Iron Ore Price Forecast For 2019

While much attention has been paid to iron ore’s volatility in the past few months, few mainstream media outlets have paid attention to forecasts for the next year.

Forecasting is tricky, but there are a few factors worth paying attention to.

But with longer term predictions, it’s always a case of supply and demand.

It could also provide an insight as to when to sell major mining stocks like BHP Billiton Ltd [ASX:BHP] and Rio Tinto Ltd [ASX:RIO].

China’s demand for iron ore

Firstly, as iron ore is tied very closely with steel production, it tends to trend closely with global economic growth, in particular China’s.

China consumes a lot of iron ore because it produces 50.3% of the world’s steel.

So Chinese economic growth is a major factor.

Current IMF projections of Chinese economic growth for 2019 have it at 6.3%.

Growth is projected to slow moderately over the coming five years as China modernises its economy.

This is likely to create downward pressure on iron ore prices as China’s demand for iron ore decreases.

Short-, medium- and long-term future of iron ore

On the supply side of the equation, Vale, a Brazilian multinational mining company, has been ramping up production in its local market. It is also increasingly going for higher purity iron ore production.

Brazilian iron ore production increased 5% last year, and 4% this year. However, it has recently had a disaster at one of its mines and may experience significant production curbs as safety measures are put in place.’

As a result, it is possible that benchmark 62% fines could spike to as high as $100 briefly, then settle around the $85 range for the second half of the year.

Ultimately, it may be a slowdown in global growth as a result of the US-China trade war that could create the immediate difficulties for iron ore prices.

Longer term, Australia’s Department of Industry is saying that 2020 could bring a drop of 12% from the price we have seen over the last six months.

With these factors in mind, investors may consider locking in price gains on big name mining stocks soon.

At the same time, mining stocks that do not rely on iron ore as a main source of revenue could be worth a look.


Ryan Clarkson-Ledward,
Markets & Money

Ryan Clarkson-Ledward is a junior analyst for Markets & Money. Ryan has degrees in both communication and international business. His priority is bringing you the latest price updates on stocks through ASX updates, as well as supporting Sam Volkering with background research. As part of the team at Markets & Money his aim is to provide unbiased and relevant news for readers. Ryan’s work with Sam is designed to provide research that complements Sam’s analysis for small-cap and technology stocks. Together, their objective is to break through all the jargon and give you the hard facts to inform your investment decision-making. Ryan writes for:

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One response to “Iron Ore Price Forecast For 2019

  1. Well the talk of iron ore going south has been just that talk. The move China is making will most definitely drive all quality iron through the roof. You will have players that have their cost in line and quality ore to start with will be the beneficiaries of this move. And those who don’t have it. Well they will be dropped. So iron ore will go up. Simple. Provided the World economy grows. Oh and it will grow. Simple.

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