Rio Tinto Share Price Up [ASX:RIO] on Quarterly Results — Signals from China

At time of writing, the share price of Rio Tinto Ltd [ASX:RIO] is up .53%, trading at $91.08.

Here’s what we talk about today:

  • An overview of recent movements in Rio shares
  • Highlights from quarterly production results
  • Trade deal may happen — but this may not be enough to save company earnings

The Rio share price flew up between December and July as an Aussie iron ore boom got underway following a disaster at a Vale SA mine in Brazil.

The Rio share price has since tumbled from its 52-week high of $106.92 on 28 May, going as low as $82.38 on 26 August.

This represents a 23% loss and was driven by weak data out of China as the trade war rumbled on.

It has since recovered, seeing a bullish crossover of its 20- and 50-day moving averages on 26 September followed by a retracement and another surge:

rio tinto share price


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Highlights from Rio Tinto quarterly production results

  • Pilbara iron ore shipments of $86.1 million tonnes up 5% on the third quarter last year
  • Copper production of 158 thousand tonnes down 1% on pcp, 15% higher than second quarter
  • Oyu Tolgoi underground project on track for commissioning this month
  • Guidance unchanged except for bauxite and aluminium, which are down to 54 million tonnes and 7.7 tonnes respectively. This represents guidance cuts of around 4% and 6%.
  • 62% higher exploration and evaluation spend

The iron ore price chart (63.5% Tianjin fines) looks a lot like the Rio share price chart:

iron ore price


This makes sense as iron ore is Rio Tinto’s primary project.

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Latest trade deal may point to upside for Rio Tinto share price outlook (but beware)

The latest whispers out of the US–China trade deal appear to be pointing to a resolution some time before the 2020 US election.

After all, President Trump likely wants to ‘bring home the elk’. I.e. have a major foreign affairs trophy to present to voters as proof of his credentials.

China has clearly been hurt by the tariffs — despite crowing from various groups of economists that they would have no impact.

It shows up in the steep fall of the Caixin China General Composite PMI between March and June of this year:

Caixin China General Composite


It has since recovered as reserve requirement ratio cuts have released extra liquidity into their economy.

But here’s the rub.

The Chinese household debt to income ratio is now higher than Germany and on par with the US and Japan, standing at 92%.

Their growth is funded by debt — and at some point a correction could be in the offing.

And when it does, their growth could slip below consensus 6% — having wide ranging impacts across a variety of industries.

This includes the steel manufacturing sector in China, which is closely tied to Rio Tinto’s earnings.

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Lachlann Tierney,
For The Rum Rebellion

Lachlann Tierney is a writer for The Rum Rebellion and has been investing for nearly a decade. With a Masters of Science from the London School of Economics, he brings a sound understanding of global markets to his writing. Lachlann is interested in emerging technologies, energy solutions and helping people invest their money wisely. 

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