* Iron ore extends gains on hopes of strong Chinese demand
* Market eyes Friday's China trade data for direction
(Adds details, updates prices)
By Naveen Thukral
SINGAPORE, Feb 8 Iron ore rose for a second
session on Wednesday with expectations of strong demand in the
world's top steel consumer China buoying the market.
Economic data in the coming weeks is expected to show the
world's second-largest economy got off to a good start in 2017,
with steady growth giving the central bank room to slowly
tighten monetary policy and contain the risks from high levels
of debt. Trade data is due on Friday.
"Iron ore spot prices rebounded strongly after the
post-Lunar New Year weakness earlier this week," ANZ said in a
"Steel prices in China jumped as traders viewed the recent
falls as unwarranted. Sentiment remains positive, with solid
economic data increasing expectations of strong demand this
The market had earlier come under pressure since the country
launched a surprise short-term rate hike last week, boosting
financing costs for holders of commodities, which are priced in
The most-active rebar on the Shanghai Futures Exchange
was up 3.6 percent at 3,243 yuan a tonne. It gained 1
percent in the previous session.
Iron ore on the Dalian Commodity Exchange jumped
4.3 percent to 641 yuan. The market rose 1.4 percent on Tuesday.
China's foreign exchange reserves unexpectedly fell below
the closely watched $3 trillion level in January for the first
time in nearly six years, though tighter regulatory controls
appeared to making some progress in slowing capital outflows.
China has taken a raft of steps recently to make it harder
to move money out of the country and reassert a grip on its
faltering currency, even as U.S. President Donald Trump steps up
accusations that Beijing is keeping the yuan too cheap.
Iron ore for delivery to China's Qingdao port .IO62-CNO=MB
rose 1.3 percent on Tuesday, according to Metal Bulletin.
Rio Tinto said it sees 40 million tonnes of
additional world iron ore supply in 2017.
(Reporting by Naveen Thukral; Editing by Sherry Jacob-Phillips)