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Fortescue says it is not aware of parties seeking to buy stake

Shares in the iron ore producer jump 15 per cent on report that Chinese firms had applied to Aussie regulators to invest in company

Melbourne

FORTESCUE Metals Group said on Tuesday that it was not aware of any parties seeking permission from Australia's regulators to take a stake in the company after its shares jumped 15 per cent on a media report that Chinese firms had applied to buy a stake.

The Australian Financial Review newspaper reported that Chinese-linked companies had sought permission from the Foreign Investment Review Board (FIRB) to invest in Fortescue, Australia's third-largest iron ore producer.

"Fortescue is not aware...

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