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  • METALS-Copper steadies after China factory data Tuesday, 23 Sep 2014 | 12:33 PM ET

    *China manufacturing unexpectedly picks up in Sept. LONDON, Sept 23- Copper prices steadied on Tuesday, after touching three-month lows in the previous session, as manufacturing data from top consumer China helped allay some fears about the outlook for demand.

  • New dawn for Mexican steel puts Brazil in the shade Tuesday, 23 Sep 2014 | 11:23 AM ET

    MEXICO CITY/ RIO DE JANEIRO, Sept 23- Mexico is emerging as the preferred choice for investors in Latin American steel making as a landmark energy reform and exposure to a U.S. recovery help outshine regional rival Brazil, where the gloom of recession has taken hold.

  • Sept 23- Newmont Mining Corp raised its full-year copper production forecast after ending a tax dispute with the Indonesian government that allows it to resume shipments from the country. U.S.-based Newmont halted exports in January after Indonesia imposed a hefty export tax that the U.S. firm said violated its mining contract.

  • Newmont raises full-year copper production forecast Tuesday, 23 Sep 2014 | 8:50 AM ET

    Sept 23- Newmont Mining Corp raised its full-year copper production forecast to reflect the resumption of shipments from Indonesia. The miner received an export permit from the Indonesian government on Monday to resume copper concentrate shipments from the country.

  • LONDON, Sept 23- It's now a full eight months since Indonesia turned off the supply of nickel ore to China's giant nickel pig iron sector. China's trade figures for August showed imports of just 39,000 tonnes, very much in line with the previous three months.

  • *China manufacturing unexpectedly picks up in Sept. LONDON, Sept 23- Copper prices recovered on Tuesday, bouncing off three-month lows hit in the previous session, as encouraging manufacturing data from top consumer China helped allay some fears about the outlook for demand.

  • *Copper to retest support at $6,733- technicals. SINGAPORE, Sept 23- London copper futures rebounded from their three-month lows on Tuesday after a private survey showed China's manufacturing sector expanded at a slightly faster pace than expected, but lack of physical buying suggested the industrial metal and its peers were not out of the woods yet.

  • SINGAPORE, Sept 23- London copper futures ticked higher on Tuesday but held near their weakest level since June on nagging worries about economic growth in top consumer China ahead of the release of a closely-watched data.

  • FRANKFURT, Sept 22- Drugs and chemicals maker Merck KGaA agreed on Monday to acquire U.S.-based Sigma-Aldrich Corp for $17 billion in cash to boost its lab supplies business, the biggest takeover in the German group's history.

  • *Silver prices drop to lowest since mid-2010. *Gold eyes key chart support at $1,180/ oz, June 2013 low. NEW YORK/ LONDON, Sept 22- Gold prices edged up on Monday on short covering after a dollar rise and technical selling sent the precious metal into its weakest since early January earlier in the day.

  • European shares fall on China growth jitters Monday, 22 Sep 2014 | 10:42 AM ET

    PARIS/ LONDON, Sept 22- European shares fell on Monday, with a benchmark index retreating from the previous session's near-seven-year high, as concern over the pace of growth in China knocked down mining heavyweights such as Rio Tinto and BHP Billiton.

  • LONDON, Sept 22- Silver prices slid to their lowest in four years on Monday, with the prospect of rising U.S. interest rates undermining precious metals and industrial commodities dented by worries over Chinese demand. By 1259 GMT it had recovered to $17.70 an ounce, down 0.3 percent.

  • FRANKFURT, Sept 22- Drugs and chemicals maker Merck KGaA agreed on Monday to acquire U.S. company Sigma-Aldrich for $17 billion in cash to boost its lab supplies business, the biggest takeover in the German group's history.

  • NEW YORK, Sept 22- Sigma-Aldrich shares were surging on Monday, up 34.4 percent to $137.60 after German drugs and chemicals maker Merck KGaA said on Monday it agreed to acquire Sigma-Aldrich for $17 billion in cash to boost its life science business.

  • *Sigma-Aldrich shares are trading up 35.2 percent to $138.35 in premarket. German drugs and chemicals maker Merck KGaA said on Monday it agreed to acquire Sigma-Aldrich for $17 billion in cash to boost its life science business.

  • European shares dip on China growth jitters Monday, 22 Sep 2014 | 7:23 AM ET

    PARIS/ LONDON, Sept 22- European shares fell on Monday, with a benchmark retreating from a near seven-year high touched in the previous session, as concerns over the pace of growth in China knocked lower mining heavyweights such as Rio Tinto and BHP Billiton.

  • *Focus on Tuesday's flash HSBC PMI for China. LONDON, Sept 22- Copper dropped to a three-month low on Monday, weighed by demand concerns ahead of manufacturing data from top consumer China that is likely to show stalling factory growth in the world's second-largest economy.

  • *Gold eyes key chart support at $1,180/ oz, June 2013 low. LONDON, Sept 22- Gold slid to its weakest since early January and silver to a four-year low on Monday as speculation that the Federal Reserve will start its rate-tightening cycle sooner than expected fuelled selling of precious metals.

  • SINGAPORE, Sept 22- London copper futures slipped for a third session on Monday as the dollar firmed on the likelihood of a U.S. interest rate hike and investors fretted over China's slowing economic growth. This week's focus will be on China's flash manufacturing PMI reading on Tuesday, as fears over the outlook for country's economy mount.

  • SINGAPORE, Sept 22- Gold was stuck near its lowest since January on Monday on fears that a stronger dollar and an earlier-than-expected hike in U.S. interest rates would dim the metal's appeal. Silver was trading close to a four-year low, while platinum fell to its lowest since December.

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