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Singapore (Platts)--24 Nov 2014 108 am EST/608 GMT
China's crude imports from its major suppliers, including Iran, rose significantly in October versus a year ago, save for top exporters Saudi Arabia and Angola, detailed data from the General Administration of Customs showed Saturday, November 22.
New York (Platts)--21 Nov 2014 405 pm EST/2105 GMT
The ICE January Brent futures contract settled $1.03 higher at $80.36/b Friday after a surprise interest rate cut by the Chinese central bank lifted hopes the world's second largest economy could grow faster.
Houston (Platts)--21 Nov 2014 204 pm EST/1904 GMT
The Light Houston Sweet differential strengthened week on week due to West Texas Intermediate in Midland, Texas, being supported by higher demand with Plains All-American Pipeline's Sunrise crude pipeline set to startup in December, sources said. LHS was assessed Thursday at $2.65 below the Light Louisiana Sweet differential at WTI plus $1/b or $76.53/b.
Moscow (Platts)--21 Nov 2014 841 am EST/1341 GMT
Russia is discussing possible measures to cut oil production to support falling oil prices and believes the situation may require "coordinated action" by major oil producers, energy minister Alexander Novak said Friday.
Singapore (Platts)--21 Nov 2014 141 am EST/641 GMT
State-owned Bahrain Petroleum Co has fixed its 2015 gasoil term contract with buyers at a $1.45/barrel premium to Mean of Platts Arab Gulf Gasoil assessments, which is $1.05/b or 42% lower than this year's premium.
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Singapore (Platts)--24 Nov 2014 106 am EST/606 GMT
China imported 2 million mt of natural gas via pipelines in October, up 8.8% from a year earlier, data released Saturday, November 22, by the country's General Administration of Customs showed.
Knoxville, Tennessee (Platts)--21 Nov 2014 522 pm EST/2222 GMT
The NYMEX December natural gas futures contract fell 22.3 cents to settle at $4.266/MMBtu on Friday, as the market looked to a weekend warming trend and erased much of the week's gains.
Kiev (Platts)--21 Nov 2014 845 am EST/1345 GMT
Ukraine's transit of natural gas from Russia to Europe fell by 3.5 billion cubic meters in October to 3.87 billion cu m, down 47.5% from 7.37 Bcm in October 2013, an energy and coal industry ministry official said Friday.
Singapore (Platts)--21 Nov 2014 741 am EST/1241 GMT
Buyers in Northeast Asia could be leaving more room in their LNG procurement for spot and short term purchases in the first quarter of 2015 as they take advantage of a weak winter spot market and await the effect of declines in crude oil markets to filter into long term oil-linked LNG contracts, numerous sources said Thursday.
Knoxville, Tennessee (Platts)--20 Nov 2014 415 pm EST/2115 GMT
The NYMEX December natural gas futures contract rose 11.8 cents to a $4.489/MMBtu settlement Thursday as the market reacted to continued cold weather and the first storage withdrawal of the season, which also came in slightly above expectations.
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Washington (Platts)--21 Nov 2014 415 pm EST/2115 GMT
With more natural gas-fired generation being used by the power industry and fuel delivery concerns for generators heading into winter, the North American Electric Reliability Corp.
London (Platts)--21 Nov 2014 851 am EST/1351 GMT
Prompt power contracts for Monday delivery rose sharply on Friday, regaining the previous day's losses, on forecasts for falling wind and nuclear generation, and below-average temperatures next week.
Washington (Platts)--20 Nov 2014 346 pm EST/2046 GMT
The US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Thursday issued its first order finding that a power plant should have additional time to comply with a major environmental rule limiting air emissions in order to ensure reliability in a particular region.
London (Platts)--20 Nov 2014 834 am EST/1334 GMT
French day-ahead power prices decreased slightly as lower Friday demand is counterbalanced by reduced nuclear availability, due to an outage Thursday morning, and lower hydro output, according to sources.
Houston (Platts)--19 Nov 2014 436 pm EST/2136 GMT
This week's cold snap has caused peak demand in November in the PJM Interconnection to blow by its previous record, set last November, the independent system organization announced Wednesday.
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Houston (Platts)--21 Nov 2014 413 pm EST/2113 GMT
Demand is strong for Power River Basin coal, but contractual activity is light in the traditional physical market as rail issues have made delivery of coal difficult, market participants say.
London (Platts)--21 Nov 2014 905 am EST/1405 GMT
Italian imports of thermal coal are expected to drop by 11% year on year to 16 million mt in 2014, mainly due to the closure of coal-fired capacity in Vado Ligure, according to Assocarboni, the Italian coal industry association, Friday.
Singapore (Platts)--21 Nov 2014 742 am EST/1242 GMT
Major Chinese miners might look to boost thermal coal prices ahead of the annual contract negotiations for 2015 with utilities next week, but utilities are expected to bargain hard as demand remains muted amid high stockpiles, industry sources said this week.
Washington (Platts)--20 Nov 2014 356 pm EST/2056 GMT
US coal production totaled about 18.9 million st in the week that ended November 15, the Energy Information Administration said Thursday.
Hunan, China (Platts)--20 Nov 2014 800 am EST/1300 GMT
Combined coal stocks held by six major power generation companies in eastern and southern China averaged 14.19 million mt in the week ended November 18, up 0.8% week on week, Qinhuangdao Port said Thursday. Based on the current rate of coal burn, the stocks held by Zhejiang Power, Shanghai Power, Guangdong Power (Yudean), Guodian, Datang and Huaneng will be able to meet an average 23.46 days of consumption, down 1.47 days week on week, the report said.
