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London (Platts)--3 Jul 2015 949 am EDT/1349 GMT
Most Mediterranean and Urals crude markets have strengthened this week, boosted by the absence of Iraq's Kirkuk from the prompt spot market, prompting end-users to seek replacement barrels.
Singapore (Platts)--3 Jul 2015 402 am EDT/802 GMT
Differentials for Abu Dhabi National Oil Co.'s official selling prices to Platts Dubai crude assessments for lighter grades loading in June are expected to fall after five consecutive monthly increases, traders said this week.
Singapore (Platts)--3 Jul 2015 315 am EDT/715 GMT
Indonesia's appetite for gasoil has weakened this year on the back of higher retail prices and slowing auto and mining demand, and the trend is unlikely to reverse any time soon given a slowing economy and government plans to run more power plants on coal and gas.
Houston (Platts)--2 Jul 2015 1226 pm EDT/1626 GMT
Benchmark US Gulf Coast conventional gasoline held at 2.5 cents under futures Thursday after trading as much as 2 cents/gal higher ahead of a Colonial Pipeline scheduling deadline.
Singapore (Platts)--2 Jul 2015 756 am EDT/1156 GMT
Saudi Arabia is expected to cut its official selling price differentials for most of its crude grades loading in August for Asian buyers, reflecting a weaker Dubai market structure, lower spot differentials and a decline in refinery margins, traders said this week.
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Natural Gas

London (Platts)--3 Jul 2015 829 am EDT/1229 GMT
Dutch and German prices continued to hold onto recent strength Friday morning, although additional day-on-day gains, where present, were modest.
Singapore (Platts)--3 Jul 2015 803 am EDT/1203 GMT
The Platts JKM for August delivery gained 20 cents over the Asian trading week to reach $7.45/MMBtu Friday, as sentiment began to firm on dwindling availability.
Houston (Platts)--2 Jul 2015 422 pm EDT/2022 GMT
The NYMEX August natural gas futures contract climbed 3.9 cents to settle at $2.822/MMBtu as the market reacted to the US Energy Information Administration's weekly gas storage report that was toward the low end of analysts' expectations.
London (Platts)--2 Jul 2015 714 am EDT/1114 GMT
UK wholesale natural gas prices inched higher in early trade Thursday despite the UK gas system being undersupplied with demand higher than forecast, but the within-day contract eased back after the late rally Wednesday.
Singapore (Platts)--2 Jul 2015 617 am EDT/1017 GMT
LNG trader Trafigura bought a Pluto LNG spot cargo below $7.50/MMBtu DES for mid-July delivery to Singapore, a source with direct knowledge of the transaction said Thursday.
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Electric Power

London (Platts)--3 Jul 2015 827 am EDT/1227 GMT
German nuclear availability is set to drop to a year-low 6.5 GW for the coming two weeks, which could turn out to be the hottest weeks so far this year, with only five reactors available due to planned maintenance and the final decommissioning of the Grafenrheinfeld reactor, plant operator data shows.
London (Platts)--2 Jul 2015 810 am EDT/1210 GMT
The total volume of German, French and Swiss short-term power traded on the Epex Spot exchange in June was 34.8 TWh, up 16% year on year, lifted by gains in the French day-ahead market, the exchange said.
London (Platts)--1 Jul 2015 1015 am EDT/1415 GMT
French day-ahead prices gained Wednesday due to rising temperatures and amid press reports raising supply concerns, sources said.
Houston (Platts)--30 Jun 2015 417 pm EDT/2017 GMT
The California Independent System Operator issued a grid warning for its California ISO and Valley Electric Association territories, encouraging energy conservation efforts until midnight PDT Tuesday (0800 GMT Wednesday).
London (Platts)--30 Jun 2015 1045 am EDT/1445 GMT
Germany added 101 MW of new solar PV capacity in May, the highest since January, but annual growth remains on track for the lowest level since at least 2007, according to the latest data from the grid regulator BNetzA.
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Warsaw (Platts)--3 Jul 2015 810 am EDT/1210 GMT
Poland's average thermal coal price continued its downward trend in May falling 5.4% to Zloty 198.69/mt ($52.60/mt) from Zloty 209.95/mt in April, according to figures published Friday by the Polish Power Exchange (POLPX) and the Industrial Development Agency (ARP).
Perth (Platts)--3 Jul 2015 455 am EDT/855 GMT
Australia's Dalrymple Bay Coal Terminal shipped a monthly record 6.92 million mt of coal in June, up 15% month on month, a source close to the Australian terminal said Friday.
Houston (Platts)--2 Jul 2015 423 pm EDT/2023 GMT
Weekly US coal production totaled an estimated 15.5 million st in the week that ended Saturday, down 4.7% from the prior week and down 17.8% from the comparable week a year ago, US Energy Information Administration data showed Thursday.
London (Platts)--2 Jul 2015 813 am EDT/1213 GMT
Turkey's bituminous thermal coal imports in May jumped 31% year on year to 2.076 million, a 1% rise month on month, according to data from the Turkish Statistical Institute published Wednesday.
Perth (Platts)--2 Jul 2015 610 am EDT/1010 GMT
Thermal and coking coal shipments to China from the Port Waratah Coal Services export terminals in eastern Australia decreased 40.7% from May to 900,000 mt in June, the company said Thursday.
