Dalian iron ore extends gains on high hot metal output, low inventories

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BEIJING, May 30 (Reuters) -Dalian iron ore futures rose for a third consecutive session on Tuesday, as high hot metal output and relatively low portside inventories underpinned the steelmaking ingredient.

The most-traded September iron ore on the Dalian Commodity Exchange (DCE) DCIOcv1 was up 1.27% at 718.5 yuan ($103.95) a tonne, as of 0258 GMT.

"Comparatively high hot metal output at the moment provided some support to iron ore demand," analysts at Huatai Futures said in a morning note.

Hot metal is a blast furnace product and its output is often used to gauge iron ore demand.

The average daily hot metal output among the surveyed 247 Chinese steel mills stood at 2.42 million tonnes last week, up 0.25% year-on-year but down 0.83% month-on-month, data from consultancy Mysteel showed.

"It seems that mills are increasingly less interested in taking initiative to cut their (steel) output, given that they could still make some money based on current production costs. Therefore, demand will be stable in the short term," analysts at Sinosteel Futures said in a note.

Meanwhile, portside iron ore inventories fell 2.2% month-on-month to 126.9 million tonnes as of May 26, according to data from consultancy Steelhome. On a year-on-year basis, the inventories were down 5.5%.

The U.S. dollar-based Singapore benchmark fell, weighed down by concerns that the Federal Reserve may raise rates at its June 13-14 meeting to combat inflation amid stronger-than-expected economic data.

The most active June iron ore SZZFM3 on the Singapore Exchange was 0.58% lower at $102.2 a tonne, as of 0303 GMT.

Among other steelmaking ingredients, coking coal DJMcv1 fell 0.52% and coke DCJcv1 dipped 0.43%.

Rebar on the Shanghai Futures Exchange SRBcv1 ticked up by 0.14% to 3,494 yuan a tonne, hot-rolled coil SHHCcv1 nudged up 0.11%, wire rod SWRcv1 was little changed and stainless steel SHSScv1 climbed by 1.11%.

($1 = 6.9121 Chinese yuan)

Reporting by Amy Lv and Dominique Patton in Beijing; Editing by Subhranshu Sahu


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