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September 19, 2014 (5:58)
In this video, James O'Connell, Platts editorial director for coal, and Andrew Moore, Platts US managing editor for coal, discuss US coal stockpiles; the impact of US rail congestion on coal prices; and China's import restrictions on coal that will take effect from January 2015.
September 17, 2014 (15:41)
Platts editors discuss the shift in China and Indias's economies and the impact on their oil industry and demand.
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The shipping business gets ready–with new fees–for the dawn of cleaner fuels
The bunker fuel market in the Atlantic Basin is just a bit more than 100 days away from the next shift in the sulfur emissions cap on ships traveling within 200 miles of shore in North America and North West Europe, a designated Emissions Control Area. And some of its impact on costs is starting to show up.
Steel-government nexus evolving in the US
Two key areas where the US steel industry and the federal government intersect are global trade and antitrust measures. These critical safeguards appear to be moving in opposite directions, the former becoming less helpful to the industry and the latter becoming more helpful.
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Asian ethylene/naphtha spread at widest in 4 years despite deepsea supply
Tokyo (Platts)--18 Sep 2014 1122 pm EDT/322 GMT
The Asian ethylene/naphtha spread widened $16.50/mt day on day to $683.38/mt Thursday, September 18, driven by bullish ethylene despite an expected influx of deepsea European ethylene supply, Platts data showed. The spread was last wider February 2, 2010, at $691.38/mt.
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News Features

Ukraine Crisis: Ukraine says gas storage facilities key to Europe's energy security
September 18, 2014
Ukraine's underground natural gas storage facilities have a pivotal role to play in underpinning Europe's energy security, says Andriy Kobolev, head of Naftogaz Ukrayiny.
Steel Raw Material Outlook: Seaborne iron ore market takes tumble; US low-vol met coal creeps up from nadir
September 18, 2014
Read highlights of the latest Platts steel raw materials news and pricing analysis, focusing on the global iron ore, coking coal, scrap and ferroalloys markets.
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Podcasts

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Mediterranean Urals crude differentials under pressure as arbitrage booms
September 18, 2014 - Assessing weakness in the Med Urals market, where crude differentials have dropped relative to the NWE market as arbitrage booms.
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Weak demand, collapse of arbitrage window between US, Asia drag benzene prices
September 17, 2014 - A look at current price trends in benzene markets and the arbitrage window between Asia and the US.
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What can the US crude oil industry learn from Pabst Blue Ribbon?
September 15, 2014 - Compariing the ongoing campaign to allow export of US crude oil to some of the most successful beer marketing campaigns.
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Asian companies gear up as Mexico opens oil, gas sectors to foreign investors
September 15, 2014 - Platts oil team discusses the growing interest of Asian companies in the oil and gas opportunities in Mexico.
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Industry Solution Papers Library

Special report: FOB Singapore beyond Singapore - Towards FOB Straits
The limited possibility of further expansion of Singapore's on-land oil storage, coupled with growth plans in nearby Johor and the Riau Islands, means trading of products – and the benchmarks that reflect that activity – will spill beyond Singapore's traditional boundaries and into new frontiers.
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