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IRON ORE FALLS TO EARTH WITH CORRECT PRICE – IT’S PROBABLY A BIT EARLY TO CALL A RECOVERY BUT GLOBAL IRON ORE PRICES ARE SHOWING SIGNS OF LIFE

Posted by Gilmour Poincaree on January 10, 2009

January 09, 2009

by Andrew Main – The Australian

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ORE EXPORTS DOUBLE IN NOV ON CHINESE DEMAND (India)

Posted by Gilmour Poincaree on December 27, 2008

26 Dec 2008, 01:08 hrs IST

by Ruhi Kandhari – ET Bureau

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ORE PRICES SET FOR BIG FALL SAYS CHINA EXPERT

Posted by Gilmour Poincaree on December 20, 2008

December 20, 2008

by Glenda Korporaal

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SEVEN INVESTORS SUBMIT OFFERS FOR RUNNING KREMIKOVTZI (Bulgaria)

Posted by Gilmour Poincaree on December 11, 2008

11 December 2008, Thursday

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Bulgaria’s Economy Ministry has received seven offers with bids for the purchase or the operation of the troubled Bulgaria's Economy Ministry has received seven offers for Kremikovtzi by Bulgarian and foreign companies - Photo by Yuliana Nikolova - Sofia Photo Agencysteel-maker Kremikovtzi, the Trud Daily reported Thursday.

The paper points out that the most serious bidder is the Ukrainian company Smart Group which offers an emergency plan for saving the factory, and a longer-term recovery program by restructuring and acquisition of new assets. It is expected to present its demands about Bulgarian state guarantees for Kremikovtzi within several days.

The Czech company ML Moran offers to finance Kremikovtzi enabling the plant to buy raw materials, and manufacture and sell its production. The bulk of the revenue, however, would go to the creditor so the main advantage of this plan would be to keep the factory running.

Each of two other foreign companies – the Russian Prominvest, and an unnamed Italian company – are offering to provide raw materials, and working capital for Kremikovtzi in exchange for guarantees by the Bulgarian state.

The former owner of the steel mill Valentin Zahariev, who sold the plant to the Indian tycoon Pramod Mittal in 2005, has offered to run the plant after setting up a new firm for the purpose. In the event of liquidation of the factory, however, he is asking to be allowed to buy out the assets on sale.

The Bulgarian metal wastes trader Econmetal Engineering, whose facilities are located nearby Kremikovtzi, is offering to provide 60.000 tons of raw materials for the steel-maker in exchange for being allowed to realize the manufactured products on the market after that.

A group of bond holders is offering the factory a credit of EUR 345 M in exchange for Bulgarian state securities with a redemption date in 2013.

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RESOURCE COUNTERS HELP SEND STOCKS TO FIVE-WEEK HIGH (South Africa)

Posted by Gilmour Poincaree on December 10, 2008

December 10, 2008

Reuters and Bloomberg

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Johannesburg – Stocks climbed to a five-week high yesterday buoyed by firmer mining shares.

The Top40 index rose 5.28 percent to 19 986.66 points on Wednesday, while the broader all share index climbed 4.67 percent to 21 930.94 points, levels last seen on November 5.

Gideon Muller, a trader at Thebe Securities said: “Commodity prices are picking up our market [such as] your mining houses and platinum shares.”

BHP Billiton rose 11.48 percent to R188.95 and rival Anglo American gained 7.71 percent to R230.50.

AngloGold Ashanti rose 11.08 percent to R271.

Anglo Platinum increased 8.92 percent to R455 and Impala Platinum advanced 2.5 percent to R121 after platinum prices firmed.

Pallinghurst Resources fell 2.25 percent to R4.35. The company and the Bakgatla Ba Kgafela tribe would invest $175 million (R1.8 billion) in Platmin to allow the company to fund the construction of its Pilanesberg platinum mine in the North West.

Sasol climbed 7.01 percent to close at R299.63.

Kumba Iron Ore slipped 3.7 percent to R157, the biggest decline since November 28. The iron ore producer plans to proceed with an R8.5 billion expansion as its competitors slash output.

Banking stocks, which are sensitive to interest rate moves started to march higher after a report showed retail sales slumped for a sixth month, raising speculation the central bank will cut rates today.

