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  • LONDON, April 11- "In copper we trust." Such was the title of the presentation given by Jerry Jiao, vice president at China's Minmetals Group, at last week's CRU-CESCO conference in Chile. The problem for the copper industry executives meeting in Chile last week, however, is not the bright future but the stormy present.

  • TOKYO, April 11- Japan's core machinery orders fell 9.2 percent in February from the previous month, Cabinet Office data showed on Monday, in a sign that business investment remains subdued. That compared with a median estimate for a 12.4 percent decline. In January core orders rose 15.0 percent, inflated by large orders from the steel industry.

  • JOHANNESBURG, April 10- South Africa's Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union said on Sunday it had agreed to take a new wage offer from Sibanye Gold and had called off a strike. AMCU national treasurer Jimmy Gama said the union hoped to sign an agreement with the mining company most probably this week. AMCU led a bruising five-month wage strike in the...

  • LONDON/ BEIJING, April 9- Britain asked China on Saturday to hurry up in tackling overcapacity in its steel industry, hoping to stem the flood of cheap imports into Europe which India's Tata Steel has blamed for its decision to pull out of the United Kingdom, putting 15,000 jobs at risk. Tata put its entire UK business up for sale last month, including its flagship...

  • LONDON, April 9- Britain asked China to tackle over-capacity in its steel industry on Saturday, hoping to stem the flood of cheap imports into Europe which India's Tata Steel said caused it to pull out of the United Kingdom, putting 15,000 jobs at risk. Tata put its entire UK business up for sale last month, including steel works at Port Talbot in south Wales, saying it...

  • April 8- Vertellus Specialties Inc, a U.S. manufacturer of agricultural chemicals such as pyridine, is in talks to cut a deal with its lenders after missing a debt interest payment, according to people familiar with the matter. Weak agricultural markets, combined with overcapacity and increased competition from China, have hit the chemical company, owned by...

  • NEW YORK, April 8- The steep decline and subsequent rebound in the U.S. stock market over the first three months of the year were a boon to U.S. small cap managers, who took advantage of what some considered a short window of low prices to add shares in companies ranging from retailers to steel makers. Towle's fund added seven positions to its portfolio of 35 stocks in...

  • PARIS, April 8- France's health and safety agency is poised to ban weedkillers that combine chemicals glyphosate and tallowamine because of concerns over possible health risks, it said Friday. The agency had reviewed products combining glyphosate and tallowamine after conclusions published in November by the European Food Safety Agency suggested there...

  • MEXICO CITY, April 8- Mexico expects gold and silver production this year to drop while copper output will be flat as low prices continue to weigh on the sector, the government's top mining official said in an interview. Mario Cantu, the economy ministry's general mining coordinator, said gold output this year is estimated to reach about 120,000 kilograms, or down...

  • MEXICO SEES 2016 GOLD OUTPUT AT 120,000 KG, DOWN NEARLY 4 PCT COMPARED TO 124,581 KG IN 2015- MINING OFFICIAL.

  • MEXICO SEES 2016 COPPER OUTPUT FLAT VS 2015 AT ABOUT 540,000 TONNES- MINING OFFICIAL.

  • MEXICO SEES 2016 SILVER OUTPUT DOWN MORE THAN 6 PCT COMPARED TO 2015 TO REACH 5,245 TONNES- MINING OFFICIAL.

  • PARIS, April 8- France's health and safety agency has decided to ban weedkillers that combine chemicals glyphosate and tallowamine because of uncertainty over possible health risks, it said on Friday. Glyphosate, a common ingredient in weedkillers such as Monsanto's Roundup, has been the subject of fierce debate in the past year since a World Health...

  • April 8- Fairfax India Holdings Corp, part of Canadian billionaire Prem Watsa's Fairfax Holdings, said it would invest $300 million in privately held Indian petrochemical company Sanmar Chemicals Group through a combination of equity and fixed-income securities. Last month, Fairfax agreed to buy a 33 percent equity interest in the Bangalore International...

  • April 8- Fairfax India Holdings Corp, part of Canadian billionaire Prem Watsa's Fairfax Holdings, said it would invest $300 million in privately held Indian petrochemical company Sanmar Chemicals Group through a combination of equity and fixed-income securities. Fairfax India will acquire a 30 percent equity ownership in Sanmar as a result of the...

  • *LME copper stocks jump by 4,800 tonnes into Singapore. LONDON, April 8- Copper prices inched lower in London on Friday and were set for their biggest weekly loss since January on concerns about when demand will grow again and ample supply in China. Three-month copper on the London Metal Exchange was down 0.1 percent to $4,647 a tonne by 1007 GMT, close to a six-week...

  • NEW DELHI, April 8- India's steel ministry is considering appealing to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to back a proposal to toughen up anti-dumping rules to tackle a flood of cheap imports threatening its steel industry, a government source said. India is among a number of countries and groups such as the European Union weighing up taking further measures...

  • *LME copper stocks jump by 4,800 tonnes into Singapore. MELBOURNE, April 8- London copper edged up on Friday but was still set for its largest weekly loss in three months as investors took profits on concerns that prices had overshot still fragile fundamentals given near record stocks in China. The second quarter is typically the strongest for demand in China,...

  • BEIJING, April 8- Around 400 Chinese citizens have signed a letter to protest the purchase of Swiss-based seeds and pesticides company Syngenta by state-owned ChemChina, saying the deal would eventually lead to genetically modified crops being sown across swathes of the country. It also underscores fears among some of the public that the government is...

  • KUALA LUMPUR, April 8- Malaysia will extend its ban on bauxite mining by another three months, effective April 15, in order to clear stockpiles and remove the risk of the aluminium-making ingredient contaminating the country's rivers, the environment minister said on Friday. While lower output at the world's top exporter of bauxite threatens to interrupt...

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