Iron Ore & Steel Q3 China Outlook: Iron ore prices seen lower, steel output strong

  • Friday, July 03, 2020

  • Keywords:Iron ore prices, steel output
[Fellow]Iron ore prices are expected to soften from current high levels in the July-September quarter.
[Ferro-Alloys.comIron ore prices are expected to soften from current high levels in the July-September quarter, though Chinese steel margins will remain healthy, driven by demand from infrastructure and property construction, according to the latest S&P Global Platts Iron Ore & Steel Outlook released June 29.
The outlook for the third quarter found that 52% of respondents expected iron ore prices to average in the $90-$100/mt CFR China range in Q3, with only 20% seeing prices above $100/mt. The Platts 62% Fe benchmark averaged $103/mt CFR over June 1-25.
A quarter of respondents expected their iron ore requirements to increase in Q3, while 29% anticipated less demand. This contrasts with the Q2 outlook, when 50% saw their iron ore needs increasing and only 13% expected lower iron ore requirements.
Despite record crude steel production in May, 46% of respondents thought Chinese steel output would increase further in Q3, with just 16% expecting it would be lower. In separate analysis, Platts estimates that Chinese crude steel production will grow by 2% this year.
Views regarding steel inventories in Q3 - which have been extremely high in recent months - were polarized, with 38% seeing steel stocks rising and the same percentage seeing them falling.
The Chinese government's focus on boosting infrastructure investment was reflected in the Q3 outlook, with 26% saying the sector would drive steel demand in the quarter. Only 6% singled out property, but the vast majority expected steel demand to come from both infrastructure and property.
Platts spoke to 31 companies for the outlook, consisting of Chinese steel mills, international trading houses and mining companies.
Source: S&G Global Platts
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