipped from multi-month highs but could turn higher again as inventories fall and demand rises. But fundamentally there are questions, "said analyst Dominic Schnider of UBS Wealth Management in Singapore.

  • LONDON, July 23- Copper producer Kazakhmys will transfer some of its less-profitable assets to a private company owned by two of its shareholders as the company is broken up in an attempt to improve its performance.

  • July 23- Dow Chemical Co reported a better-than-expected quarterly profit as sales rose across its businesses and margins improved due to higher prices and a tight control on costs.

  • Dow Chemical net profit falls 62 percent Wednesday, 23 Jul 2014 | 7:06 AM ET

    July 23- Dow Chemical Co said its second-quarter net profit fell 62 percent from a year earlier, when it received $2.2 billion in damages from Kuwait's state chemical company for pulling out of a petrochemical venture in 2008..

  • SYDNEY, July 23- London zinc and aluminum were poised near recent 3- year and 17- month peaks respectively on Wednesday on renewed interest from investors, but given a seasonal slowdown in demand, traders wondered just how much further prices could run.

  • SYDNEY, July 23- Brazil's BTG Pactual has received a green light from the London Metal Exchange to set up warehousing operations in Singapore, marking the investment bank's first foray into Asia as builds out its physical metals business.

  • SYDNEY, July 23- London zinc and aluminium were poised near recent 3 year and 17- month peaks respectively on Wednesday on renewed interest from investors, but given a seasonal slowdown in demand, traders wondered just how much further prices could run.

  • *Copper, metallurgical coal output also set to rise in FY2015. SYDNEY, July 23- BHP Billiton beat its own guidance for full-year iron ore output, saying it mined a record 225 million tonnes in fiscal 2014, 4 percent ahead of its forecast, leading productivity gains across a number of businesses.

  • 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?

  • Final Glance: Coal companies Tuesday, 22 Jul 2014 | 6:02 PM ET

    Arch Coal rose$. 01 or. 3 percent, to $3.00. Consol Energy Inc. fell$. 12 or. 3 percent, to $40.76. Peabody Energy fell$. 14 or. 9 percent, to $15.18.

  • Nasdaq stocks posting largest volume increases Tuesday, 22 Jul 2014 | 6:02 PM ET

    BluePhoenix Solutions Ltd.: Approximately 49,600 shares changed hands, a 1,594.8 percent increase over its 65- day average volume. The shares rose$. 04 or 1.0 percent to $3.97. China Shengda Packaging Group: Approximately 158,000 shares changed hands, a 1,563.7 percent increase over its 65- day average volume.

  • Final Glance: Chemicals companies Tuesday, 22 Jul 2014 | 6:02 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Shares of some top chemicals companies were mixed at the close of trading:. Dow Chemical Co. rose$. 44 or. 8 percent, to $52.30. DuPont Co. fell$. 59 or. 9 percent, to $64.95.

  • Final Glance: Silver companies Tuesday, 22 Jul 2014 | 6:02 PM ET

    Hecla Mining Co. fell$. 03 or. 9 percent, to $3.25. Silver Standard Resources Inc. fell$. 22 or 2.3 percent, to $9.18. Silver Wheaton fell$. 22 or. 8 percent, to $26.49.

  • *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.

  • Midday Glance: Coal companies Tuesday, 22 Jul 2014 | 1:57 PM ET

    Arch Coal rose$. 03 or. 8 percent, to $3.02. Consol Energy Inc. rose$. 11 or. 3 percent, to $40.99. Peabody Energy rose$. 20 or 1.3 percent, to $15.52.

  • Midday Glance: Gold companies Tuesday, 22 Jul 2014 | 1:57 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Shares of some top gold companies are mixed at 1 p.m.:. Barrick Gold Corp. fell$. 23 or 1.2 percent, to $18.87. Newmont Mining Corp. rose$. 04 or. 2 percent, to $25.40.

  • Midday Glance: Chemicals companies Tuesday, 22 Jul 2014 | 1:57 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Shares of some top chemicals companies are mixed at 1 p.m.:. Dow Chemical Co. rose$. 40 or. 8 percent, to $52.26. DuPont Co. fell$. 24 or. 4 percent, to $65.30.

  • Midday Glance: Silver companies Tuesday, 22 Jul 2014 | 1:57 PM ET

    Pan American Silver Corp. fell$. 10 or. 7 percent, to $15.03. Silver Standard Resources Inc. fell$. 17 or 1.8 percent, to $9.23. Silver Wheaton fell$. 07 or. 3 percent, to $26.64.

  • JAKARTA, July 22- Indonesia's new president Joko "Jokowi" Widodo said he wants to sit down with mining companies and other parties in a bid to resolve a row over mining policies that has halted $500 million of metal exports a month in Southeast Asia's biggest economy.

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