IRON ORE DAILY: Chinese mill focus on cost cutting leads to further drop in prices

Iron ore prices continued to retreat on Tuesday February 26 with Chinese steelmakers still intent on reducing input costs due to no improvements in terms of output profitability.

MB 62% Fe Iron Ore Index: $83.75 per tonne cfr Qingdao, down $1.09 per tonne. MB 62% Fe Pilbara Blend Fines Index: $83.15 per tonne cfr Qingdao, down $1.09 per tonne. MB 62% Fe Iron Ore Index-Low Alumina: $85.49 per tonne cfr Qingdao, down $0.93 per tonne. MB 58% Fe Premium Index: $76.12 per tonne cfr Qingdao, down $0.82 per tonne. MB 65% Fe Iron Ore Index: $96.50 per tonne cfr Qingdao, down $0.40 per tonne. MB 62% Fe China Port Price Index: 629 yuan per wet metric tonne (implied 62% Fe China Port Price $83.55 per dry tonne), down 2 yuan per wet metric tonne. Key drivers Chinese mills have continued to cut their use and acquisition of higher-cost iron ore products in response to still-flagging margins,...

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July Zhang

Alex Theo

February 26, 2019

12:08 GMT

Beijing