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  • July 29- International Paper Co, the largest corrugated box maker in North America, posted a higher-than-expected profit on Tuesday, citing slowly returning demand in the United States and Europe. For the second quarter, the company posted net income of $161 million, or 37 cents per share, compared with $259 million, or 57 cents per share, a year earlier.

  • LONDON, July 29- Copper prices slipped on Tuesday, as prospects of growing supplies overshadowed encouraging signs of health in the global economy, while zinc hovered at three-year highs on expectations of a tightening market. Three-month copper 0.3 percent to $7,099.50 a tonne at 0925 GMT.

  • SYDNEY, July 29- Lead inched to a new 17- month top on Tuesday and zinc prices hovered near 3- year highs as investors ploughed into metals that have lagged this year and now look undervalued on prospects of reviving global growth. *Three-month lead on the London Metal Exchange rose to $2,305, a new top since late February 2013.

  • *Freeport expected to export 756,000 T copper concentrate. LONDON, July 28- Copper was steady on Monday as investors weighed increased supply from Indonesia against prospects for higher demand, while lead was near a 1-1/ 2 year high, tracking related metal zinc.

  • Concerns about the potentially dangerous impact of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, in the search for shale gas has prompted protests in Britain and outright bans on the practice in France and elsewhere.

  • LONDON, July 28- Copper was little changed on Monday as investors weighed increased supply from Indonesia versus prospects for better demand, while lead was near a 1-1/ 2 year top, catching up with recent gains in its sister-metal zinc.

  • --Clyde Russell is a Reuters columnist. LAUNCESTON, Australia, July 28- One thing has become clear from the latest production reports from the big three iron ore miners: They appear intent on ensuring their dominance by boosting low-cost output.

  • METALS-London copper pauses as Freeport eyes exports Sunday, 27 Jul 2014 | 9:14 PM ET

    SYDNEY, July 28- London copper opened steady on Monday after a two percent run up last week, stalling on news that major miner Freeport was set to resume concentrate exports from Indonesia after a six-month halt, unlocking a kink in supply.

  • July 25- A former adviser to mining giant BSG Resources was sentenced in New York federal court on Friday to two years in prison for obstructing a criminal probe in connection with a bribery investigation in Guinea.

  • JAKARTA, July 25- Freeport-McMoRan Inc clinched a deal with the Indonesian government on Friday allowing the miner to resume copper concentrate exports from the country, effectively ending a six-month tax dispute and paving the way for more miners to follow suit.

  • JAKARTA, July 25- Freeport-McMoRan Inc and the Indonesian government on Friday reached a deal over a contract dispute that should pave the way for a resumption of the U.S. company's copper exports after a six-month halt.

  • SYDNEY, July 25- London copper edged down on Friday but was still set to log its fifth weekly advance in six, with investors more bullish on metals on expectations the global economy is on a firmer footing and on a brighter outlook for top consumer China.

  • July 24- The steel-making coal market needs to cut another 10 million tonnes of production to get into balance, the chief of Teck Resources Ltd said on Thursday after the Canadian miner reported a sharp fall in profit, mainly due to weak coal prices.

  • RIO DE JANEIRO, July 24- Brazil's Vale SA produced record amounts of iron ore in its latest second quarter, rising to the task of battling Australian rivals for market share, but weaker performance at other divisions fanned some concern ahead of results next week.

  • "Results were better than expected, with solid operating results in coal and copper," RBC Capital Markets analyst Fraser Phillips said in a note to clients. Teck cut its 2014 copper cost forecast to between $1.95 and $2.05 per pound from $2.00 to $2.20 a pound.

  • RIO DE JANEIRO, July 24- Brazilian miner Vale said on Thursday its iron ore output in the second quarter was a record high for the period, up 12.6 percent from a year earlier, as it ramped up production to win back market share from Australian rivals.

  • *Freeport set to strike deal. JAKARTA, July 24- Indonesia has offered mining companies a tax concession to end a six-month dispute that has reduced mineral exports by half a billion dollars a month, pushed up the global price of some metals and led to thousands of layoffs.

  • *BASF still sees slightly higher adj EBIT in 2014. FRANKFURT, July 24- BASF, the world's largest chemicals maker by sales, became the latest euro zone company to suffer from the strength of the euro, posting lower-than-expected earnings growth even as sales volumes rose.

  • MELBOURNE/ LONDON/ RIO DE JANEIRO, July 24- After two years of shunning miners, investors are tiptoeing back into the sector on signs of growth perking up in China, company austerity measures paying off, and prices of nickel, copper and aluminum picking up as supply tightens.

  • *Indonesia to revise rules on mineral export taxes next month. LONDON, July 24- Copper climbed to its highest level in 10 days and zinc hit a near three-year peak after better-than-expected Chinese factory data calmed fears about economic growth in the world's biggest metals consumer.

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