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Global iron ore short-term outlook July 2017

Global iron ore short-term outlook July 2017

Report summary

A trio of factors boosted iron ore prices this month; traders continued to build stockpiles, Chinese domestic production tightened and induction furnace closures shifted some production to the more iron ore intensive BOF route. But longer term, the market appears structurally oversupplied with future seaborne supply additions exceeding demand growth. 

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  • Global iron ore short-term outlook July 2017 PDF - 394.90 KB 13 Pages, 6 Tables, 13 Figures
  • Iron ore STO Datafile July 2017.xls XLS - 409.50 KB


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  • Executive summary
  • Market structure
    • Robust demand…
    • … Countered by oversupply
  • Prices
    • Another price rally, supported by three factors
      • 1) Stock build
      • 2) Tight domestic iron ore supply
      • 3) Induction furnace closures
        • Key quarterly forecast
        • Capesize spot freight rates, US$/wmt, to China (Beilun/Baoshan)
  • Key companies
    • Quarterly iron ore production - selected companies (Mt, 100% basis)
  • Supply-demand balances
    • Quarterly indicators: iron ore trade, crude steel and hot metal production (Mt)

In this report there are 19 tables or charts, including:

  • Executive summary
    • Key forecast data
  • Market structure
    • While demand stagnates, an additional ~50 million tonnes of seaborne supply is due to come online this year and next...
    • The price discount for 58% Fe material has remained high…
    • …this is impacting FMG's realised price
  • Prices
    • Traders are rapidly increasing stock levels
    • Scrap has reached the top of its price range
    • Prices: Table 1
    • Prices: Table 2
  • Key companies
    • Key companies: Table 1
    • Quarterly mine production
    • Q2-17 year-on-year production change
  • Supply-demand balances
    • Steel production, monthly y/y growth
    • BF utilisation rate in Tangshan, China
    • Trade of iron ore, monthly volume
    • Trade of iron ore, monthly y/y change
    • Iron ore inventory at Chinese ports, by source
    • Utilisation rate at Chinese iron ore mines
    • Supply-demand balances: Table 1
    • Forecast data: iron ore trade and hot metal production (Mt)
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