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China iron ore futures drop as steel output control dampens demand

Benchmark iron ore futures in China fell nearly 4% on Wednesday on cooling demand as mills controlled their crude steel production, while arrivals of the steelmaking ingredient gained.

Some steel producers in China’s Jiangsu, Fujian and Yunnan provinces were told by the government to cut production as the country aims to keep its annual output no higher than it made in 2020.

Meanwhile, iron ore arrivals in China recovered last week. Portside inventories of the ingredient rose for the third week and stood at 127.34 million tonnes as of July 18, according to SteelHome consultancy.

The most-traded iron ore futures on the Dalian Commodity Exchange DCIOcv1, for September delivery, declined 3.9% to 1,174 yuan ($181.33) per tonne at close.

Spot prices of iron ore with 62% iron content for delivery to China fell $1 to $221.5 per tonne on Tuesday, data from SteelHome showed.

Other steelmaking ingredients increased.

Dalian coking coal DJMcv1 rose 1.9% to 2,090 yuan a tonne and coke futures jumped 2.1% to 2,736 yuan per tonne.

FUNDAMENTALS

* Steel rebar on the Shanghai Futures Exchange SRBcv1, for October delivery, inched up 0.3% to 5,561 yuan a tonne.

* Hot rolled coils SHHCcv1, used in cars and home appliances, rose 0.3% to 5,918 yuan per tonne.

* Shanghai stainless steel futures SHSScv1, for August delivery, increased 0.3% to 18,375 yuan a tonne.

* Rio Tinto RIO.AX is asking train drivers working in mineral-rich Western Australia to work more hours, following a move by rival BHP Group, as miners rush to ship millions of tonnes of iron ore amid soaring prices for the steel making material.
Source: Reuters (Reporting by Min Zhang and Shivani Singh; Editing by Shailesh Kuber)

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