TORONTO, April 29- Canada's main stock index rose to a six-month high on Friday as mining stocks surged on higher gold and base metal prices, while shares of its largest airline jumped after quarterly results were reported. Improving prices in commodities have helped drive the index higher both year-to-date and on Friday, said Noman Ali, a portfolio manager at... » Read More
European stocks ended lower across the board Monday, with banking and insurance stocks suffering the worst of the selling. Warnings of further financial turmoil from G7 finance ministers at the weekend contributed to the session’s bearish sentiment.
The chairman of mining company Rio Tinto wrote to shareholders on Sunday, urging them to take no action on a bid for the company by rival miner BHP Billiton.
Weyerhaeuser posted a fourth-quarter loss Friday as its wood products business was hurt by the slump in the U.S. housing market, though adjusted earnings still beat Wall Street expectations.
European shares managed to end a volatile session in positive territory Wednesday, having followed U.S. stocks higher and gained from bullish utilities and telecom stocks.
Aluminum Corp of China will explain to Australian political leaders on Tuesday why it bought a 9 percent stake in Rio Tinto, in a move seen as an attempt to ease concerns may try to take over one of Australia's biggest companies.
Aluminum Corp of China (Chinalco) said on Monday it was content with the $14 billion stake it bought last week in miner Rio Tinto, dousing talk it was planning a rival bid to BHP Billiton's offer for Rio.
European stocks ended firmly higher across the board Friday, despite weaker-than-expected U.S. economic data, as China and U.S. aluminum producer Alcoa teamed up to buy a $14 billion stake in Rio Tinto.
China teamed up with U.S. aluminum producer Alcoa to buy a $14 billion stake in Rio Tinto on Friday and said it may make a bid, threatening miner BHP Billiton's efforts to win Rio.
European shares rallied in late trading on Thursday to close largely flat as gains for mobile phone maker Nokia and chemicals maker BASF offset losses for financials, notably UBS.
BHP Billiton, looking to win support for a takeover of rival Rio Tinto , said growth in production of key commodities such as copper and iron ore accelerated in the three months to December.
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Brazilian mining giant Vale is preparing to make a bid for Anglo-Swiss rival Xstrata in deal that could be worth $90 billion, local newspapers reported on Monday.
European stocks closed mixed Friday after a short rally during the day after better-than-expected consumer confidence data from the U.S. and on the back of talk of consolidation in the mining sector.
Speculation swirled on Friday that BHP Billiton was readying a sweetened offer that includes cash for rival Rio Tinto, driving Rio's shares 4.6 percent higher.
Mining giant Rio Tinto reported record annual output for key commodities Wednesday and said it expects growth to continue through 2008 on strong demand from developing countries like China and India.
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Mining group Anglo American has postponed plans to sell its 3 billion-pound ($5.9 billion) Tarmac road-covering business until turmoil on capital markets eases, Britain's Sunday Telegraph reported.
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Rio Tinto challenged BHP Billiton on Tuesday to make a formal bid to create a mega-mining house or walk away from what could be the second biggest takeover ever.
Xstrata, the world's sixth-biggest mining company, is open to talks with potential suitors, including Vale and Anglo American, the Financial Times said on Tuesday.
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