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  • *Investors watch Ukraine developments, physical demand. LONDON, May 27- Gold slipped 1.4 percent on Tuesday, extending losses after U.S. data showed orders for U.S. manufactured goods unexpectedly rose in April, while platinum fell after South Africa's mining minister pledged to mediate in a long-running strike.

  • *China bonded copper stocks seen at 600,000 T- Morgan Stanley. LONDON, May 27- Nickel rose on Tuesday after rioting at Vale's mine in New Caledonia intensified worries over supply shortages, with the sector already hit by an Indonesian ban on ore exports.

  • *Gold stays below $1,300, Asian shares edge higher. SINGAPORE, May 27- Gold slipped on Tuesday as investors nervously await U.S. economic data for directional cues, while platinum group metals were supported as labour strikes dragged on in key producer South Africa. Gold has struggled to break above the $1,300- an-ounce level.

  • --Clyde Russell is a Reuters columnist. The cost of producing about half of Australia's thermal coal and about 45 percent of its coking coal is above the prevailing prices, Morgan Stanley said in a report on Monday.

  • SYDNEY, May 27- Dozens of protesters caused tens of millions of dollars in damage to vehicles, equipment and buildings at Vale's nickel mining site in New Caledonia, as anger boiled over at a chemical spill into a local river.

  • SYDNEY, May 27- London copper edged to its highest in nearly three months on Tuesday as markets reopened after a holiday weekend, underpinned by buying in top user China and expectations of monetary easing in Europe. *The most-traded August copper contract on the Shanghai Futures Exchange edged up 0.2 percent to 49,030 yuan a tonne.

  • SINGAPORE, May 27- Gold was little changed on Tuesday as investors await U.S. economic data for directional cues, while platinum group metals rose for a second day as labour strikes dragged on in key producer South Africa.

  • ST PETERSBURG, Russia, May 26- Russia's Inter RAO is studying the possibility of building the world's largest coal-fired power plant to sell electricity to China in a sign of strengthening economic and political ties between the two countries.

  • --Clyde Russell is a Reuters columnist. LAUNCESTON, Australia, May 26- Iron ore swaps traded in Singapore are suggesting that the worst may be over for the steelmaking ingredient, but futures in the Chinese city of Dalian point to further price weakness.

  • *Copper premiums rose on plant closures- trade. Physical premiums- the cost paid above London Metal Exchange cash prices to take delivery of the metal- had climbed above $100 from $65- 70 two weeks ago, a trader said. Japan's JX Nippon Mining& Metals Corp indirectly owns 40 percent of LS-Nikko.

  • SINGAPORE, May 26- Platinum group metals climbed on Monday on supply fears from strikes in major producer South Africa, while gold continued to struggle below $1,300 an ounce. *Platinum rose 0.5 percent to $1,472.35 an ounce, not too far from an 8-1/ 2 month high hit last week.

  • Goldman, JPMorgan sued over zinc price manipulation Saturday, 24 May 2014 | 6:37 AM ET

    One of the oldest galvanizers in the United States accused Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan Chase, the LME and metal warehouse operators of conspiring since 2010 to manipulate the U.S. zinc price.

  • In a filing on Friday, Duncan Galvanizing, one of the oldest galvanizers in the United States, accused Goldman Sachs Group Inc, JPMorgan Chase& Co, the LME and metal warehouse operators of conspiring since 2010 to manipulate the U.S. zinc price.

  • *Palladium knocked by firmer dollar, profit-taking. NEW YORK/ LONDON, May 23- Palladium fell on Friday as investors took some profits after hitting 2-1/ 2- year highs a day earlier and the dollar firmed, even as concerns remained about supplies as strikes in major producer South Africa drag on.

  • *Palladium knocked by firmer dollar, profit-taking. LONDON, May 23- Palladium fell on Friday as the dollar firmed and investors squared positions before the weekend, but more gains are expected on worries that an extended strike could drag on even longer in major producer South Africa.

  • *Palladium up 2.3 percent for week- best since March. LONDON, May 23- Palladium dipped on Friday as the dollar firmed, but was set for its best week in two months on worries that an extended strike could drag on even longer in major producer South Africa.

  • SINGAPORE, May 23- Palladium was steady near a 2-1/ 2 year high on Friday and was headed for its best week in two months on supply fears due to a prolonged strike in major producer South Africa. *Palladium was steady in early Asian trading after hitting $837.40 an ounce in the previous session- its highest since August 2011.

  • JOHANNESBURG, May 22- The National Union of Mineworkers said South Africa's labour movement will be the ultimate loser from a rival union's 17- week platinum strike, which could lead to layoffs and new restrictive government rules.

  • *Strike in platinum mines has gone on for 17 weeks. RUSTENBURG, South Africa, May 22- The chanting began around midnight, a chilling message through the cold of the early South African winter to those who had dared to cross the picket lines at platinum producer Lonmin.

  • *Strike would halt over half of Australia's iron ore exports. MELBOURNE, May 22- Tugboat workers agreed on Thursday to suspend plans to go on strike at Australia's biggest iron ore port till at least late June, just as miners stepped up efforts to avert action that could halt a quarter of the world's seaborne iron ore supply.

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