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Mechel Falls Most in Eight Weeks as Work Suspended for Safety

OAO Mechel (MTL), Russia’s largest coal producer for steelmakers, lost the most in eight weeks in New York as work was suspended at several facilities at the New- Olzherassk mine under order from the country’s safety regulator.

Mechel (MTLR)’s American depositary receipts sank 6.8 percent, the most since Dec. 19, to $10.68 in New York. Shares (MTLR) in Moscow dropped 3.7 percent to 328.7 rubles, or the equivalent of $10.94.

Production at the mine may resume “shortly” and the temporary halt won’t affect the “operational commitments” of the company’s Southern Kuzbass unit in Siberia, Mechel said today in a statement.

To contact the reporter on this story: Leon Lazaroff in New York llazaroff@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Emma O’Brien at Eobrien6@bloomberg.net

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