Sky high iron ore prices have helped propel the company’s shares to record highs. But what’s next on the horizon for iron ore?
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The Fortescue Metals Group Limited (ASX: FMG) share price is a top performer on Monday, currently rallying 3.14% to $24.62.
2021 has been a choppy year for Fortescue shares, which hit an all-time high of $26.40 on 8 January before plunging to lows of $18.87 by 22 March.
Despite the recent volatility in the Fortescue share price, it’s rallied by around 65% in the past 12 months.
These moves have broadly coincided with the surge in iron ore prices, from about US$110 per tonne a year ago, to US$215 today.
With sky high iron ore prices supporting the bullish performance of Fortescue shares, where could iron ore prices go next?
Let’s take a look at what the OCE had to say about iron ore.
What’s driving iron ore prices?
The OCE report pointed to “strong demand for steel products in China and other advanced economies, as the global recovery continues to pick up pace coming out of the COVID-19 pandemic.”
“In China, fiscal stimulus has targeted new infrastructure investment throughout 2020 and into 2021, driving higher construction activity and demand for steel.”
From a supply-side perspective, it said that “tightness in supply from the world’s two major producers — Australia and Brazil — has also contributed to the substantial rally in iron ore prices.”
What’s next for iron ore?
Despite sky high iron ore prices, the OCE isn’t bullish about the medium-to-long term outlook for iron ore prices.
According to the quarterly report, “prices for iron ore are expected to ease from the second half of 2021, leading to some moderation in earnings over the subsequent two years. Total export value for iron ore is forecast to be $137 billion in 2021–22 and $113 billion in 2022–23.”
“Prices are forecast to average around US$150 a tonne in 2021, before falling to below US$100 a tonne by the end of 2022, as Brazilian supply recovers and Chinese steel production softens”.
What does this mean for the Fortescue share price?
According to Goldman Sachs, the Fortescue share price could be vulnerable to a fall in iron ore prices.
The broker currently has a sell rating on the iron ore giant’s shares with a 12-month target price of $18.20.
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