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London (Platts)--2 Jul 2015 710 am EDT/1110 GMT
Norwegian Johan Fredriksen said Thursday he would merge two companies he controls, Oslo listed Frontine and Frontline 2012, that combined would create one of the world's biggest tanker groups.
Singapore (Platts)--1 Jul 2015 1025 pm EDT/225 GMT
Busy activity amid a tight market for the Asian Long Range II product tankers saw dollar per metric ton rates hit a seven-year-high at $38/mt on the key Persian Gulf to Japan voyage Wednesday, Platts data showed.
Houston (Platts)--1 Jul 2015 406 pm EDT/2006 GMT
Colombia's state-run oil company Ecopetrol was heard to have canceled three or four cargoes of Vasconia due to rebel bombings of the Bicentenario and Cano Limon pipelines, market sources said Wednesday.
London (Platts)--1 Jul 2015 1040 am EDT/1440 GMT
A Suezmax carrying 130,000 mt of fuel oil has been fixed on a Rotterdam to West Africa route in a rare move, as the oversupplied European fuel oil market seeks to find new export destinations, trading and shipping sources said Wednesday.
Singapore (Platts)--30 Jun 2015 1036 pm EDT/236 GMT
A new high for the year was reached for the tonnage-strapped Asian Long Range 2 shipping market on the key Persian Gulf to Japan voyage today on a surge of demand which saw the rate spike 7.5 points on the day to Worldscale 135 basis 75,000 mt.
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London (Platts)--3 Jul 2015 817 am EDT/1217 GMT
The direction of the polyethylene terephthalate spot price remains unclear going into July, as a heatwave across Europe strengthened buying appetite amid high producer stocks, while a potential "Grexit" raised concerns for the euro and July feedstock contract prices not yet settled, according to sources.
Singapore (Platts)--3 Jul 2015 816 am EDT/1216 GMT
China Petroleum and Chemical Corporation, or Sinopec, cut its central China toluene ex-factory prices by Yuan 100/mt ($13.71/mt), or 1.7%, on weak domestic demand, industry sources said Friday.
London (Platts)--3 Jul 2015 814 am EDT/1214 GMT
HDA conversion economics continue to improve as the premium of benzene over toluene rose further this week on the back of diverging market fundamentals between the two products.
Houston (Platts)--3 Jul 2015 813 am EDT/1213 GMT
US June ethylene contacts fully settled 0.75 cents lower than the month before, with the net transaction price at 33.75 cents/lb, market sources said Thursday.
London (Platts)--2 Jul 2015 705 am EDT/1105 GMT
The average spread between Northwest European styrene monomer and feedstock benzene prices for the first six months of 2015 has surged by $246/mt or 107% year on year, Platts data shows.
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london (Platts)--3 Jul 2015 136 pm EDT/1736 GMT
Distribution group Stemcor has agreed a deal with its lenders and investment firm Apollo Global Management that "secures" its future, it confirmed to Platts Friday.
London (Platts)--3 Jul 2015 825 am EDT/1225 GMT
The local Indian physical gold market community is discussing rumors this week that the government may look to further tax cheap imports of Indonesian jewelry in order to assist the local market.
London (Platts)--3 Jul 2015 626 am EDT/1026 GMT
Australian miner Fortescue Metals Group Friday offered for the first time an iron ore cargo on a spot basis, customers of the producer told Platts.
Sao Paulo (Platts)--2 Jul 2015 453 pm EDT/2053 GMT
Brazilian flat steel product exports in June spiked 77.9% from the year-ago month, according to the Ministry of Development and Trade.
London (Platts)--2 Jul 2015 721 am EDT/1121 GMT
Rising demand for rhenium in aero engines is likely to be satisfied by increasing supply of secondary rhenium contained in "engine revert" produced from end-of-life gas turbine parts, UK-based consultancy Roskill Information Services said Thursday.
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Santos (Platts)--2 Jul 2015 303 pm EDT/1903 GMT
The weather phenomenon know as El Nino could see mill owners in the Brazilian state of Parana decide to leave sugarcane in the field for crushing early in the following season in a move that could affect the sugar flows out of the region, the director-president of industry association Alcopar told Platts.
Singapore (Platts)--2 Jul 2015 723 am EDT/1123 GMT
The Philippine government has waived its ethanol mandate for premium-grade gasoline temporarily to reduce reliance on imports amid a shortfall in domestically produced ethanol.
Houston (Platts)--1 Jul 2015 539 pm EDT/2139 GMT
Trading activity for renewable identification numbers in the D4 biomass-based biodiesel market jumped Wednesday as market participants responded to softer prices, a surge in physical production and an opportunity to close out obligations, market sources said.
Singapore (Platts)--1 Jul 2015 626 am EDT/1026 GMT
Spot demand for palm stearin methyl ester or PSME is likely to remain depressed for the rest of the year as oleochemical end-users switch to using cheaper petrochemical-based feedstock, market sources said this week.
Houston (Platts)--30 Jun 2015 419 pm EDT/2019 GMT
Corn futures on the Chicago Board of Trade vaulted 23.5 cents during midday trading after the US Department of Agriculture released data showing a substantial dropoff in the amount of land being used to grow corn.
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