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  • 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.

  • DuPont profit inches up 4 pct, raises dividend Tuesday, 22 Jul 2014 | 6:10 AM ET

    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.

  • Final Glance: Gold companies Monday, 21 Jul 2014 | 6:01 PM ET

    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.

  • Russia's Severstal selling US plants for $2.3B Monday, 21 Jul 2014 | 6:42 AM ET

    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 set for final vote on tar sands ban Monday, 21 Jul 2014 | 5:01 AM ET

    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.

  • "The science is clear that mining the Pebble deposit would cause irreversible damage to one of the world's last intact salmon ecosystems," said Dennis McLerran, regional administrator for the EPA, in a statement.

  • Judge finds Chinese drywall maker in contempt Friday, 18 Jul 2014 | 5:57 PM ET

    NEW ORLEANS— A federal judge has ordered a China- based maker of drywall to pay $55,000 in penalties and attorney fees— and to stop doing business in the United States— as punishment for refusing to take part in court proceedings over harm allegedly done by the product. District Judge Eldon Fallon found Taishan Gypsum Co. Ltd. in contempt of court.

  • Gold and silver prices settle lower after jump Friday, 18 Jul 2014 | 3:19 PM ET

    Gold prices settled lower to end the week, a day after concerns about a conflict between Russia and Ukraine shot prices up. Gold for August delivery fell $7.50, or 0.6 percent, to $1,309.40 an ounce. Speculation that tensions between Russia and Ukraine could boil over sent traders into precious metals.

  • July 18- U.S. environmental regulators laid out proposed protections for Alaska's Bristol Bay watershed on Friday, outlining restrictions that would effectively block the development of the Pebble deposit, which could be one of the world's largest copper mines.

  • JAKARTA, July 18- Indonesia has resumed some exports of metal ore concentrates after two firms gained permits to ship iron ore, zinc and lead, a mining ministry official said, the first shipments of their kind since the country changed its export rules in January.

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