LONDON, Oct 31- Copper rose on Friday, on track for its first monthly gain in three months, as risk appetite improved after the Bank of Japan's surprise move to expand its stimulus program boosted equity markets. The Bank of Japan unexpectedly eased monetary policy on Friday in a 5-4 vote, due to concerns that cheaper oil would weigh on consumer prices and delay a...» Read More
European stocks ended firmly lower Wednesday as the outlook for banks remained gloomy in the wake of writedowns from Alliance & Leicester and BNP Paribas.
German industrial group ThyssenKrupp on Wednesday posted a first-quarter pretax profit drop in line with its preliminary guidance but investors punished the company for confusion over its results.
Arcelor Mittal's profit came in at the top of analysts’ expectations Wednesday but its shares fell on profit taking, despite bullish comments from Aditya Mittal, president and CFO of the world’s largest steel maker.
European stocks ended mixed Wednesday, despite surprisingly good news from the U.S. retail sector, which pulled the major indexes higher in the afternoon session.
Rio Tinto will continue to benefit from high Chinese demand for resources thie year, while BHP Billiton's bid is 'a long way away' from valuing the company fairly, Rio's CEO told CNBC.
Miner Xstrata has rejected a cash-and-shares takeover approach from Brazil's Vale pitched at just under 40 pounds a share, or 39 billion pounds ($76 billion), the Financial Times said.
European stocks closed sharply higher Tuesday, after U.S. billionaire investor Warren Buffett inspired a late rally by offering to take on $800 billion worth of debt insured by top bond insurers.
European stocks ended lower across the board Monday, with banking and insurance stocks suffering the worst of the selling. Warnings of further financial turmoil from G7 finance ministers at the weekend contributed to the session’s bearish sentiment.
The chairman of mining company Rio Tinto wrote to shareholders on Sunday, urging them to take no action on a bid for the company by rival miner BHP Billiton.
Weyerhaeuser posted a fourth-quarter loss Friday as its wood products business was hurt by the slump in the U.S. housing market, though adjusted earnings still beat Wall Street expectations.
European shares managed to end a volatile session in positive territory Wednesday, having followed U.S. stocks higher and gained from bullish utilities and telecom stocks.
Aluminum Corp of China will explain to Australian political leaders on Tuesday why it bought a 9 percent stake in Rio Tinto, in a move seen as an attempt to ease concerns may try to take over one of Australia's biggest companies.
Aluminum Corp of China (Chinalco) said on Monday it was content with the $14 billion stake it bought last week in miner Rio Tinto, dousing talk it was planning a rival bid to BHP Billiton's offer for Rio.
European stocks ended firmly higher across the board Friday, despite weaker-than-expected U.S. economic data, as China and U.S. aluminum producer Alcoa teamed up to buy a $14 billion stake in Rio Tinto.
China teamed up with U.S. aluminum producer Alcoa to buy a $14 billion stake in Rio Tinto on Friday and said it may make a bid, threatening miner BHP Billiton's efforts to win Rio.
European shares rallied in late trading on Thursday to close largely flat as gains for mobile phone maker Nokia and chemicals maker BASF offset losses for financials, notably UBS.
BHP Billiton, looking to win support for a takeover of rival Rio Tinto , said growth in production of key commodities such as copper and iron ore accelerated in the three months to December.
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Brazilian mining giant Vale is preparing to make a bid for Anglo-Swiss rival Xstrata in deal that could be worth $90 billion, local newspapers reported on Monday.
European stocks closed mixed Friday after a short rally during the day after better-than-expected consumer confidence data from the U.S. and on the back of talk of consolidation in the mining sector.
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