* Dalian iron ore has biggest monthly loss in a year
* Coking coal slides 9 pct, rebar down 3.6 pct
* China steel PMI hits 1-year high in May, but risks rising
By Manolo Serapio Jr
MANILA, May 31 Iron ore futures in China tumbled
6 percent on Wednesday to the lowest since November, posting
their biggest monthly decline in a year, amid lower steel prices
and a glut of the raw material.
Industry data showing activity in China's steel industry
expanded at the fastest pace in a year in May spurred gains in
Shanghai steel futures earlier in the session. But steel later
gave up those gains and slid nearly 4 percent as analysts warned
demand may ease in the coming summer months when construction
The most-traded iron ore contract on the Dalian Commodity
Exchange fell as low as 423.50 yuan ($62) a tonne, its
lowest since November 2016. It closed down 6 percent at 424.50
The contract lost 16.7 percent in May, its biggest monthly
decline since May 2016.
Chinese markets reopened on Wednesday after being shut for
public holidays on Monday and Tuesday.
The decline in Chinese futures, along with a stubborn glut,
has fuelled a nearly 40 percent drop in spot iron ore prices
from this year's peak.
In the medium to longer term, iron ore should move towards
$50 per tonne, said Julius Baer analyst Carsten Menke.
"This is based on the assumption that Chinese steel
production has moved beyond its structural peak and would
decline steadily over the coming years," Menke said.
"At the same time, we see iron ore supplies from Australia
and Brazil expanding and displacing higher-cost Chinese
Last week, iron ore stocks at China's ports reached 136.6
million tonnes SH-TOT-IRONINV, the highest since consultants
SteelHome began tracking the data in 2004. That is enough to
build the Eiffel Tower in Paris more than 13,000 times over.
Iron ore for delivery to China's Qingdao port .IO62-CNO=MB
was unchanged at $58.50 a tonne on Tuesday, according to Metal
Bulletin. The spot benchmark has lost 15 percent in May, heading
for its steepest monthly drop in a year.
The most-active rebar on the Shanghai Futures Exchange
closed down 3.6 percent at 3,095 yuan a tonne. That was
its biggest single-day drop in almost a month.
Steelmaking coal also slumped. Coking coal traded on the
Dalian exchange fell by the exchange-set limit of 9
percent to end at 949 yuan per tonne and coke dropped
7.6 percent to 1,426.50 yuan.
($1 = 6.8285 Chinese yuan)
(Reporting by Manolo Serapio Jr.; Editing by Christian
Schmollinger and Subhranshu Sahu)