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China iron ore, steel prices hit record as supply worries prompt speculative buying

The most active iron ore futures contract on the Dalian Commodity Exchange, for September delivery, soared to an all-time high of 1,326 yuan ($206.20) per tonne.

May 10, 2021 / 03:25 PM IST
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China’s benchmark iron ore futures surged 10% to a record high, while steel prices rose 6% to hit a trading limit, as Beijing’s move to limit capacity fuelled worries about a supply shortage and prompted speculative buying.

China announced a series of measures on Friday to tighten controls on steel capacity, in an effort to curb pollution in key areas as well as reduce “blind investments and disorderly constructions”.
The most active iron ore futures contract on the Dalian Commodity Exchange, for September delivery, soared to an all-time high of 1,326 yuan ($206.20) per tonne.

“The surge of iron ore and steel prices were mostly boosted by speculative trading,” Tianfeng Futures analyst Wu Shiping said.

While some steel mills have stopped buying materials at such high prices, traders are sweeping goods at spot market, Wu added.