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Argus launches Chinese-language steel feedstocks report

Singapore, 5 November 2013

Commodities news and price reporting agency Argus has launched a steel feedstocks daily report written in Chinese to cater for a wider Chinese audience. The move is in response to growing interest in the Argus ICX™ price — the Argus assessment for 62pc Fe iron ore fines on a cfr basis Qingdao – and the Argus cfr China coking coal assessment, which is widely used as a reference in physical contracts. 

China's iron ore imports are on track to reach a new record, exceeding last year's total of 744mn t. China's imports rose by 9pc in the first nine months of this year compared with the same period a year earlier, to 600mn t. Chinese market participants are interested in greater transparency around price reporting of the steelmaking commodity. Meanwhile, the launch of new physically settled contracts on Chinese commodity exchanges, such as the Dalian Commodity Exchange, demonstrates the wider interest around the iron ore market. 

This new daily report is a translation of the Argus Steel Feedstocks English-language publication launched in May this year. The report has been carefully designed for market participants in the global iron ore and steel, as well as coking coal, industries and provides spot price assessments, market news and analysis.   

“This is another significant step for Argus in the metals sector, after the launch of Argus Steel Feedstocks earlier this year. It demonstrates Argus’ commitment to successful broadening access in China to our independent and transparent news, analysis and market commentary, as well as our price assessments,” Argus Media chairman and chief executive Adrian Binks said.

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