African Bank Investments Limited rose 6.11 percent to R28.12 and Standard Bank ticked up 1.09 percent to R83.49.

Garth Mackenzie, the head of derivatives trading at BoE Stockbrokers, said:

“The stimulus packages continue to boost growth expectations. “We are also seeing quite big gains in the local retailers ahead of the interest rate announcement.”

MTN surged 7.7 percent to R102.99. JD Group increased 8.7 percent to R33.95.

Tiger Brands rallied 3.5 percent, to R147.

Simeka Business Solutions added 7.7 percent to 42c, rising for the first time in six days. The information technology company said first-half earnings a share advanced as much as 40 percent.

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CHINA SIGNS GREEK PORT DEAL

Posted by Gilmour Poincaree on November 27, 2008

Nov 26, 2008 6:38 AM

Chinese President Hu Jintao vowed to increase maritime investment in GREEK PROTESTERS - ReutersGreece after the signing of a 3.4 billion euro deal to run the country’s largest port, despite protests from dockers.

Hu and Greek Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis witnessed the signing of the contract by state-controlled China Ocean Shipping Company (Cosco) to operate the container port of Piraeus (OLP) for 35 years, part of Greece’s privatisation agenda.

“Our priorities are to widen our economic cooperation … to strengthen maritime cooperation and investments,” the Chinese leader told journalists, during a three-day state visit.

Greece controls one fifth of the world’s merchant fleet. Its ship owners have profited from a huge boom in demand for iron ore, oil and grain from China in recent years, and they are the largest clients for Chinese shipbuilding yards.

Until a collapse in freight rates earlier this year, the boom helped Greece’s economy grow by 4% a year for a decade.

“The agreement between OLP and Cosco signals a new important chapter,” said Greek Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis. “Greek ports can become transit points for Chinese goods to the EU and southeast Europe, as well as the Mediterranean.”

Several hundred dockworkers, carrying a banner reading “Cosco Go Home” and waving black flags, marched past the Greek parliament before the signing, saying the deal would mean job losses and tougher labour conditions.

“They must not sell the ports. OLP is a profitable business … it doesn’t make sense,” said Manolis Gemeliaris, 54, an engineer at the port. “When Cosco comes, we will lose our jobs.”

The Chinese company has insisted that it will create 1,000 new jobs at the port for Greek workers and more than double its capacity by 2015.

Hu, who toured the ancient temples of the Acropolis in central Athens with his wife, has insisted during his visit that China’s economy is still experiencing “significant growth” and he would cooperate with international efforts to tackle the global economic downturn.

However, the World Bank said in a report published Tuesday that China’s economic growth would slow to 7.5% next year, its lowest rate since 1990, despite a 4 trillion yuan ($US586 billion) stimulus package.

Despite the opposition of Greece’s restive unions, the conservative government is pressing ahead with privatisations and has put loss-making Olympic Airlines on the block.

The ruling New Democracy party, whose parliamentary majority was cut to one seat this month by the expulsion of a rebel deputy, has fallen behind in opinion polls for the first time since winning power in 2004 amid discontent at its economic policies. Many analysts expect an early election next year, ahead of a 2011 deadline.

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BRAZIL’S ROBUST ECONOMY PROPELS QUEST TO BE GLOBAL PLAYER

Posted by Gilmour Poincaree on November 18, 2008

Published: Nov 11, 2008 05:54 PM Modified: Nov 11, 2008 05:54 PM

by Tyler Bridges, McClatchy Newspapers

BRASILIA, Brazil – For years, critics said that Brazil was long on potential and short on performance. EXAMINING BRAZIL'S EXTERNAL DEBTNot anymore. This massive country has become one of the world’s biggest democracies and an economic powerhouse.

Now Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva wants his nation to have a bigger role in world affairs. He’ll press his case when leaders from the major industrial and developing nations convene Saturday at the G-20 summit in Washington.

Before the meeting, Lula has called on wealthier nations to overhaul the global finance system and give a bigger say to developing countries such as Brazil.

“We need new, more inclusive governance, and Brazil is ready to face up to its responsibilities,” Lula said last Saturday at a meeting of finance ministers and central bank presidents in Sao Paulo. “It is time for a pact between governments to build a new financial architecture for the world.”

