* Steel rebar on track for best daily gain since April
* Concerns about slowing demand linger
By Muyu Xu and Josephine Mason
BEIJING, Dec 28 Chinese steel rebar and iron ore
prices jumped nearly 4 percent on Wednesday as technical buying
signals and bargain hunting spurred a recovery from a weeks-long
sell-off, offsetting concerns about slowing demand.
The most-active rebar contract for May delivery on the
Shanghai Futures Exchange was up 3.96 percent at 3,047
yuan per tonne at 0427 GMT. Prices were on track for their best
daily gain since April.
The one-month low of 2,846 yuan per tonne hit on Monday
marked a support for the market, spurring bargain hunters to
return as hedge fund and other speculative investors carried out
Iron ore on the Dalian Commodity Exchange also
jumped 3.64 percent to 569.5 yuan a tonne.
"It's hard to say how long it will last or how far it could
go since the rebound is not supported by fundamental factors and
is largely from the technical side," said Liu Xinwei, steel
analyst at Sublime Info.
Steel mills typically curb their output as the construction
industry slows during the quieter winter months and ahead of the
Chinese Lunar New Year holiday at the end of January.
Adding to that seasonal slowdown, analysts have said that
widespread cuts in output in recent weeks due to government
efforts to curb pollution have reinforced fears about waning
needs for raw materials like iron ore and coking coal.
Supporting gains, worries about a liquidity crunch in the
banking system have eased after fund injections by the central
bank and progress resolving a bond scandal that rocked the
Some institutional investors had pulled cash out of
commodities in recent months to shore up their reserves as
lending rates soared.
The most-active coking coal futures on the Dalian
Commodity Exchange were up 2.11 percent at 1,187 yuan per tonne,
after falling to the lowest since Oct. 18 on Tuesday.
Coke rose 1.7 percent to 1,554 yuan per tonne. On
Tuesday, prices hit their weakest since Nov. 3.
(Reporting by Josephine Mason; Editing by Richard Pullin)