BRASILIA, Nov 27- Brazil's federal and state governments plan to sue the owners of the Samarco iron ore miner for 20 billion reais in damages caused by the burst of a tailings pond dam, Environment Minister Izabella Teixeira told reporters on Friday. Samarco is a joint venture between the world's largest mining company, BHP Billiton Ltd, and the biggest iron ore...» Read More
France's Lafarge, the world's biggest cement maker, has agreed to buy Egypt's Orascom Cement for 8.8 billion euros ($12.81 billion) to boost its earnings and exposure to high-growth emerging markets.
Private equity firm Blackstone Group on Monday denied speculation that it is planning a counterbid for Rio Tinto with a consortium believed to include China's sovereign wealth fund.
Rio Tinto Chief Executive Tom Albanese said on Friday BHP Billiton's $140 billion takeover proposal to assemble super mining house was now "dead in the water."
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China's Baosteel group has no plan to bid for mining giant Rio Tinto and does not have the financial strength for such a bid, official Chinese media quoted Baosteel chairman Xu Lejiang as saying.
European shares gained 1.7 percent on Wednesday, snapping a two-day losing streak as banks and commodity stocks rose and a series of U.S. data releases soothed some concerns over the outlook for economic growth.
Top China steelmaker Baosteel is weighing a bid to counter BHP Billiton's $125 billion takeover offer for Rio Tinto, Baosteel Chairman Xu Lejiang told a Chinese business newspaper.
BHP Billiton on Monday mapped out its plan for acquiring rival Rio Tinto , promising to hand shareholders $30 billion via a share buyback if the deal goes through, in the hope of drawing Rio's board into talks.
BHP Billiton, the world's biggest mining group, is considering the sale of one of its largest units, BHP Petroleum, to help finance a hostile takeover of Rio Tinto, the UK Sunday Times newspaper said.
Investors seem sure that mining giant BHP Billiton will continue its $149 billion pursuit of Rio Tinto, a combination that would control more than one-third of the world's iron ore sales.
BHP Billiton has made a long-awaited bid approach to Rio Tinto in a move aimed at creating a $350 billion-plus mining giant, but Rio rejected the all-share proposal as too low.
3M, whose products range from Scotch tape to optical films for liquid crystal displays, on Friday posted a 7.4 percent increase in quarterly profit, helped by strong demand in international markets.
Europe's major stock indexes closed higher Wednesday, following a mixed morning, as a strong set of earnings from the likes of Coca-Cola and JPMorgan boosted investor confidence.
Rio Tinto said on Wednesday it had failed to arrest a decline in the United States and Australia in mined copper output, which fell 6 percent in the third quarter because of lower metal content in its ore, driving its Australian share price down.
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India-focused miner Vedanta Resources posted record production of most metals during the second quarter as new operations came on stream.
More than 2,000 trapped gold miners in South Africa were rescued in a dramatic all-night operation, and efforts gathered speed Thursday to bring hundreds more to the surface.
Global mining giant BHP Billiton on Wednesday upgraded the size of its total ore resource at the giant Australian Olympic Dam uranium, copper and gold mine by 75% to 7.7 billion tons.
Irish building materials firm CRH is in talks with Cemex to buy U.S. and European assets worth up to $4.5 billion from the Mexican cement maker, the companies said on Monday.
Weyerhaeuser, one of the world's largest paper and lumber companies, said Monday that it would probably have to close plants and restrict operations because of weak market conditions.