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Global iron ore short-term outlook November 2016

Global iron ore short-term outlook November 2016

Report summary

A remarkable month for iron ore with prices hitting two year highs at $80/t. The global asset allocation story has played a big part in the latest rally, with iron ore benefiting along with most industrial metals and minerals as money switched out of bonds into commodities, before a sharp reversal of this flow on the final day of the month as investors took profits. Steel specific factors have also been supportive – notably the knock-on effect of high coal/coke costs and Beijing's commitment to steel capacity closures. But the coal/coke "cost-push" story has largely run its course and steel mill margins are under pressure again. This will inevitably feed through to iron ore pricing. Our revised forecast for Q4-16 is $67/t, giving an annual average price of $57/t - marginally above last year's price of $55/t. Not many picked that at the start of the year!

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As global demand weakens and commodity prices fall, we're seeing a challenging environment in the metals and mining industry. Mining companies are increasingly coming under pressure to reduce operating costs, causing many to shift their strategic planning, delay new investments and look to long-term future growth.

This Iron Ore Short Term Outlook report provides a detailed breakdown of global supply and demand balances in this market, as well as price forecasts.

Mining companies, investment banks and investors can use this report to understand the future direction of the ferrous and base metals market. It will also help you assess the impact of key industry issues and events on market balances and pricing.

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  • Executive summary
  • Market structure
    • Raw material costs and capacity closures remain at the fore.
    • Supply side response to higher prices
    • Good times for miners – while it lasts!
  • Prices
    • 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 18 tables or charts, including:

  • Executive summary
    • Key forecast data
  • Market structure
    • Chart 1: Change in global exports of iron ore
    • Chart 2: Iron ore price vs. cost
  • Prices
    • Chart 3: Iron ore prices: 62% Fe vs. 65% Fe
    • Chart 4: FMG realised price
    • Prices: Table 1
    • Prices: Table 2
  • Key companies
    • Key companies: Table 1
    • Quarterly mine production
    • Q3-16 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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