Commodities

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Chinese steel production to fall

From the AFR: Chinese steel production will fall over the next three years, according to figures released at a major iron ore conference on Thursday. The Deputy Secretary-General of the Metallurgical Mines Association of China, Liu Xiaoliang, forecast that by 2015 China would demand only 705 million tonnes of crude steel. That is a fall

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The bad news bulks

Courtesy of ANZ: Newcastle front month futures prices declined to USD87.2/t dragged lower by negative demand sentiment for energy related assets. Iron ore did not fare much better, falling 2.5% to USD103.7/t, while Australia FOB coking coal prices also declined by USD1.42 to UDS146.79. Slower steel demand growth in China and Europe has created a surplus in Asia, weighing on prices.

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Daily iron ore update

Yesterday’s iron ore prices show continued consolidation: I’m not sure we’re going to see much more upside here in the near term. The decision by India yesterday to limit some iron ore exports seems to have little effect on the market. Such news used to send the price up 20% or more. Here are the

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Daily iron ore price

Friday saw the ore price end the week on a soft note: Not much to add except to say that the 12 month swap looks reasonably priced at these levels given the outlook: Chinese steel prices took a breather: And there is still no real drawdown on Chinese port inventory:  

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Will Japan do to us on gas what we did to it on ore?

There’s a unsettling story in The Australian today about a Japanese push to break the oil-benchmarked LNG contract pricing system: JAPAN’S drive to sever the oil link in the pricing system for liquefied natural gas could slow development of Australia’s gas industry, oil and gas company Santos has warned, saying the current pricing system was

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Iron ore price volatility continues

Another wild day for the iron ore market with 12m swaps reversing spectacularly, spot showing less trouble and Chinese steel prices firming up.  So long as the rally in Chinese steel prices persists so too will the ore price. And on that front, the World Steel Association released its August figures today: Brussels, 20 September

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Coking coal still falling

Courtesy of ANZ. Newcastle FOB October coal prices improved slightly to USD91.8/t. BHP Billiton boosted thermal coal production in its 2012 financial year, with record high output at two of its thermal coal mines in Australia and Colombia. BHP’s coking coal data was more bearish, with a large fall in earnings at its coking coal operations in 2012 due to

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Coking coal dumped again

While we seem to have passed the short term nadir for iron ore prices, coking coal is still taking a battering. From ANZ: Newcastle FOB physical coal prices were steady around  USD91.1/t. Thermal coal markets appears to have based and  may find slightly better support as we enter the seasonally  strong winter demand period. We

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Fortescue gets its rescue

From the AFR: Fortescue Metals Group has secured a commitment for a new debt facility of up to $US4.5 billion underwritten by Credit Suisse and JPMorgan that it will use to refinance its existing facilities and provide it with additional liquidity. …Fortescue said the earliest repayment date for any of its debt is now November

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Daily iron ore price update

Whilst I spent Friday with most folks thinking QE3 would have a limited impact on iron ore, so far we’re all wrong. The Fed launched ore into another spectacular bounce: Which, as you can see, did absolutely nothing for Chinese steel prices: I have absolutely no idea what comes next in these crazy markets but

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Coking coal contracts settle at $170

Courtesy of ANZ: Newcastle September coal futures slipped 0.3% to  USD90.70/t, while coking coal shed 2.5% to USD148.75/t.  Q4 coking coal contract negotiations have been completed  between BMA and Nippon Steel, with the price settling at  AUD170/t. Although this is an AUD55.00 decrease from Q3  contract prices, the USD20 premium to spot prices was in

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Iron ore price weakness set to resume

Yesterday ANZ had an interesting conference call about iron ore, China and Australia. The economic legs were all a bit sunny and happy but the iron ore dimension was very good: 2. MARK PERVAN, HEAD OF COMMODITY RESEARCH Thoughts from China General mood very cautious, key export province Guangdong seeing activity down as much as

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Iron ore price cracks the ton

And there you have it! Iron ore raises its bat to the crowd and the dressing room, cracking the ton! And the charts: And Chinese steel following through: Adding to the joy, China’s steel output fell materially in August, down 4.9% to 1.89 millions tonnes per day in August from 1.99 million tones per day

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Coking coal falls heavily

We may be seeing the beginnings of a bottom for iron ore but the same can’t yet be said for coking coal. From ANZ: Spot thermal coal fell 2.3% to USD86.37 last week, while coking coal shed 5.4% to USD153.20/t. Coking coal prices continue to drift lower as buyers stay on the sidelines awaiting the results of Q4

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An iron ore squeeze

It’s an eye-popping iron ore table today: So, the exuberance of last week finally seized parts of the steel complex with 12 month swaps hitting the proverbial afterburners. Up 9.1% on the day! And who said there’s no speculation in the iron ore markets? Spot followed with a solid climb: Needless to say, with the