IRON ORE MONTHLY: Product blending stretches 65/62% Fe spread in Sept

The spread between the seaborne 62% and 65% Fe fines iron ore prices widened again in September reflecting a decision by Chinese steel mills to use a more cost-efficient blend of high grades with low grades.

The average of Fastmarkets’ daily 65% Fe Brazil-origin iron ore index rose by 3.8% to $136.50 per tonne cfr Qingdao in September, while the daily 62% Fe index was up by 0.5% to $123.55 per tonne in the same period both on a cfr Qingdao basis, leaving an average spread to $12.95 per tonne, compared with August's $8.51 per tonne
Many mills had realized the cost efficiency of blending high grade with low grade products compared with mid-grade fines in late August, which caused the divergence in prices and inventory levels of the different grades.
About 34,000 lots of the SGX’s 65% Fe swaps contract - which is settled against Fastmarkets’ daily index for iron ore 65% Fe Brazil-origin fines, cfr Qingdao - were heard traded in September.

“Physical trading activities slowed down along with price rising to a record high...

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Karen Shi

October 01, 2020

14:21 GMT

Shanghai