China Iron Ore Prices Crash Through Key Support To 6-Month Lows

After a few short days of respite - suggested by some as indicative that the worst is over - China commodities are crashing again tonight with Dalian Iron ore snapping below 460 to its lowest since before Trump's election...

 

This has erased the entire post-Trump reflation trade hope...

The commodity has sunk on concern mine supplies will go on rising just as China’s mills enter a weaker period for demand and policy makers in Asia’s top economy rein in leverage. Stockpiles at mainland ports are near a record after robust shipments from Australia and Brazil, with miner BHP Billiton Ltd. citing the inventories as among risk factors that may tug prices lower. Citigroup Inc. has said there may have been forced sales by some traders in China.

With all the industrials now red post-Trump...

As Citi warned over the weekend, "We suspect that a good number of physical traders that are financially leveraged up to five times have been forced to destock due to rising short-term borrowing costs and the recent sharp price corrections."

Citigroup isn’t alone in saying that some traders may be compelled to sell holdings into a falling market as China tightens. Shanghai Cifco Futures Co. said this week signs are emerging that traders are dumping their holdings.