China’s banking regulator ordered its regional offices to increase scrutiny of credit risks in the coal-mining industry, said two people with knowledge of the matter, signaling government concern about possible defaults.
Coal prices in China may rise 5 percent in 2012 and 2013 and imports may increase 15 percent a year because of supply tightness, “strong” industrial demand and reliance on thermal power, according to UOB-Kay Hian Ltd.
Bonds of Nanjing Iron & Steel Co., partly owned by Chinese billionaire Guo Guangchang, are set for their worst month on record as concern mounts the government’s campaign to reduce smog and overcapacity may exacerbate losses.
Aluminum may extend declines to as low as $1,600 a metric ton in the first half of 2014 as new rules from the London Metal Exchange make more metal available, said analyst Helen Lau of UOB Kay Hian Ltd.
United Co. Rusal’s Oleg Deripaska is wedded to an investment that barely covers borrowing costs, has brought management into conflict and added to losses for stockholders such as billionaire Li Ka-shing and Paulson & Co.