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China Manganese Ore Market Movement (2013-3-29)
Mar 29,2013 19:42CST
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SHANGHAI, Mar. 29 (SMM) -

Domestic market:
Spot manganese ore was quoted unchanged from yesterday at Chinese ports, but few deals were completed for three reasons. First, suppliers and buyers failed to reach an agreement over prices. Second, market players generally believe that manganese alloy producers will lower bid price by RMB 50-150/mt, but it was rumored that manganese alloy producers will lower bid prices far more than forecasted. Third, traders are cutting purchases while reducing inventories out of growing bearishness over future prices. SMM believes the fruitless MB Hong Kong Conference will further dampen traders’ buying interest.

Transactions:
South African mixed carbonate manganese ore and Australian manganese ore (lump) were still preferred by buyers. Manganese ore from Brazil is in the process of customs declaration, and its trading volumes may rise in the future.

Trading activity at ports turned even quieter before the weekend and as Chinese tomb-sweeping Day is due next week. Domestic steel mills will try to push for lower input costs against their own losses from sluggish consumption downstream.
 

Origin
Grade
Mar.29 Price
(RMB/mtu)
Mar. 28 Price
(RMB/mtu)
Price Change
Region
Note
South Africa
(high Fe, lump)
Mn32% Fe20%
38.5-39.5
38.5-39.5
Tianjin port
 
Mn32% Fe20%
38.5
38.5
Qinzhou port
Mn35-36% Fe18%
39-40
39-40
Qinzhou port, Zhanjiang port
 
Mn35-36% Fe18%
38-38.5
38-38.5
Tianjin port, Lianyungang port
South Africa
(medium Fe, lump)
Mn45% Fe12%
39.5-40
39.5-40
Tianjin port, Lianyungang port
 
South Africa (mixed carbonate manganese ore, lump)
Mn38% Fe5%
40-41
40-41
Tianjin port, Lianyungang port
 
Mn38% Fe5%
39.5-40
39.5-40
Qinzhou port, Fangchenggang
South Africa (mixed carbonate manganese ore, granule)
Mn38% Fe5%
39-39.5
39-39.5
Tianjin port
 
Mn38% Fe5%
-
-
Zhanjiang port, Fangchenggang
South Africa (mixed carbonate manganese ore, fines)
Mn38% Fe5%
38
38
Tianjin port
 
Mn38% Fe5%
37.5-38
37.5-38
Qinzhou port
Australia (lump)
Mn46%
45.5-46.5
45.5-46.5
Tianjin port, Lianyungang port
 
Mn46%
45-46
45-46
Qinzhou port, Zhanjiang port
Australia (lump)
Mn48%
46.5-47
46.5-47
Tianjin port
 
Mn48%
46.5-47
46.5-47
Qinzhou port, Zhanjiang port
Australia (high Si, lump)
Mn36% Si20%
45.5-46
45.5-46
Tianjin port
 
Australia (high Si, lump)
Mn36% Si20%
45-45.5
45-45.5
Qinzhou port
 
Australia (medium Fe, lump)
Mn36-37% Fe16%
41.5-42
41.5-42
Tianjin port
 
Australia (medium Fe, lump)
Mn36-37% Fe16%
41-41.5
41-41.5
Qinzhou port
 
Australia (high Fe, lump)
Mn32% Fe20%
37-37.5
37-37.5
Tianjin port
 
Australia (high Fe, lump)
Mn29% Fe27%
35-37
35-37
Tianjin port
 
Australia (granule)
Mn48%
46.5-47
46.5-47
Tianjin port, Lianyungang port
 
Mn48%
42-43
42-43
Qinzhou port
Mn50%
43
43
Qinzhou port
Mn50%
48-48.5
48-48.5
Tianjin port, Lianyungang port
Australia (lump)
Mn44%
-
-
Tianjin port, Lianyungang port
 
Mn44%
41
41
Qinzhou port, Zhanjiang port
Gabon (lump)
Mn44-45%
44-46
44-46
Tianjin port, Lianyungang port
 
Mn44-45%
41-42
41-42
Qinzhou port, Zhanjiang port
Gabon (granule)
Mn44-45%
-
-
Tianjin port, Lianyungang port
 
Mn44-45%
38-39
38-39
Qinzhou port
Brazil (lump)
Mn44-45%
40-41
40-41
Qinzhou port, Zhanjiang port
 
Mn44-45%
44
44
Tianjin port, Lianyungang port
Brazil (fines)
Mn44-45%
-
-
Tianjin port
Mn44-46%
37-37.5
37-37.5
Zhanjiang Port

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