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Oil

Houston (Platts)--28 Jul 2015 535 pm EDT/2135 GMT
Gulf Coast alkylate barges on Tuesday matched a record differential to Colonial Pipeline gasoline in a market reacting to driver demand and refiners holding onto their blendstocks.
London (Platts)--28 Jul 2015 721 am EDT/1121 GMT
BP will look for upstream opportunities in Iran once sanctions on the oil producing country are lifted, but is unclear what Tehran's intentions are for its new oil contracts, BP's chief executive Bob Dudley said Tuesday.
London (Platts)--28 Jul 2015 800 am EDT/1200 GMT
Libyan oil production has slipped to 366,000 b/d, the head of state-owned NOC said Tuesday, as output continues to be hit by technical difficulties and security issues.
London (Platts)--28 Jul 2015 732 am EDT/1132 GMT
The CIF Northwest Europe front-month naphtha crack swap strengthened to a six-week high of minus $2.90/barrel Monday, up from minus $3.65/b at market close Friday, reflecting the slump in crude futures to a four-month low.
Hanoi (Platts)--28 Jul 2015 439 am EDT/839 GMT
Thailand's crude and condensate imports in June rose to 1.19 million b/d, up 82% from a year ago and 58% from May, customs data released Monday showed.
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Natural Gas

Buenos Aires (Platts)--28 Jul 2015 416 pm EDT/2016 GMT
Uruguay has budgeted $390 million over the next four year for investment in an LNG regasification terminal to help diversify energy supplies, which is now heavily reliant on imported oil and local hydropower.
Istanbul (Platts)--28 Jul 2015 739 am EDT/1139 GMT
Turkey's natural gas imports from Iran were halted late Monday following a bomb attack on the pipeline 15 km (nine miles) inside Turkey near the border with Iran. Repairs to the line are expected to take around three days to complete.
Singapore (Platts)--28 Jul 2015 604 am EDT/1004 GMT
Singapore launched Tuesday its first Request for Proposal (RFP) for interested parties to apply for a liquefied natural gas bunker fuel supply license, the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore said in a statement.
Anchorage (Platts)--27 Jul 2015 543 pm EDT/2143 GMT
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London (Platts)--27 Jul 2015 758 am EDT/1158 GMT
Near-term UK wholesale natural gas prices were mixed in early Monday trade, with the curve unchanged despite the announcement that the capacity restrictions at the Rough reservoir would remain in place into next year.
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Electric Power

Boston (Platts)--28 Jul 2015 506 pm EDT/2106 GMT
Two new studies on the US Environmental Protection Agency's proposed Clean Power Plan -- one addressing the Southwest Power Pool and the other the South -- agree that taking a regional approach to compliance would be more cost-effective than a state-by-state approach.
London (Platts)--28 Jul 2015 737 am EDT/1137 GMT
A 73% increase in biomass generation in the first half of 2015 helped Drax Group boost overall electricity generation by 8.5% year on year to 14 TWh, the UK generator said Tuesday.
Birmingham, Alabama (Platts)--27 Jul 2015 513 pm EDT/2113 GMT
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's order allowing demand response and energy efficiency resources to be included in the PJM Interconnection's upcoming capacity auctions will lower power prices, but the decline may not be as large as first thought, Moody's said Monday.
London (Platts)--27 Jul 2015 757 am EDT/1157 GMT
German day-ahead power prices dropped during Monday trading as high wind and solar generation forecasts pushed next working day baseload power below Eur30/MWh for the first time for only the second time this month.
London (Platts)--24 Jul 2015 754 am EDT/1154 GMT
German day-ahead power prices dropped Friday as wind generation forecasts are set to surge over the weekend and into early next week, offsetting reduced coal-fired generation forecasts for Sunday and Monday.
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Coal

London (Platts)--28 Jul 2015 415 pm EDT/2015 GMT
Miner Arch Coal said it had to postpone by one week its planned 1-for-10 reverse stock split of common stock, designed to help keep the miner trading on the New York Stock Exchange following the July delisting of Alpha Natural Resources and Walter Energy.
Singapore (Platts)--28 Jul 2015 205 am EDT/605 GMT
Indonesian high-grade thermal coal sold on term contract is still commanding a premium in Japan to Australian supply, even as more Japanese buyers tap the spot market for lower prices.
Singapore (Platts)--27 Jul 2015 759 am EDT/1159 GMT
Coal stocks at 16 major Indian ports fell 6.5% week on week to 13.36 million mt as of July 24, according data released Friday by Indian ship broker Interocean.
Houston (Platts)--24 Jul 2015 600 pm EDT/2200 GMT
The August contract in the US over-the-counter thermal coal market ended with a whimper Friday, as no physical or financial trades were reported.
London (Platts)--24 Jul 2015 703 am EDT/1103 GMT
Combined stocks of thermal coal at 100 Indian power plants were 30.23 million mt Wednesday, three times the 10.08 million mt recorded at power plants at the same time last year, according to data released by India's Central Electricity Authority Friday.
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Shipping

