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Iron Ore Rebounds as China Mills Churn Out Steel at Record Pace

  • China crude steel output hit monthly, daily records in April
  • Weekly port stockpiles for rebar, iron-ore continue to drop
Wagons Of Iron Ore Make Their Way To Port By Rail And Road
Photographer: Ian Waldie/Bloomberg
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Iron ore futures climbed back above $200 a ton as soaring steel production in China showed there’s no sign of the industry cooling despite government attempts to rein in output from last year’s record of over 1 billion tons.

Crude steel output in April rose to 97.9 million tons to hit monthly and daily run-rate records. The robust pace of production also lifted the year-to-date tally to 375 million tons, a 16% jump compared to same period last year. This comes as iron ore stockpiles at Chinese ports declined for the third week, indicating strength in demand.