May 2020

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: 5 key stories from May 8

Here are five Fastmarkets stories you might have missed on Friday May 8 that are worth another look.

FOCUS: Brazilian iron ore supply concerns re-emerge after Covid-19 grips country

Concerns about Brazilian iron ore supply resurfaced among market participants this past week due to expectations that exports of the product would be impeded by Covid-19-related lockdowns in the South American country and the rising number of infections.

IRON ORE DAILY: Seaborne iron ore prices up along with high swap prices

The seaborne iron ore market witnessed large price increases on Friday May 8 amid high prices in swap contracts and a general upturn seen on commodities such as rebar and copper.

IRON ORE DAILY: Seaborne prices mostly up after China’s Labor Day holiday

The seaborne iron ore market uptrend resumed on Wednesday May 6 due to more active trading after Chinese market participants returned from the Labor Day holiday on May 1-5.

IRON ORE MONTHLY: China portside markets trade at premium through April

The seaborne iron ore market was depressed in April 2020 compared with the first quarter of the year, because of a slow recovery from a severe winter, but buying activity at Chinese ports remained resilient due to healthy short-term production by local mills, which kept the portside markets trading at a premium throughout the month.

IRON ORE DAILY: SGX 65% Fe contract registers robust trading volumes

The Singapore Exchange’s (SGX) 65% Fe iron ore derivatives contract registered another strong month with 3.3 million tonnes traded in April, according to SGX data published on Tuesday May 5.

FASTMARKETS MB DAILY PDFs

Daily PDFs will be downloadable until Friday May 8. After that, because of the UK’s early May bank holiday, the next daily PDF will be downloadable on Tuesday May 12.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: 5 key stories from May 4

Here are five Fastmarkets stories you might have missed on Monday May 4 that are worth another look.

IRON ORE DAILY: Prices flat amid Chinese holiday

Seaborne iron ore prices were flat on Monday May 4 from Friday April 1 due to a holiday in China, sources told Fastmarkets.

Seaborne iron ore concentrates prices fall ahead of Chinese public holiday

Seaborne iron ore concentrates prices continued to fall in the week to Thursday April 30, with trading activity slower ahead of China’s Labor Day holiday on May 1.