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Tokyo (Platts)--24 May 2016 602 am EDT/1002 GMT
Japan's spot aluminum import premium was assessed at $90-$92/mt plus London Metal Exchange cash, CIF Japan, Tuesday, down from $90-$100/mt plus LME cash CIF as low buying interest put pressure on sellers.
Singapore (Platts)--24 May 2016 512 am EDT/912 GMT
China's faltering demand for heavy sweet crude produced in Asia and Oceania, coupled with the narrow WTI/Brent spread could prompt some of the Australian crude suppliers to shift their focus to outlets in North America, market participants said Tuesday.
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The Barrel Blog

May 24, 2016
The IEA, set up in response to the 1973 oil shock, is rethinking longstanding, and much-cited, forecasts for the expected demand for OPEC-s crude.
May 23, 2016
It-s been about three weeks since a wildfire broke out in the heart of Alberta's oil sands production area in the Athabasca region in Fort McMurray, and it is still raging.
May 20, 2016
After a painful 2014 and 2015, Chinese iron ore and steel markets have shown a small sign of revival-at least that is what the SGX Singapore Iron Ore Forum (SIOF) had told its audience of over 300 people on May 19.
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Feature: Global Sugar Markets Focus

May 11, 2016
The domestic situation: EU sugar prices rose in April. In the deficit regions in the South prices hit Eur615/mt, up from Eur595/mt at the start of the month. In the Western EU prices peaked in mid-month at Eur575/mt from Eur560/mt at the beginning of the month, and fell back to Eur560/mt at the end of April.
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Thai Quota B sugar auction boosts premiums
In Thailand the first Quota B tender for 2016-17 was held May 9 for a total of 72,000 mt.
Brazil CS sugarcane crush breaks historical record in H1 April
In Brazil the Center-South cane crush broke a historical record during the first half of April at 32.84 million mt, up over two and a half times on the year, according to UNICA.

Price Focus

The Japan Korea Marker (JKM) benchmark price assessment is for spot physical cargoes delivered ex-ship into the two countries with the largest share of LNG imports, Japan and South Korea.


Kurdistan turns to the US and others to help fund the future of its crude oil
May 23, 2016
- Iraq's semi-autonomous Kurdistan region has been hard hit by the oil price plunge, but it is attempting to pull its oil industry out of the shadows and toward legitimacy.
US RFS proposal jolts RINs market as physical biofuels markets more muted
May 19, 2016
- RINs markets had the largest day-on-day change in several years after the US Environmental Protection Agency announced proposed RFS mandates on May 18.
What will Falih's appointment mean for US-Saudi energy relations?
May 16, 2016
- The appointment of former Saudi Aramco CEO Khalid al-Falih to the post of energy minister heralds a new era.
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M2M-NGL Forward Curves

Published February 2016

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