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Fortescue Metals Sees Iron Ore Prices Finding Support At US$140-US$145 Level
Mar 22,2012 13:17CST
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Fortescue Metals Group expects iron ore prices to find support at US$140-US$145 per metric ton in the short term, a senior executive said Wednesday, despite slower global economic growth.

HONG KONG, Mar 21, 2012 (Dow Jones) -- Fortescue Metals Group Ltd. (FMG.AU) expects iron ore prices to find support at US$140-US$145 per metric ton in the short term, a senior executive said Wednesday, despite slower global economic growth.

US$140-US$145/ton represents "a production-cost floor, and we don't expect to see spot iron ore prices dipping below that level in the near future," Chief Executive Nev Power told a mining conference in Hong Kong.

Power's comments came after Chinese authorities earlier this month flagged a slower pace of economic growth over the next few years, raising concerns over a possible slowdown in iron ore exports to the nation.

Spot iron ore prices fell to around US$115/ton in October because of oversupply of the key steelmaking ingredient, but prices have rebounded to around US$145 million despite a reduction of demand from China's steel sector, he said.

Power said the world's fourth-largest iron ore producer's US$8.4 billion expansion plan to raise its output to 155 million tons a year by mid-2013 is on track.
 

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