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  • *Zinc hits another three-week top on China imports. *Australia's Mincor puts nickel mine on care and maintenance. LONDON, Jan 27- Copper steadied on Wednesday after hitting its highest since Jan. 8 as oil resumed its fall and investors became cautious ahead of a Federal Reserve policy meeting later in the day.

  • LONDON, Jan 27- European shares fell on Wednesday, hit by a drop in Swiss drugmaker Novartis and German chemicals company BASF after their weak earnings updates. "We're only just getting under way on the European earnings front, but it's been a pretty mixed bag so far with weak updates from Novartis and BASF," said Clairinvest fund manager Ion- Marc Valahu.

  • LONDON, Jan 27- European shares lost ground on Wednesday, impacted by a drop in Swiss drugmaker Novartis and German chemicals company BASF after their weak earnings updates. Royal Bank of Scotland also fell more than 2 percent after the bank warned its profits would be hit by a pension charge and U.S. litigation provisions, while a forecast of lower revenues from...

  • Crude has dropped to nearly $30 a barrel from as high as $115 in mid-2014 on the back of higher U.S. shale oil production and a supply increase from OPEC, which decided to fight for market share rather than cut output to correct prices. Many OPEC officials have said supply was poised to drop as non- OPEC output shrank fast and global demand continued to grow.

  • LAUNCESTON, Australia, Jan 27-- Iron ore heavyweights Australia and Brazil are gaining market share in top buyer China, but aren't quite destroying their smaller rivals as quickly as they need to. Australia shipped 607.4 million tonnes of iron ore to China in 2015, a gain of 10.8 percent on the prior year, according to Chinese customs data published on Tuesday.

  • *Shares gyrate on concerns over Indonesia export permit. Jan 26- Freeport-McMoRan Inc, the U.S. mining and oil group, on Tuesday made its strongest pledge yet to reduce its massive debt, saying it wants to lop off as much as $10 billion through proceeds from a mix of asset sales and joint ventures. "We are addressing this seriously and with a degree of urgency and we're...

  • *Govt demands Freeport pay $530 million smelter deposit. *Freeport says requirement is "inconsistent" with 2014 deal. Indonesia's government has said the U.S. mining giant must provide a $530 million deposit by Thursday to prevent a possible halt in copper concentrate exports from its massive Grasberg mine in the province of Papua.

  • TROMSOE, Norway, Jan 26- Greenland's push to extract rare earth metals will remain a contentious political issue for years to come because the mining also produces uranium as a by-product, the nation's finance minister told Reuters. Greenland has been opening up to foreign companies with hopes that its vast resources in metals and minerals, including rare...

  • Jan 26- Large mining projects in Greenland have mostly slowed down or been in limbo due to persistently low commodity prices and regulatory uncertainty. Greenland has been opening up to foreign companies with hopes that its vast resources in metals and minerals would help finance its ambition to become completely independent from former colonial master...

  • *Greenland seeking to develop metals, minerals. TROMSOE, Norway, Jan 26- A Chinese mining firm that took over a planned $2 billion iron ore mine project in Greenland is unlikely to develop it as long as iron prices remain low, Greenland's finance minister told Reuters. General Nice replaced previous owner London Mining, which went bankrupt, becoming the first...

  • OTTAWA, Jan 26- Canada's official environmental watchdog on Tuesday expressed concern that authorities were allowing the long-term use of pesticides linked to bee deaths despite not having enough information about the products. "These products continue to be used extensively in Canada despite widespread concern they may pose a threat to bees, other...

  • The Phoenix, Arizona- based company said it was looking to advance the sale of interests in certain mining assets to help reduce its debt, which stood at $20.43 billion at the end of December, nearly four times its market value of about $5 billion. The company's average realized price for copper in the quarter fell to $2.18 a pound, from $2.95 in the same period last...

  • *China stocks lead Asia lower as oil tumbles below $30. LONDON, Jan 26- Copper and zinc hit multi-week peaks on Tuesday, bucking a weaker trend in other markets, as speculators bought back short positions ahead of a holiday break in top metals consumer China. The lack of clarity ahead of the Chinese new year and a U.S. central bank meeting led investors to cancel some of...

  • *China stocks lead Asia lower as oil tumbles below $30. *Freeport yet to pay Indonesia smelter deposit. Weak demand from top copper consumer China remains a key concern for the metal, said Helen Lau, analyst at Argonaut Securities in Hong Kong, muting the impact of recent output cuts The most-traded March copper contract on the Shanghai Futures Exchange slipped...

  • *Freeport yet to pay Indonesia smelter deposit. Three-month copper on the London Metal Exchange was up 0.2 percent at $4,424 a tonne by 0448 GMT, well off a session high of $4,450. "Weak demand from top copper consumer China remains a key concern for the metal," said Helen Lau, analyst at Argonaut Securities in Hong Kong, muting the impact of recent production cuts by...

  • A worker polishes steel coils at a factory of Dongbei Special Steel Group in Dalian, China.

    Beaten down metals prices may find some support as China's raw-materials dependent sectors begin to show some modest improvement, Goldman Sachs said.

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    A report from the World Economic Forum lays out a plan to reduce industrial waste of a certain widespread material.

  • Welders work on a beam

    Over 1,000 steel workers in the U.K. will lose their jobs in the coming weeks due to cost-cutting measures introduced by Tata Steel UK

  • Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

    Bespoke's Paul Hickey explains why negative analyst sentiment is good for stocks.

  • An uncut diamond is selected from a collection of colorless and colored diamonds on a sorting table at DTC Botswana, a unit of De Beers, in Gaborone, Botswana,

    Diamond prices had a bad 2015, but reduced production and increasing retail demand will help the commodity and the miners extracting them.

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