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Shanghai stainless steel gains amid firm demand, high raw material prices

BEIJING, Jan 13 (Reuters) - Stainless steel futures on the Shanghai Futures Exchange inched higher on Wednesday, fuelled by a pick-up in raw material prices and downstream consumption.

“Due to recent shutdown of some capacity in Inner Mongolia ... ferrochrome supplies dropped,” GF Futures wrote in a note, explaining the price surge in the raw material used to manufacture stainless steel.

Downstream demand also recovered on increasing export orders, GF Futures added.

The most-traded stainless steel futures contract, for March delivery, was up 0.8% at 13,845 yuan ($2,145.75) a tonne by 0215 GMT, the only gainer across the ferrous market in early trade.

Other steel futures extended losses, with steel rebar , for May delivery, dropping 0.6% to 4,277 yuan a tonne.

Hot-rolled coil edged down 0.5% to 4,409 yuan per tonne.

FUNDAMENTALS

* Iron ore futures on the Dalian Commodity Exchange slipped 0.6% to 1,028 yuan a tonne.

* Spot prices of iron ore with 62% iron content for delivery to China rose by $0.5 to $171.5 per tonne on Tuesday, according to SteelHome consultancy. SH-CCN-IRNOR62

* Dalian coking coal plunged 2.9% to 1,6941 yuan a tonne.

* Coke declined 1.3% to 2,737 yuan a tonne.

* German gas transmission system operator OGE, steel producer Thyssenkrupp and Norwegian energy company Equinor on Tuesday said they would deepen cooperation to help cut carbon emissions from a Thyssenkrupp plant in Duisburg, Germany.

$1 = 6.4523 Chinese yuan Reporting by Min Zhang and Shivani Singh, Editing by Sherry Jacob-Phillips

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