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  • *China sees sluggish pick-up in demand after New Year hols. LONDON, March 3- Copper prices slipped on Tuesday from a seven-week peak hit in the previous session as excitement over a weekend interest rate cut in top consumer China dissipated, and as the dollar was seen gaining strength. This week could see China's growth forecast coming in at around 7 percent, and...

  • *Gold back above $1,200, but below two-week high. March 3- Gold edged higher on Tuesday, recovering from early losses that pulled it briefly below $1,200 an ounce, as the dollar came off an 11- year peak against a basket of currencies. Gold fell the most in five months in February, with the Federal Reserve seen to be set to lift rates this year for the first time since 2006...

  • *Gold below $1,200, slips further from Monday's two-week high. March 3- Gold dropped for a second session on Tuesday, pulling further away from a two-week high as growing expectations for a U.S. interest rate hike kept the dollar near an 11- year peak against a basket of currencies. Spot gold fell nearly 1 percent to a session low of $1,194.90 an ounce and was trading...

  • MELBOURNE, March 3- London copper slipped on Tuesday from a seven-week peak hit the session before as expectations of rising U.S. interest rates pushed up the dollar and flattened commodity prices. *The most-traded May copper contract on the Shanghai Futures Exchange slipped 0.6 percent to 42,600 yuan a tonne. *Newmont Mining Corp's Indonesian copper export...

  • MANILA, March 3- Gold was steady above $1,200 an ounce on Tuesday after falling off a two-week peak the session before, struggling to push higher as the dollar hovered near an 11- year high. *Spot gold was nearly flat at $1,207.25 an ounce by 0012 GMT. It touched a two-week high of $1,223.20 on Monday on firm Chinese demand before closing lower.

  • SAO PAULO, March 2- Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan Inc, the world's largest fertilizer company by market value, agreed on Monday to pay about $56 million for a 9.5 percent stake in Brazilian rival Fertilizantes Heringer SA, the latest effort by Potash to grow in Latin America's largest economy. Under terms of the agreement, PotashCorp will acquire the stake...

  • *Palladium reaches 5-1/ 2- month high at $832.15/ oz. NEW YORK/ LONDON, March 2- Gold turned lower on Monday as the U.S. dollar rose and investors cashed in gains after upbeat Asian demand lifted the metal to two-week highs, with expectations for a rise in U.S. interest rates later this year keeping a lid on prices. Earlier, spot prices rose to $1,223.20 an ounce, their...

  • *Palladium reaches 5-1/ 2- month high at $829.30/ oz. LONDON, March 2- Gold steadied on Monday as investors cashed in gains after upbeat Asian demand earlier lifted the metal to two-week highs, with expectations for a rise in U.S. interest rates later this year keeping a lid on prices. Earlier spot prices rose to $1,223.20 an ounce, their highest since Feb. 17, after an...

  • Potash Corp to buy stake in Brazil's Heringer Monday, 2 Mar 2015 | 8:26 AM ET

    March 2- Potash Corp of Saskatchewan Inc, the world's biggest fertilizer company by market capitalization, said it would buy a 9.5 percent stake in Brazil's Fertilizantes Heringer SA from its controlling shareholders for $55.7 million. The deal, expected to close in the second half of this year, will pave the way for a long-term potash supply agreement, allowing...

  • SHANGHAI, March 2- China's environmental ministry has ordered local governments in two key steel-producing cities to take tougher action against polluters from the sector as part of efforts to improve air quality. Inspectors from China's Ministry of Environmental Protection last week summoned mayors from the cities of Linyi in the eastern province of...

  • *China cuts rates again to shore up economy; firm buying interest. MANILA, March 2- Gold rose to its highest level in nearly two weeks on Monday, backed by firm Chinese demand. "The prospects of better growth and stronger income should boost gold-buying in China," said Howie Lee, an investment analyst at Phillip Futures in Singapore.

  • RIO DE JANEIRO, Feb 27- Brazil's Braskem SA, Latin America's largest petrochemical company, said on Friday it had agreed to a revised naphtha supply contract with shareholder Petrobras, staving off a threatened shutdown of its Brazilian plants. The contract with Petroleo Brasileiro SA, as Petrobras is formally known, extends the supply agreement until Aug. 31,...

  • NEW YORK, Feb 27- U.S. "Gold's just not in vogue right now and the average investor is trying to chase the stock market," said David Beahm, executive vice president for Blanchard& Co, a large precious metals retailer in New Orleans. Meanwhile, the spot gold market has been rangebound between $1,130- $1,392 per ounce for the past year.

  • *Fourth quarter adjusted operating profit 1.46 bln euros. LUDWIGSHAFEN, Germany, Feb 27- BASF, the world's largest chemical firm by sales, expects operating profit to stagnate this year due to lower oil prices and the cost of launching an unusually high number of production sites. The emerging markets are growing more slowly and the global economy is being...

  • GRAPHIC: Brent-WTI spread: http://link.reuters.com/tes24w SINGAPORE, Feb 27- U.S. shale oil is deepening the discount of U.S. crude prices to global benchmarks, with the price gap turning into the de facto indicator of the health of American shale supply, a shale spread of sorts. The surging U.S. production and inventories point to an "oversupplied market which is...

  • By Manolo Serapio Jr SINGAPORE, Feb 27- Shares in China's steelmarkers outshone long-time international rivals in 2014 as Chinese mills overwhelmed buyers with cheap prices. Shares of Hebei Iron and Steel, the listed unit of top Chinese producer Hebei Steel Group, soared more than 90 percent last year. While those gains mirrored the broader rally in Chinese...

  • WINNIPEG, Manitoba, Feb 26- Canadian farmers are plowing profits from bumper crops into fertilizer storage facilities to mitigate the pricing power held by major retailers and producers. Over time, the practice might erode the steep premiums farmers pay in the spring to retail businesses owned by Agrium Inc, Richardson International and Cargill Ltd, while...

  • LAUNCESTON, Australia, Feb 27- The market chatter over forming a giant Chinese oil major through merging PetroChina and Sinopec has ramped up again recently, but the motivations for such a deal struggle to stand up to scrutiny. The Chinese authorities are mulling joining China National Petroleum Corp, the parent of PetroChina, and China Petrochemical Corp, the...

  • LONDON, Feb 26- British American Tobacco, the world's second-largest cigarette maker, said on Thursday it would take action against the UK government if it enacts a plan to put cigarettes in "plain packaging". The UK parliament is expected to vote on regulations to ban branding on cigarette packs before it is dissolved on March 30, in preparation for the general...

  • RIO DE JANEIRO, Feb 26- Shares in Brazil's Vale SA plunged 5 percent on Thursday as the miner posted full-year net income well below analyst forecasts due to a weaker iron ore price and Brazilian currency. The halving of iron ore prices has hit the world's largest producer of the steelmaking ingredient as increased output from Australia coincided with slower...

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