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  • NEW YORK— Alpha Natural Resources Inc., one of the country's biggest coal producers, became the latest in a string of coal companies to seek bankruptcy protection amid an historic shift in the electric power sector brought on by cheap natural gas and stricter pollution regulations. Alpha operates about 60 coal mines, many in parts of Appalachia that have seen...

  • *Copper mine supply disruptions mount; market nears balance- MS. MELBOURNE, Aug 3- London copper sank back towards six-year lows on Monday on jitters over China's economic health, after factory growth stuttered in July and a central bank official said downward pressure on the economy would persist into the second half. A private survey on Monday showed China's...

  • Asian spot iron ore does meet the technical definition of being in a bull market, having gained 25.4 percent between its record low of $44.10 a tonne on July 8 and the close of $55.30 on July 29. It's also worth noting that the so-called bull market was nowhere near as clear in the main iron ore derivative markets in Dalian and Singapore. Front-month Dalian futures...

  • MELBOURNE, Aug 3- London copper slipped on Monday on jitters over China's economic health, after factory growth stuttered in July and a central bank official said downward pressure on the economy would persist into the second half. A private survey on Monday showed China's factory activity contracted by the most in two years as new orders fell, dashing hopes...

  • WASHINGTON, Aug 2- President Barack Obama will unveil on Monday the final version of his plan to tackle greenhouse gases from coal-fired power plants, kicking off what is expected to be a tumultuous legal battle between federal environmental regulators and coal industry supporters. The White House said its revised Clean Power Plan will increase the required...

  • July 31- The man who was instrumental in blocking a foreign takeover five years ago of Canada's Potash Corp, the world's No. 2 producer of the crop nutrient potash, says Germany need not fear Potash's move to buy German potash miner K+ S AG. In 2010, Brad Wall, premier of the Western Canadian province of Saskatchewan, campaigned against Anglo-Australian miner BHP...

  • July 31- The premier of Saskatchewan, the Canadian province with some of the world's richest reserves of the crop nutrient potash, says upcoming changes to potash-mining taxes will be revenue-neutral for its treasury, and will maintain capital-spending incentives. Wall, who successfully urged Canada's federal government to block a 2010 attempt by...

  • WTO rules against China in specialty steel dispute Friday, 31 Jul 2015 | 12:48 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— The World Trade Organization says China broke global trade rules by failing to comply with an earlier WTO ruling and continuing to impose duties on specialty steel imports. The case dates back to 2010 when China imposed duties on a high-tech specialty steel used in power plants. Despite the ruling, China reintroduced duties on the steel in 2013. The...

  • GENEVA, July 31- China failed to comply with a World Trade Organization ruling that found its tariffs on a type of speciality steel products breached global trade rules, a WTO panel said in a ruling on Friday. The ruling noted, however, that China had stopped applying the tariffs in April, while the WTO hearings were going on, more than four and a half years after the...

  • US wins WTO ruling on Chinese speciality steel tariffs Friday, 31 Jul 2015 | 11:25 AM ET

    GENEVA, July 31- China failed to comply with a World Trade Organization ruling that found its tariffs on a type of speciality steel products breached global trade rules, a WTO panel said in a ruling on Friday. The United States brought the case in 2010 after China slapped punitive duties on U.S. exports of grain oriented flat-rolled electrical steel, used in the...

  • LONDON, July 31- Copper prices fell on Friday on persistent worries about demand in top consumer China, but losses were muted after weak U.S. data prompted a slide in the dollar. Three-month copper on the London Metal Exchange was down 0.4 percent at $5,240 tonne at 1435 GMT, after sliding as much as 1 percent in the morning and then bouncing briefly into positive...

  • JOHANNESBURG, July 31- Unions at South African gold producers are divided over whether to accept a final wage offer and avert the kind of prolonged strike that affected the platinum sector last year. AngloGold Ashanti, Sibanye Gold, Harmony Gold and two smaller producers, have offered wage increases of up to 17 percent, saying the sector is grappling with...

  • BRUSSELS, July 31- China's steel demand will shrink this year and lead to a flood of exports, ArcelorMittal said on Friday, highlighting the growth problems facing the world's top consumer and producer of the construction material. In dollar terms, ArcelorMittal only sells 1 percent of its steel to China compared to 46 percent to Europe, including Russia and...

  • July 31- Plastic packaging products maker Berry Plastics Group Inc said it would buy Avintiv Inc, which makes materials used in products ranging from diapers to disinfectant wipes, for about $2.45 billion in cash from Blackstone Group LP. Berry Plastics' shares rose nearly 2 percent to $34 in trading before the bell on Friday. Avintiv has 23 locations in 14...

  • Berry Plastics reports 3Q loss Friday, 31 Jul 2015 | 8:42 AM ET

    EVANSVILLE, Ind. _ Berry Plastics Group Inc. on Friday reported a fiscal third-quarter loss of $13 million, after reporting a profit in the same period a year earlier. The average estimate of five analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was also for earnings of 51 cents per share. Berry Plastics shares have climbed almost 6 percent since the beginning of...

  • LONDON, July 31- Barrick Gold Corp's sale of half of its Zaldivar copper mine in Chile to Antofagasta for what analysts say is a pricey $1 billion hit Antofagasta's shares on Friday, but could help Anglo American in its own copper assets sale. Shares in Antofagasta fell by almost 5 percent on Friday to their lowest in six years, after the announcement late on...

  • LONDON, July 31- Copper and most other base metals extended their downtrends on Friday on persistent worries about demand in top consumer China, leaving copper facing its biggest monthly loss since January. Investors remained on edge about demand in top metals consumer China, after an official warned that risks from a slowing economy must not morph into social...

  • *Top miner Nickel Asia eyes record exports this year. MANILA, July 31- Philippine nickel miners, hit by a slump in prices, may have found an unexpected ally in the El Nino. "The impact of El Nino on our operations is going to be positive," said Emmanuel Samson, the CFO of top miner Nickel Asia Corp. "The dry weather means our mines can continue to be productive in October or...

  • *ArcelorMittal has limited China exposure. BRUSSELS, July 31- ArcelorMittal, the world's largest steelmaker, said it would do better in the second half of the year than the first and kept its 2015 profit targets, despite cutting its global forecast for steel demand. ArcelorMittal, which produces 6 to 7 percent of the world's steel, repeated its 2015 for core profit...

  • MELBOURNE, July 31- London copper ticked lower on Friday and was facing its biggest monthly loss since January amid sputtering Chinese demand and a stronger dollar, with traders squaring books ahead of the month-end and Chinese factory data over the weekend. *Shanghai Futures Exchange copper fell 0.8 percent to 38360 yuan a tonne. Power cuts in Africa's...

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