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  • KapStone misses Street 1Q forecasts Monday, 4 May 2015 | 5:31 PM ET

    NORTHBROOK, Ill. _ KapStone Paper and Packaging Corp. on Monday reported first-quarter profit of $26.1 million. The average estimate of six analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 43 cents per share. Four analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $576.5 million.

  • BRASILIA, May 4- Industrial output in Brazil probably fell in March for a second straight month on falling auto and steel production, increasing expectations that Latin America's largest economy will tumble into a recession. Brazil's economy, hurt by a combination of high inflation, rising interest rates and tighter government spending, is expected to shrink...

  • DAR ES SALAAM, May 4- Nigeria's Dangote Cement said it will begin production in Tanzania in August, as sub-Saharan Africa's leading cement producer eyes new markets on the continent. A $500 million factory it is building in southern Tanzania, with an annual capacity of 3 million tonnes, will double the country's annual output of cement to 6 million tonnes.

  • --Clyde Russell is a Reuters columnist. LAUNCESTON, Australia, May 4- It's time for a reality check all round in the iron ore market. Iron ore ended last week at $56.20 a tonne, having retreated from the $59.20 reached on April 27, leaving the steel-making ingredient down 21 percent so far this year.

  • MELBOURNE, May 4- Shanghai copper rallied three percent on Monday as markets reopened after a long weekend, with traders banking on further supportive steps from China to shore up consumer demand. *The most-traded July copper contract on the Shanghai Futures Exchange climbed by 2.8 percent to 45,320 yuan a tonne by 0121 GMT. LME copper chalked up more than 6...

  • MONTREAL, May 1- A United Nations civil aviation-led panel on Friday called for improved, fire-resistant packaging to ship lithium batteries, which pilots and plane makers say pose a fire risk. The International Civil Aviation Organization's dangerous goods panel agreed this week to set up a group of experts to develop safer packaging for the transport of...

  • Colorado cracking down on pot pesticides Friday, 1 May 2015 | 11:31 AM ET

    A state Senate panel voted 7-0 Friday to give the Colorado Department of Agriculture $300,000 to step up pesticide enforcement in the new marijuana industry. The Denver quarantines at 11 separate pot-growing warehouses in recent weeks have underscored an open secret in Colorado's nascent weed business— that although the state outlines which chemicals...

  • The current coal contract for the San Juan Generating Station expires in 2017. That, along with uncertainty about the plant's ownership, have been sticking points as New Mexico regulators consider plans for closing part of San Juan and shifting to other sources of electricity. "Securing these two agreements provides clear evidence of our ability to execute...

  • LONDON, May 1- Copper rose on Friday to its highest since December due to seasonally strong demand and expectations of further economic stimulus measures from top consumer China. Three-month lead on the London Metal Exchange was at $2,120 at 1426 GMT from $2,110 at Thursday's close. Copper hit $6,392, its highest since last December.

  • Berry Plastics misses Street 2Q forecasts Friday, 1 May 2015 | 8:45 AM ET

    EVANSVILLE, Ind. _ Berry Plastics Group Inc. on Friday reported fiscal second-quarter net income of $38 million. The average estimate of five analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 43 cents per share. Berry Plastics shares have risen 8.5 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • Olympic Steel tops 1Q revenue forecasts Friday, 1 May 2015 | 6:39 AM ET

    HIGHLAND HILLS, Ohio _ Olympic Steel Inc. on Friday reported first-quarter earnings of $1.1 million. Three analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $342.6 million. Olympic Steel shares have declined 38 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • --Clyde Russell is a Reuters columnist. The Toronto Stock Exchange- based index groups together the world's top gold producers, including No.1 Barrick Gold Corp, which is up 20.5 percent this year in U.S. dollar terms, and No.2 Newmont Mining Corp, which has gained 40 percent. The No.3 producer, Johannesburg- listed AngloGold Ashanti, is up 32 percent since the start of...

  • Eldorado Gold reports 1Q loss Thursday, 30 Apr 2015 | 8:01 PM ET

    Vancouver, British Columbia _ Eldorado Gold Corp. on Thursday reported a loss of $7.8 million in its first quarter. The average estimate of four analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 2 cents per share. Eldorado Gold shares have dropped 15 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • MEXICO CITY, April 30- Mexican retailer and bottling company Femsa on Thursday said its first-quarter profit rose 26 percent compared with a year earlier, boosted by store openings in its retail division and a one-time gain from its stake in Heineken. The company, which co-owns Coke bottler Coca-Cola Femsa and operates the Oxxo chain of convenience stores,...

  • Eastman Chemical tops 1Q profit forecasts Thursday, 30 Apr 2015 | 6:06 PM ET

    KINGSPORT, Tenn. _ Eastman Chemical Co. on Thursday reported first-quarter profit of $171 million. The average estimate of 13 analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $1.61 per share. Eastman Chemical shares have increased slightly since the beginning of the year, while the Standard& Poor's 500 index has climbed slightly more than 1...

  • Canadian Oil Sands posts loss, says cost cut paying off Thursday, 30 Apr 2015 | 4:50 PM ET

    CALGARY, Alberta, April 30- Canadian Oil Sands Ltd, the largest shareholder in the Syncrude Canada Ltd joint venture, said on Thursday it swung to a loss in the first quarter as oil prices dropped by more than half. The other Syncrude partners are Imperial Oil Ltd; Mocal Energy; Murphy Oil Corp; Nexen, a wholly owned subsidiary of China's CNOOC Ltd; Sinopec and Suncor...

  • NEW YORK— Mayor Bill de Blasio's decision to ban plastic foam containers such as to-go cups and meal trays was politically motivated, out of step with a New York City law and should be stopped by a state supreme court judge, according to a coalition of restaurant, manufacturing and lobbying groups that filed a lawsuit Thursday. The ban would make New York the...

  • RIO DE JANEIRO, April 30- Brazil's Vale SA said on Thursday it could reduce forecasted iron ore production by up to 30 million tonnes over the next two years, as the miner tries to resuscitate margins in the midst of a severe price slump. In a major strategy shift following Vale's third quarterly loss in a row, executives said they would focus on improving margins...

  • RIO DE JANEIRO, April 30- Brazil's Vale SA said on Thursday it expects to replace some old higher-cost iron ore production as new capacity comes on stream, the clearest sign yet the miner could cut future output forecasts due to weak prices. Any move to curb output growth by the world's largest producer of iron ore will be closely watched by a market currently in...

  • April 30- North America's two biggest potash producers, Potash Corp of Saskatchewan and Mosaic Co, reported larger first-quarter profits on Thursday, but results missed expectations. Canada's Potash Corp, the world's biggest fertilizer maker by market capitalization, cut its full-year profit forecast, and both companies warned potash prices could slide.

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