IRON and STEEL
During the Week-13 (25-30th Mar’19), Indian spot steel trades remained weak as participants were engaged to settle their accounts amid closing of fiscal year. Inline with supply, it was more or less average, this has resulted slight fall in prices.
As per SteelMint's assessment, in these days the prices of Semis products slump by INR 100-600/MT (upto USD 9). Inline Finished Long steel products registered price fall upto INR 500/MT through the mid sized mills.
Meanwhile Flat steel prices also declined in the range of INR 500-1,000/MT (USD 7-15) through the traders end.
Iron ore and Pellets
Odisha based major merchant iron ore miners are heard to have increased discounts on bulk quantity purchase and offers at around INR 1,800/MT which was earlier traded at INR 2,000/MT; (ex-mines, including Royalty, DMF & NMET) a month back. OMC reduced iron ore base prices by INR 200/MT for upcoming iron ore e-auction on 04 Apr'19.
Raipur pellet offers continue to remain under pressure amid competitive offers from Raigarh and Bilaspur. Raipur (Central India) based pellet makers keep offers firm to INR 6,300/MT. Southern India (Bellary) pellet offers for Fe 63% grade decline towards the end of this week to INR 6,800-7,000/MT (basic) against last assessment at INR 6,900-7,000/MT.
According to the market participants, seaborne pellet demand in China continued to remain slow, however, few deals of port stocks were reported at Chinese major ports at RMB 920-940/MT. No fresh seaborne pellet export deals from India were reported this week, last deal heard a week back for regular grade pellets Fe 64/63% grade with 3% alumina at USD 114-115/MT, CFR China.
Seaborne metallurgical coal prices have been edging downwards over the past two weeks with no trades taking place, as most Chinese buyers refrained from actively procuring imported cargoes, on expectations of a weakening market ahead. Market sources indicated that prices for various types of domestic coal in the Chinese market would soften. Nevertheless, seaborne coking coal prices are competitive at present, compared to domestic coking coal of similar specifications.
-- In China, a typical demand pick-up post-Lunar New Year has not materialised yet this year, as China appeared to be in wait-and-see mode, which has kept spot prices relatively stabilized so far this year in contrast to last year’s sharp uptick. Hence, coking coal supply levels remain sufficient to outweigh the limited demand appetite, which has exerted a lot of pressure on May and June forward-loading cargoes.
-- Latest offers for the Australian Premium HCC grade are assessed at around USD 218.95/MT & for the 64 Mid Vol HCC grade are assessed at around USD 187.20/MT, CNF India.
Indian imported scrap market activities remained limited on poor cash flow amid financial year closing and the upcoming election. Domestic trade sentiments remain volatile on fluctuating INR against USD. Offers edged up marginally against last week on tight supply situation and pick up in demand from other subcontinent markets.
-- SteelMint’s assessment for containerized Shredded stands in the range USD 335-340/MT, CFR Nhava Sheva. HMS 1 from Dubai traded at around USD 328-330/MT, CFR while West African HMS 1&2 prices climbed to USD 310/MT, CFR Mundra and USD 315/MT, CFR Chennai on improved interest from Bangladesh. HMS 1 from the UK was being offered at around USD 320-322/MT, CFR
On weekly basis Semi finished offers declined slightly, domestic Billet offers fall by INR 100-600/MT & Sponge iron by INR 100-200/MT.
-- Indian induction grade billet (100*100 mm size) export offers to Nepal are reported at USD 445-450/MT (ex-mill at West Bengal), equivalent to USD 475-480/MT CFR Nepal (Raxaul border).
-- Indian Sponge iron export offers firm & hovering at USD 330/MT CNF Chittagong, Bangladesh (78-80 FeM, lumps grade).
-- SAIL’s Rourkela Steel Plant tender held today (27th Mar'19) to sell about 5,900 MT steel grade pig iron, had received moderate response. The base price for the tender was quoted by RSP at INR 26,450/MT and near about 38% (2,200-2,300 MT) material sold.
-- Jindal Steel and Power (JSPL) in press release on 25th Mar’18 reported that, the producer has re-started 1.8 MnT (per annum) Sponge iron plant at Angul steel complex, Odisha.
-- Jindal Steel is offering Pig iron (steel grade) at INR 27,500-27,600/MT ex-Raigarh & Panther shots (Granulated Pig iron) at INR 25,500/MT ex-Angul, Odisha.
-- MMTC cancels Pig iron export tender of 30,000 MT owing to high expectations, whose due date for submission of bids was till 26 Mar’19. As per sources the bids was heard at around USD 360/MT, FoB India.
-- SteelMint's Pig iron export price assessment stood at USD 359-361/MT FoB India, USD 339-341/MT FoB Brazil & USD 349-351/MT FoB Black sea. Offers rise by USD 5/MT W-o-W.
Indian Finish long steel market seems to have volatile amid uncertain direction due to fiscal year closing & election season in the country.
As per assessment, the price range were reduced by INR 200-400/MT towards the beginning of week, however some improved sentiments noticed in specified locations and inventory levels slightly down by the end of week.
Although industry participants are still curious for coming week for the market direction, whether the positive trends will maintain for long term or short term.
-- Current trade reference rebar prices (12-25 mm) assessed at INR 37,400-37,700/MT Ex-Jalna & INR 35,800-36,100/MT Ex- Raipur; basic & excluding GST.
-- In the week, Central region, Raipur based heavy structure manufacturers have maintained trade discount to around INR 400-600/MT and current trade reference prices at INR 39,200-39,600/MT (200 Angle) ex-work.
-- The large mills are offering 12 mm rebar at around INR 41,000-41,500/MT in South region & Wire rod stands at close to INR 42,000/MT Ex-Chennai.
This week domestic HRC prices corrected by INR 500-1,000/MT in traders market. Upcoming general assembly elections, end of fiscal year combined with cheaper imports have kept Indian domestic HRC prices under pressure.
Current trade reference prices in traders market for HRC (IS2062) 2.5 mm-8 mm is around INR 42,000/MT ex-Mumbai, INR 41,800/MT ex-Delhi & INR 44,000/MT ex-Chennai. The prices for CRC (IS513) 0.9mm is hovering at INR 47,000/MT ex-Mumbai, INR 45,800-48,200/MT ex-Delhi & INR 50,500/MT ex-Chennai. The prices mentioned above are basic, excluding GST@18% on cash payment basis.
Arrival of HRC shipments from Iran have also kept domestic HRC prices under pressure. These shipments were booked in the month of Jan’19 at USD 450-455/MT CFR basis. Thus landed cost of imports are cheaper than prevailing domestic prices.