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Sunday, February 17, 2008

BHP, RIO looking good, steel companies facing higher costs

Coincidentally, after suggesting selling steel companies Bluescope and OneSteel, I see a report out today that "Japanese agree to 65% Iron Ore Price Gain". Thats a big increase. I dont follow iron ore prices so closely, but I suggest this merely reflects the Japanese & Chinese conceding that they have to accept the annual price setting negotiation system that has been in place for decades. Until now they have avoided the system, resulting in an increasing amount of iron ore being sold into the spot market. Acceptance of the system seems to acknowledge the risks of not helping to finance new projects, as well as the risk of not securing the product they require.
Anyway, higher iron ore and coal prices is good for Rio Tinto and its takeover suitor BHP-Billiton. Both are huge producers of iron ore, though I prefer BHP at the time for its greater coking coal exposure, but there will come a time when thermal coal (Rio Tinto) makes more sense. The takeover might reflect that.
The flipside is that this news confirms my recommendation to sell off the steel companies because they will confront higher raw material costs.
Andrew Sheldon
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