* Shanghai rebar rises as much as 4.2 pct to two-week high
* China says achieved 85 pct of steel capacity reduction
* Fat margins for China steelmakers on infrastructure
* "Too many iron ore cargoes" in China -trader
(Adds coal, updates prices)
By Manolo Serapio Jr
MANILA, June 15 Chinese rebar steel futures
climbed to a two-week high on Thursday after authorities said
the world's top producer had achieved 85 percent of its capacity
reduction target this year, while rising supply limited gains in
raw material iron ore.
China said it had cut 42.4 million tonnes of steel capacity
by end-May as part of efforts to tackle pollution and a stubborn
Demand has also been strong, particularly for construction
steel products like rebar, fattening profit margins of Chinese
producers to their biggest in years as Beijing boosts
infrastructure spending to spur growth.
"Demand for steel products in China is still at a good
level," said a Shanghai-based trader.
The most-active rebar on the Shanghai Futures Exchange
closed up 3.8 percent at 3,111 yuan ($458) a tonne. It
peaked at 3,124 yuan earlier in the session, its strongest since
"In view of stable economic conditions with sustained growth
in industrial production and consumption, we are positive on
steel demand in China," Argonaut Securities analyst Helen Lau
said in a note.
The spike in steel prices helped lift iron ore, although
gains in the steelmaking commodity were much smaller.
The most-traded iron ore on the Dalian Commodity Exchange
rose 0.6 percent to 423 yuan per tonne. That was not
far from Wednesday's seven-month low of 412.50 yuan.
"There are too many iron ore cargoes available and steel
mills don't have any difficulty buying cargoes at any time,"
said the Shanghai trader.
Stockpiles of imported iron ore at China's ports reached
140.05 million tonnes on June 9, the most since 2004, according
to data tracked by SteelHome consultancy. SH-TOT-IRONINV
Iron ore for delivery to China's Qingdao port .IO62-CNO=MB
rose 2 percent to $54.43 a tonne on Wednesday, a day after
falling to its weakest in a year, according to Metal Bulletin.
The spot benchmark has lost 31 percent this year.
Also on Thursday, coking coal on the Dalian exchange
gained 1.4 percent to 968 yuan a tonne and coke
rallied 3.7 percent to 1,512 yuan.
($1 = 6.7953 Chinese yuan)
(Reporting by Manolo Serapio Jr.; Editing by Subhranshu Sahu
and Joseph Radford)