In the short term, Brazil wants the smaller G-7 group of industrialized countries to expand to include Brazil and other developing countries, said Amaury de Souza, a political analyst in Rio de Janeiro.

“We want a permanent G-14,” de Souza said, saying that Russia, China, Mexico and India should be among the additions.

Brazil also wants developing nations to have a greater voice at the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and the United Nations.

“Global power structures were frozen in the aftermath of World War II,” de Souza added. “Excessive latitude of action was given to European countries.”

Only a few years ago, Brazil’s president wouldn’t have dared to demand a greater role. Hyperinflation, a roller-coaster economy and political instability plagued Brazil in the 1990s.

The country’s stock market plummeted after Lula was elected in 2002. Investors feared the longtime leftist leader, a former auto factory worker who hadn’t graduated from high school.

However, Lula has promoted business investment while putting more money into the hands of the poor. The economy has boomed for three years, propelling millions of Brazilians into the middle class.

With the world’s 10th biggest economy, Brazil has surpassed the United States as the biggest producer of iron ore and coffee. It’s become the world’s biggest exporter of beef, poultry, biofuels and orange juice concentrate, and is rapidly gaining in soybeans, corn and pork.

Brazil also has accumulated $200 billion in foreign reserves, almost as much as the rest of Latin America combined. That money will help cushion the global meltdown

Now, Brazil wants to be recognized for its fiscal track record and to avoid the risks that come with a global economic crisis.

“Brazil has new standing in the world,” said Rubens Barbosa, a private consultant in Brazil who’s served as the ambassador to the United States. “We think we can contribute more.”

Quietly, Brazil already has become the most powerful country in Latin America.

Brazilian companies are expanding Caracas’ subway system, constructing a massive hydroelectric dam in Ecuador and building a highway in Peru that will give Brazilian companies better access to Peru’s ports.

Brazil also has been flexing its diplomatic muscles throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. It leads the main United Nations peacekeeping mission in Haiti, where it has 1,200 soldiers.

Without fanfare, Lula has undercut the ambitions of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez in South America, providing an important counterweight in the eyes of U.S. policymakers.

Lula has undermined Chavez’s dreams of building a 5,000-mile gas pipeline connecting Venezuela and Brazil and has stymied Chavez’s plan for the Bank of the South, meant to provide an alternative to the World Bank.

Now Brazil wants a reward for all its efforts.

“Brazilians view the current economic crisis as something of an opportunity,” said Jeffrey Cason, a political science professor and Brazil expert at Middlebury College in Vermont. “They think they can increase the interest of developed nations in giving them a seat at the table and place Brazil in a leadership position on behalf of poor countries.”

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TATA STEEL EXPANSION PLAN ON FULL SWING; NOT TO CUT PRODUCTION (India)

Posted by Gilmour Poincaree on November 14, 2008

13 Nov, 2008, 2052 hrs IST, PTI

NEW DELHI: Country’s largest private sector steel producer Tata Steel today said its expansion plan is TATA GROUP, INDIA - DELHI - MUMBAIgoing on full swing and has no plan to scale down production despite softening of commodity prices across the world.

“Tata Steel expansion going on in full swing. There is no plan to cut down production,” Tata Sons Director J J Irani said here.

“We are in for difficult period ongoing projects would come. Money should not be a problem,” he said. However, he added, “Ratan Tata has sent a general message that we have to be careful in the present scenario”.

The leader of the over 62-billion dollar group has asked his top honchos to focus on conserving cash and put off expansion through inorganic route unless the acquisitions were strategic in nature.

Recently, the steel producer announced setting up of a new blast furnace at its Jamshedpur unit as part of the Rs 14,000-crore brownfield expansion to augment its production capacity to 10 million tonne in over two years.

The ‘I-blast furnace’, which would have a capacity to make 3.05 million tonne of hot metal per annum, is likely to be commissioned by November 2010.

In addition to increasing the capacity of its existing unit, the steel major is in process of setting up greenfield projects in Jharkhand, Orissa and Chhattisgarh.

While in Jharkhand it proposes to invest about Rs 42,000 crore for a 12 million tonne integrated steel plant, in Orissa it intends to pump in nearly Rs 22,000 crore for a 6 million tonne unit.

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