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Indian iron ore ban leading to steel supply shortages

The ban on iron ore exported from the state of Karnataka is having downstream effects on the supply of Indian steel, according to a story today in The Hindu Business Line. Quoting sources in the Bellary-Hospet region, the website says before the export of iron ore was banned in Karnataka in 2009, the state was producing about 42 million tonnes of iron ore and exporting 28 million tonnes. The following year, after the ban was implemented, 33.6 mt was produced, of which only 7.4 million tonnes was exported. But if all the iron ore pellets were used for sponge iron, pig iron and steelmaking, 41 million tonnes or iron ore would be required, or 33 million tonnes if the mills run at 80% capacity, leaving a significant supply shortfall, Hindu Business Line explains.

Another day, another record for gold; stock markets rebound

Economic jitters continue to drive gold higher, which hit $1,782.50/oz on Tuesday. Stock markets bounced back after yesterday's gut wrenching fall. The S&P/TSX Composite index was up nearly 3% from yesterday. The S&P/ASX 200 did not perform as well and rose 1.22%, making most of the gains later in the day. The oil and gas sector, which suffered some of the worst losses on Monday, rebounded strongly. The Dow Jones U.S. Oil & Gas Index was up 3%.

First Quantum profit up by 51%

First Quantum announced a 51% increase in gross profit as the 41% higher net realized copper price more than offset the lower sales volume. There was a 3% decrease in copper production from the Kansanshi and Guelb Moghrein mines due to maintenance-related downtime at both operations and the processing of low-grade, high acid consuming oxide ore at Kansanshi.

BHP buys Leighton iron ore business for US$727m

Leighton Holdings has sold mining services provider HWE Mining to BHP Billiton. 9News reports that Leighton has signed a heads of agreement for the sale of HWE, which accounts for close to 70% of BHP's iron ore mining in Western Australia. The sale is worth $1.1 billion, along with $1.4 billion worth of contracts in hand.

SinoCoking Coal and Coke Chemical Industries, Inc. announces Hongchang and Xingsheng coal mines cleared for resumption of operations

SinoCoking Coal and Coke Chemical Industries, Inc. (Nasdaq: SCOK) (the "Company" or "SinoCoking"), a vertically-integrated coal and coke processor, today announced that Hongchang and Xingsheng coal mines have been cleared to resume operations at full capacity. The Hongchang mine has been operated by Baofeng Hongchang Coal Co., Ltd., a subsidiary of Henan Pingdingshan Hongli Coal & Coke Co., Ltd. ("Hongli"), which the Company controls through contractual arrangements. Baofeng Xingsheng Coal Mining Co., Ltd. ("Xingsheng"), of which 60% equity interest is now registered to Hongli, has been operating the Xingsheng mine.