Market Issue Papers:


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.

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Oil

Dated Brent: The Pricing Benchmark for Asia-Pacific Sweet Crude Oil

Published May 2011

The Dated Brent benchmark has taken on an increasingly significant role in the determination of oil prices in the entire Asia-Pacific region. This paper examines and explains the reasons for this ongoing and accelerating trend.

Major Findings in US Markets Following the 3.15pm ET Alignment

Published April 2011

On June 1, 2009, Platts made a major change to its Americas oil assessment processes, aligning all price inputs to 3:15 pm Eastern Time. This report details the impact of the alignment, proving that the revised methodology has resulted in several key benefits.

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Natural Gas

Platts JKM and its growing relevance in spot contracts

Published February 2012

Platts’ daily Asia spot LNG price assessment, the Japan Korea Marker, is used as the outright pricing basis for up to 40% of spot LNG deals in the region.

Platts Asia LNG price assessments: A FAQ

Published February 2012

Platts assessments can be used by anyone needing timely, independent spot LNG price information. Find out more here.

Electric Power


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Coal


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Shipping


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Petrochemicals

Bringing Transparency to the Petrochemical Markets

Published January 2007

Never has the need been greater for price transparency in the petrochemical market than today. With continued volatility, Platts makes a case for transparency and discusses its response with the Market on Close (MOC) system—assessesing petrochemical prices by using the market value as of the close of the trading day or week. Platts has made this open methodology available for the global community to see and comment on.

Metals


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Agriculture


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