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China iron-ore, steel prices rise ahead of output curbs

By: Reuters     14th November 2017 China's iron ore futures edged up on Tuesday along with prices for steel rebar, buoyed as some steel mills ramped up production a day before winter output cuts take full effect. Industrial plants in northern China have been ordered to curb output by up to 50% during the heating season that kicks... 

China iron-ore hits six-week high, but steel output curbs to weigh

By: Reuters     7th November 2017 Iron ore futures in China rallied to their highest in nearly six weeks on Tuesday, extending recent gains along with steel prices, although steel production curbs over winter suggest further price increases in the raw material may be limited. Chinese cities have ordered their steel mills to cut... 

Iron-ore shape-shifters flip curve on bets demand to recover

By: Bloomberg     1st November 2017 Iron-ore’s in very unfamiliar territory. As China presses home its campaign to curb steel production, some investors are starting to wager that after a chill in winter, a torrent of pent-up demand will spur a springtime rebound in a move that’s shifted the shape of the futures curve. On the... 

Panasonic says Gigafactory battery output to increase for Tesla's Model 3

By: Reuters     31st October 2017 Panasonic Corp on Tuesday said output at the $5-billion battery “Gigafactory” it runs with electric vehicle maker Tesla Inc could soon increase as the causes of bottlenecks that have hobbled production are now understood. Panasonic, the world’s largest automotive lithium-ion battery manufacturer,... 

Dalian iron-ore up on demand concerns, but edges off 3-week high

By: Reuters     23rd October 2017 Chinese iron-ore futures hit three-week highs on Monday, supported by firmer steel prices as producers curb output in line with China's campaign for bluer skies. But they pulled back from the highs on worries demand for the raw material would weaken in coming months as the steel output cuts deepen. 

Iron-ore sinks as 'peak steel' call, supply angst rattle market

By: Bloomberg     20th September 2017 Iron-ore has been dragged back into the $60s after getting hit by a barrage of bad news, with persistent concern about rising global supply, fresh questions about the outlook for demand in China, and a warning from Australia’s central bank that the top buyer may be nearing peak steel. The... 

As nasty quarter ends, iron's reprieve sees futures back in $60s

By: Bloomberg     28th June 2017 After what’s been a tough quarter, iron ore’s getting a small reprieve. Futures clawed their way back above $60 a metric ton and spot prices have rebounded from a one-year low as steel output holds up in China, buoying demand for the material even as its supply rises. The SGX AsiaClear contract... 

Iron revival snuffed out as 'weakest commodity' drops again

By: Bloomberg     8th May 2017 Iron-ore’s attempt at a rebound lasted just a few short hours as investor concern over robust supplies, including near-record port stockpiles, and speculation some traders in China were rushing to offload holdings combined to snuff out the brief gain. In Singapore, SGX AsiaClear futures fell 2.1%... 

Mining majors' shares pull back as iron, copper prices retreat

By: Henry Lazenby     18th April 2017 Major miners saw their respective stocks pull back on Tuesday on the back of weaker iron-ore and base metals prices, despite the latest Chinese economic data showing better-than-expected growth in the first quarter of 2017. Major miners traded in the red on Tuesday, including the world’s largest... 

Iron slumps into bear market as Barclays sees further losses

By: Bloomberg     10th April 2017 Iron-ore’s descent into bear-market territory may herald further weakness, with Barclays pinning the blame for the slide on lower steel demand in China driving a shift from mills toward lower-quality ore and raising the prospect of a drop into the $50s. Ore with 62% content in Qingdao fell 1%... 

Top iron miners' cash juggernaut set to survive price crash

By: Bloomberg     13th March 2017 The world’s biggest iron ore miners will be able to withstand the expected plunge in prices because their race to cut production costs has dramatically lowered the industry’s margin pressure point, allowing them to keep fueling a cash juggernaut that’s revived the mining sector. More than 90% of... 

Thirty-two tons a second shows China’s record iron appetite

By: Bloomberg     13th January 2017 Iron-ore imports by China surged to a record above one-billion metric tons last year as unexpectedly strong steel production and lower local mine output combined to fire up demand in the world’s top buyer for cargoes from Australia and Brazil, supporting a rebound in prices. Asia’s top economy... 

The ‘weird’ commodity that’s hurting bears as prices double

By: Bloomberg     7th December 2016 Iron-ore’s probably heading for a retreat in 2017 as new mine supply comes online and a surplus builds, according to UBS Group, which acknowledged that the commodity’s recent surge was unexpected and had torpedoed an earlier forecast for a slump this quarter. “It’s just surprised me,” Wayne... 

Iron-ore’s party gives way to hangover as China stockpiles surge

By: Bloomberg     21st November 2016 For iron-ore, it is the morning after the night before. Prices have given up most of the gains inspired by Donald Trump’s surprise win and a speculative frenzy in China, with a surge in port stockpiles in the top user reminding investors that fundamentals still count. “The speed of the recent... 

Iron-ore gets its Groundhog Day moment as tumble follows surge

By: Bloomberg     18th November 2016 Iron-ore is having a Groundhog Day moment. Prices that were pumped up on speculative enthusiasm are now headed for the biggest weekly drop in six months, echoing a sharp rise and tumble seen in April and May that was driven by a surge and fade in trading in China, the largest buyer. 

