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UPDATE 2-Iron ore hits 5-1/2 year low on slowing China demand
2015年1月27日 / 下午1点07分 / 3 年前

UPDATE 2-Iron ore hits 5-1/2 year low on slowing China demand

* China eliminated 31.1 mln T of steel capacity last year
    * Domestic mines cut ore production due to flood of imports
    * 60 mln T of domestic ore capacity to be cut this year

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    By Ruby Lian and Maytaal Angel
    SHANGHAI/LONDON, Jan 27 (Reuters) - Spot iron ore fell to a
fresh 5-1/2 year low on Tuesday, on further evidence Chinese
steel mills are cutting output, curbing demand for the raw
material, and as low-cost producers increased output.
    China eliminated 31.1 million tonnes of steel production
capacity last year, higher than expected, a senior official of
the industrial ministry said, as Beijing seeks to ease
overcapacity and improve air quality. 
    Beijing has also set a target of eliminating 27 million
tonnes of steel output this year. 
    Benchmark 62 percent grade iron ore for immediate delivery
to China .IO62-CNI=SI fell 0.8 percent to $62.80 a tonne, its
lowest since May 2009, according to data compiled by the Steel
    Iron ore futures for May delivery on China's Dalian
Commodity Exchange fell 0.2 percent to 470 yuan a
tonne, down a fifth straight day.
    "We maintain a longer-term bearish view on iron ore. The
combination of weakness in China's steel industry and ongoing
ramp-ups of low cost supplies is pulling iron ore prices lower,"
said Carsten Menke, Commodities Research Analyst at Julius Baer.
    Iron ore prices have plunged 50 percent over the past year
as low cost producers like Rio Tinto , BHP
Billiton  and Vale have flooded the
market with new supply just as demand growth in China slows.
    Fortescue Metals Group is expected to respond to
the slump in iron ore output by reporting cuts in costs, not
output, in its production update on Thursday.   
    Li Wenjing, an analyst with Industrial Futures in Shanghai,
said lower iron ore prices and rising imports from Australia and
Brazil could result in shutdowns of about 60 million tonnes of
domestic iron ore capacity this year.
    "However, the cut in output will be offset by overseas
expansion," Li said.
    Steel demand in the world's biggest producer of the alloy
has slowed as construction activities have been hampered by cold
weather, further dampening prices.
    The most-traded May rebar contract on the Shanghai Futures
Exchange fell 0.1 percent to 2,459 yuan ($393) a tonne
by the midday break.
  Rebar and iron ore prices at 0330 GMT
  Contract                          Last    Change   Pct Change
  SHFE REBAR MAY5                   2459     -3.00        -0.12
  DALIAN IRON ORE DCE DCIO MAY5      470     -1.00        -0.21
  THE STEEL INDEX 62 PCT INDEX     63.30     -2.60        -3.95
  METAL BULLETIN INDEX             63.54     -2.88        -4.34

Dalian iron ore and Shanghai rebar in yuan/tonne 
Indexes in dollars/tonne, show close for previous trading day

($1 = 6.2505 Chinese yuan)

 (Additional reporting by David Stanway in Beijing,; editing by
Tom Hogue and William Hardy)

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