March 30 (Reuters) - Teck Resources Ltd and Antofagasta Plc are exploring a merger that would create one of the world's biggest copper producers, Bloomberg reported on Monday citing unidentified people with knowledge of the matter.
The news agency said that Canada-based Teck and London-based Antofagasta had held early stage talks. Any agreement hinges on the approval of the families that control both miners, Bloomberg said.
Teck's stock soared 11 percent to C$19.52 after the news. (Reporting by Nicole Mordant in Vancouver; Editing by Lisa Shumaker)