Shares of commodities producers rose alongside the prices of key materials. Shares of steelmakers rose after a Chinese government regulator urged faster consolidation among local steel smelters, a move designed to take excess supply out of the system. Chinese steel production hit a record in July amid infrastructure- and home-building growth, and that has driven up the price of metallurgical coal, said analyst Mike Dudas of research firm Vertical Research Partners, as reported earlier.
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(END) Dow Jones Newswires
August 25, 2017 16:23 ET (20:23 GMT)