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New Star Metals to Operate as Materials Sciences Corp.
New Star Metals plans to go to market under the Material Sciences Corp. banner due to its superior brand recognition. New Star acquired MSC in March 2014.

Morningstar Assigns "BB+" Credit Rating to Commercial Metals Company
Commercial Metals Company has earned a "BB+" credit rating from analysts at Morningstar . The research firm's "BB+" rating suggests that the company is an above-average default risk.

Century Aluminum CEO would consider extension to keep South Carolina smelter open
The top executive at Century Aluminum said Tuesday that he would be willing to extend the current electricity contract at the Mount Holly smelter for six months to a year if it would kickstart negotiations for a new power deal with utility Santee Cooper. “That essential deal has been on the table for months,” utility spokeswoman Mollie Gore said.

Bankrupt Walter Energy set to auction U.S. coal assets
CHICAGO, Nov 24 Bankrupt Walter Energy Inc received court approval on Tuesday to auction its coal assets as part of a proposal to emerge from bankruptcy that has faced fierce opposition from unions and retirees in its home state of Alabama. Walter Energy is one of four debt-laden U.S. coal producers that have sought Chapter 11 protection this year as plummeting commodity prices, weak demand and increased environmental regulation hurt operations.

Cliffs Natural Resources Bonds Trading 2.1% Lower
An issue of Cliffs Natural Resources bonds fell 2.1% against their face value during trading on Monday, MarketBeat reports. The high-yield debt issue has a 8.25% coupon and is set to mature on March 31, 2020.

Datacomm Introduces Cloudciti Enterprise Email Service in Partnership ...
PT. Datacomm Diangraha , the leading network technology service provider for many industries in Indonesia, today announced a partnership with Zimbra, a product of Synacor , and introduced Cloudciti Enterprise Email Service , a pay per use hosted email service for the Indonesia market. "We are very pleased to have Zimbra with us.

Industrial Metals Trade Near Multi-Year Lows on Supply Glut
Industrial metals traded near multi-year lows amid a supply surplus and a strong dollar. BHP Billiton Ltd., the world's biggest mining company, reached a 10-year low in Sydney.

Challenges For Cliffs Natural Resources Go Far Beyond China's Slowdown.
In an earlier SA article , I analyzed Cliffs Natural Resources' conditions and used bond prices to calculate its default probability. It is time to revisit CLF.

Most actively traded companies on the TSX
Trevali Mining Corp. . Miner. Down 1.5 cents, or 4.92 per cent, to 29 cents on 17.7 million shares.

Copper Slumps Below $4,500, Nickel Plunges
Copper fell below $4,500 for the first time since May 2009 as investors fear China's shift to a consumer-driven economy from investment-led expansion will slow demand in the world's biggest user. Nickel lost more than 5 percent to the lowest since 2003 and Shanghai futures fell the daily limit.

11 dead, 12 missing after dam failure dumps 13,000 gallons of mud over Brazilian city - PHOTOS
Vultures eat dead fish found on the beach of Povoacao Village, near the mouth of Rio Doce , which was flooded with mud after a dam owned by Vale SA and BHP Billiton Ltd burst, at an area where the river joins the sea on the coast of Espirito Santo, Brazil, November 23, 2015.

Brown tide of mud and mine residue meets the South Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Brazil
The collapse of two dams at a Brazilian mine owned by Vale SA and BHP Billiton Ltd has cut off drinking water for quarter of a million people and saturated waterways downstream with dense orange sediment that could wreck the ecosystem for years to come. Nine people were killed, 19 are still listed as missing and 500 people were displaced from their homes when the dams burst at an iron ore mine in southeastern Brazil on Nov. 5. Scientists say the sediment, which may contain chemicals used by the mine to reduce iron ore impurities, could alter the course of streams as they harden, reduce oxygen levels in the water and diminish the fertility of riverbanks and farmland where floodwater passed.

Cliffs Natural Resources: Avoid This Value Trap
Over the last few weeks, Cliffs Natural Resources has been a pretty volatile stock to hold. The stock has been a delight for traders as it has moved back and forth recently.

Air Lease Corporation: Bursting That Bubble Claim
Air Lease reported third quarter results on November 5th. Both revenue and adjusted EPS grew at least 20% year-over-year.

Iron ore may extend rout into 2016, says ex-Rio economist
China produced 675 million tons in the first 10 months, 2.2 per cent less than the same period last year. Iron ore will extend declines into 2016 as weakening steel output hurts demand while the world's biggest suppliers raise production further, according to a former chief economist at Rio Tinto Group, who said China would do well to demolish unneeded mills.

Cliffs Natural Resources Given Consensus Rating of "Hold" by Analysts
Shares of Cliffs Natural Resources have received an average recommendation of "Hold" from the seventeen research firms that are presently covering the company, AnalystRatings.NET reports . Ten research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, five have issued a hold rating, one has issued a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the company.

