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Oil

London (Platts)--24 Oct 2014 806 am EDT/1206 GMT
Northwest European HSFO barge cracks sank to their lowest levels in over 11 weeks Thursday on improved supply in Rotterdam and a rally in dated Brent, sources said.
Juba (Platts)--24 Oct 2014 727 am EDT/1127 GMT
South Sudan, China and Malaysia have discussed the need to increase oil production in South Sudan, oil minister Stephen Dhieu Dau said in Juba on Friday.
Singapore (Platts)--24 Oct 2014 606 am EDT/1006 GMT
Both imported and domestically produced LPG prices drifted lower in South and East China this week, mainly weighed down by the bearish market outlook, trade sources said Friday.
Houston (Platts)--23 Oct 2014 516 pm EDT/2116 GMT
The US Midwest Group 3 suboctane cash differential jumped 10.5 cents Thursday to be assessed at NYMEX November RBOB plus 28 cents/gal.
Houston (Platts)--23 Oct 2014 345 pm EDT/1945 GMT
US-based Occidental Petroleum could eventually divest its Bakken Shale asset in North Dakota, which "can't compete" for capital with its growing Permian Basin asset in West Texas and New Mexico, the company's CEO said Thursday.
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Natural Gas

London (Platts)--24 Oct 2014 731 am EDT/1131 GMT
Dutch and German gas prices remained bearish Friday, falling on both the prompt and the curve in line with the UK NBP market.
Singapore (Platts)--24 Oct 2014 603 am EDT/1003 GMT
The Platts JKM for December delivery plunged 82.5 cents over the Asian trading week, closing at $13.50/MMBtu Friday as offers came under further pressure due to weak demand.
Knoxville, Tennessee (Platts)--23 Oct 2014 429 pm EDT/2029 GMT
US natural gas storage inventories rose by 94 Bcf to a total of 3.393 Tcf for the week that ended Friday, the US Energy Information Administration reported Thursday.
London (Platts)--23 Oct 2014 1024 am EDT/1424 GMT
Dutch and German prices were lower Thursday as selling interest emerged following gains in the previous session.
Sydney (Platts)--23 Oct 2014 343 am EDT/743 GMT
Papua New Guinea-based Oil Search's petroleum production in the third quarter of 2014 was a record 6.67 million barrels of oil equivalent, up 81% from 3.69 million boe in Q2 and nearly four times the output achieved in the corresponding period of 2013.
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Electric Power

London (Platts)--24 Oct 2014 722 am EDT/1122 GMT
French prompt power prices fell Friday as the continued mild weather outlook eased demand pressure, while the end of unplanned strike action also lifted the nuclear power availability outlook, according to market sources.
Louisville, Kentucky (Platts)--23 Oct 2014 549 pm EDT/2149 GMT
Illinois regulators have approved Commonwealth Edison's plan to build a 345-kV transmission line, which could open access to about 1,000 MW of additional generation starting in mid-2017, a ComEd spokesman said Thursday.
London (Platts)--23 Oct 2014 955 am EDT/1355 GMT
EDF's French nuclear power capacity was cut by 6.5 GW early Thursday due to a strike by workers at the plants, a company spokesman said.
Louisville, Kentucky (Platts)--22 Oct 2014 538 pm EDT/2138 GMT
The Midcontinent Independent System Operator has increased its forecast for a capacity shortfall in lower Michigan in 2016 by one-third to 3,000 MW, the Carmel, Indiana-based independent system operator said Wednesday.
London (Platts)--22 Oct 2014 750 am EDT/1150 GMT
Day-ahead power prices in the UK market climbed up Wednesday on the back of rising spot gas prices and lower wind forecasts.
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Coal

London (Platts)--24 Oct 2014 723 am EDT/1123 GMT
Monthly Chinese imports of bituminous and sub-bituminous thermal coal fell to 9.35 million mt in September, a two-and-a-half-year low, according to China customs statistics Friday.
Houston (Platts)--23 Oct 2014 425 pm EDT/2025 GMT
Coal shipments originated on the Great Lakes totaled nearly 3 million st in September, up 13.4% from August and up 12.2% from the year-ago month, the Lake Carriers Association said Thursday.
Perth (Platts)--23 Oct 2014 340 am EDT/740 GMT
Coal exports from Australia's Dalrymple Bay coal terminal touched 6.05 million mt in September, the highest level since 6.68 million mt in June, and a month on month increase of 5.6%, a source close to the coal export facility in Queensland said Thursday, October 23.
Houston (Platts)--22 Oct 2014 539 pm EDT/2139 GMT
Weak seaborne coal pricing and a competitive Australian dollar largely drove a 16% decline in Norfolk Southern's third-quarter coal exports, the railroad reported Thursday.
Perth (Platts)--22 Oct 2014 715 am EDT/1115 GMT
BHP Billiton produced 18 million mt of thermal coal in the July-September quarter, down 9% year on year, but it still expects its global output for the financial year ending June 2015 to remain stable at 73 million mt, it said Wednesday.
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Shipping

