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Teck Resources -5.8% as profit plunges on weaker copper, coal prices

Teck Resources (TCK -5.8%) falls sharply after reporting a 44% drop in unadjusted Q4 earnings due to weak commodity prices, but production of coking coal, copper and zinc rose while costs continued to decline.

Copper production hit a quarterly record of 105K metric tons, but TCK's realized price fell 10% Y/Y; realized prices for coal slipped 11% and zinc fell 2%.

TD Securities says TCK's 2014 capital spending guidance of $2.6B exceeded the firm's expectations of $2.1B, suggesting TCK will be "substantially" more free cash flow negative this year than projected, though the weaker Canadian dollar could mitigate the impact of the higher spending.

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