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Iron Ore Jumps Most on Record

Iron Ore Jumps Most on RecordIron Ore Jumps Most on Record

Iron ore soared the most ever after Chinese policymakers signaled their willingness to buttress economic growth, boosting the outlook for steel consumption in the top user and igniting speculation that some investors who’d bet against the market had been caught out.

Ore with 62% content delivered to Qingdao jumped 19% to $63.74 a dry metric ton, Metal Bulletin Ltd. data show. That’s the biggest gain in daily data going back to 2009 and the highest price since June. The surge was preceded in Asia by a rally in futures, with the most-active contract on Singapore Exchange Ltd. climbing 21% to $60 and prices on the Dalian Commodity Exchange rising by the daily limit, Bloomberg reported.

“The iron ore and steel markets have gone berserk -- they’ve departed from fundamentals and are heavily driven by sentiment,” Zhao Chaoyue, an analyst at China Merchants Futures Co. in Shenzhen, said before the Metal Bulletin price was published. “Investors are expecting further monetary easing by the Chinese government to boost steel demand.”

Australia’s Fortescue Metals Group Ltd. jumped 24% in Sydney trading, where Rio Tinto Group and BHP Billiton Ltd. also climbed after futures prices jumped. Gains in London were muted. Rio, the second-biggest mining company, rebounded from an earlier decline in London trading and was up 2% by 1:04 p.m. local time, while BHP rose 1.1%.