Hunan, China (Platts)--28 Jul 2015 602 am EDT/1002 GMT
Freight rates for shipping coal from northern China's Qinhuangdao port to the other Chinese ports of Zhangjiagang, Shanghai and Guangzhou in eastern and southern China continued to drop in the week to July 28, Qinhuangdao Port said Tuesday.
Houston (platts)--28 Jul 2015 543 am EDT/943 GMT
Plentiful supply pushed down the price of marine gasoil in the port of New York by $13 Monday to an assessment at $514/mt -- its lowest since Platts started assessing the product in September 2012 -- and market sources think further drops are likely.
Singapore (Platts)--27 Jul 2015 746 am EDT/1146 GMT
Sohar Max, the first-ever fully laden Valemax, discharged iron ore at North China's Dongjiakou port over the weekend, according to local media reports Monday.
Singapore (Platts)--24 Jul 2015 425 pm EDT/2025 GMT
Front-haul Capesize rates in the Atlantic region soared over the past two weeks, driven by a stronger cargo count and thin tonnage in the basin, sources said.
London (Platts)--24 Jul 2015 701 am EDT/1101 GMT
Increasing competition, weakening barge market sentiment, macro-economic factors and softening Brent crude/gasoil prices have driven Rotterdam's bunker fuel prices to multi-month lows this week.
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Petrochemicals

Houston (Platts)--28 Jul 2015 537 pm EDT/2137 GMT
Shell Chemicals and LyondellBasell both nominated their August US butadiene contract prices at 41 cents/lb ($904/mt), rollovers from July, while TPC Group's August US butadiene contract price nomination was 36 cents/lb ($794/mt), down 2 cents/lb compared with July, sources said Tuesday.
Singapore (Platts)--28 Jul 2015 450 am EDT/850 GMT
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Houston (Platts)--27 Jul 2015 457 pm EDT/2057 GMT
US spot methanol declined 2.75 cents for prompt-month product Monday to reach a six-month low, as demand weakness, declines in the wider energy complex and concerns over the Chinese economy weighed on the market.
London (Platts)--27 Jul 2015 742 am EDT/1142 GMT
German petrochemicals producer BASF said July 24 that it expected the economic slowdown in China, margin volatility and growth uncertainty in Europe to be the biggest risks to growth for its chemicals division during the second half of the year.
Singapore (Platts)--27 Jul 2015 729 am EDT/1129 GMT
Saudi Aramco is likely to reduce its August Contract Price for both propane and butane by as much as $35/mt on the back of crude prices falling below $55/barrel, industry sources said Monday.
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Metals

Sao Paulo (Platts)--28 Jul 2015 426 pm EDT/2026 GMT
Argentina's sole iron ore producer MCC Sierra Grande expects to recover full operations by the end of the year, when it plans to bring water supplies back to normal with a new aqueduct, the company said Tuesday.
Sao Paulo (Platts)--28 Jul 2015 727 am EDT/1127 GMT
Brazil's construction sector ended June using 60% of its operation capacity, compared to 69% in June 2014, an industry research report showed Monday.
London (Platts)--28 Jul 2015 724 am EDT/1124 GMT
Gold's woes where compounded this week when one of the world's leading bullion banks, HSBC, downgraded its 2015 average forecast to $1,160/oz from $1,234/oz previously.
London (Platts)--28 Jul 2015 535 am EDT/935 GMT
The London Metal Exchange's clearing house, LME Clear, is now accepting offshore yuan as eligible cash collateral, effective immediately, in a move to capture more Chinese business, the company said in a statement Tuesday.
Sao Paulo (Platts)--27 Jul 2015 514 pm EDT/2114 GMT
Brazilian imports of primary aluminum will remain free of import taxes for an additional year, according to a ruling by the country's Foreign Trade Chamber (Camex), part of the Ministry Of Industry, Development and Foreign Trade.
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Agriculture

Singapore (Platts)--28 Jul 2015 742 am EDT/1142 GMT
Chinese domestic ethanol prices in the northeastern regions have remained unchanged in July due to lofty inventories and despite a severe drought, market sources said this week.
Singapore (Platts)--28 Jul 2015 601 am EDT/1001 GMT
Premiums built into replacement costs for US ethanol exports out to Asia are expected to remain under downward pressure for the rest of the year as a burgeoning surplus forces sellers to be more competitive, market sources said this week.
Melbourne (Platts)--28 Jul 2015 422 am EDT/822 GMT
Australian wheat will find it difficult to compete with Ukrainian supply on price when it comes to generic wheat grades, and should focus on being a reliable supplier of consistent product, Mark Palmquist, CEO of exporter GrainCorp at the Australian Grains Industry Conference in Melbourne Tuesday.
Houston (Platts)--27 Jul 2015 544 pm EDT/2144 GMT
The US 2015-16 corn crop was 70% in good or excellent condition for the week that ended July 19, US Department of Agriculture data showed Monday.
London (Platts)--27 Jul 2015 715 am EDT/1115 GMT
The front-month ethanol swap in Europe increased to Eur574/cu m Friday, the highest level since October 30, 2013, as elevated buying interest spanned most of the day.
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