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.» Read More
NEW YORK— Shares of some top chemicals companies are mixed at 10 a.m.:. Dow Chemical Co. rose$. 19 or. 4 percent, to $52.05. DuPont Co. fell$. 40 or. 6 percent, to $65.14.
Arch Coal unchanged at $2.99. Consol Energy Inc. rose$. 24 or. 6 percent, to $41.12. Peabody Energy rose$. 31 or 2.0 percent, to $15.63.
SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine— With a potential lawsuit targeting a decision to ban tar sands oil in South Portland, the governor's energy chief said Tuesday that he hopes the state can eventually have a conversation about managing the flow of petroleum products rather than having it decided locally.
July 22- Chemicals maker DuPont forecast lower-than-expected operating earnings for the current quarter and warned of a loss in its agriculture unit as weak farm sales constrain both profit and revenue. DuPont has made a big push into agriculture, energy and specialty materials to insulate itself from more volatile businesses.
July 22- Coal miner Peabody Energy Corp reported a 2 percent rise in quarterly revenue, helped by an increase in shipments and prices at its mining operations in western U.S. states such as Wyoming, Colorado and Montana.
July 22- Chemicals maker DuPont forecast weaker-than-expected operating earnings for the current quarter after weak agriculture sales constrained both profit and revenue. DuPont forecast operating earnings of $1.25- $1.35 per share for the second half of the year, and said it expected to realize 40 percent of those earnings in the third quarter.
July 22- Chemicals maker DuPont's quarterly profit inched up 4 percent and raised its quarterly dividend for the third time in the last 27 months. Net income attributable to DuPont rose to $1.07 billion, or $1.15 per share, in the second quarter ended June 30, from $1.03 billion, or $1.11 per share, a year earlier.
Barrick Gold Corp. fell$. 09 or. 5 percent, to $19.10. Gold Fields fell$. 04 or 1.0 percent, to $3.95. Newmont Mining Corp. fell$. 06 or. 2 percent, to $25.36.
*Rising output, sluggish demand have created excess of coal. LONDON, July 21- The global market for seaborne thermal coal will be oversupplied by around 10 million tonnes this year, keeping prices below profitable levels for most coal producers well into 2015 or longer and forcing more mines to close.
LONDON, July 21- Zinc and aluminum prices hit their highest in more than a year on Monday as investors sought exposure to commodities with improved fundamentals, but copper's gains were curbed by worries over China's property sector and over a build-up of stocks.
*Move will cut over half of Amplats workforce. *CEO says would prefer to sell assets in one go. JOHANNESBURG, July 21- World number-one platinum producer Anglo American Platinum is to sell a swathe of its most labor-intensive South African mines after a five-month strike shattered its hopes of ever making them profitable.
LONDON, July 21- Zinc and aluminium prices hit their highest in more than a year as investors sought exposure to commodities with improved fundamentals, but gains in copper were held back by worries over China's property sector and over a build-up of stocks.
*Move will cut over half of Amplats workforce. JOHANNESBURG, July 21- World number-one platinum producer Anglo American Platinum is to sell a swathe of its most labor-intensive South African mines after a five-month strike shattered its hopes of ever making them profitable.
NEW YORK— Russian steel company Severstal is exiting the U.S. market, selling a pair of steel plants to AK Steel and Steel Dynamics for about $2.33 billion. Steel Dynamics Inc. said Monday that it will pay about $1.63 billion for Severstal Columbus, which is located in northeast Mississippi.
*U.S. National activity index June at 1230 GMT. LONDON, July 21- Copper steadied on Monday as risk-hungry investors saw value in a metal whose price lost 2.4 percent last week, though worries over China's property sector and a build-up of copper stocks kept gains in check.
SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine— The South Portland City Council has voted to ban the transfer of crude oil onto ocean tankers, effectively ending any attempt to bring oil from western Canada through a pipeline into the city. The City Council voted 6-1 Monday night in favor of the ordinance that was hailed by environmentalists.
July 21- Steel Dynamics Inc will buy Severstal's mini-mill in Columbus, Michigan for $1.62 billion in cash, and AK Steel will buy the Russian steelmaker's assets in Dearborn, Michigan for $700 million in cash. Last month, CEO Alexey Mordashov said that selling the U.S. assets could help decrease Severstal's debt and make the company a lot more profitable.
July 21- Steel Dynamics Inc will buy Severstal's Columbus mini-mill for $1.62 billion in cash, and AK Steel will buy the Russian steelmaker's assets in Dearborn, Michigan for $700 million in cash. AK Steel said the deal also included a cokemaking facility and interests in three joint ventures that process flat-rolled steel products.
*Copper speculators turn the most bullish since at least 2006. SYDNEY, July 21- London copper held near a three-week low on Monday as worries over the health of China's property sector and a build up in the country's stocks of the metal highlighted an expected market surplus in the second half.
SYDNEY, July 21- London copper held near its lowest in three weeks on Monday, hemmed in by nagging worries over China's property sector and a big Chinese stock build that highlighted an expected market surplus in the second half.
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