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  • *China factory, IP numbers disappoint at the weekend. MELBOURNE, Sept 14- London copper turned lower on Monday amid persistent concerns about the pace of China's growth, while a soft dollar cushioned losses as traders looked ahead to this week's pivotal Federal Reserve monetary policy decision. The dollar held at its weakest since late August against a basket of...

  • *China unveiled details on Sunday of how it would restructure its state-owned enterprises, including partial privatisation, as data pointed to a cooling in the world's second-largest economy. *Concerns over the world's major emerging economies, and in particular China, are growing as financial investors reassess the outlook for global growth, the Bank of...

  • BEIJING, Sept 13- China produced 309 million tonnes of coal in August, down 2.6 percent from last year, with demand weaker than expected and producers scaling back operations in order to minimise losses, the statistics agency said on Sunday. Coal production for the first eight months of the year was 2.41 billion tonnes, down 4.8 percent compared to the same period...

  • BEIJING, Sept 13- China produced 66.94 million tonnes of crude steel in August, down 3.5 percent on the year, hit by weak demand and the closure of industrial plants in northern China to reduce air pollution ahead of World War Two commemorations. Total steel production in the first eight months of the year reached 543 million tonnes, down 2 percent on the year, the...

  • METALS-Copper clocks biggest weekly rise since May Friday, 11 Sep 2015 | 12:27 PM ET

    *Markets eye Fed meeting, China data for trading cues. LONDON, Sept 11- Copper fell on Friday on persistent fears of a hard landing in top consumer China and a possible U.S. rate rise next week, but the metal still set its biggest weekly gain since May thanks to output cut announcements. Copper hit a seven-week high this week, mostly due to an announcement by commodities...

  • LONDON, Sept 11- BHP Billiton last month revised downwards its forecast of "peak steel" production in China, the world's largest producer of the stuff. After all, these are two of the world's largest producers of iron ore and China is the world's largest buyer of their product. For BHP and Rio and their shareholders "peak steel" in China is more than just an academic...

  • Sept. 11- Aluminum producers outside China struggling to stay afloat are pinning their hopes on the United States winning a trade dispute lodged at the World Trade Organisation against Chinese export subsidies. A ruling favoring the United States could open the floodgates for other countries, which have seen their aluminum producing industries decimated...

  • GABORONE, Sept 11- Botswana's Debswana, the world's biggest diamond producer by sales value, has cut its 2015 production target to 20 million carats from 23 million carats, its secretary for economic and financial planning Taufila Nyamadzabo said on Friday. "We had to revise our 2015 growth forecast from 4.9 percent to 2.6 percent due to downturn in the global...

  • MELBOURNE, Sept 11- London copper edged up on Friday and was set for its biggest weekly gain since early May, with a string of output cut announcements set to bring supply closer to demand. Prices hit the highest in seven weeks on Thursday, extending a rebound from a 6- year trough below $5,000 plumbed late last month that has triggered a raft of production cuts by...

  • MELBOURNE, Sept 11- London copper edged down on Friday but was still set for its biggest weekly gain since early May, with a string of output cut announcements likely to bring supply closer to demand. *Copper prices plunged to six-year lows below $5,000 a tonne last month as escalating worries about weaker demand growth in top consumer China and a strong dollar fed...

  • Diamonds are losing their sparkle. Here's why Thursday, 10 Sep 2015 | 9:13 AM ET
    Diamonds

    Is it time to splash on some investment jewelery? The answer may be yes if you fancy a diamond ring, with prices for the gemstone down as much as 29 percent since last year.

  • LONDON, Sept 10- Copper prices hit a seven-week high on Thursday as fund buying fueled the uptrend, but gains are expected to be capped by nervousness ahead of a Federal Reserve meeting next week and fears of a hard landing in top consumer China. Benchmark copper rose 1.1 percent to $5,424 a tonne by 0944 GMT, from $5,365 at the close on Wednesday.

  • JOHANNESBURG, Sept 9- Zambia's revenue collection in 2015 could be even lower than the 2 billion kwacha downward adjustment the finance minister made earlier this year, as weaker copper prices take their toll, the revenue head said on Wednesday. A slide in global copper prices has put pressure on Africa's second biggest producer of the metal, with export...

  • *FTSE up 1.4 pct at close. "I don't think this miss in manufacturing production is that much of a big surprise," said Fawad Razaqzada, technical analyst at GAIN Capital. The FTSE 350 mining sector index was up 3.5 percent, extending the previous session's rise of 2.6 percent.

  • LONDON, Sept 9- Glencore's Monday announcement of a multi-pronged debt reduction programme has boosted its share price by 17 percent and the copper price by five percent from their respective Friday closes. Glencore alone can't put a floor under the copper market. But Glencore's cutbacks, the most aggressive of any base metals producer in this part of the cycle,...

  • *Market looking ahead to China data for August. LONDON, Sept 9- Copper hit a seven-week high on Wednesday on expectations of tighter supplies though the rally may not be sustained without improvements in demand from top consumer China or larger output cuts. Copper was also coming under pressure from weak economic and demand growth in China, which accounts for...

  • *Peru's Minsur to cut tin output by 33 pct over 9-12 months. MELBOURNE, Sept 9- London copper rallied to its highest since late July on Wednesday as a short-covering rally gained steam, fanned by hopes China would take more steps to shore up its economy after faltering trade in August. "Copper's market signals highlight price support upside risk," Morgan Stanley said...

  • Behind the pop in copper prices Tuesday, 8 Sep 2015 | 11:40 PM ET
    Behind the pop in copper prices

    Gavin Wendt, founding director & senior resource analyst at MineLife, outlines the factors driving the rally in copper prices.

  • MELBOURNE, Sept 9- London copper rose on Wednesday to a fresh six-week high, as traders bet China would beef up measures to strengthen its economy after August trade data showed flagging growth. "Copper's market signals highlight price support upside risk," Morgan Stanley said in a note. Shanghai Futures Exchange copper jumped 4.2 percent at 41,050 yuan a tonne,...

  • MELBOURNE, Sept 9- London copper held steady on Wednesday near its highest in six weeks, touched the previous session, as traders bet China would beef up measures to strengthen its economy after August trade data showed flagging growth. *Shanghai Futures Exchange copper soared 3.8 percent at 40,880 yuan a tonne in the overnight session, hitting a two-month peak...