Rebar Declines in Shanghai After Biggest Producers Lower Prices

Jan. 3 (Bloomberg) -- Steel reinforcement-bar futures fell in Shanghai, set for a fourth weekly loss, after the biggest steel producers across China cut prices amid slowing demand.

Rebar for May delivery on the Shanghai Futures Exchange dropped 1.4 percent to 3,540 yuan ($585) a metric ton. Futures lost 2 percent this week.

Jiangsu Shagang Co., the biggest maker of rebar, lowered prices by 130 yuan a ton starting Jan. 1, while Hebei Iron & Steel Co., China’s largest steelmaker by output, cut rebar by 70 yuan and lowered prices of wire by 40 yuan, Luzheng Futures Co. said in a report today.

“Producers have been forced to cut prices because of slowing demand in winter and a liquidity shortage, and that’s adding more bearishness into the market,” said Lv Xiaohua, an analyst at Everbright Futures Co. in Shanghai.

Iron ore for May delivery on the Dalian Commodity Exchange dropped 0.6 percent to 902 yuan a ton. The contract for immediate delivery at the port of Tianjin tracked by The Steel Index gained 0.6 percent to $135 a dry ton yesterday.

Rebar for immediate delivery tracked by Beijing Antaike Information Development Co. fell 0.2 percent to 3,491 yuan a ton today.

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