China steel futures rise as output cuts support

Source:Reuters-Global Times Published: 2017/11/13 17:43:40

Chinese steel rebar futures rose on Monday as output cuts in major steelmaking cities tightened supply.

The most active rebar on the Shanghai Futures Exchange closed 0.9 percent higher at 3,803 yuan ($572.36) a ton.

The utilization rate at Chinese steel mills continues to fall, with the rate at steel mill blast furnaces touching the lowest level since at least 2012 at 70.17 percent as of Friday, according to data from Mysteel consultancy seen by Reuters through a broker.

"The output cut has already caused a shortage in supplies of rebar products with a range of specs in some regions," said Bai Jing, an analyst at Galaxy Futures in Beijing.

China has pledged to crack down on environmental pollution and slash the surplus in its massive steel capacity. It has ordered steel mills in major cities including Tangshan and Handan in North China's Hebei Province to cut output during winter months.

Steelmaking raw materials were supported by firming steel prices, Bai noted.

Iron ore on the Dalian Commodity Exchange rose 1.1 percent to 465 yuan a ton. Coking coal futures ended 0.25 percent higher at 1,210.5 yuan a ton. However, coke futures fell 2.1 percent to 1,783.5 yuan a ton, as steel mills held high coke inventories and were reluctant to restock more.

Iron ore for delivery to China's Qingdao port inched up 0.4 percent to $62.6 a ton on Friday, according to Metal Bulletin.

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