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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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News Headlines

US spot benzene reaches lowest point since November on excess supply
Houston (Platts)--22 Apr 2014 708 pm EDT/2308 GMT
The US spot benzene assessment reached its lowest level in nearly five months Tuesday at $4.45/gal ($1,331.89/mt) FOB USG for April.
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Olefins Rarity: Global Arbitrages Open
April 22, 2014
With arbitrage windows between Asia, Europe and the Americas open for the three main olefins, traders are looking to move cargoes on rare routes and at lower freight rates between the three major markets.
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.
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Blogs

The future of the oil business is in the hands of welders
There are many stories about terrible shortages of good welders qualified to meet the exacting demands of places like nuclear power plants, oil refineries and the oil sands.
New Frontiers: the race to get takeaway capacity out to the West Texas oil fields
In this week's Oilgram News column "New Frontiers," Bridget Hunsucker looks at how exploding production in the legacy fields of the Permian Basin is outstripping an aggressive program to add new takeaway capacity.
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Podcasts

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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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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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