Vale sees iron ore prices holding up on Chinese demand

|About: Vale S.A. (VALE)|By:, SA News Editor

Global iron ore prices are expected to trade in a range just below current levels in Q4 and beyond, miners Vale (VALE -0.7%) and Fortescue Metals (FSUMF.PK, FSUGY.OB) say, reflecting optimism Chinese demand will stay resilient.

A top Vale executive expects more moderate demand growth but no big decline in China, the world's top iron ore consumer; he predicts prices of $120-$130/metric ton in Q4.

Vale's expansion plans to raise annual production capacity to 480M metric tons by 2018 from 306M this year remain intact, the exec also says.