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London (Platts)--21 Nov 2014 907 am EST/1407 GMT
Worldscale rates for loading and discharging in Belem, Brazil have been raised, the Worldscale Association said Friday.
London (Platts)--21 Nov 2014 739 am EST/1239 GMT
Surging freight costs in the West African Suezmax market, which have climbed to their highest levels in over six years this week, could add to the bearish pressure on crude differentials in the region, traders said.
Singapore (Platts)--21 Nov 2014 420 am EST/920 GMT
The cost of operating ships last year marginally declined for bulkers and containers and rose slightly for tankers as owners have worked to cap costs amid eroding earnings since 2008, a shipping industry study said.
London (Platts)--20 Nov 2014 418 pm EST/2118 GMT
Fresh inquiry was heard across key trading regions in the Atlantic Thursday, but with some markets still oversupplied with ships and others more balanced, sentiment was mixed, shipping sources said.
London (Platts)--20 Nov 2014 751 am EST/1251 GMT
The cost of sending 130,000 mt crude oil cargoes from West Africa to the UK Continent and Mediterranean has surged to a six-year high as a dwindling tonnage list struggles to accommodate high levels of inquiry from charterers, shipping sources told Platts.
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Dubai (Platts)--24 Nov 2014 1227 am EST/527 GMT
Annual growth in the petrochemicals sector in the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council was likely to slow down to 7% over the next 10 years, against an average of 13% seen over 2003-2013, Abdulwahab Al Sadoun, secretary general of the Gulf Petrochemical and Chemicals Association, said Sunday, November 23.
Houston (Platts)--21 Nov 2014 205 pm EST/1905 GMT
Williams Olefins has extended its October ethylene force majeure allocation at its Geismar, Louisiana plant, keeping its sales allocation for November at 0%, industry sources said Friday, citing a letter the company sent its customers earlier in the week.
London (Platts)--20 Nov 2014 340 pm EST/2040 GMT
Growing pressure for cheaper US and Middle East feedstocks slashed net EU chemical exports for the first seven months of this year to approximately Eur25 billion, down Eur2.7 billion compared with the same period last year, according to a Cefic-commissioned report produced by Oxford Economics published Thursday.
London (Platts)--20 Nov 2014 1121 am EST/1621 GMT
Switzerland-based petrochemical company Ineos is to invest an initial $1 billion in exploring for shale gas in the UK, the company said Thursday at a press conference in London.
Tokyo (Platts)--20 Nov 2014 243 am EST/743 GMT
Japan's styrene-butadiene-rubber production in October fell 19% from a month earlier to 32,100 mt, the Japan Petrochemical Industry Association said Thursday, November 20.
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Sao Paulo (Platts)--21 Nov 2014 406 pm EST/2106 GMT
Mexican flat steel producer Ahmsa recorded 361,939 mt in shipments of finished steel products in October, the highest monthly mark ever registered by the company, it said.
Caracas (Platts)--21 Nov 2014 206 pm EST/1906 GMT
Venezuela's CVG-Bauxilum alumina sales totaled 68,097 mt in October, up 127% on sales of 29,981 mt in October 2014, Bauxilum said Friday.
Singapore (Platts)--21 Nov 2014 550 am EST/1050 GMT
Seaborne iron ore prices tumbled below the $70/dry mt CFR North China mark for the first time since June 2009, with the benchmark Platts 62% Fe Iron Ore Index being assessed at $69.75/dmt CFR North China Friday, November 21.
Tokyo (Platts)--21 Nov 2014 224 am EST/724 GMT
Japan's production of stainless steel is expected to fall in November on a major plant turnaround and output cut following a fall in demand, market sources said Friday, November 21.
Caracas (Platts)--20 Nov 2014 343 pm EST/2043 GMT
Venezuelan group CVG-Bauxilum's October alumina production rose 1% year on year to 53,328 mt, which was 16% lower month on month, it said Tuesday.
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Houston (Platts)--20 Nov 2014 128 pm EST/1828 GMT
Weekly net export sales of US corn for the reporting week ended November 13 rose to a four-week high, US Department of Agriculture data showed Thursday.
London (Platts)--20 Nov 2014 1122 am EST/1622 GMT
Average crush spreads for European ethanol producers in 2014 are well below those for the same period of 2013.
Houston (Platts)--19 Nov 2014 608 pm EST/2308 GMT
US ethanol production for the week ended November 14 soared 24,000 b/d to a five-month high of 970,000 b/d, while stocks tumbled 370,000 barrels to 17.335 million barrels, Energy Information Administration data showed Wednesday.
London (Platts)--19 Nov 2014 825 am EST/1325 GMT
European physical ethanol fell Eur2/cu m Tuesday to Eur453/cu m FOB Rotterdam as buying interest around the most prompt delivery dates retreated, moving the structure out of backwardation for the first time in 15 weeks.
Houston (Platts)--18 Nov 2014 507 pm EST/2207 GMT
A flurry of trading activity sent RIN prices soaring Tuesday morning, as traders looked to grab biofuel credits ahead of the anticipated release of the new federal blending mandates, before prices receded somewhat in the early afternoon.
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