Price Correction in India
Meanwhile, prices in India as per Odisha Mineral Corporation (OMC) auctions have seen a Rs.200 –300 per tonne rise weekly.
The price of 62% Fe fines was hovering between ₹6,100 and ₹6,200 per tonne (including royalty and other charges); while the 63% Fe fines grade was at ₹6,400–6,500 per tonne (including royalty and other charges).
In India, iron ore price movements are determined by pellet and sponge iron prices. Trade sources say the price of both semi-finished products and sponge-iron were higher, which led to increase iron-ore prices here.
“So it takes two to three weeks for corrections to happen in India. The OMC or NMDC generally watch out some time before announcing price changes. So if the fall continues globally, we might see the price revisions happen soon,” VR Sharma, Managing Director, Jindal Steel and Power Ltd (JSPL) told BusinessLine.
According to him, India does not import iron-ore fines, so there is some cushion from global price volatility. However, user industries would not like too much of a price difference (in India), especially when global prices of iron ore are lower.
“Steel demand looks stable India and share of exports from the country are increasing. There is a fit case then to reduce prices here if global iron ore prices continue their slide. So we may see a ₹500–1,000 / tonne decline in ore price here, if trends persist,” Sharma added.
Price changes in India, announced by NMDC, are generally in multiples of Rs.500/tonne.