As market data shows, on Monday, March 29, 2021, Chinese steel futures on SHFE in Shanghai, for example, rebar and hot-rolled-coil increased by more than 3%. Rising demand and attractive market conditions have affected prices accordingly.

Steel prices rise in China - strong demand could favor iron ore
Steel prices rise in China – strong demand could favor iron ore

Steel prices rise for five main products

Hot-rolled coil prices were around 3 % and construction rebar at about 2.5% higher in Shanghai at 19:19 on Sept. 29, 2021.

Thus, the prices of five main steel products increased by about 5.5% from week to week, available data show.

Profits at Chinese industrial companies on the rise

China’s largest industrial companies just reported that their profits increased by as much as 179% in the first two months of 2021. Data from the National Bureau of Statistics shows that.

Margins in raw materials and processing rise significantly

Manufacturing profit margins increased 219.5% year-on-year, while iron smelting and processing profits rose 271% in the January-February period, according to the statistics bureau.

Profit margins in the raw material production sector rose 346% year-on-year as mill prices rose at the fastest pace in about two years.

Chinese iron ore futures market

The most traded DCE 2105 iron ore contract closed the week at Yuan 1,088.5/mt, up 4.5% from the previous week.

Iron ore prices may still have room to move higher this week as the ongoing recovery in end-user demand will benefit steel prices.

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