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  • With backing from Saudi Aramco and partnerships with well-known industry players including the Linde Group and Brazilian petrochemical company Braskem, Dineen hopes to break into natural gas processing with improvements that make the decades-old technology economical. Abundant domestic natural gas from the shale boom prompted plans by Royal Dutch...

  • *Brazil, US physical premiums: http://link.reuters.com/buv44w. LONDON, April 1- U.S. aluminium producer Alcoa has this week announced the full shuttering of the Alumar smelter in Brazil. This was a period of rapid expansion of primary aluminium capacity in Brazil.

  • RIO DE JANEIRO, March 30- Nippon Steel& Sumitomo Metal Corp said on Monday it had reported Ternium SA to Brazil's CVM market regulator for transferring to third parties shares in steelmaker Usiminas, which they jointly control, before a vote to elect a new chairman next week. The Japanese steelmaker said Ternium's move was an attempt to influence the vote for a new...

  • Early Glance: Gold companies Wednesday, 1 Apr 2015 | 10:23 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Shares of some top gold companies are up at 10 a.m.:. Barrick Gold Corp. rose$. 35 or 3.2 percent, to $11.31. Newmont Mining Corp. rose$. 34 or 1.6 percent, to $22.05.

  • Early Glance: Chemicals companies Wednesday, 1 Apr 2015 | 10:23 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Shares of some top chemicals companies are down at 10 a.m.:. Dow Chemical Co. fell$. 54 or 1.1 percent, to $47.44. DuPont Co. fell$. 55 or. 8 percent, to $70.92.

  • Early Glance: Silver companies Wednesday, 1 Apr 2015 | 10:23 AM ET

    Hecla Mining Co. rose$. 06 or 2.0 percent, to $3.04. Pan American Silver Corp. rose$. 32 or 3.6 percent, to $9.09. Silver Standard Resources Inc. rose$. 17 or 3.8 percent, to $4.70.

  • Early Glance: Coal companies Wednesday, 1 Apr 2015 | 10:23 AM ET

    Arch Coal rose$. 01 or. 5 percent, to $1.01. Consol Energy Inc. rose$. 46 or 1.6 percent, to $28.35. Peabody Energy rose$. 01 or. 2 percent, to $4.93.

  • April 1- CNX Coal Resources LP, Consol Energy Inc's thermal coal business formed as a master limited partnership, filed for an initial public offering with U.S. regulators on Wednesday, as Consol shifts focus to boosting natural gas production. Coal miners have been weighed down by a switch by U.S. utilities to cheaper natural gas from power-generating coal, and...

  • Consol Energy's thermal coal unit files for IPO Wednesday, 1 Apr 2015 | 7:29 AM ET

    April 1- CNX Coal Resources LP, Consol Energy Inc's thermal coal business formed as a master limited partnership, filed for an initial public offering with U.S. regulators on Wednesday. The filing had a nominal fundraising target of $250 million. The amount of money a company says it plans to raise in its first IPO filings is used to calculate registration fees.

  • German cabinet imposes high barriers for fracking Wednesday, 1 Apr 2015 | 4:57 AM ET

    BERLIN, April 1- German Chancellor Angela Merkel's cabinet signed off on a draft law on Wednesday that imposes an effective ban on the controversial technique of fracking for shale gas. Opposition is strong in densely-populated Germany due to concerns about the contamination of drinking water. The new law will allow fracking for deep-lying or "tight" gas, a...

  • SYDNEY, April 1- A half-decade after insulating Australia from the worst of the global financial crisis, the mining state of Western Australia is for the first time being forced to defer much-needed royalties as iron ore prices plummet. Western Australia- five times the size of Texas- counts on royalties from mining companies for tens of thousands of jobs and...

  • METALS-LME nickel hits new 6-year low on forced sales Tuesday, 31 Mar 2015 | 9:03 PM ET

    MELBOURNE, April 1- London nickel sank to new six-year lows on Wednesday as Chinese nickel pig iron makers sold nickel stocks due to weak local demand for their product, while copper prices drifted ahead of key China manufacturing data out soon. The most-traded June copper contract on the Shanghai Futures Exchange dropped 1.6 percent to 43,090 yuan a tonne.

  • Nippon Steel says sought injunction against Ternium Tuesday, 31 Mar 2015 | 8:20 PM ET

    RIO DE JANEIRO, March 31- Nippon Steel& Sumitomo Metal Corp said on Tuesday it was seeking an injunction against Ternium SA in Brazil for transferring shares in steelmaker Usiminas, which they jointly control, to third parties. The injunction sought from a court in Minas Gerais state on Monday comes after the Japanese steelmaker reported Ternium to Brazil's CVM...

  • Final Glance: Coal companies Tuesday, 31 Mar 2015 | 5:58 PM ET

    Arch Coal rose$. 02 or 2.0 percent, to $1.00. Consol Energy Inc. fell$. 04 or. 1 percent, to $27.89. Peabody Energy fell$. 42 or 7.9 percent, to $4.92.

  • Final Glance: Chemicals companies Tuesday, 31 Mar 2015 | 5:58 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Shares of some top chemicals companies were down at the close of trading:. Dow Chemical Co. fell$. 70 or 1.4 percent, to $47.98. DuPont Co. fell $1.11 or 1.5 percent, to $71.47.

  • Final Glance: Gold companies Tuesday, 31 Mar 2015 | 5:58 PM ET

    Barrick Gold Corp. fell$. 18 or 1.6 percent, to $10.96. Gold Fields Ltd ADS fell$. 14 or 3.4 percent, to $4.01. Newmont Mining Corp. fell$. 31 or 1.4 percent, to $21.71.

  • Final Glance: Silver companies Tuesday, 31 Mar 2015 | 5:58 PM ET

    Hecla Mining Co. fell$. 02 or. 7 percent, to $2.98. Pan American Silver Corp. fell$. 16 or 1.8 percent, to $8.77. Silver Standard Resources Inc. fell$. 13 or 2.8 percent, to $4.53.

  • ANCHORAGE, Alaska— The Department of Interior said Tuesday that it has affirmed corrections to an environmental analysis of a 2008 Arctic Ocean petroleum lease sale that brought in $2.7 billion for the federal government. The expected decision regarding the lease in the Chukchi Sea off Alaska's northwest coast opens the door for the department to review a...

  • An EPA spokeswoman declined to give specifics of the plan, but told Reuters that its requirements will be similar to those placed on a new herbicide product developed by Dow AgroSciences, a unit of Dow Chemical Co.. The company is required to provide extensive reporting to the EPA about instances of weed resistance and to let "relevant stakeholders" know about...

  • WASHINGTON, March 31- The U.S. Interior Department on Tuesday upheld a 2008 lease sale in the Chukchi Sea off Alaska, moving Royal Dutch Shell a step closer to returning to oil and gas exploration in the Arctic since it suffered mishaps in the region in 2012.. "The Arctic is an important component of the Administration's national energy strategy, and we remain...

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