Zinc Slumps to Six-Year Low as Metals Tumble on China, Dollar
Zinc dropped to the lowest since July 2009 as industrial metals retreated on concerns over faltering Chinese demand and the dollar traded at its strongest in more than a decade. Glencore Plc plunged 4.6 percent in Hong Kong and BHP Billiton Ltd. fell 2.8 percent in Sydney.


Plastics Industry News
Raven Industries' 3rd Quarter Sales Down 26%, Reports Operating Loss
RAVEN INDUSTRIES' 3RD QUARTER SALES DOWN 26%, REPORTS OPERATING LOSS Nov. 25, 2015 Source: Raven Industries news release Raven Industries, Inc. today reported financial results for the third quarter that ended October 31, 2015. To read the entire report click here .

Raven Industries Stock Price Down 2.8% on Disappointing Earnings
Shares of Raven Industries were down 2.8% on Tuesday following a weaker than expected earnings announcement, reports. The stock traded as low as $16.62 and last traded at $17.89, with a volume of 181,059 shares trading hands.

Wed. Nov 25th, 2015
The Seneca County commissioners approved the county's participation in the Blanchard River Stream Enhancement Project Tuesday.

Weekly 52-Week Highs Highlight: Lockheed Martin, Accenture, Dow Chemical, Clorox
Lockheed Martin is a security and aerospace company. The company has a market cap of $69.46 billion, and its shares were traded at around $226.03 with a P/E ratio of 20.11 and a P/S ratio of 1.58.

Bridgestone buys into Slovak dealer A.R.S.
Bridgestone Corp. has expanded its "Bridgetone Partner" commercial dealer network in Slovak Republic by acquiring majority ownership of A.R.S. spol S.r.o., a dealership with eight locations and one retread plant. Bridgestone said A.R.S.'s service locations will operate under the "Bridgestone Partner" umbrella and that A.R.S.'s retread plant will convert to the Bandag process, owned by Bridgestone.

Hero Walsall dad drowned after trying to save daughter from River Esk, inquest hears
THE death of Walsall dad who tragically drowned while desperately trying to save his young daughter was an accident, a coroner has concluded. Dean Price went into the River Esk at Longtown, Cumbria, on June 30 after seven-year-old Delilah slipped and fell into the water.

Dow Chemical (DOW) - Investment Analysts' Weekly Ratings Changes
They now have a $55.00 price target on the stock. 11/17/2015 - Dow Chemical was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a "hold" rating to a "buy" rating.

Why Cooper Tire & Rubber Stock Is An Excellent Long-Term Investment Opportunity
Tires producing companies are benefiting from cheap raw materials and continued high demand, especially in North America. These conditions are also expected in the next few quarters.

E I Du Pont De Nemours And Raised to Hold at Vetr Inc.
The brokerage presently has a $64.63 target price on the stock. Vetr 's target price indicates a potential downside of 2.84% from the stock's current price.

Morningstar Issues "BBB" Credit Rating to Dow Chemical
Dow Chemical has been given a "BBB" credit rating by analysts at Morningstar . The firm's "BBB" rating suggests that the company is a moderate default risk.

PolyOne Associates Raise Over $1.5 Million for United Way
PolyOne's campaign consists of creative and localized fundraising activities, including associate contributions, a company contribution, raffles and silent auctions, guest speaker sessions and a special charity golf outing held at Firestone Country Club, where 156 of the company's suppliers participated this year. The golf event, thanks to donations from title sponsor Accenture and the other participating suppliers, generated speaks volumes as to their commitment and dedication to giving back to their communities," said Mr. Harper.

Tracking George Soros's Portfolio - Q3 2015 Update
Soros' 13F portfolio decreased from $10.75B to $6.61B this quarter. The number of positions decreased from 263 to 232.

Cooper, Fate to cooperate in Latin America
Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. and Argentina's Fate S.a.i.c. have agreed to work together, with Fate planning to distribute Cooper-branded consumer tires in Argentina starting immediately.

The Future Of Energy: Albemarle Corp.
Albemarle stands to grow from a number of global trends with its lithium-based energy storage products, fuel refining technologies, and flame-retardant chemicals. In addition, the company's current financial outlook is very positive with 10% adjusted EBITDA growth and 7% sales growth for its core business units, year to date.

Albemarle to decide in January on Pantops pedestrian bridge study
A key goal of the 2008 Pantops Master Plan was to find ways to make it safer to travel without using a vehicle, but some Albemarle County residents are not satisfied that enough has been done to support the rapidly developing growth area . "We need a pedestrian bridge to join both sides of Richmond Road as a first step in integrating us into a cohesive walkable community," said Diane Berlin, a member of the Pantops Community Advisory Committee .

Dow Chemical, Kellogg among Michigan firms with top LGBT equality scores
The Dow Chemical Co., Kellogg Co., Whirlpool Corp., General Motors Co. and Ford Motor Co.

Interim CEOs Are Prone to Inflating Earnings
Interim chief executives have been much in the news lately. Two events in October stood out: first, DuPont CEO Ellen Kullman abruptly retired and was temporarily replaced by board member Edward Breen.

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