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Iron ore prices hold steady on property stimulus hopes

Iron ore futures prices were largely unchanged on Tuesday, following a strong increase the previous day, as investors reacted to proposed property stimulus measures and post-holiday period restocking at furnaces.

The most-traded September iron ore contract on China’s Dalian Commodity Exchange (DCE) DCIOcv1 ended daytime trade 0.06% lower at 886.5 yuan ($122.88) a metric ton.

Prices rose by 2.63% on Monday, the first day of trading since the end of China’s five-day Labour Day Holiday at the start of May.

China’s Politburo said in a readout on April 30 that authorities should conduct research on policies and measures to reduce housing inventory in order to prevent and diffuse risk in the real estate market, stoking hopes for further stimulus.

“There will still be a certain increase in demand in the future, and the supply and demand of iron ore will be strong,” analysts from information provider Shanghai Metals Market said in a note.

Market confidence had been increased by higher issuance of special bonds, they said.

A survey by industry consultancy Mysteel showed that hot metal production over the five-day holiday period was up 0.9% from the pre-holiday level to average 2.33 million metric tons per day.

The purchasing managers’ index for the steel industry in China’s top steel producing region Hebei climbed by 12.7 percentage points in April to reach 60.3, data from the Hebei Metallurgical Industry Association said, indicating strongly improving sentiment from steel mills.

Coking coal DJMcv1 advanced 1.01%, while coke DCJcv1 fell back by 0.25%.

Some other benchmarks on the Shanghai Futures Exchange rose. Rebar SRBcv1 added 0.30% and hot-rolled coil SHHCcv1 edged up 0.16%, though stainless steel SHSScv1 fell by 1.04%.
Source: Reuters (Reporting by Andrew Hayley; Editing by Devika Syamnath)

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