February 1, 2018 / 7:24 AM / a year ago

UPDATE 1-China steel futures rise amid speculation output curbs could be extended

* Steel prices rise after four days of losses

* Market participants speculate output curbs could be extended (Updates close prices)

SHANGHAI, Feb 1 (Reuters) - Chinese steel futures rose on Thursday after four days of losses, bolstered by market speculation that curbs on output at some steel mills could be extended beyond winter.

The most active rebar on the Shanghai Futures Exchange had risen 0.3 percent to 3,931 yuan ($624.02) a tonne.

“There are expectations that the output curbs will be extended by a longer period, lifting market sentiment even though physical demand remains weak,” said a steel trader in Shanghai.

China’s government ordered producers in 28 cities to cut output between mid-November and mid-March to reduce air pollution.

Iron ore on the Dalian Commodity Exchange slipped 1 percent to 506.5 yuan a tonne amid concerns that appetite from the world’s top buyer could weaken if steel mills keep cutting production beyond winter.

Coke and coking coal stood steady at 1,999.5 yuan a tonne and 1,289 yuan a tonne, respectively.

Iron ore for delivery to China’s Qingdao port .IO62-CNO=MB stood largely steady at $72.92 a tonne on Wednesday, according to Metal Bulletin. ($1 = 6.2950 Chinese yuan renminbi) (Reporting by Ruby Lian and Josephine Mason; Editing by Joseph Radford and Vyas Mohan)

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