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Special Reports:



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.


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Oil

Volatility Analysis: EMEA

Published February 2017

This report goes through the quantitative analysis of volatility fluctuations for the most important crude and petroleum products in Europe: Brent, Eurobob, ULSD ARA, Jet CIF NWE, and Rotterdam Fuel Oil 3.5%. The current analysis is based on January data.

Volatility Analysis: Americas

Published January 2017

This report goes through the quantitative analysis of volatility fluctuations for the most important crude and petroleum products in Americas: WTI, RBOB, ULSD USGC, Jet USGC and Fuel Oil 3% USGC. The current analysis is based on December data.

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Natural Gas

US LNG vs pipeline gas: European market share war?

Published February 2017

As 2017 gets under way, the key northwestern European markets – where import demand is growing fastest due to decline in indigenous production – have not attracted any US LNG. Some evidence suggests that the region's traditional suppliers are loathe to lose ground to US LNG supplies.

European Gas Daily: Platts guide to EU-Russian energy relations

Published November 2016

This guide looks at relations between the EU and Russia in different energy-related areas, and gives an overall assessment of the relationship.

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Electric Power

Trump vs. Clinton: On energy, the stakes are high for renewables, coal

Published October 2016

As with nearly every issue raised during this combative presidential campaign, the natural tension between environmental protection and the generation of electric power has revealed widely disparate positions by Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.

Hinkley Point C: The journey to final approval

Published October 2016

The UK’s Hinkley Point C nuclear power project's twin reactors are set to be the first built in the UK for over 20 years and could launch a nuclear renaissance in the country. This latest version of S&P Global Platts’ special report tracks the UK government’s approval decision, adds a chart showing how Hinkley’s index linked strike price has risen since the initial 2012 agreement and includes recent news of downgrades for EDF from S&P Global Ratings and Moody’s.

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Coal

Coking coal: Coming to terms with the end of the China bull run

Published April 2016

This report examines the challenges and opportunities that the global coking coal market faces amid changing supply ownership, slowing steel demand in China and the fundamental basis of pricing.

Metallurgical coal markets to remain China-centric

Published September 2014

It’s no surprise that shorter-term pricing and China’s emergence as a large coal importer have occurred at the same time. These can be seen as mutually reinforcing trends.

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Shipping

Container Shipping: What next for the smaller TEU fleet?

Published January 2017

The world is becoming an ever smaller place and the ability to conduct business with the most competitive companies globally is paramount for survival. The emphasis on customer needs now provides competitive advantage, and in the case of the container market, this may present opportunities for smaller TEU vessels for niche arbitrages in commodities like sugar, scrap or petrochemicals. Can the abandoned smaller TEU vessels become the workhorse for the customer focused container market?

Platts Dry Bulk Market Survey

Published October 2016

Despite the recent improvement in freight rates, the second annual Platts Dry Bulk Market Survey has revealed that participants remain overwhelmingly bearish on the potential timescale for a sustained recovery. Of over 120 respondents, some 94% believe that a prolonged rebound will not happen for at least another year.

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Petrochemicals

Asia Petrochemical Outlook H1 2017 - Olefins and Polymers

Published January 2017

Asian olefins and polymers markets will mostly face an oversupply situation, fueled in part by a lighter steam cracker turnaround season and fresh production capacity. Amid the supply and demand fundamentals, China’s futures markets are expected to have a volatile impact on polymers markets. This outlook report highlights the key themes to look out for across Asia in 2017.

Asia Petrochemical Outlook H1 2017 - Aromatics & Blendstocks

Published January 2017

Fresh supply is expected to enter Asia’s aromatics markets over 2017, and the timing for the new aromatics plants will be crucial, especially as new downstream derivative plants start up and whether idle plants resume operations. This outlook report highlights the key themes to look out for across Asia in 2017.

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Metals

Surging coking coal costs a boon for scrap prices?

Published October 2016

This report examines the impact of rising coking coal prices out of Australia on the Turkish market for imported scrap.

2016 - A tale of two metals

Published October 2016

This report provides a market overview on the non-ferrous metals market.

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Agriculture

Anatomy of a price spike: Sugar's big move laid bare

Published September 2016

Friday, September 16, 2016. A day in which bulls and bears watched as the New York number 11 ruthlessly set aside the will it, won’t it debate and posted its largest one day price surge in over five years. When prices move in such a dramatic fashion in a sector as nuanced as sugar, there’s rarely one factor at play. As the upward move took hold, the industry put forward a number of theories and kneejerk factors that could explain such a charge.

The China corn problem: What will the country do with its strategic reserves?

Published September 2016

While it had been limping along for a while, China's corn stockpiling policy was well and truly buried on March 28, 2016, when a senior official provided details of a new mechanism of "marketized purchases". Less than six months from the next harvest, and with a year's worth of production sitting in stockpiles, the news generated quite a buzz.

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