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  • ridiculousity ridiculousity Jul 9, 2013 1:30 PM Flag

    "Chinese steel market surges in July irrespective of skepticism

    I have a friend who buys and sells steel. Hadn't spoken to him in some time until last weekend. This am he emailedl a copy of today's Steel Trade Today email newsletter, a small portion of which is excerpted below. Draw your own conclusions, but mine are that these sell-side analysts are getting their iron ore info from cracked and crystal balls...

    "Chinese steel market surges in July irrespective of skepticism

    - 09 Jul 2013

    July has been watershed in recently with steel price steadily improving despite no major change in economic and financial policy. Believed to be fallout of gradual pick up in buying after the worst of summer is over and construction activity picks up.

    Irrespective of persistence of tight credit policy Chinese urbanization and modernization of infrastructure in semi-urban and rural areas is enough to keep the demand chugging along and consuming bulk of the steel consumed. Moreover the declining social inventory has certainly catalyzed the stockiest traders to replenish stocks in time to meet the augmented demand.

    Recent flurry in steel prices has already encouraged steel mills to hike price levels midway. The irrepressible crude steel production continues to roll on at averaged 2.1812 million tonnes in late June, up 0.78% from the second 10 days.

    Mid Year Economic Conference to be held in later July can be the turning point if the government comes out with new measures to push demand in the H2. In the backdrop of improved economic situation in USA and Europe there is certainly tickle of hope.

    Class 30-Jun 08-Jul Change %
    CLPPI 5970 6085 115 2%
    CFPPI 5633 5688 55 1%
    CHISPI 5779 5860 81 1%

    CLPPI - Chinese Long Product Price Index
    CFPPI - Chinese Flat Product Price Index
    CHISPI - Chinese Steel Price Index

    Source - Strategic Research Institute

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