Dam disaster fuels surge in iron ore price

Original article by Perry Williams
The Australian – Page: 17 & 20 : 31-Jan-19

Goldman Sachs has upgraded its 2019 forecast for iron ore after the price of the steel input rose 4.4 per cent to $US78.50 ($109) a tonne in response to another tailings dam disaster in Brazil. Goldman Sachs now has a price forecast of $US65 per tonne, compared with $US60 previously. The federal government’s mid-year budget update had forecast that the iron ore price would average $US55 per tonne in 2019. Vale has indicated that its annual iron ore production could be cut by up to 40 million tonnes due to the dam collapse. This would equate to about 10 per cent of its annual output.

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VALE SA, THE GOLDMAN SACHS GROUP INCORPORATED, BHP GROUP LIMITED – ASX BHP, RIO TINTO LIMITED – ASX RIO, FORTESCUE METALS GROUP LIMITED – ASX FMG, COMMONWEALTH BANK OF AUSTRALIA – ASX CBA, SHAW AND PARTNERS LIMITED, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF INDUSTRY, INNOVATION AND SCIENCE, MACQUARIE GROUP LIMITED – ASX MQG, TUV SUD

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