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Posco Wins 12% Second-Quarter Coal Price Reduction, UBS Says

Posco (005490), the world’s third-largest steelmaker, won a 12 percent cut in second-quarter hard coking coal prices from Teck Resources Ltd. (TCK/B), according to UBS AG.

Posco will pay $206 a metric ton for three-month contracts from April 1, UBS analysts including Sydney-based Tom Price said yesterday in report, without saying where they got the information. That compares with the $235 a ton price agreed for this quarter and UBS’s forecast of $210 a ton.

“Teck and Posco have never settled a benchmark quarterly price contract before, but this deal should still be a guide for similar” transactions, UBS said. Expect further deals “at this level in coming weeks,” it said.

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