Iron-ore’s trumped up gains seen at risk after near-doubling

By: Bloomberg     11th November 2016 Iron-ore, a pacesetter of 2016’s rally in commodities, may be headed for a fall. Prices that have almost doubled since bottoming will face growing pressure on rising supply from Australia and Brazil as well as headwinds to demand in China, according to Capital Economics. 

Goldman says ‘size doesn’t matter’ as SGX’s iron holds sway

By: Bloomberg     21st October 2016 In the $7 billion-a-day global iron-ore futures market, size doesn’t matter when it comes to clout. Contracts in Singapore have greater pricing power than those traded in China even though the volumes in the city-state are more than 20 times smaller, according to Goldman Sachs Group Inc. Although... 

Ex-limo firm, billionaires bet on iron-ore with mines, M&A

By: Bloomberg     22nd September 2016 The global iron-ore market is awash with supply and prices remain volatile, but a former Chinese limousine rental service and a billionaire New Zealand family are among producers and developers wagering new mines will be needed. Their focus is Western Australia, the industry heartland in the... 

Iron-ore hits the skids as miners, banks wrangle over supply

By: Bloomberg     15th September 2016 After a stellar run in 2016, iron-ore has hit a rough patch. The prospect of a slump below $50 a metric ton is now back in view after the longest losing streak in more than five months as investors, analysts and miners spar over the impact of additional low-cost supply. 

Rinehart’s iron-ore mine won’t reach capacity this year

By: Bloomberg     15th September 2016 Billionaire Gina Rinehart’s iron-ore producer said its mine in Western Australia won’t reach full capacity this year following issues at its port and processing plant. The target of 55-million metric tons a year is now expected to be reached early in 2017, instead of late this year, Roy Hill... 

Coal contract prices set to surge as China reduces capacity

By: Bloomberg     6th September 2016 Metallurgical coal contracts are set for the longest run of gains since quarterly deals were introduced in 2010 as China cuts output and raises steel production. Spot prices for hard coking coal have gained more than 80% since the start of June to more than $150 a metric ton, surging above the... 

Iron-ore at risk as China veteran warns steel output to drop

By: Bloomberg     25th August 2016 Steel production in China, the world’s biggest supplier, will probably contract this year and shrink further in 2017 as local demand slows, hurting the outlook for iron-ore, according to Li Xinchuang, a vicechairperson at the China Iron & Steel Association. “There will be significant declines in... 

Chinese housing market to impact on minerals, metals prices

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     16th August 2016 Still-low metal prices will stabilise this year, edging gradually higher thereafter, as dollar strength and strong production growth begins to wane and provide a base to metal prices, analysis firm BMI Research said in its Commodities Outlook report on Tuesday. It added that it did not expect a... 

Hambro sees ‘very good fortunes’ for iron-ore on capex slump

By: Bloomberg     5th August 2016 A slowdown in spending on global iron-ore projects amid weak prices is setting the ground for a longer-term revival, according to Hong-Kong listed producer IRC, which is starting up production from a new project in Russia that was 10 years in the making. The steelmaking ingredient, which has... 

End of Australia’s iron-ore supply rush seen aiding prices

By: Bloomberg     21st July 2016 The largest iron-ore producers in Australia, the world’s No. 1 exporter, are raising supply at the slowest pace in years, drawing a line under more than a decade of expansions and lending potential support to prices that are rebounding this year. BHP Billiton, the third-largest shipper, said... 

Konecranes – 106 years on

     2nd February 2016 Konecranes, today one of the top crane and hoist companies in the world, started off from humble beginnings in an old stable in the suburbs of Helsinki, Finland, in 1910. The history of the company is a rich and varied one, with the company growing into a major player in the world’s crane... 

Iron-ore futures fall below $40/t as new Australian supply arises

By: Martin Creamer     30th November 2015 The iron-ore price on Singapore's most active iron-ore futures market was below $40/t for the first time, Investec noted on Monday, when it reported that additional iron-ore supply was about to be shipped from Gina Rinehart’s new Roy Hill iron-ore mine, in Australia. Quoting Bloomberg, Investec... 

Air China offers first direct Beijing–Jhb flights

By: Natalie Greve     11th August 2015 Becoming the first air link offered by a Chinese carrier between mainland China and South Africa, as well as Air China's first route to Africa, the Asian carrier has announced that it will launch a nonstop service between Beijing and Johannesburg from October 29. The introduction of the direct... 

Iron-ore falls below $120, first time since July, as China fears grow

By: Reuters     25th February 2014 Iron-ore sagged to its lowest level since July, hammered by sliding steel prices in top consumer China where mills are either seeking deeper discounts on spot ore cargoes or staying away from the market in anticipation of further price declines. Shanghai rebar futures sank to a fresh record low... 

Group of emerging countries move to bolster science

By: Keith Campbell     7th December 2012 The five Brics countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) are continuing their efforts to develop cooperation between themselves in the realm of science and technology. In early November, government officials from the countries’ respective ministries and departments responsible for... 

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