London (Platts)--24 Oct 2014 729 am EDT/1129 GMT
Clean Handysize freight rates on cross-Mediterranean voyages spiked to just over a 20-month high Thursday as a wave of cargoes in the last two weeks drastically reduced available vessels.
London (Platts)--24 Oct 2014 729 am EDT/1129 GMT
Lack of available VLCC's has hampered arbitrage opportunities to send fuel oil to Singapore for physical fuel oil buyers, traders said Thursday.
London (Platts)--23 Oct 2014 513 pm EDT/2113 GMT
Panamax rates climbed higher due to tightening tonnage and a lack of ballasters from the Pacific, sources said Thursday.
London (Platts)--23 Oct 2014 1017 am EDT/1417 GMT
Turkey's Directorate General of Health for Border and Coastal Areas has applied restrictions to vessels entering Turkish waters from some West African countries due to the risk of Ebola, shipping and marine services company GAC said in a statement late Wednesday.
London (Platts)--23 Oct 2014 1011 am EDT/1411 GMT
Marine gasoil prices in the South African port of Durban have risen after BP and Shell stopped offering product, sources said.
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Petrochemicals

London (Platts)--24 Oct 2014 640 am EDT/1040 GMT
German chemical producer BASF said Friday expectations of a weaker global economy meant global chemical production would grow by just 4% this year and next, down from its previous estimate of 4.4% and 4.9% respectively.
Houston (Platts)--23 Oct 2014 618 pm EDT/2218 GMT
Westlake Chemical plans to add nearly 115,000 mt/year of ethylene capacity at its 560,000 mt/year plant in Lake Charles, Louisiana, the company said Thursday, making it the latest olefins producer to unveil ethylene capacity expansion plans.
London (Platts)--23 Oct 2014 1010 am EDT/1410 GMT
Total's NC3 naphtha cracker in Antwerp, Belgium, is currently offline due to an unplanned shutdown, according to market sources.
Singapore (Platts)--23 Oct 2014 948 am EDT/1348 GMT
Japan's LPG stocks rose 3.92% month on month to 2.173 million mt in September, up for the fifth month in a row due to slow demand during a mild summer and winter, while imports also increased, data from the Japan LPGas Association showed Thursday.
Houston (Platts)--22 Oct 2014 508 pm EDT/2108 GMT
US benzene supplies fell to 93,420 b/d for the week ending October 17, from 95,090 b/d a week prior, on heavy refinery maintenance, according to a Platts analysis.
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Metals

Sydney (Platts)--24 Oct 2014 812 am EDT/1212 GMT
The Platts Australian alumina daily assessment closed the week at $356/mt FOB, unchanged from Thursday but slipping $1/mt on the week, pressured by sluggish demand in China.
Singapore (Platts)--24 Oct 2014 616 am EDT/1016 GMT
The Chinese domestic iron ore concentrate price remained flat over the week for the second week in a row, but is expected to be under downward pressure from steel output cuts in north China's Hebei province because of smog and the upcoming Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit in Beijing, market sources said Friday.
Pittsburgh (Platts)--23 Oct 2014 619 pm EDT/2219 GMT
US sheet steel prices continued to seek a bottom Thursday as market sources cited slow seasonal buying and little immediate impact from the US' recent termination of a duty suspension agreement with Russia.
Louisville, Kentucky (Platts)--23 Oct 2014 619 pm EDT/2219 GMT
Century Aluminum will assume full ownership of the 229,000 mt/year Mt. Holly aluminum smelter in South Carolina under a deal with co-owner Alcoa to acquire the facility for $67.5 million in cash, the two companies said Thursday.
London (Platts)--23 Oct 2014 1027 am EDT/1427 GMT
Integrated mining and metals company Nyrstar said Thursday that over Q3 2014 it continued to see "solid operational performance" of zinc processing, with production of 269,000 mt, up 1% on quarter.
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Agriculture

Singapore (Platts)--24 Oct 2014 642 am EDT/1042 GMT
China imported 123,587 mt of biodiesel in September, up 49.6% from August, data released Friday by the General Administration of Customs showed.
Sao Paulo (Platts)--23 Oct 2014 344 pm EDT/1944 GMT
Venezuelan hot-briquetted iron producers are increasingly concerned that they cannot maintain production through the end of the year, as current pellet stocks suggest an imminent shortage, market sources said Thursday.
Montreal (Platts)--23 Oct 2014 249 pm EDT/1849 GMT
Even prior to its release, the UNICA report from Brazil released Thursday for the October 1-15 period had a bearish effect on the sugar market, with sugar prices tumbling by as much as 20 points from Wednesday's close of 16.50 cents/lb in anticipation to the figures.
Houston (Platts)--23 Oct 2014 1254 pm EDT/1654 GMT
Production of corn-based ethanol in the US fell 39.22 million gallons, or 3.27%, in September compared with August to a six-month low of 1.16 billion gallons, US Environmental Protection Agency data released Thursday show.
London (Platts)--23 Oct 2014 1222 pm EDT/1622 GMT
Dry weather provided optimum harvesting conditions in Brazil's key Center-South sugarcane region in the first half of October, with a 26% surge in cane-crushed volumes compared to the previous year, helping push this season's crop back into growth territory, data released Thursday by cane growers' association Unica showed.
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