IRON and STEEL
SteelMint in conversation with market participants learned that Raipur (central India) based pellet manufacturers have increased their offers today by INR 200/MT. Current offers for Fe 63% grade to INR 7,000/MT (ex-Raipur, GST extra) as against last assessment at INR 6,800/MT.
According to market sources report to SteelMint, very limited deals of around 3,000-5,000 MT pellets were reported last week in Raipur at INR 6,800/MT (ex-Raipur).
Last week SteelMint reported, Raipur based pellet makers book 75,000 MT to exports for August delivery. Although prices were not discovered at the time of publishing but SteelMint's price assessment for standard grade pellets stands at around USD 120-122/MT FOB India east coast. This is equivalent to INR 8,200-8,300/MT FoB basis.
P-DRI prices increased by INR 600-800/MT W-o-W to INR 16,500-16,700/MT (basic) compared to INR 15,900/MT (Ex-Raipur) last week.
This week, global billet market reported trade active as China resumed billet imports due to on production cuts in the country. However, Turkey's imported scrap remained heftier market sentiments. Turkish imported scrap prices have fallen again after a couple of fresh deep-sea cargo bookings were signed at prices lower by a further USD 5-6/MT, SteelMint learned from market participants. After remaining firm for over a week, the recent decline has ensured that prices have now plunged by over USD 70/MT in the last 2 months.
In what has come as a blow to TATA Steel, the state government of Odisha has taken an “in-principal” decision not to put the Sukinda chromite mining block to auction in March 2020 when mine leases expire.
This week Chinese finished steel prices continued to remain volatile amid fluctuations in the futures market. With the aspiration of clear and pollution-free sky, stringent production curbs announced by Hebei, Shanxi and Shandong provincial govt ahead of China’s National Day processions on 1st Oct’19 sent spot steel prices soaring. However, prices could not sustain the momentum and started to decline towards the end of the week with the curbs engrossing major downstream steel-consuming sectors resulting in a decline in demand.
Global ferrous scrap market witnessed a downward trend for yet another weeks in most major markets. Turkey witnessed further prices drop on a few deep-sea cargo bookings at lower prices. All South Asian markets witnessed fall in offers, with India seeing improvement in Buying activity. Hyundai Steel again cut its bids for procurement of Japanese imported scrap, while Japan's Tokyo Steel and China's Shagang Steel kept their Scrap purchase price unchanged this week.
India's eastern state of Odisha has put one of the country's largest iron ore blocks up for auction, as the state begins the process of finding new owners for several mining leases that will expire on 31 March next year.
Indian coking coal imports moving through 12 key state-controlled ports totalled 29.3mn t in the first six months of the 2019-20 fiscal year starting 1 April, an increase of 15pc from a year earlier despite weakness in the steel sector.