Basic Materials

Copper

As long as China economy is under pressure, bearishness for copper likely

Copper price slipped below $2.40/lb (1lb=453.59265gm), a key support level, and was trading at $2.3260. With the $2.4 level becoming the key resistance level, the copper price needs to break this level to gain upward movement.

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Lowe's Cos.

Lowe's Companies reports Q2 $1.13B fiscal earnings but failed to meet Wall Street's expectation

Lowe's Companies Inc reports this year's second quarter net earnings at $1.13 billion, an eight percent increase from last year's $1.04 billion.

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Glencore

Andersons shares up after Bloomberg report hints Glencore interest

Shares of U.S.-based agribusiness Andersons Inc (ANDE.O) jumped more than 6 percent on Friday, outpacing the sector, after a Bloomberg News report speculated that Glencore PLC (GLEN.L) could be interested in acquiring the company.

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BHP Billiton

BHP $13 billion spin-off South32 plans cautious approach to growth

BHP Billiton has put far less debt than expected into its $13 billion South32 spin-off, positioning the company formed from its unloved assets to weather tough markets and still pay a dividend.

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Holcim

Holcim faces pressure to get better terms for Lafarge deal

Swiss company Holcim (HOLN.VX) came under pressure on Monday to secure improved terms for its shareholders in a planned merger with France's Lafarge (LAFP.PA) that would create the world's largest cement maker.

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Cotton purchase station

Top China cotton producer resists reforms in restive Xinjiang

China's top cotton producer, a quasi-military body formed 60 years ago to settle the far west Xinjiang area, is resisting a government policy that could force it to cut output in an industry employing hundreds of thousands in the restive region.

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Tampon

Argentina: What the tampon rumpus says about the troubled country

Argentines have been complaining for a while now about the country's product shortages. And, until recently, the government has managed to brush aside such protests, which have centered around Argentina's import restrictions.

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Dubai Financial Area

UAE's RAK Ceramics says to sell stake in Laticrete venture

United Arab Emirates-based RAK Ceramics RKCE.AD, one of the world's biggest makers of floor and wall tiles, said on Sunday that it would sell its stake in a joint venture with U.S. firm Laticrete for an undisclosed sum.

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Vale SA

Former Xstrata CEO considering bid for Vale's nickel assets

Former Xstrata Plc Chief Executive Mick Davis is considering a bid for Vale SA's (VALE5.SA) (VALE.N) nickel business, Bloomberg reported.

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Holcim

Bankers ready debt as bids due on Lafarge Holcim assets

Bankers are lining up just over 1 billion pounds ($1.51 billion) of debt financing to back private equity firm KKR’s potential bid for the UK assets of cement makers Lafarge (LAFP.PA) and Holcim (HOLN.VX), banking sources said on Friday.

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China rare earth metals

China abolishes rare earth export quotas

China has scrapped a quota system aimed at restricting exports of rare earths, a group of 17 metals used in high tech sectors, as it moves to comply with a World Trade Organisation (WTO) ruling last year, official Chinese media reported on Monday.

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Gas station

Brent drops towards five-year low near $57, supply glut weighs

Brent oil extended losses into a fourth session on Tuesday, with prices hovering close to a more than five-year low above $57 per barrel, as persistent worries about a global supply glut offset concerns about output disruptions in Libyan.

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Crude Oil

Oil prices climb on Libya supply worries

Oil prices rose on Monday, after dropping for the past two sessions, as escalating clashes in Libya stoked worries about supply from the OPEC member.

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Russia skyline

Russia says to supply coal, electricity to Ukraine

Russia has agreed on a new deal to supply coal and electricity to Ukraine, which is struggling with a lack of raw fuel for power plants due to a separatist conflict in the industrial east, Russian officials said on Saturday.

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Lone Star Funds

HeidelbergCement in talks to sell unit to Lone Star Funds

Germany's HeidelbergCement AG (HEIG.DE) is negotiating to sell Hanson Building Products Ltd, a maker of concrete and clay building products, to private equity firm Lone Star Funds, according to people familiar with the matter.

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