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Prices plunge after China drops export tax

TOKYO -- International prices of rare-earth metals, used widely in hybrid cars and other high-tech products, are in free fall a month after China scrapped its export tariffs.

     Neodymium, found in high-performance magnets, is trading at about $66 per kilogram. Having dropped 20-30% from April, it is now at levels seen before a surge that began in 2010. Dysprosium is hovering around $350 per kilogram, also a five-year low.

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