This Morning in Metals: Shandong Province Announces Plans for Steel Capacity Cuts

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This morning in metals, a Chinese province announced new capacity cut targets as part of the country’s overall environmental plans, copper supply-side issues and Vedanta’s quarterly earnings rise.
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Plans to Cut Steel, Coal Capacity

China’s Shandong province has new targets for cuts on steel and coal production, Reuters reported.
The plans include cuts to pig iron production capacity of 600,000 tons and crude steel of 3.55 million tons by the end of this year, according to the report.

Copper Supply-Side Issues

The copper price has been in a downtrend of late. While it remains to be seen if the downtrend will become a long-term slide, copper watchers are also paying attention to supply-side issues at Freeport-McMoRan’s Grasberg mine in Indonesia.
According to Bloomberg, the mine will see production cut by 300,000 metric tons next year as the miner transitions open pits to underground operations.

Vedanta Earnings Up

Indian miner Vedanta Resources reported a rise in quarterly earnings, Reuters reported.
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For the three-month period ending June 30, the miner reported EBITDA of $983 million, up from $778 million for the same period in 2017, according to the report.

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