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  • SHANGHAI, March 21- The European Union's call to step up measures on imports of Chinese steel products will not solve the problems facing the global steel industry but will affect the international trade order, China's Commerce Ministry said on Monday. The European Commission announced plans on March 16 to speed up trade defense cases against cheap imports...

  • LONDON, March 21- European shares fell on Monday, as a decline in the share prices of major mining stocks and in French supermarket operator Casino weighed on the region's stock markets. The pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 index and the euro zone's blue-chip Euro STOXX 50 index were both down by 0.7 percent. However, Bayer's shares rose after people familiar with...

  • SHANGHAI, March 21- Bohai Steel Group Co Ltd, a steelmaker based in northeast China, may be unable to make full repayment on 192 billion yuan of debt, the online financial magazine Caixin reported. The city government of Tianjin, which owns the firm, has set up a committee of creditors to help resolve the problem, Caixin said on Saturday. Creditors include the Tianjin...

  • MELBOURNE, March 21- London copper rose on Monday, moving toward the four-month high reached in the previous session, underpinned by expectations that U.S. and European central banks will keep loose monetary policies and amid stronger seasonal demand. Meanwhile copper shipments have streamed into China, boosting stockpiles to record levels, even as its...

  • SHANGHAI, March 21- Bohai Steel Group Co Ltd, a steelmaker based in northeast China, may be unable to make full repayment on 192 billion yuan of debt, the online financial magazine Caixin reported. The city government of Tianjin, which owns the firm, has set up a committee of creditors to help resolve the problem, Caixin said on Saturday. Creditors include the Tianjin...

  • MELBOURNE, March 21- London copper eased on Monday from its highest in more than four months hit the session before, but was underpinned by expectations of loose policy for longer in the United States and Europe and a period of stronger seasonal demand. *Three-month copper on the London Metal Exchange had slipped 0.1 percent to $5,039 a tonne by 0120 GMT, paring...

  • March 20- The Sherwin-Williams Co has agreed to acquire rival U.S. paint company Valspar Corp, the companies said on Sunday, in an all-cash deal valued at about $9.3 billion. Valspar shares closed at $83.83 on Friday on the New York Stock Exchange, and Sherwin-Williams ended at $288.69. "The combination expands our brand portfolio and customer relationships in...

  • March 20- The Sherwin-Williams Co has agreed to acquire rival U.S. paint company Valspar Corp, the companies said on Sunday, in an all-cash deal valued at about $8.9 billion. Valspar shares closed at $83.83 on Friday on the New York Stock Exchange, and Sherwin-Williams ended at $288.69. Sherwin-Williams and Valspar said they have highly complementary products,...

  • March 20- The Sherwin-Williams Co, a U.S. paint company, said on Sunday it agreed to acquire Valspar Corp for about $11.3 billion, or $113 per share, in an all-cash transaction. The transaction also accelerates Sherwin-Williams' growth strategy by expanding in the Asia-Pacific region, Europe, the Middle East and Africa, and also adds new capabilities in the...

  • March 20- The Sherwin-Williams Co, a U.S. paint company, said on Sunday it agreed to acquire Valspar Corp for about $11.3 billion, or $113 per share, in an all-cash transaction.

  • KINSHASA, March 19- Mining and oil firms in Democratic Republic of Congo must pay taxes and import duties in U.S. dollars from Saturday rather than in the national currency, the Central Bank of the Congo said. Congo is Africa's top producer of copper, and mining is key to an economic boom that has seen growth rates of 8 percent for five years, among the highest in the...

  • March 18- United States Steel Corp said it would idle plants and lay off workers in Alabama, Ohio and Texas as it tries to keep a lid on costs to tackle a steep fall in steel prices. The company said the layoffs could impact 650 union and 120 non-union workers at Fairfield Tubular in Alabama, Lone Star Tubular in Texas and Lorain in Ohio, along with its Oilwell Services...

  • SAO PAULO, March 18- The board of Brazilian steelmaker Usinas Siderúrgicas de Minas Gerais SA decided on Friday to call a shareholder meeting on April 18 to discuss a 1 billion-real capital increase proposed by Japan's Nippon Steel& Sumitomo Corp, two sources with knowledge of the decision said. The Brazilian company's controlling shareholders, Nippon Steel...

  • Gold bullion bars and coins.

    Gold has outperformed all other asset classes so far in 2016, says portfolio manager Trey Reik. He explains what he thinks will happen next.

  • *Coming Up: Univ of Michigan sentiment index Mar at 1400 GMT. LONDON, March 18- London copper held steady at a four-month high on Friday after the dollar slid on a tempered agenda for U.S. interest rate rises while a revival in Chinese house prices supported the bullish case for a recovery in metals demand. "We think the recent rally in metals prices reflects a more...

  • What's the outlook for commodities?

    The CEOs of some of the world's largest mining companies share their outlook for commodity prices.

  • Are commodity prices improving?

    Paul Gait, senior research analyst at Bernstein Research, shares his outlook for commodity prices and says there are signs the cycle is improving.

  • MELBOURNE, March 18- London copper hit its highest since November on Friday after the dollar was pummeled as the U.S. tempered an aggressive rate hike, while a revival in China house prices fueled hopes for a recovery in metals demand. *Three-month copper on the London Metal Exchange was trading up half a percent at $5,095 a tonne by 0220 GMT, adding to 2.7- percent...

  • One-hundred-gram gold bars sit on a one-kilogram gold bar, center, at Gold Investments Ltd. bullion dealers in London, July 15, 2014.

    Stock market history says when the gold trade is on fire like it is this quarter, the next big trade is obvious. Can you guess?

  • TORONTO, March 17- Canada's main stock index rose on Thursday as higher oil prices supported energy stocks, while the heavyweight financial and materials sectors also gained. The most influential gainers on the index included Royal Bank of Canada, which rose 0.4 percent to C $74.91, and Canadian Natural Resources, which advanced 1 percent to C $36.58.

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