Iron Ore Pricing

Iron ore freefall catches miners

Cecilia Jamasmie | August 29, 2012
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Iron ore prices hit the lowest level since November 2009 on Tuesday as the commodity crashed 4.6% closing at $94.80. The dive proved a drag for producers of the commodity, particularly companies investing heavily to expand their production capacity.

That $110 iron ore price floor: Gone!

Frik Els | August 20, 2012

Iron ore has only enjoyed three up trading days over the last six weeks.

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Iron ore's $120-price floor theory unravels

Frik Els | July 27, 2012
Iron ore is having a great December as Chinese stockpiles are slashed

Below $120 a tonne most Chinese producers become unprofitable, but a sustained period below this level may indicate a fundamental shift in the industry.

Shanghai rebar meltdown: The last time Chinese steel cost this much iron ore was trading at $70

Frik Els | July 25, 2012

Chinese rebar prices are now 8% lower than October 2011 lows, while iron ore prices remain 5% higher.

Iron ore falls through $130 as Chinese steel price hits 2012 low

Frik Els | July 17, 2012

A build-up in steel inventories and a steep drop-off in demand as China's building boom begins to look more and more unsustainable send iron ore down 3.4% in just the last week and more than 25% below the $174 a tonne struck this time last year.

I'll have mine rare: Chief of $10 billion Chinese Pilbara project now prefers beef over iron ore

Frik Els | July 17, 2012

Citic Pacific Mining executive chairman Dongyi Hua says "soaring demand for Australian food, particularly beef, among China's 100 million wealthy people could buffer Australia's economy from the effects of an end to the mining boom" particularly given the risk that iron ore prices could fall further.

India looking at scrapping 30% iron ore export duty. Could bring 100 million tonnes back onto market

Frik Els | July 4, 2012
Iron ore price indicators all point up, but there's an (Indian) elephant is in the room

The export surcharge was raised on two occasions last year to 30% to keep ore inside the country for local steelmakers amid a mining ban in the state of Karnataka instated in July.  That ban is now being lifted.

Iron ore hits 5-week high as China continues to forge steel near record pace

Frik Els | June 21, 2012
Iron ore is not in oversupply

The performance of iron ore is in stark contrast to other commodities including copper which has shed 4% over the last two days and crude oil which touched a 52-week low of under $78 a barrel today.

Largest merchant fleet owner scrapping up to 18% of ore carriers as rates sink 98%

Frik Els | June 17, 2012

Rates for Capesizes have plunged 98% to just under $4,000 a day from the eye-watering rate of $234,000 set in June 2008 while the Baltic Dry Index which measures overall shipping costs has declined 48% this year alone.

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Big miners playing game of chicken as marginal producers sink below break-even

Frik Els | May 27, 2012

Smaller miners are waiting for production cutbacks by the market leaders to prop up prices the way Saudi-Arabia comes to the rescue of oil producing nations whenever the crude price begins to flag.

Iron ore hits six-month low as China just says no

Frik Els | May 21, 2012
Chinese copper imports surge

Iron ore prices fell on Monday to six-month lows of $130/tonne as Chinese steelmakers demand cargo deferrals or simply default on shipments.

Vale makes most bullish iron ore comments yet. $180 a tonne anyone?

Frik Els | April 28, 2012
Iron ore is having a great December as Chinese stockpiles are slashed

“There is a new level of prices for iron ore globally,” Tito Martins, Vale CFO tells analysts in a conference call Friday.

Chinese steel output hits all-time high in April. Should be good news, right?

Frik Els | April 18, 2012

While China's steel output is hitting a record rate of over 2 million tonnes per day stockpiles of iron ore are growing at a clip of 1 million tonnes per week at the country's ports.

Iron ore price hits 6-month high

Frik Els | April 11, 2012
'Stronger for longer': Iron ore price hits 3-week high as Chinese imports jump 22%

The price is up more than 27% from lows struck in October last year when the steelmaking ingredient experienced a mini crash.

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Vale vs IMF: Who are you going to believe?

Frik Els | April 11, 2012

Using the dismal science to make forecasts and taking risks with real money are two very different things. And the Brazilian giant is definitely putting its money where its mouth is.

Fortescue chief sees iron ore price down 25% from current levels. Says it's a 'good thing' News | April 2, 2012

Fortescue chief executive Neville Power also told The Australian newspaper that Chinese steel production growth will be lower over the next five years at about 4% – 5%, from 7% – 8% now.

Down but not out, iron ore prices float to 5-week high

Andrew Topf | March 14, 2012

Hope for the beleaguered iron ore sector has come in the form of higher prices and signs that steel demand is picking up in China, Reuters reports.

Iron wills may not be enough for Glasenberg and Davis to make it big in the ore business

Frik Els | March 6, 2012
Iron ore price rallies again

The big three – BHP, Vale and Rio Tinto – control nearly 70% of the 1 billion tonne annual iron ore seaborne trade and even the combined mining and trading capabilities of a Glenstrata may not be enough of an advantage over the incumbents.

Whose pricing power? Big 3 said to be in talks to join China's new iron ore trading platform

Frik Els | February 28, 2012
'Stronger for longer': Iron ore price hits 3-week high as Chinese imports jump 22%

Should the supermajors join the new platform it would mark the latest shift in the global iron ore business which has been completely transformed in less than a decade.

Iran sanctions: Trade with number 6 iron ore exporter heading to zero

Frik Els | February 13, 2012

Although some Asian firms have found creative ways of doing business with Iran, European iron ore traders and shipping companies are shying away completely from transacting with the country as US-led sanctions start to have an impact.

Iron ore fundamentals just got better: India exports set to drop another 35% this year

Frik Els | February 10, 2012

Down from 100 million tonnes in 2010, India's minerals industry federation forecasts only 40 million tonnes will be shipped over the next 12 months.

Iron ore hits a wall

Frik Els | January 31, 2012
Iron ore price rallies again

After staging an impressive comeback from October's lows, the rally in iron ore prices seems to have run out of steam.

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Forget gold, IRON ORE is the story of the decade

Frik Els | January 27, 2012
SLIDESHOW: The ore wars 2003-2013

On the last day of Roundup, Vancouver's mining showcase, Sandy Chim CEO of Canada's Century Iron Mines, flashed a few slides about China, India and the iron ore market that would make gold bugs green with envy.

Iron ore expected to fall in 2012 but majors keep cranking it out

Andrew Topf | January 16, 2012
Iron ore is not in oversupply

The market for iron ore is likely to soften this year but industry leaders Rio Tinto and BHP Billiton are not pulling in production, betting that the slowdown in steelmaking is temporary.

Iron ore prices: Vale's force majeure, cyclone Heidi vs China slowdown

Frik Els | January 12, 2012
BHP ships one billionth tonne iron ore to China

Reuters reports spot iron ore was trading close to seven-week highs after a cyclone closed down the world's largest export terminal in Australia and heavy rains in three Brazilian states halted Vale's shipments.

Metals – Brazil – Vale's Chinamax vessel starts unloading its first iron ore in China

Business News Americas | December 29, 2011

Brazillian firm Vale's (NYSE: VALE) Chinamax vessel started unloading its first iron ore in China on Wednesday after months of uncertainty on accessing its largest market's ports, news service Exame reported.

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