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Jeff Mason is a White House Correspondent for Reuters and the 2016-2017 president of the White House Correspondents’ Association. He was the lead Reuters correspondent for President Barack Obama's 2012 campaign and interviewed the president at the White House in 2015. Jeff has been based in Washington since 2008, when he covered the historic race between Obama, Hillary Clinton and John McCain. Jeff started his career in Frankfurt, Germany, where he covered the airline industry before moving to Brussels, Belgium, where he covered the European Union. He is a Colorado native, proud graduate of Northwestern University and former Fulbright scholar.

Twitter handle: @jeffmason1

May 18 2018

Electric vehicle rush fuels optimism at LME Asia Week

HONG KONG Rising demand for battery materials cobalt and lithium infused some optimism into an otherwise cautious London Metal Exchange (LME) Asia Week, amid a backdrop of slowing growth in China and escalating trade tensions between it and the United States.

May 18 2018

Metals traders weigh their options as Shanghai trials new copper contract

HONG KONG The latest step in China's push to develop its commodities derivatives market gets under way on Monday as the Shanghai Futures Exchange (ShFE) launches a month-long test of a much-anticipated copper options contract.

May 11 2018

Sanctions impact casts shadow over Rusal profit jump

MELBOURNE/MOSCOW Russian aluminum giant Rusal on Friday warned of expected harm to its business from U.S. sanctions, sending its shares down more than 7 percent despite the company reporting a 20 percent jump in first-quarter core profit.

May 02 2018

U.S. sanctions extension may ease Rusal restrictions: Rio Tinto CEO

MELBOURNE An amendment by the U.S. Treasury to its Russian sanctions program may greatly reduce the restrictions on aluminum giant Rusal, Rio Tinto Chief Executive Jean Sebastien Jacques said on Wednesday.

May 01 2018

Australia's Mineral Resources says to sell minority stake in lithium project

MELBOURNE Mining services provider Mineral Resources Ltd on Tuesday said it was looking to sell a minority stake in its Wodgina Lithium mine in the west of Australia.

Apr 19 2018

China stockpiles alumina for export as supply crunch drives record prices

MELBOURNE Chinese traders are preparing to export alumina to reap the profits from record prices for spot cargoes after the United States imposed sanctions on Russia's United Company Rusal, among the biggest producers of the aluminum raw material.

Apr 18 2018

BHP cuts 2018 iron ore forecast, cites rail car upload problems

MELBOURNE BHP Billiton Ltd cut its 2018 fiscal year iron ore output guidance on Thursday citing issues in its railroad car unloading system, while also slightly raising its copper output expectations given higher production at the Escondida mine.

Apr 12 2018

Can China fill aluminum shortage after Rusal sanctioned?

LONDON/MELBOURNE Dominant aluminum producer China may help fill a gap in global supply after the United States slapped sanctions on Russia's aluminum giant Rusal.

Apr 09 2018

Rio Tinto stands to win from Rusal sanctions; U.S. consumers to lose

MELBOURNE Rio Tinto will be among the biggest winners from the U.S. sanctions imposed on Russian aluminum giant United Company Rusal as the penalties further shake up the global metals trade and boost costs for U.S. consumers, industry sources said on Monday.

Mar 19 2018

Battery makers descend on Australia, Canada cobalt developers

MELBOURNE/VANCOUVER Nervous Asian battery makers are turning to early-stage cobalt projects in Australia and Canada to lock in supplies of the critical battery ingredient ahead of expected shortages as demand for electric vehicles revs up.

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