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Rebar Rises for Second Day as Moving Average Signals Rebound

March 20 (Bloomberg) -- Steel reinforcement-bar futures climbed for a second day in China as a rally above a technical level strengthened investor sentiment.

Rebar for delivery in October on the Shanghai Futures Exchange gained 0.7 percent to close at 3,869 yuan ($623) a metric ton. Futures dropped to a three-month low of 3,741 yuan on March 14 and declined 3.0 percent this year.

The sell-off in the building material paused yesterday and prices closed above the five-day moving average, signaling that rates may rise in the short-term, Shenyin & Wanguo Futures Co., said in a report today.

“Weak fundamentals haven’t changed in the market but the from a technical point of view, the futures’ rally above a five-day moving average aligned the market in a bullish pattern in the short term,” said the report.

Iron ore for immediate delivery fell 0.2 percent to $134.40 a ton yesterday, according to data compiled by The Steel Index Ltd. The average spot price of rebar retreated 0.2 percent today to 3,680 yuan, according to data from Beijing Antaike Information Development Co.

To contact Bloomberg News staff for this story: Feiwen Rong in Beijing at frong2@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Brett Miller at bmiller30@bloomberg.net

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