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  • HOUSTON _ Kraton Performance Polymers Inc. on Wednesday reported first-quarter net income of $88.1 million, after reporting a loss in the same period a year earlier. On a per-share basis, the Houston- based company said it had profit of $2.84. Keywords: Kraton Performance Polymers, Earnings Report.

  • NEW YORK, April 27- Expectations for chemical company earnings have been boosted by a combination of lower crude oil costs during the commodity's slump along with strong demand for plastics that are used to make everything from shampoo bottles to grocery bags. Last week, LyondellBasell Industries beat consensus estimates, and estimates for Westlake...

  • BUENOS AIRES, April 27- Brazilian miner Vale SA is considering a restart of its Rio Colorado potash project in Argentina after a long delay, the company said on Wednesday, the latest sign that international investors are eyeing a return to the country. Vale suspended work on its Rio Colorado project in the western province of Mendoza in 2012, having already...

  • BUENOS AIRES, April 27- Brazilian miner Vale SA is planning to restart its Rio Colorado potash. Vale put its Rio Colorado project in the western province of Mendoza on hold in 2012, having already invested $2.2 billion, as prices for the key crop nutrient crashed and after the former government refused to offer tax concessions to mitigate soaring costs.

  • CHARLESTON, W.Va.— Prosecutors are urging a federal appeals court not to allow former coal company executive Don Blankenship to remain free next month while the court considers his appeal. Attorney Steve Ruby wrote in a filing submitted Monday night to the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Blankenship was sentenced April 6 to a year in prison and ordered to pay a...

  • LONDON, April 27- Prime Minister David Cameron said on Wednesday there was no guarantee that efforts to save the British steel industry would be successful, trying to manage expectations that the government can save thousands of jobs. Cameron has said his government will do all it can to secure a buyer for Tata Steel's businesses in Britain, keen to make sure the...

  • Hess, which produces oil in North Dakota's Bakken Shale and the U.S. Gulf of Mexico, said average realized price for crude fell 36.8 percent to $28.50 per barrel in the quarter. Net loss attributable to Hess widened to $509 million, or $1.72 per share, in the quarter ended March 31, from $389 million, or $1.37 per share, a year earlier.

  • MEMPHIS, Tenn. _ International Paper Co. on Wednesday reported first-quarter profit of $334 million. The average estimate of 10 analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 69 cents per share. International Paper shares have increased 15 percent since the beginning of the year, while the Standard& Poor's 500 index has climbed slightly...

  • CORRECTED- UK PM CAMERON SAYS THERE IS NO GUARANTEE OF SUCCESS IN SAVING UK STEEL INDUSTRY.

  • *Dalian iron ore, coking coal, coke slump by 6 pct limit. *Dalian bourse raised transaction fees twice this week. MANILA, April 27- Iron ore and steel futures in China fell again on Wednesday as authorities raised trading costs to deter speculative investors believed to be behind last week's big spike in prices and volumes, which had raised fears of a destabilising...

  • *Dalian iron ore, coking coal, coke slump by 6 pct limit. *Dalian bourse raised transaction fees twice this week. MANILA, April 27- Iron ore and steel futures in China sank again on Wednesday as authorities raised trading costs to deter speculative investors believed to be behind last week's big spike in prices and volumes, which has raised fears of a destabilizing...

  • SAN FRANCISCO, April 26- Stanford University's announcement on Monday that it will not rid its $22 billion endowment of oil and gas companies has raised the ire of campus climate activists, who said on Tuesday they will protest the decision. Activists felt they had momentum on their side after Stanford two years ago said it would no longer invest in coal mining...

  • WASHINGTON— United States Steel Corp. has filed a complaint with U.S. regulators against the biggest Chinese steel producers, accusing them of conspiring to fix prices, stealing trade secrets and skirting duties on imports in the U.S. with false labeling. Steel announced Tuesday that it lodged the complaint with the U.S. International Trade Commission.

  • VANCOUVER, British Columbia _ Capstone Mining Corp. on Tuesday reported a loss of $12.8 million in its first quarter. The Vancouver, British Columbia- based company said it had a loss of 3 cents per share. Keywords: Capstone Mining, Earnings Report.

  • NEW YORK, April 26- U.S. Steel Corp has launched a campaign to prevent imports from China's largest steel producers, it said on Tuesday, the boldest step yet by a U.S. company as a trade brawl with the world's largest steel producer escalates. The petition, known as Section 337 and used to protect against intellectual property theft, listed some of China's top...

  • MAYFIELD HEIGHTS, Ohio _ Ferro Corp. on Tuesday reported a first-quarter loss of $10 million, after reporting a profit in the same period a year earlier. The average estimate of five analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 21 cents per share. Three analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $282 million.

  • NEW YORK, April 26- U.S. Steel Corp has launched a campaign to prevent imports from China's largest steel producers, it said on Tuesday, the boldest step yet by a U.S. company as a trade dispute with the world's largest industrial metal producer intensifies. In a complaint to the U.S. International Trade Commission, the U.S. steelmaker called on regulators to...

  • PITTSBURGH _ United States Steel Corp. on Tuesday reported a loss of $340 million in its first quarter. The average estimate of 10 analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for a loss of $1.29 per share. Three analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $2.53 billion.

  • NEW YORK, April 26- U.S. Steel Corp has filed a complaint with U.S. regulators calling for an investigation into China's largest steel producers over alleged price fixing and circumvention of import duties, it said on Tuesday.

  • April 26- Freeport-McMoRan Inc expects to have agreed $3 billion worth of asset sales by mid-year, its chief executive said on Tuesday, as the U.S. miner and oil producer tries to whittle down a nearly $21 billion debt pile he described as "a killer." Freeport owns a number of world-class copper assets, including the Grasberg mine in Indonesia and the Cerro Verde mine...

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