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April 20, 2017
Demand for Carajas iron ore fines at a time of weaker overall iron ore import appetite continues to increase the spread between the Platts 65% Fe index and the benchmark 62% Fe IODEX reference in China.
Analysis: Carajas iron ore trade amplifies 65% Fe gap with IODEX
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Asian HRC tumbles to near 25-week low on order drought
Asian HRC tumbles to near 25-week low on order drought
The dearth of overseas orders pushed Chinese sellers to further trim selling prices of hot rolled coil April 19, market participants said.
Chinese billet plummets on short-position offers in SE Asia
Chinese billet plummets on short-position offers in SE Asia
Sentiment for Chinese billet in export markets in SE Asia has not improved despite a slight rebound in China’s domestic billet market.

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Singapore (Platts)--27 Apr 2017 504 am EDT/904 GMT
Vale, the world's largest iron ore exporter, will offer a new product -- Sinter Feed Low Alumina -- on the spot market this year, a company official said at a major iron ore conference in Singapore Thursday.
Dublin (Platts)--26 Apr 2017 952 am EDT/1352 GMT
Lithium supply was expected to outweigh demand as early as next year, UK-based consultancy CRU's Rebecca Gordon said Wednesday, while the cobalt market should remain tight well into the next decade on continued supply shortness.
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April 26, 2017
Metals Meltdown discusses how the US launch of a Section 232 investigation regarding steel imports and national security has changed the tenor of steel trade litigation.
April 06, 2017
From trade protectionism to environmental restrictions, we take a look at the factors impacting China’s aluminium market in 2017.
March 31, 2017
From oil to metals and mining, we discuss sentiment among the commodities, trading and financial heavy-hitters who attended the recent FT Commodities Global Summit in Lausanne.
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April 24, 2017
The introduction of sweeping reforms by India’s National Democratic Alliance government since they came into power in 2014 has given a new momentum to India’s manufacturing sector.
April 18, 2017
Since the fall of 2016, when steel emerged as a key topic in the US presidential debates and longtime industry issues became the stuff of living room and social media conversations across the country, the steel industry in the US has felt emboldened.
April 14, 2017
As a part of The Barrel's 10th birthday celebrations, Joe Innace looks at two heavyweights of the commodities world — oil and steel benchmarks.
March 28, 2017
The battle over South Africa’s Mining Charter highlights a lack of confidence in government. Neil Ford explains in his latest blog post.
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