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Dalian iron ore scales 23-week peak on China property support

Iron ore futures climbed on Tuesday, with the Dalian benchmark hitting its highest in 23 weeks, propped up by top steel producer China’s moves to ramp up support for struggling property developers.

China’s securities regulator will allow China and Hong Kong-listed Chinese developers to sell additional shares to acquire real estate assets, replenish working capital, or repay debts, lifting a ban on such refinancing to help stabilise the economy.

The measures are the latest in a slew of steps taken to shore up the property sector that accounts for a sizeable portion of China’s steel demand, such as the 16 steps outlined by regulators to support the industry, and the fund-raising support that China’s biggest banks have agreed to provide.

“(Such) favourable policies have created a good financing environment for real estate companies,” Huatai Futures analysts said in a note.

Benchmark January iron ore on China’s Dalian Commodity Exchange DCIOcv1 ended daytime trade 2.3% higher at 770.50 yuan ($107.45) a tonne. Earlier in the session, it soared to 780.50 yuan, its highest since mid-June.

Dalian iron ore has rallied more than 25% this month following a sell-off in October that was driven by fears of continued weakness in China demand due to COVID-19 curbs and a liquidity crisis in the domestic real estate industry.

On the Singapore Exchange, the steelmaking ingredient’s most-traded January contract SZZFF3 was up 2.2% at $99.50 a tonne, as of 0714 GMT.

Other Dalian steelmaking inputs also advanced, with coking coal DJMcv1 and coke DCJcv1 up 2.7% and 2.4%, respectively, as traders shrugged off concerns about COVID-19 restrictions that sparked street protests in China over the weekend.

Ferrous metals on the Shanghai Futures Exchange also rose, with rebar SRBcv1 up 0.8%, hot-rolled coil SHHCcv1 climbing 1.2%, wire rod SWRcv1 gaining 0.4%, and stainless steel SHSScv1 advancing 1.5%.
Source: Reuters (Reporting by Enrico Dela Cruz in Manila; Editing by Subhranshu Sahu)

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