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April 03, 2014 (4:12)
James O'Connell analyzes price movements in the China coal indices, examines a settlement in Japan thermal coal annual contract talks and assesses the movement of Capesize freight rates during the past month.
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US steel sheet market remains mostly quiet before Easter weekend
Pittsburgh (Platts)--18 Apr 2014 556 pm EDT/2156 GMT
The US steel sheet market was relatively quiet on Friday because many were out of the office before the Easter holiday, though one top-tier mill indicated it would be pushing higher prices after the weekend.
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Replenishing of US ethanol stockpiles lends bearish note to market
April 17, 2014 - Prices are still plunging as US ethanol stockpiles are regaining ground, thanks in part to imports from Brazil and other parts of South America.
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US steel sheet market still aching from harsh winter weather
April 16, 2014 - Mike Fitzgerald explains how the transportation of iron ore has been delayed by icy conditions in the Great Lakes, which in turn has kept steel producers from operating at full capacity.
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Can US get record gas fill at reasonable prices?
April 16, 2014 - Winter left US natural gas stocks at an 11-year low, and now the industry is left with the question of just how full storage will be before next winter and at what cost.
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Molybdenum oxide prices hit 21 month high at $13/lb
April 16, 2014 - Analyzing recent price movements within the molybdenum oxide market, with prices having hit 2012 highs.
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Wall Street sees slide ahead for deepwater rig dayrates
Although Ayn Rand, the author of controversial 1940s book The Fountainhead and fierce champion of individualism, hated the popular notion that "we’re all in this together," the fact is that in oil markets and economic systems, we are. One ominous signal can start a rumble that creates an earthquake.
"Look out for the flags," former Anglo boss warns miners
Most small mining companies are not in a position to look beyond funding the next stage of their project or trying to find a strategic partner. But a recent presentation at the Hong Kong Mines and Money conference gave an insight into how large mining companies take a much longer-term view.
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News Features

Shifting US crude flows
April 14, 2014
The ramp-up of US Midcontinent crude oil pipelines has led to more oil than ever moving from Cushing, Oklahoma, to the US Gulf Coast.
Feature - European Oil: Q1 in Review
April 10, 2014
Platts' European oil team provides in-depth commentary and pricing assessments for crude, diesel and several other oil products markets for the first quarter of 2014.
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Industry Solution Papers Library

Special Report: The shale revolution and its impacts on aromatics supply, pricing and trade flows
The shale revolution in North America has seen steam cracker operators scramble to capitalise on cheap feedstocks particularly ethane. This on-going shift to lighter feed slates has however impacted on the heavier co-products such as propylene, butadiene and aromatics.
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