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  • *Eyes bolt-on acquisitions in U.S., UK, Canada. LONDON, March 25- British plumbing supplies group Wolseley is looking to buy more businesses in its core markets of the United States, Britain and Canada, the company said on Tuesday after posting an 8.8 percent rise in first-half trading profit.

  • SYDNEY, March 25- London copper edged up to its highest in nearly a week on Tuesday, with the market supported by hopes China will act to support its economy after a survey showed manufacturing contracted in the first quarter.

  • *China focus shifts to market forces from direct govt interference. BEIJING, March 25- China has dropped a long-standing target to bring 60 percent of its steel sector under the control of its 10 biggest enterprises by 2015, a goal that has been criticised by companies such as Baosteel for causing a build-up of unprofitable capacity.

  • BEIJING, March 25- China's policymakers have again promised to make it easier for steel mills to merge and consolidate, but they appear to have ditched a long-standing target to bring 60 percent of the sector under the control of its 10 biggest enterprises by 2015..

  • SYDNEY, March 25- London copper was treading water on Tuesday, with hopes of economic stimulus by Beijing providing a floor for prices after a survey showed that growth in the country's factories slowed for a fifth month in March. *The most-traded June copper contract on the Shanghai Futures Exchange edged up by 0.1 percent to 45,300 yuan a tonne.

  • NEW YORK/ LONDON, March 24- Gold prices tumbled about 2 percent on Monday, the biggest one-day drop in nearly two months, as hedge funds dumped the precious metal on fears that rising U.S. interest rates could spark a further retreat from last week's six-month high.

  • LONDON, March 24- The palladium-backed exchange-traded fund due to be launched in Johannesburg by Absa Capital on Thursday has already amassed 8,600 ounces of metal to back its shares, Absa's head of exchange-traded products said on Monday.

  • *Palladium hits 2-1/ 2 year high on supply worries, new ETFs. LONDON, March 24- Gold prices tumbled to a one-month low on Monday as expectations that U.S. interest rates could rise in early 2015 supported the dollar and prompted investors to cash in gains made during the metal's recent rally to six-month highs.

  • The EPA veto was issued after President Barack Obama, a Democrat, became president in 2009. Conservatives have accused Obama of waging a "war on coal," a reference to the administration's efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, including those from coal-burning power plants.

  • U.S. top court declines to hear mining permit case Monday, 24 Mar 2014 | 9:41 AM ET

    WASHINGTON, March 24- The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday delivered a blow to Arch Coal Inc by declining to hear its challenge to an Obama administration decision to block an environmental permit for a coal mining project in West Virginia.

  • *Factory output in China fells to eight month low in March. *Premiums for China bonded copper stocks drop $5 to $95/ 115- Shmet. LONDON, March 24- Copper steadied on Monday as investors saw last week's fall to 3-1/ 2 year lows as overdone, and as the latest batch of weak data from China spurred hopes that authorities would introduce measures to support the economy.

  • *Factory output in China fells to eight month low in March. *Premiums for China bonded copper stocks drop $5 to $95/ 115- Shmet.

  • MANILA, March 24- The Philippine finance minister said he will push mining companies to pay bigger shares of their revenue to the government even though the industry maintains that taxes are already too high and higher ones could kill the business. President Benigno Aquino, seeking to raise revenue from mining, has met stiff resistance.

  • *Premiums for China bonded copper stocks drop $5 to $95/ 115- Shmet. SYDNEY, March 24- London copper recouped early losses on Monday as hopes grew that China would step in to support its economy after a private survey showed expansion in factories slowed for a fifth month in March.

  • SYDNEY, March 24- London copper slipped on Monday after growth in China's factories slowed for a fifth month, while worries about the health of its credit markets also clouded the demand outlook. *The most-traded June copper contract on the Shanghai Futures Exchange slipped by 0.4 percent at 44,960 yuan a tonne.

  • LONDON, March 24- Deliveries of tobacco to retailers in Australia rose slightly last year for the first time in at least five years, even after the introduction of plain packaging aimed at deterring smokers, according to industry sales figures to be released on Monday.

  • LONDON, March 22- Private equity firm Clayton Dubilier& Rice LLC is the frontrunner among four bidders for Germany- based, but Dubai- owned, packaging group Mauser, Britain's Sky News reported on its website on Saturday, without citing its sources.

  • The coal ripple effect     Thursday, 20 Mar 2014 | 2:53 PM ET

    CNBC's Scott Cohn reports on the projected increase in demand for coal.

  • Coal's environmental conundrum     Thursday, 20 Mar 2014 | 1:39 PM ET

    CNBC's Scott Cohn reports on the demand for coal and the government regulation coal miners are facing.

  • US manufacturing is coming back—Thank shale Thursday, 20 Mar 2014 | 11:33 AM ET
    Rig hands thread together drilling pipe at a hydraulic fracturing site owned by EQT Corp., atop the Marcellus shale rock formation in Washington Township, Pennsylvania.

    Shale gas is adding manufacturing jobs to US cities in industries thought to be lost to foreign competition, says a report by IHS Global.

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