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Iron-ore sinks deeper as gloom grips ferrous market

Iron-ore operations in Australia

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20th October 2022

By: Reuters


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Iron-ore's losses deepened on Thursday, with the benchmark price of the steelmaking ingredient in Singapore hitting a fresh 2022 low, hammered by a gloomy outlook for global steel demand and supply-side pressures.

Steel prices in China, which accounts for about half the world's output of the construction and manufacturing material, also fell amid a worsening Covid-19 situation in Beijing.

The most-traded January iron-ore on China's Dalian Commodity Exchange ended daytime trade 3.1% lower at 667 yuan ($92.27) a tonne, after touching its weakest since Sept. 5 at 664 yuan.

On the Singapore Exchange, the benchmark November iron-ore contract tumbled up to 2.8% to $89.50 a tonne, a new low for this year.

The World Steel Association now expects a 2.3% contraction in global steel demand this year, revising its forecast from a 0.4% growth.

The Brussels-based group said the global economic environment has deteriorated significantly, citing high inflation and interest rate hikes, and China's slowdown due to its zero-Covid policy and property sector downturn.

"The slump in the property market has deepened, with investment in real estate slowing to its worst in 30 years," the group said in a report on Wednesday.

"Despite the government's efforts to boost the real estate market, a major turnaround is not expected since buyers' confidence remains weak due to strict Covid-19 measures and developer bankruptcies."

Edited by Reuters



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