Cliffs Natural backs FY CapEx view $275M-$325M Says recommendations of proxy firms "clear and unanimous" that Casablanca nominees "should not constitute majority of Cliffs board." Says now is not the time to liquidate assets. Lowering FY CapEx spending about 65% from 2013 levels. Says will continue reviewing opportunities to further reduce CapEx spending without compromising production or safety. Says coal market conditions remain challenging. Says idling Pinnacle Mine "increasingly likely" given current market conditions. Sees cash tax rate 24% for FY. Sees cost cutting, asset optimization plans continuing. Comments made on the Q2 earnings conference call.
Cliffs Natural finalizes energy agreement with We Energies in U.P. of Michigan Cliffs Natural (CLF) has finalized an interim power agreement with Wisconsin Energy's (WEC) utility energy segment We Energies for its Michigan operations. The company stated that this is "one key step in a series of contemplated short and long-term agreements that are essential to the viability of its iron ore mines in the Upper Peninsula".