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Asian rebar unchanged as China rebar futures stabilize

Global Steel & Raw Materials Feature

April 20, 2017 - By Joy Zhuo, Dai Yuelin

The Asian market for seaborne rebar stabilized April 19 as sellers held offers in view of stable rebar futures on the Shanghai exchange.

Platts assessed 16-20mm diameter BS500 rebar at $409-411/mt FOB China actual weight, unchanged from April 18.

In Singapore, traders’ offers remained unchanged for June and July/August shipment at $420/mt and $405/mt CFR theoretical weight respectively, equivalent to $416/mt and $401/mt FOB China actual weight, with $16/mt freight and 3% volume tolerance.

Several stockists said the market seems to have stabilized, but one said that sentiment was very weak.

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In Hong Kong, offers remained unchanged from April 18, Platts was told.

A stockist said the buying indication was similar for almost all Hong Kong buyers at $410/mt CFR Hong Kong actual weight.

Major Chinese mills continued to offer at $420/mt FOB China theoretical weight, equivalent to $433/mt FOB China actual weight, said market participants.

Market activity was low, as several market participants were heading to eastern China for meetings.

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