Why Atlas Iron, Champion Iron and Fortescue Metals Are All Up Today

It was a great morning for Aussie iron ore companies Atlas Iron Ltd [ASX:AGO], Champion Iron Ltd [ASX:CIA] and Fortescue Metals Group [ASX:FMG].

All three traded up 9.1%, 6.1% and 3.5% respectively.

In fact, Fortescue was one of the most traded stocks on the ASX today. But why did investors focus on iron ore miners today?

What happened to the iron ore miners?

Rather than company announcements, all three companies are benefiting from offshore decisions.

As reported by the Australian Financial Review:

China will use infrastructure spending, private sector investment and business tax cuts to keep the economy growing around 6.5 per cent “or higher” this year as Premier Li Keqiang stressed in a keynote speech that stability was the government’s “overriding” priority ahead of November’s leadership reshuffle.

The government plans to maintain high levels of infrastructure spending. The government hopes it will offset the slowdown in housing construction.

All this is likely to drive up iron ore demand. Increasing infrastructure spending will likely mean more steel. More steel means more iron ore. And that’s great for Atlas, Champion and Fortescue.

What now for the iron ore price?

The price of iron ore hit a high of $69.70 a tonne in April 2016.

It was great for iron ore miners. It meant they could sell inventories at a higher price, increasing their margins.

If China’s demand for iron ore continues, it could again be great for iron ore producers. Year-to-date, iron ore has climbed more than 18%, to $92.46 a tonne. If the commodity continues to climb, you’ll likely see further share price appreciation for iron ore stocks.


Härje Ronngard,

Junior Analyst, Money Morning

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