In these papers, Platts' specialists take an in-depth look at various issues affecting the energy, petrochemical & metals industries; highlighting current trends, looking at what price history can tell us and drawing attention to things in the future that will be important for market participants.
Iron ore market turns attention to benchmark-brand relationship
Published September 2016
Market participants are increasingly looking at the premium or discount at which an iron ore grade – or brand – with identifiable qualities and characteristics, trades at versus an underlying index value. This approach to grade assessments has long been the norm in other commodity markets, where differentials are priced against benchmarks according to type, origin and qualities. But, it’s rapidly gaining currency now in iron ore and related markets, such as metallurgical coal.
Steel futures keep the price party going
In China’s steel markets this year, there has often appeared to be a growing disconnect between underlying fundamentals and steel prices. Market sentiment has always played a major role but has become even more the case with the rapid uptake of steel and iron ore futures on Chinese exchanges, in large part from retail investors. Buoyed by higher steel prices this year, investors and mills have been making better returns. No one wants to return to the dark days of 2015 and, as a result, there has been a tendency to jump on anything deemed to be supportive of steel.
These are a series of deep-dive discussion papers examining current price-discovery issues in the market place. These are typically issues Platts is tracking in detail and may be consulting with the market on in advance of making changes to existing methodologies or launching new assessments. These are of interest to all those affected by price-discovery methodology and process in the energy, petrochemical and metals markets.
UCOME and TME pricing: Why Platts clarified its approach to UCOME prices and discontinued TME prices
Published August 2014
Platts’ view is that the UCOME and TME market is better served through full and transparent publication of all discrete pricing information, rather than through a single-point assessment of value at this time.
Glycerine pricing: Why Platts discontinued publication of Glycerine prices
Platts discontinued the assessments, but not the coverage of the glycerine market, effective July 24, 2014. Platts has observed that the number of pricing indications that exist for the glycerine market is limited by the size and nature of this market. The market is very fragmented from a quality and end-use perspective.
These papers are written by industry commentators and consultants and cover a series of topics that are of interest to people across all energy & commodity markets. They delve into topics as diverse as enhancing transparency and disclosure strategies for energy hedging.
A look forward - Understanding Forward Curves In Energy Markets
Published February 2011
This paper explores several types of forward curves used by market participants, differences between market-based curves and settlement-derived curves, and tools available to energy companies for modeling forward prices.
Hedge Strategy - Enhancing Transparency and Disclosure Strategies for Energy Hedging Programs
This document focuses on matching hedge programs and strategies to management and investor expectations through disclosures, direct communication, and use of transparent models and data sources.
In this section, you will find papers written by Platts’ customers who are sharing best practices on the use of Platts’ news and information. These educational papers help inform existing or new market participants on how similar companies use information to help shape their decision making.
Independent Price Assessment Data Helps Iron Ore Newcomer, Bahia Mineracao, Mine for Competitive Intelligence
Published October 2010
Despite a floundering global economy, demand for iron ore has continued to increase over the last few years. In this case study, we see how Bahia Mineração, a relative newcomer to the iron ore industry, prepares for the future using a new market-oriented pricing methodology. The benefit comes from negotiating prices more frequently based on a published index, creating transparency and contracts that reflect true market value.