BHP iron ore chief says sees $80 iron price too low

PERTH, March 11 Tue Mar 11, 2014 12:24am EDT

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PERTH, March 11 (Reuters) - BHP Billiton said forecasts for iron ore prices to fall as low as $80 a tonne appeared low, despite the market moving into oversupply this year.

"Our view is that the long term is robust. We are in a bit of a dip but I don't think we should draw a line over just the past few days ... $80 feels a little low," BHP iron ore division head Jimmy Wilson reporters on Tuesday.

Iron ore has averaged $125 a tonne since January 1, 2014, although the spot price is now about $104, the lowest in eight months.

Analysts blame waning demand from China, which buys almost all of BHP's ore for the retreating price.