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Jul 25, 2012

Vale’s second-quarter profit down, misses estimates

SAO PAULO (Reuters) – Brazil’s Vale (VALE5.SA: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz)(VALE.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) became on Wednesday the latest victim of China’s economic slowdown after second-quarter profit tumbled because of slowing demand for iron ore that will spill over into the coming quarters.

Net income at the world’s largest producer of the mineral hit its lowest level in more than two years, underscoring its dependence on Chinese purchases of its flagship product. Profit also plummeted after a weakening Brazilian currency lifted debt-servicing and the use of derivatives for hedging.

Jul 24, 2012

Brazil sugarcane crush in race against spring rains

SAO PAULO/LONDON, July 24 (Reuters) – Brazilian sugar and
ethanol mills, which have fallen behind due to heavy rainfall,
are maximizing cane crushing ahead of the expected arrival of
spring rains late this year.

The cane crush is in full swing in the center-south, the
main sugar producing region of Brazil, the world’s top sugar
exporting country. Despite forecasts by several venerable
analysts for a major sugar surplus due to hit the market in the
second half of 2012, futures prices for the sweetener are
up 22 percent since the start of June.

Jun 29, 2012

Louis Dreyfus plans $548 million IPO for Brazil unit

SAO PAULO (Reuters) – The Brazilian unit of global financial and commodities firm Louis Dreyfus Corp LOUDR.UL said on Friday it will spin off its Brazil sugar and ethanol division Biosev in an initial share offering that could raise up to $548 million for expansion plans.

Louis Dreyfus was one of the first multinational corporations to enter the Brazilian cane sector, when it snapped up the Santelisa Vale milling group in 2009 at what many thought was a steal at the height of the global financial crisis.

Jun 28, 2012

Brazil boosts gov’t farm credit by 7.5 pct

BRASILIA, June 28 (Reuters) – Brazil will make it easier and
cheaper for its farmers to obtain loans this season, as global
credit normally available to its world-leading growers of
coffee, sugar and grains dries up.

The government will expand funds allocated to farm credit by
7.5 percent from last year to 115.2 billion reais ($55 billion)
for investments in land, machinery, planting, harvesting and
selling crops, Agriculture Minister Mendes Ribeiro said in the
announcement of the annual Farm Plan on Thursday.

Jun 5, 2012

Brazil gov’t cuts soy estimate, raises corn view

SAO PAULO, June 5 (Reuters) – Brazil’s government trimmed its 2011/12
soybean crop estimate on Tuesday after drought ravaged output in the world’s
second biggest producer this season, but raised its forecast of corn output to a
record.

U.S. soybean futures rose after Brazil’s food supply agency Conab cut
its production forecast and U.S. crop ratings disappointed.

May 29, 2012

Vale sells Colombia coal mines to Goldman Sachs-led group

SAO PAULO (Reuters) – Brazilian miner Vale (VALE5.SA: Quote, Profile, Research)(VALE.N: Quote, Profile, Research) said on Monday it agreed to sell its thermal coal assets in Colombia for $407 million (259.9 million pounds) to a unit of Colombian Natural Resources, a mining company controlled by U.S. investment bank Goldman Sachs (GS.N: Quote, Profile, Research).

Vale, the world’s second-biggest miner, is shifting its focus away from thermal coal mining to concentrate on its operations in coking coal, a type of coal used by steel mills,

May 29, 2012

Vale sells Colombia coal mines to GS-led group

SAO PAULO (Reuters) – Brazilian miner Vale (VALE5.SA: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz)(VALE.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) said on Monday it agreed to sell its thermal coal assets in Colombia for $407 million to a unit of Colombian Natural Resources, a mining company controlled by U.S. investment bank Goldman Sachs (GS.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz).

Vale, the world’s second-biggest miner, is shifting its focus away from thermal coal mining to concentrate on its operations in coking coal, a type of coal used by steel mills,

May 10, 2012

Brazil raises soy crop view after aggressive cuts

SAO PAULO, May 10 (Reuters) – The soybean forecast from
Brazil’s agriculture ministry on Thursday bounced back by more
than a million tonnes, after the government overshot in April
when it slashed more than 3 million tonnes from an earlier
estimate of the drought parched crop.

The ministry’s crop supply agency Conab said in its eighth
forecast of Brazil’s grain output that the 2011/12
(September-October) soybean crop would reach 66.7 million
tonnes, up 1.1 million tonnes from the agency’s April estimate
of 65.6 million tonnes.

Apr 26, 2012

Vale sees higher tax bills ahead

SAO PAULO, April 26 (Reuters) – Vale, the world’s
largest iron ore miner, expects demand and prices for its main
product to recover through 2012, but is likely to face bigger
future tax bills that would make it harder to capitalize on any
improvement in metal markets, company executives said.

Chief Executive Murilo Ferreira said on Thursday in a
post-results conference calls with analysts that Vale expects to
meet the company’s 2012 estimates for sales of 310 million
tonnes of iron ore, its main revenue earner, despite poor sales
in the first quarter.

Apr 19, 2012

New prosecutor seeks to stop Chevron Brazil ops

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – A new prosecutor in the case against Chevron Corp and drilling firm Transocean Ltd for an offshore oil spill said Thursday he will seek to suspend the companies’ operations in Brazil, a sign that he may be just as tough on the companies as his predecessor.

Prosecutor Celso de Albuquerque Silva said he was seeking the injunction on grounds that the companies’ activities are dangerous to the environment and society. Chevron and Transocean face a combined $22 billion in lawsuits, and several executives face prison, because of two incidents in which oil leaked off Brazil’s coast in November and March.

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