* Dalian coking coal rises for 4th straight session
* Coking coal prices fuelled by supply concerns, rising
* Shanghai hot rolled coil prices gain
BEIJING, March 30 (Reuters) - Chinese coking coal futures
extended gains for a fourth session on Tuesday as supply
concerns rose after coal mine inspections and falling imports,
with restocking demand at coking plants propping up prices
Analysts with GF Futures noted that safety inspections at
coal mines in Shanxi province are strict, while some production
suspension in Inner Mongolia to curb emissions also affected
supplies of coking coal.
"Imports are also relatively tight now," said a
Shandong-based trader. "Daily imports of coking coal from
Mongolia now is at merely one-third to half of pre-holiday
(Spring Festival) level due to the coronavirus."
Meanwhile, coking plants are replenishing stocks after
consuming their holiday inventory, the trader added.
The most-actively traded coking coal futures on the Dalian
Commodity Exchange, for May delivery, rose 2.8% to
1,663 yuan ($253.11) a tonne as of 0330 GMT.
Dalian coke futures inched up 0.1% to 2,278 yuan a
Benchmark iron ore futures, however, fell 2.0% to
1,086 yuan per tonne.
Steel prices on the Shanghai Futures Exchange were also
Construction rebar edged 0.02% lower to 4,970 yuan
Hot-rolled coil futures, used in cars and home
appliances, gained 1.5% to 5,368 yuan a tonne.
Shanghai stainless steel futures jumped 1.7% to
14,700 yuan per tonne.
* Spot prices of iron ore with 62% iron content for delivery
to China <SH-CCN-IRNOR62> increased by $6 to $168 a tonne on
Monday from the previous trading session, according to SteelHome
* China's top flat steel producers are primed for profit
from a recovery in global manufacturing and goods demand in
2021, as well as from an emissions-cutting drive that will
likely knock out high-cost competitors.
($1 = 6.5703 Chinese yuan renminbi)
(Reporting by Min Zhang and Shivani Singh; editing by