Meanwhile BHP today said it had achieved record March quarter production at its Western Australian iron ore operations, 4% more than a year ago, however it also missed expectations and its shares were down almost 2% in morning trade.
The MySteel 62% Australian iron ore fines reached US$181 per tonne yesterday, the highest point since the index began.
Elsewhere, the S&P Global Platts 62% price rose 3.6% to $187.75/t CFR to China, within $6 of its high reached 10 years ago.
Rio closed down 2.2% in London yesterday and Vale was down about 1.5% in Brazil.
Australia's "third force in iron ore", Fortescue Metals Group, is due to release its quarterly results next week and was also off about 1.5% in morning trade.
Elsewhere, precious metals producer Fresnillo rose slightly in London and Barrick Gold gained 1.9% in Toronto, as the yellow metal gained a few dollars to $1,778 per ounce on the spot market.