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Money Iron ore is closing in on $80 a tonne

17:57  12 january  2018
17:57  12 january  2018 Source:   businessinsider.com.au

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Iron ore spot markets rallied again on Monday on the back of strength in Chinese steel prices. The benchmark iron ore price sit at the highest level in six months, and is quickly closing in on $ 80 a tonne .

Iron ore futures traded separately in Dalian went the other direction, closing down 0.4% at 556 yuan a tonne . Coke and coking coal contracts also weakened, closing at 2,029.5 yuan and 1,377 yuan respectively.

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Iron ore spot markets rallied on Thursday, hitting the highest level in close to five months.

However, with futures down heavily in overnight trade, it looks like those moves may be reversed in the session ahead.

According to Metal Bulletin, the price for benchmark 62% fines rose 1% to $79.08 a tonne, leaving it at the highest level since August 22.

It has now rallied 35% from the end of October, in line with a similar move in Chinese steel markets.

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Like the benchmark, both lower and higher grades also pushed higher during the session.

58% fines rallied 1.4% to $43.30 a tonne, marginally outpacing a 1.1% gain in ore with 65% Fe content which settled at $94.60 a tonne.

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Iron ore prices held steady above per tonne on Tuesday on the back of a strengthening billet market a day earlier, when Chinese steelmakers began stoking production ahead of mandated cuts going into winter. Iron ore is trading higher now than at the beginning of the year.

Iron ore prices continued to rally on Friday, trading above the $ 80 a tonne level, even after falling

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Iron ore has slumped below $US 80 per tonne for the first time in more than five years, as the Chinese government dampens hopes of aggressively policy stimulus to fuel growth. China’s steel industry, meanwhile, is close to peak production.

Close share panel. Image copyright Getty Images. Image caption Australia is the world's largest producer of iron ore . Excavators can shift up to 80 tonnes of earth in a single scoop, and trains taking the ore to the coast can be up to 2km long.

.12 per tonne overnight. The rally has been largely attributed to strong infrastructure investment in China, as well as the country’s slowdown in supply growth, following Beijing’s decision to close 100 – 150

The move in spot markets mirrored continued strength in rebar futures in Shanghai which rallied for a third consecutive session.

The May 2018 contract finished up 0.1% at 3,838 yuan, continuing to benefit from measures introduced by Chinese policymakers to curb steel production capacity in the years ahead.

Iron ore futures traded separately in Dalian went the other direction, closing down 0.4% at 556 yuan a tonne. Coke and coking coal contracts also weakened, closing at 2,029.5 yuan and 1,377 yuan respectively.

However, as seen in the scoreboard below, all four contracts fell in overnight trade.

SHFE Rebar¥3,811,-1.01%
DCE Iron Ore¥546.50,-1.62%
DCE Coking Coal¥1,345.50,-1.39%
DCE Coke¥2,004.00,-1.04%

The broad-based weakness suggests that iron ore spot markets may be unable to sustain the positive momentum seen on Thursday today.

Trade will resume in all contracts at midday AEDT, around a hour or so before the release of Chinese international trade data for December, a report that will include both iron ore imports and steel exports.

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