UPDATE 1-China iron ore surges to over 4-month high as supply uncertainties loom

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UPDATE 1-China iron ore surges to over 4-month high as supply uncertainties loom
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* Dalian iron ore up as much as 3.2% on Tuesday

* Spot 62% iron ore rose to $93 per tonne on Monday (Adds details, chart; Updates with closing prices)

BEIJING, Dec 10 (Reuters) - Iron ore futures in China rose to their highest in more than four months on Tuesday on supply uncertainties expected to emerge during the first quarter of next year.

The most traded iron ore futures contract on the Dalian Commodity Exchange DCIOcv1 , for May 2020 delivery, jumped as much as 3.2% to 662 yuan ($94.05) per tonne, the highest since Aug. 7. It closed up 1.3% at 650 yuan per tonne.

Prices for spot cargoes of benchmark iron ore with 62% iron content for delivery to China SH-CCN-IRNOR62 , also tracked robust futures market and rose to $93 per tonne on Monday from $89.50 in the previous session.

"The surge in iron ore prices was mainly driven by supply concerns from foreign miners in the first quarter next year," said Tang Bingqing, an analyst with Founder CIFCO Futures, referring to Brazilian miner Vale SA VALE3.SA lowering production outlook and the upcoming expiry of mining leases in India.

Meanwhile, demand prospects for construction steel products and steelmaking raw materials were improved as the latest Chinese Communist Party conference reiterated the need to strengthen infrastructure constructions, and did not mention real estate controls, Tang added.

Construction steel rebar on the Shanghai Futures Exchange SRBcv1 , for May 2020 delivery, rose 0.4% to 3,505 yuan per tonne.

January hot-rolled coil contract SHHCcv1 , used in cars and home appliances, gained 0.6% to 3,685 yuan per tonne, narrowing gains from the previous session after China posted a decline in auto sales for the 17th consecutive month in November. Shanghai stainless steel futures SHSSc1 , for February 2020 delivery, edged up 0.04% to 13,985 yuan per tonne.

* Other steelmaking ingredients were mixed. Dalian coking coal DJMcv1 , for January 2020 delivery, fell 0.4% to 1,242 yuan per tonne, while Dalian coke DCJcv1 gained 0.7% to 1,919 yuan per tonne.

* China's producer prices fell in annual terms for the fifth consecutive month in November, while consumer prices spiked as food costs climbed, data showed on Tuesday, complicating policymakers' efforts to boost demand as economic growth slows. For top stories on metals and other news, click TOP/MTL or MET/L .

($1 = 7.0389 Chinese yuan)

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