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Iron ore market must lose 200m tonnes as prices tumble, CLSA says

A further decline in iron ore prices to levels close to $80 per tonne in the fourth quarter of 2014 will see 200 million tonnes of high-cost ore exit the market, according to CLSA analyst Ian Roper.

China's steel industry gets weak start to traditional peak season

A continual decline in prices and negative data published on the first day of September have left steel market participants in China concerned about the month, which is typically a peak season for the industry.

HIGHLIGHTS: Iron ore prices tumble, ArcelorMittal rises, US trade friction

Steel First deputy editor Martin Ritchie reviews the principal steel-sector stories from around the world to emerge in the past week.

STEEL FIRST OUTLOOK: Are the big three in premium OCTG connectors losing market share?

The premium connections market has been dominated by three manufacturers. Metal Bulletin Research (MBR) examines whether this is starting to change.

Video

VIDEO: The future of Terni

In July, German steelmaker ThyssenKrupp announced its restructuring plans for loss-making Italian flat steel plant Acciai Speciali Terni (Terni).

Features & Columns

ANALYSIS: MMX's iron ore plan revision receives negative market reaction

The Brazilian market reacted negatively to MMX’s decision to review its iron ore business plan and halt production at its Serra Azul unit.

Argentina's steel market cautious after debt default

The Argentinian steel sector is concerned about current economic conditions due to the country’s debt default, local sources have told Steel First.

FEATURE: Indonesia’s flat steel import market yet to pick up

The import market for flat steel products in Indonesia is yet to resume activity following its virtual stoppage over the last few months due to the presidential elections and the Islamic fasting month of Ramadan.

Steel First Outlook

STEEL FIRST OUTLOOK: Are the big three in premium OCTG connectors losing market share?

The premium connections market has been dominated by three manufacturers. Metal Bulletin Research (MBR) examines whether this is starting to change.

STEEL FIRST OUTLOOK: Chinese demand faces test of resilience

What will happen to Chinese prices if or when export volumes begin to fall? Metal Bulletin Research (MBR) examines the indicators.

Interviews

INTERVIEW: CLSA to cut Q3 iron ore price guidance, Roper says

Asian investment group CLSA will cut its third-quarter iron ore price forecasts on rocketing supply and negative demand signals for the steelmaking raw material, CLSA analyst Ian Roper has told Steel First.

INTERVIEW: Recycling metal internally is good business sense, power executive says

In-house recycling of metal assets makes environmental sense and reduces price risk, the UK National Grid’s head of sustainability and climate change, Stuart Bailey, told Steel First in a recent interview.