fell from middle of last week just due to lower prices at IME (Iran mercantile
Exchange) from USD 583/mt to USD 579/mt ex-work including 9% VAT. Most market
participants believed that prices should rise, but the stock market
intervention reversed market trend.
Metal Bulletin, average Iran export billet price dropped by USD 15 /mt to USD 545/mt
FOB Iranian ports.
IME pressure made rebar price downward from USD 666/mt to USD 656/mt
ex-work including VAT. From Wednesday market resisted against this pressure. Warehouses
are empty and general belief is that prices have reached the bottom.
IME pressure and lack of demand made I-beam average price down by USD 10/mt
to USD 639/mt ex-work including VAT.
HRC 2 mm thickness
ex-work Mobarakeh was USD 1050/mt on last Saturday, which reached USD 1021/mt
by Tuesday. HRC market had a downward trend due to falling demand, but market
resistance began late in the week as most traders are at a loss and resisting against
Oxin co HRP market was
very weak due to lack of demand and dropped from USD 1103/mt to USD 1097/mt by
end of the week. But everyone is asking if there is room for further price
reductions? Some offered prices in the market are lower than mill’s purchase price.
Kavian Co HRP still
resists against market fluctuations and stayed at around USD 1038/mt during
last week. While offered HRP by the mill’s competitors in IME did not meet market
interest, this can lead to lower prices because demand is weak.
CRC price fell due
to limited demand and falling exchange rate over the weekend from USD 1251/mt
to USD 1206/mt ex-work including VAT.
HDG market had a downward
trend from USD 1292/mt to USD 1259/mt. Regardless of lower currency rate which effects
on zinc price, demand level cannot help HDG market at the moment.
In global markets:
oil price has not fallen sharply and
have sometimes experienced limited upward fluctuations. Christmas Holidays are coming,
followed by more orders from Chinese buyers to fill empty warehouses before New
Year Holidays. Steel prices have hit the bottom in global markets, so from a
global perspective, any price decline won’t be serious.
But in Iran domestic market:
Nuclear talks, followed by currency rate changes and market hopes or disappointments
about it is the issue of insiders at the moment.
In addition, new policies of the Ministry of Mine and Industry, with the
changes that have taken place inside this ministry, have made the market full
Everything will be more clear in IME this week which shows government
authorities policy direction. What is certain is that a further reduction in
the prices at IME will separate physical market and IME away. Market has learned that it does not have to
buy from IME, and if it waits and buys directly from the mills, it is more
The stock market's attempt to bring pellets, iron ore concentrates and fine
to IME will not be welcomed, but the market is learning how to use the stock
market as its own lever rather than following it. Especially since supply of some
products such as magnetite iron ore is not everyone's business.
CBI weekly average
ex-rate for Steel Products (SANA): Rials 240,888USD
20 Dec 2021
Iran Steel News