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Best of the Blogs, Emerging Markets: Shrinking Demand for Iron in China

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Plus, Korea's automakers are ready to challenge France's anti-import policy.

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Minyanville selects the best blog items on emerging markets from around the Web.

Reuters
Link: Brazil's Vale Profit Slumps on China, Currency Woes

"Brazil's Vale (VALE) 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."

The Korea Herald
Link: French Action Could Hit Renault Samsung, GM Korea

"Renault Samsung Motors (RNO.PA) and GM Korea (GM) could be severely hit by proposed French government action to invoke "safeguard" measures against cars produced in Korea, auto industry insiders said Thursday.

"The French government notified the Korean government of its move to take issue with vehicle trade imbalance and other matters under the Korea-EU Free Trade Agreement."

AsiaOne.com
Link: Malaysia's IPO Bonanza May Be Deceptive
"With this week's market debut of IHH, Malaysia surprisingly holds claim to the world's two biggest initial public offerings after Facebook (FB).

"And more are coming, including a broadcaster and the world's biggest condom maker.

"But idiosyncrasies of the Kuala Lumpur market, an export-reliant economy and pre-election politicking should give investors pause."

Channel NewsAsia
Link: Hong Kong Billionaire to Buy UK Gas Company

"A consortium led by Asia's richest man Li Ka-Shing agreed Wednesday to acquire a British gas distribution company for £645 million (US$1 billion), the companies said.

"Consortium leader Cheung Kong Holdings said it plans to acquire MGN Gas Networks, which owns gas distributer Wales & West Utilities, from investors including Macquarie Global Infrastructure Funds 2 SARL."

News.com.au
Link: Australian Mining Companies are Exploring Options in the 'New' Burma

"Mr Everett, chairman of exploration company Global Resources Corp (GBRC), based in South Brisbane, and Mr Bovard, principal of Sterling Mining Group (SRLMQ), are in Rangoon, now officially called Yangon, to assess opportunities for Australian investors, including some unnamed Brisbane clients.

"Mr Everett said smaller Australian exploration and mining firms were well placed to enter Burma, now officially called Myanmar, one of South-East Asia's final frontier markets."
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