Iron Ore Fall Hits Asian Stock Markets

Asian markets experienced mixed fortunes on Tuesday following declines in the US and as slumping iron ore prices continued to hurt mining companies.

In Australia, the S&P/ASX 200 closed down 0.95% at 5,226.40.

Analysts said iron ore prices were continuing to move towards the decade low reached earlier this year.

The commodity is Australia’s biggest export and was trading at $44.20 a tonne in China on Monday.

Independent economist and commodities specialist Andy Xie has predicted that iron ore prices will fall below $40 a tonne before the end of the year.

He said prices could even sink as low as $30 for much of next year as demand from China continues to decline.

Three of the biggest iron ore producers recorded falls in their Sydney-listed shares. BHP Billiton closed down 1.8%, Rio Tinto fell 1.5%, while Fortescue Metals was the biggest loser, sinking 3.2%.

via BBC

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Alfonso Esparza specializes in macro forex strategies for North American and major currency pairs. Upon joining OANDA in 2007, Alfonso Esparza established the MarketPulseFX blog and he has since written extensively about central banks and global economic and political trends. Alfonso has also worked as a professional currency trader focused on North America and emerging markets. He holds a finance degree from the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESM) and an MBA with a specialization on financial engineering and marketing from the University of Toronto.
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