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METALS-Copper bets cut ahead of Fed minutes, but supply doubts linger

*Freeport may take Indonesia to arbitration on Grasberg. A higher U.S. currency makes dollar-denominated metals such as copper more expensive for non-U.S. firms, potentially weakening demand, although nervousness over supplies from top producers Chile and Indonesia are expected to support it. "It's all about the disruptions in Chile and Indonesia, but we...

Source: Reuters

Trading Nation: Is Freeport's big run done?

Chad Morganlander, Washington Crossing Advisors, and Craig Johnson, Piper Jaffray, discuss Freeport-McMoRan with Brian Sullivan.

Source: CNBC.com

US STOCKS-Wall St hits record high as retail earnings boost optimism

*Popeyes up after Restaurant Brands agrees to buy company. One in every six stocks on the S&P 500 hit a new 52- week high as a rally sparked by President Donald Trump's promise of tax reforms showed no sign of fading despite concerns around valuations. "There is no doubt in anyone's mind that the market has become over extended and is due for a pullback," said Quincy...

Source: Reuters

US STOCKS-Wall St to open near record-highs on strong retail earnings

*Popeyes up after Restaurant Brands agrees to buy company. Investor sentiment was boosted by a more than 1.5 percent rise in oil prices, after OPEC said the group was hopeful of higher compliance with its deal to cut production. Strong earnings, robust economic data and the possibility of fiscal stimulus under President Donald Trump has lifted Wall Street's...

Source: Reuters

US STOCKS-Futures hit record highs amid retail earnings

*Wal-Mart's shares were up 1.5 percent at $70.42 in premarket trading after the world's largest brick-and-mortar retailer reported a higher-than-expected rise in comparable store sales. *Home Depot rose 1.63 percent to $145.33 after the home improvement store chain reported better-than-expected results and set a $15 billion buyback program.

Source: Reuters

CORRECTED-Nuclear not only problem as Toshiba liable for billions in gas contract

TOKYO, Feb 17- Japan's Toshiba, scrambling to fill the balance sheet hole left by a $6.3 billion hit to its nuclear operations, is also on the hook to pay billions of dollars for a U.S. natural gas contract. The Toshiba spokesman said the company had an agreement with Japan's Jera, the world's biggest single buyer of LNG, to help sales and marketing of the fuel from 2019,...

Source: Reuters

METALS-Copper, zinc and nickel rebound on supply concerns

*Freeport says could seek damages in Grasberg dispute. LONDON, Feb 20- Copper bounced back above $6,000 a tonne on Monday as a dispute escalated over the world's second-biggest copper operation in Indonesia, while zinc was boosted by a drop in inventories. Three-month copper on the London Metal Exchange gained 1.3 percent to $6,035 a tonne by 1510 GMT, recovering...

Source: Reuters

UPDATE 4-Freeport warns of arbitration as Indonesia mining dispute escalates

JAKARTA, Feb 20- U.S. mining giant Freeport-McMoRan Inc warned on Monday it could take the Indonesian government to arbitration and seek damages over a contractual dispute that has halted operations at the world's second-biggest copper mine. The row, which centres around the sanctity of Freeport's 30- year mining contract, comes as Indonesia seeks to squeeze...

Source: Reuters

METALS-Copper and zinc rebound on supply concerns

*Freeport says could damages in Grasberg dispute. *Officials at Chile mine put conditions on meeting with union. LONDON, Feb 20- Copper bounced back above $6,000 a tonne on Monday as a dispute escalated over the world's second-biggest copper operation in Indonesia while zinc was boosted by a drop in inventories.

Source: Reuters

METALS-Copper and zinc rebound on supply concerns

*Freeport says could damages in Grasberg dispute. *Officials at Chile mine put conditions on meeting with union. LONDON, Feb 20- Copper bounced back above $6,000 a tonne on Monday as a dispute escalated over the world's second-biggest copper operation in Indonesia while zinc was boosted by a drop in inventories.

Source: Reuters