SINGAPORE, May 23- London copper fell more than 2 percent on Thursday after a preliminary survey showed China's factory sector contracted in May, hitting sentiment already soured by concerns the United States may pull back on its bond-buying program.» Read More
*Consumer costs up by 180 mln pounds 2007-2011- Competition Commission. LONDON/ FRANKFURT, May 21- Britain's dominant cement makers could be forced to sell off plants to tackle a lack of competition which regulators say has cost customers hundreds of millions of pounds.
*Iran is 4th- largest iron ore supplier to China. SHANGHAI/ LONDON, May 21- Iran's government is negotiating a tax of up to 40 percent on iron ore exports to take advantage of a surge in sales to China, aiming to replace revenue from oil and other sources eroded by sanctions.
LONDON, May 21- Copper rose on Tuesday as investors remained confident about the U.S. economic recovery and kept an eye on a protracted production outage in Indonesia, though gains were capped by disappointing import numbers from top consumer China.
JAKARTA, May 21- Freeport McMoRan Copper& Gold Inc's Indonesian mine could face a prolonged closure and scrutiny over its underground mining plans after one of the country's worst-ever mining disasters, analysts and mining sources said.
LONDON, May 21- Britain's competition regulator may force major cement producers to sell plants as part of efforts to break open the country's cement market, after finding a limited number of players was likely to be causing higher prices.
*SoftBank slips, Sprint permitted discussions with Dish. TOKYO, May 21- Japan's Nikkei share average edged up to a fresh 5-1/ 2- year high on Tuesday, reversing earlier losses, as retail investors scooped up underperforming stocks such as Sharp Corp and Tokyo Electric Power Co Inc.
MELBOURNE, May 21- A spate of profit warnings from Australian mining services firms suggests the country's "once-in-a-century" resources spending boom may have peaked sooner than companies, economists and policymakers had expected.
SINGAPORE, May 21- London copper recouped early losses on Tuesday, underpinned by confidence in the U.S. economy, although gains were kept in check ahead of a slew of factory data this week that may point to softer global growth.
TOKYO, May 21- Japan's Nikkei share average hit a 5-1/ 2- year high on Tuesday, reversing earlier losses as retail investors scooped up underperforming stocks such as Sharp Corp and Tokyo Electric Power Co Inc. percent to 15,369.13 after trading as high as 15,388.37, its best mark since December 2007.
SINGAPORE, May 21- London copper edged lower on Tuesday as traders focused on slowing demand growth in top consumer China against a background of a flagging global economy and ahead of key factory figures this week. *The most-traded September copper contract on the Shanghai Futures Exchange climbed 0.87 percent to 53,100 yuan a tonne.
Hecla Mining Co. rose$. 21 or 6.6 percent, to $3.38. Pan American Silver Corp. rose $1.20 or 10.2 percent, to $12.94. Silver Standard Resources Inc. rose$. 63 or 10.0 percent, to $6.93.
Arch Coal rose$. 37 or 7.4 percent, to $5.38. Consol Energy Inc. rose $1.09 or 3.2 percent, to $35.06. Peabody Energy rose$. 88 or 4.4 percent, to $21.09.
NEW YORK-- Shares of some top chemicals companies were mixed at the close of trading:. Dow Chemical Co. fell$. 21 or. 6 percent, to $35.61. DuPont Co. rose$. 04 or. 1 percent, to $55.93.
Barrick Gold Corp. rose $1.35 or 7.3 percent, to $19.93. Gold Fields Ltd ADS rose$. 18 or 3.1 percent, to $5.99. Newmont Mining Corp. rose $1.65 or 5.4 percent, to $32.28.
*Gold also shoots up from 1- month low and 7 days of losses. NEW YORK/ LONDON, May 20- Gold and silver prices gained about two percent on Monday after a roller-coaster session that opened with a gut-wrenching dive in silver prices to their lowest in 2-1/ 2 years before an abrupt midday turnaround.
NEW YORK-- James River Coal Co. shares extended their rally Monday on news that the company reached deals to exchange about $243.4 million of existing debt for $123.3 million in new debt, pushing back the maturity of some of it by three years.
Hecla Mining Co. rose$. 17 or 5.2 percent, to $3.34. Pan American Silver Corp. rose$. 86 or 7.3 percent, to $12.60. Silver Standard Resources Inc. rose$. 46 or 7.3 percent, to $6.76.
Arch Coal rose$. 35 or 7.0 percent, to $5.36. Consol Energy Inc. rose $1.44 or 4.2 percent, to $35.41. Peabody Energy rose$. 71 or 3.5 percent, to $20.92.
Barrick Gold Corp. rose $1.12 or 6.0 percent, to $19.70. Gold Fields rose$. 09 or 1.5 percent, to $5.90. Newmont Mining Corp. rose $1.46 or 4.8 percent, to $32.09.
NEW YORK-- Shares of some top chemicals companies are mixed at 1 p.m.:. Dow Chemical Co. fell$. 08 or. 2 percent, to $35.74. DuPont Co. rose$. 34 or. 6 percent, to $56.23.