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July 28, 2014 (3:58)
With China setting the global standard for coal prices these days, recent price cuts by the country's largest domestic coal concern are pressuring major international producers.
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NWE Jul paraxylene CP diverges for 1st time with alternative settlement at Eur995/mt, up Eur65
London (Platts)--31 Jul 2014 705 am EDT/1105 GMT
An alternative settlement for the July contract price for paraxylene in Northwest Europe was agreed Thursday at Eur995/mt ($1,333/mt) FD NWE, up Eur65/mt from June, industry sources said.
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Energy trading volumes: what a difference a couple of months can make
Monthly reviews solidify the conclusion that the big merchant trading houses, led by Vitol, have established a leading role in the various Platts market on close markets.
Guest blog: Hamilton has it right on oil
Professor James Hamilton of the University of California argues that sluggish supply growth, coupled with sustained emerging market demand, will tend to keep oil prices elevated.
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Global LNG Update
July 30, 2014
The number of September cargoes still unsold weighed slightly on the market on July 29, sending the Platts JKM for September down 5 cents to $10.625/MMBtu, while the Northwest Europe Marker and the Southwest Europe Marker both fell as well.
Iran Oil Sanctions
July 28, 2014
The recent agreement between Iran and six world powers to extend their interim six-month nuclear deal by four months effectively rules out the likelihood of any significant increase in Iranian crude flows during the remainder of this year.
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Platts: Podcasts
Volatility in the vinyl acetate monomer markets
July 29, 2014 - Platts EMEA petrochemicals editors discuss the volatility in the NWE VAM market and the arbitrage flows from other regions.
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EU mulls fresh Russia sanctions after Malaysian jet shot down
July 25, 2014 - Discussing the importance of Russian crude and diesel supply to Europe, as the EU mulls fresh Russia sanctions after Malaysian jet shot down.
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Special Report - Bakken: The King in the North
Platts launched on April 22 a new Bakken crude oil assessment representing the light sweet crude traded close to the wellhead at North Dakota terminals in the Williston Basin with the capacity to move crude by rail or by pipeline.
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