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  • LONDON, April 30- Nickel hit a one-month high on Thursday after BHP Billiton declared force majeure at a plant, adding to supply concerns, though gains were capped by record London Metal Exchange inventories. Copper also touched a one-month high, leading other metals up, as the dollar fell following weak U.S. growth data and cautious comments from the Federal...

  • Domtar misses 1Q profit forecasts Thursday, 30 Apr 2015 | 9:19 AM ET

    Montreal _ Domtar Corp. on Thursday reported first-quarter earnings of $34.2 million. The average estimate of four analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 82 cents per share. Domtar shares have risen 11 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • Potash prices are yet to recover after a collapse in 2013, which was triggered by top producer Russia's Uralkali exiting a trading venture with Belarus. Potash cut its full-year profit forecast to $1.75- $2.05 per share from $1.90- $2.20 per share, sending its shares down 3.3 percent in premarket trading. Potash, the second-biggest potash producer by output...

  • Sealed Air beats Street 1Q forecasts Thursday, 30 Apr 2015 | 7:33 AM ET

    ELMWOOD PARK, N.J. _ Sealed Air Corp. on Thursday reported first-quarter earnings of $97.2 million. Sealed Air expects full-year earnings in the range of $2.08 to $2.15 per share, with revenue expected to be $7.1 billion. Sealed Air shares have increased 4 percent since the beginning of the year, while the Standard& Poor's 500 index has increased slightly more...

  • Ball misses 1Q profit forecasts Thursday, 30 Apr 2015 | 6:15 AM ET

    BROOMFIELD, Colo. _ Ball Corp. on Thursday reported first-quarter net income of $20.7 million. The average estimate of five analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 79 cents per share. Six analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $1.91 billion.

  • Mosaic posts 36 pct rise in quarterly profit Thursday, 30 Apr 2015 | 6:09 AM ET

    April 30- U.S. fertilizer company Mosaic Co reported an about 36 percent rise in quarterly profit, helped by lower costs and higher phosphate and potash prices. Net earnings attributable to the company rose to $294.8 million, or 80 cents per share, in the first quarter, from $217.5 million, or 54 cents per share, a year ago. Revenue rose 7.7 percent to $2.14 billion.

  • LONDON, April 30- Gold steadied on Thursday, as the dollar dropped after the Federal Reserve confirmed a recent slowdown in the U.S. economy could hold off any interest rate hike for the time being. Gold, however, failed to entirely capitalise on the weaker dollar, which fell 0.4 percent versus a basket of leading currencies, on prospects the U.S. economy will...

  • BUDAPEST, Hungary— Greenpeace says leaking, rusted barrels full of toxic materials stored in the open at a defunct chemical company in Hungary could cause an environmental catastrophe. Gergely Simon, a Greenpeace chemicals expert, called the situation at the Budapest Chemical Works "near catastrophic." "We are turning to the government for funds to be able to...

  • MELBOURNE, April 30- London nickel rallied 3 percent on Thursday, echoing gains in Shanghai, as buyers rushed into the contract on pent up supply worries, forcing a flurry of short-covering ahead of a long weekend. London nickel has defied long held expectations of a deficit, slumping to six-year lows mid-month, as China's vast stainless steel industry has bought...

  • Quaker Chemical posts 1Q profit Wednesday, 29 Apr 2015 | 7:01 PM ET

    CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa. _ Quaker Chemical Corp. on Wednesday reported first-quarter earnings of $10.4 million. Quaker Chemical shares have decreased roughly 5 percent since the beginning of the year. Keywords: Quaker Chemical, Earnings Report.

  • Ferro beats 1Q profit forecasts Wednesday, 29 Apr 2015 | 6:33 PM ET

    MAYFIELD HEIGHTS, Ohio _ Ferro Corp. on Wednesday reported first-quarter net income of $11 million. The average estimate of four analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 19 cents per share. This story was generated by Automated Insights using data from Zacks Investment Research.

  • Final Glance: Silver companies Wednesday, 29 Apr 2015 | 6:14 PM ET

    Hecla Mining Co. fell$. 07 or 2.2 percent, to $3.12. Pan American Silver Corp. rose$. 02 or. 2 percent, to $9.72. Silver Standard Resources Inc. rose$. 03 or. 5 percent, to $5.77.

  • Final Glance: Coal companies Wednesday, 29 Apr 2015 | 6:14 PM ET

    Arch Coal rose$. 02 or 2.3 percent, to $1.01. Consol Energy Inc. rose $1.96 or 6.8 percent, to $30.87. Peabody Energy rose$. 14 or 3.1 percent, to $4.63.

  • Final Glance: Chemicals companies Wednesday, 29 Apr 2015 | 6:14 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Shares of some top chemicals companies were down at the close of trading:. Dow Chemical Co. fell$. 21 or. 4 percent, to $51.61. DuPont Co. fell$. 64 or. 9 percent, to $74.18.

  • Final Glance: Gold companies Wednesday, 29 Apr 2015 | 6:14 PM ET

    Barrick Gold Corp. rose$. 21 or 1.6 percent, to $13.51. Gold Fields Ltd ADS rose$. 13 or 2.9 percent, to $4.62. Newmont Mining Corp. rose$. 13 or. 5 percent, to $26.48.

  • Holcim shareholder Eurocement backs Holcim-Lafarge merger Wednesday, 29 Apr 2015 | 6:09 PM ET

    April 29- Eurocement Holding AG, Holcim Ltd's second-largest shareholder, said it supports the Swiss cement maker's planned merger with France's Lafarge SA. Eurocement, which has a 10.8 percent stake in Holcim, said it intends to keep actively participating in the work of the merged company. The backing from Eurocement is a boost to Zurich- based Holcim as it...

  • Chemtura beats 1Q profit forecasts Wednesday, 29 Apr 2015 | 5:51 PM ET

    MIDDLEBURY, Conn. _ Chemtura Corp. on Wednesday reported first-quarter profit of $21 million. The average estimate of five analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 18 cents per share. Chemtura shares have climbed 22 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • Trecora posts 1Q profit Wednesday, 29 Apr 2015 | 5:46 PM ET

    SUGAR LAND, Texas _ Trecora Resources on Wednesday reported first-quarter net income of $5.8 million. The Sugar Land, Texas- based company said it had profit of 23 cents per share. This story was generated by Automated Insights using data from Zacks Investment Research.

  • Kraton reports 1Q loss Wednesday, 29 Apr 2015 | 4:51 PM ET

    HOUSTON _ Kraton Performance Polymers Inc. on Wednesday reported a loss of $9.5 million in its first quarter. The average estimate of three analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 32 cents per share. Three analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $307.6 million.

  • April 29- Cliffs Natural Resources Inc, which is struggling to cope with oversupply in the iron ore market, blamed industry leaders BHP Billiton Ltd, Rio Tinto Plc and Vale SA for weak prices of the commodity. But Wolfe Research analyst Gordon Johnson said "the idea that someone is going to buy coal assets from Cliffs is highly unlikely," noting that the company has...

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