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UPDATE 1-China steel futures rise, output cuts support
November 13, 2017 / 7:13 AM / a month ago

UPDATE 1-China steel futures rise, output cuts support

* Lower utilisation rate buoys steel prices

* Coke prices fall due to high stocks (Updates close prices)

SHANGHAI, Nov 13 (Reuters) - Chinese steel rebar futures rose on Monday as output cuts in major steelmaking cities tightened supply.

The most active rebar on the Shanghai Futures Exchange closed 0.9 percent higher at 3,803 yuan ($572.36) a tonne.

The utilisation rate at Chinese steel mills continues to fall, with the rate at steel mill blast furnaces touching the lowest since at least 2012 at 70.17 percent as of Nov. 10, according to data from Mysteel consultancy seen by Reuters through a broker.

“The output cut has already caused a shortage in supplies of rebar products with a range of specs in some regions,” said Bai Jing, an analyst with Galaxy Futures in Beijing.

China has pledged to crack down on environmental pollution and slash the surplus in its massive steel capacity. It has ordered steel mills in major cities including Tangshan and Handan in the north to cut output in winter months.

Steelmaking raw materials were supported by firming steel prices, Bai added.

Iron ore on the Dalian Commodity Exchange rose 1.1 percent to 465 yuan a tonne. Coking coal futures ended 0.25 percent higher at 1,210.5 yuan a tonne.

However, coke futures fell 2.1 percent to 1,783.5 yuan a tonne, as steel mills held high coke inventories and were reluctant to restock more.

Iron ore for delivery to China’s Qingdao port .IO62-CNO=MB inched up 0.4 percent to $62.6 a tonne on Friday, according to Metal Bulletin. ($1 = 6.6482 Chinese yuan) (Reporting by Ruby Lian and Josephine Mason; Editing by Joseph Radford and Subhranshu Sahu)

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