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Global iron ore short-term outlook October 2017

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31 October 2017

Global iron ore short-term outlook October 2017

Report summary

By recent standards October was a remarkably stable month for iron ore prices. Iron grade/quality spreads remain exciting, with suppliers of high grade low impurity products achieving record premiums. This story could have further to run as steel mills continue to enjoy decent margins and focus on blast furnace productivity. Our Q4-17 price forecast remains unchanged at $60/t CFR.

Table of contents

  • Executive summary
    • Price stabilisation
    • Demand – obscured by pollution
    • Supply – domestic down, imports up
    • A correction not a collapse
    • Quarterly iron ore production - selected companies (Mt, 100% basis)
    • Quarterly indicators: iron ore trade, crude steel and hot metal production (Mt)

Tables and charts

This report includes 18 images and tables including:

  • Key forecast data
  • 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
  • Chinese imports on track to reach 1075Mt
  • Although the volume of imports is rising, the value is not
  • Chinese mill margins are healthy
  • The high grade Fe premium remains high
  • Prices: Table 1
  • Prices: Table 2
  • Key companies: Table 1
  • Quarterly mine production
  • Q2-17 year-on-year production change
  • Supply-demand balances: Table 1
  • Forecast data: iron ore trade and hot metal production (Mt)

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