Materials Higher Ahead of Fed -- Materials Roundup

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Shares of commodities producers rose slightly as the dollar weakened ahead of a Federal Reserve meeting.

The recent rally in zinc prices has spurred some mining companies to increase production, said analysts at brokerage Commerzbank.

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China's exports of steel fell again in August, muddying the picture on debates about additional tariffs on its steel.

A group of U.S. activist investors threatened to vote against the proposed merger between Swiss chemicals company Clariant and U.S. rival Huntsman, jeopardizing a deal that would create a $15 billion chemicals concern. The investors that make up the White Tale consortium own about 15% of Clariant's outstanding shares. The trading of Clariant and Huntsman shares suggests that arbitrageurs are betting the deal won't close as planned.

Rob Curran, rob.curran@dowjones.com

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September 19, 2017 17:29 ET (21:29 GMT)