|11 September, 2019

China iron ore futures extend gains on falling seaborne arrivals

Shanghai rebar, hot-rolled coil snap 2-day gain

Image used for illustrative purpose. A worker walks past steel rolls at the Chongqing Iron and Steel plant in Changshou, Chongqing, China August 6, 2018. Picture taken August 6, 2018.

Image used for illustrative purpose. A worker walks past steel rolls at the Chongqing Iron and Steel plant in Changshou, Chongqing, China August 6, 2018. Picture taken August 6, 2018.

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BEIJING - China's Dalian iron ore futures rose for a third session on Wednesday boosted by falling shipments from big miners and hopes of further economic stimulus by the country, after it scrapped restrictions on two major inbound investment schemes.

The most actively trade iron ore futures contract on the Dalian Commodity Exchange DCIOcv1 , for January 2020 delivery, jumped as much as 1.7% at 662 yuan ($92.98) a tonne.

Spot cargoes prices of benchmark iron ore with 62% iron content for delivery to China SH-CCN-IRNOR62 at $93 per tonne on Tuesday, rising again from $92 on Monday.

Arrivals of the steelmaking raw material in China's 26 ports totalled 17.8 million tonnes on the week of Sept.2-8, down by 3.2 million tonnes week-on-week, data compiled by Mysteel consultancy showed.

Shipment from Australia and Brazil dropped by 2.7 million tonnes last week to 21 million tonnes, according to Mysteel.

"The obvious falling shipments from big miners and recent backwardation could help shore up the iron ore prices," Huatai Futures wrote in a note.

Shanghai steel futures, however, both edged down and snapped a two-day gain in morning trade. The most-active construction steel rebar contract SRBcv1 , for January 2020 delivery, dipped 0.2% to 3,478 yuan a tonne as of 0215 GMT.

Futures for hot-rolled coil SHHCcv1 , used in cars and home appliances, also for January delivery, drifted down 0.2% to 3,523 yuan a tonne.

The country's biggest auto industry association will publish auto sales for August on Wednesday afternoon.

FUNDAMENTALS

* Australian iron ore miners BHP Group BHP.AX , Rio Tinto RIO.AX and Fortescue Metals Group FMG.AX gained after prices jumped fuelled by China's economic stimulus.

* China's foreign exchange regulator said on Tuesday that it had decided to scrap quota restrictions on two major inbound investment schemes, as a weakening yuan and rising outflows prompt Beijing to seek to attract more foreign capital. 

* Other steelmaking ingredients both rose, with Dalian coking coal DJMcv1 for January delivery climbing 1.2% at 1,355 yuan a tonne and coke for January 2020 DCJcv1 rising 0.6% to 1,969 yuan.

($1 = 7.1197 Chinese yuan renminbi)

(Reporting by Min Zhang; Editing by Rashmi Aich) ((min.zhang@thomsonreuters.com; (8610) 5669-2105;))

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