*Copper falls on concerns over Fed stimulus. SINGAPORE, June 18- London copper eased for a second straight session on Tuesday, with investors cautious as they wait for more clues on the outlook for U.S. stimulus at a two-day Federal Reserve meeting starting later in the day.» Read More
NEW YORK-- Shares of some top chemicals companies were up at the close of trading:. Dow Chemical Co. rose$. 13 or. 4 percent, to $34.14. DuPont Co. rose $1.02 or 1.9 percent, to $53.70.
Arch Coal fell$. 15 or 3.5 percent, to $4.09. Consol Energy Inc. rose$. 01 or percent, to $31.96. Peabody Energy rose$. 02 or. 1 percent, to $16.80.
Barrick Gold Corp. fell$. 08 or. 4 percent, to $19.42. Gold Fields Ltd ADS rose$. 02 or. 3 percent, to $6.04. Newmont Mining Corp. rose$. 25 or. 8 percent, to $33.44.
NEW YORK-- Shares of some top chemicals companies are up at 1 p.m.:. Dow Chemical Co. rose$. 24 or. 7 percent, to $34.25. DuPont Co. rose$. 95 or 1.8 percent, to $53.63.
Barrick Gold Corp. fell$. 17 or. 9 percent, to $19.33. Gold Fields unchanged at $6.02. Newmont Mining Corp. rose$. 06 or. 2 percent, to $33.25.
Hecla Mining Co. fell$. 09 or 2.6 percent, to $3.32. Pan American Silver Corp. fell$. 13 or 1.1 percent, to $12.00. Silver Standard Resources Inc. fell$. 20 or 2.8 percent, to $7.02.
Arch Coal fell$. 14 or 3.3 percent, to $4.10. Consol Energy Inc. rose$. 08 or. 3 percent, to $32.03. Peabody Energy rose$. 04 or. 3 percent, to $16.82.
WEST CHESTER, Ohio-- AK Steel will likely post a larger-than-expected second-quarter loss, the company said Monday, citing the effects of a maintenance outage at one of its blast furnaces, on top of greater tax expenses. AK Steel also expects to record non-cash income tax expenses of about $11 million, or 8 cents per share, for the second quarter.
Hecla Mining Co. fell$. 06 or 1.8 percent, to $3.35. Pan American Silver Corp. fell$. 05 or. 4 percent, to $12.08. Silver Standard Resources Inc. fell$. 16 or 2.2 percent, to $7.06.
NEW YORK-- Shares of some top gold companies are mixed at 10 a.m.:. Barrick Gold Corp. fell$. 11 or. 6 percent, to $19.39. Newmont Mining Corp. rose$. 11 or. 3 percent, to $33.30.
Arch Coal fell$. 10 or 2.2 percent, to $4.15. Consol Energy Inc. rose$. 24 or. 8 percent, to $32.19. Peabody Energy rose$. 04 or. 2 percent, to $16.82.
NEW YORK-- Shares of some top chemicals companies are up at 10 a.m.:. Dow Chemical Co. rose$. 31 or. 9 percent, to $34.32. DuPont Co. rose$. 96 or 1.8 percent, to $53.64.
Brookfield Asset Management says it is selling its Longview Timber holdings to Weyerhaeuser for $2.65 billion.
NEW YORK-- Chemical maker Rockwood Holdings Inc. says that it has agreed to sell CeramTec, its advanced ceramics business, to European private equity firm Cinven for about $1.98 billion in gross proceeds.
LONDON, June 17- Even without a relaxation of the ban on U.S. crude oil exports, the ripples of the shale revolution have already reached Asia. More than half of Saudi Arabia's crude exports head to refineries in China and the rest of Asia.
*China bonded copper premiums climb $5 to $155- $165 a tonne. *Coming up: NY Fed Empire State Survey for June at 1230 GMT.
--Clyde Russell is a Reuters market analyst. LAUNCESTON, Australia, June 17- It may be too early to start beating the drums of victory for free-market capitalism, but there are signs that China is stepping back from attempts to control the iron ore market.
SINGAPORE, June 17- London copper rose more than one percent on Monday, following its steepest weekly decline in two months last week, as shorts covered ahead of this week's key Federal Reserve meeting that should provide greater clarity on monetary policy.
COLUMBIA, Md./ NEW YORK, June 16- A company stuck in bankruptcy for 12 years may not seem like much of a catch, but investors have fallen in love with U.S. specialty chemical manufacturer W.R. Grace& Co and its surging sales to the energy sector.
JOHANNESBURG, June 15- Anglo American Platinum said on Saturday operations at its Thembelani mine in South Africa were back to normal after a "group of employees" on Friday prevented 2,400 workers from going above ground. "The situation at the mine is normal, people came above ground yesterday evening," Amplats spokeswoman Mpumi Sithole said.