It’s a good day on the ASX to be a resource investor. The S&P/ASX 200 Resources Index (ASX: XJR) is booming, having gained 2.3% at the time of writing.
Let’s take a look at what’s excited the market over ASX 200 resources shares on Friday.
What’s boosting the sector on Friday?
There are a few interlinking happenings that are likely favourably impacting the ASX’s resource sector.
Firstly – and, perhaps, most importantly – the price of iron ore rebounded overnight.
According to CommSec, while most of Australia slept, the spot price of iron ore surged 5.3% to US$94.20 a tonne.
The resurgence in the steelmaking commodity’s price was due to Chinese developer, China Evergrande Group (HKG: 3333).
The now-infamous developer reportedly managed to stay afloat by making interest payments on 3 bond tranches worth US$148 million.
As The Motley Fool has previously reported, the Evergrande saga has likely spurred concerns about the future of Chinese property developers.
Unsurprisingly, the nation’s building industry is a big consumer of steel, thus, demanding plenty of iron ore.
Which ASX 200 resource shares are soaring?
The biggest mover among the ASX 200 resources sector by far is Gold Road Resources Ltd (ASX: GOR). Its share price has gained 5.3% so far this Friday.
Rio Tinto’s fellow iron ore giants are also performing well.
However, there are a few sector participants in the red today. Notable fallers include Whitehaven Coal Ltd (ASX: WHC). Its share price is currently down 0.6%.