Although global steel production is expected to be up 3 to 4 percent this year, this growth has occurred in the first half of the year and steel production has leveled and is expected to remain flat in the second half. This will limit demand volumes for met coal and iron ore, favoring the lower cost producers for each commodity.China produces 42 percent of global iron ore supply, but ore grades at 20 percent keep costs high. As a result, China becomes a swing producer above its estimated profitability threshold of $120 per tonne. Despite the current dip in spot prices, the iron ore market should find support at the $120 per tonne level, and this will favor producers in Western Australia and South America.
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