Weak demand and persistent deflationary pressure pose downside risk to iron ore in 2016. The latest fall in crude oil and ongoing weakness in producer currencies could erode cost support below our base case and prevent any meaningful price recovery in a market characterised by excess supply capability and stagnant demand. In this Insight we highlight some key themes and risks for iron ore in 2016.
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Theme 1: Chinese demand could be worse than forecast.
Theme 2: supply side shake-out will accelerate industry consolidation
Theme 3: cost deflation could have further to run.
Theme 4: will China continue to support loss making mines?