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US gas market looks to winter after slack summer storage injections

August 25, 2016 (3:02)

Various factors led to consistently below-average US gas storage injections this summer, which promoted a rally in futures prices but leaves questions about the changing seasons.

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Pittsburgh (Platts)--26 Aug 2016 504 pm EDT/2104 GMT
The full range of hot-rolled steel coil prices in the US market may be widening, as buyers continue to see lower deals possible, market sources said Friday.
Washington (Platts)--26 Aug 2016 459 pm EDT/2059 GMT
Entergy's 728 MW Pilgrim nuclear unit in Plymouth, Massachusetts, was operating at 98% Friday after returning to service Thursday following maintenance, according to the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission's daily reactor status report.
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The Barrel Blog

August 26, 2016
An update from Cornwall caused barely a ripple in the global tin market, but it nevertheless represents a potential new instalment in a very old story stretching back over two millennia.
August 25, 2016
With shipping markets in the doldrums, Bunker Bulletin caught up with several marine fuel industry credit VIPs and asked them what keeps them up at night.
August 23, 2016
Paul Bartholomew on how things have changed in the land of the red dust. In Australia, BHP Billiton and Rio Tinto have lifted their boots off the iron ore expansion pedals.
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Feature: Global Polymer Pricing Analysis

August 25, 2016
US LDPE export prices were assessed August 24 at $1,367-$1,389/mt (62-63 cents/lb) FAS Houston, up $55/mt week on week, as limited product availability amid production issues helped push prices to levels not seen since mid-2015.
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LLDPE: Europe's holiday period impacts demand; US feedstock ethylene prices moving higher
LLDPE spot prices remained flat due to the holiday period, sources said this week.
HDPE: „US to Asia PE cargoes to increase towards year end; contract prices in Europe stable
Asian HDPE prices were assessed flat to $25/mt lower on week amid a lack of demand and anticipated increase in supply due to a plant restart.

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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.


Coking coal strength and production cuts support steel prices
July 27, 2016
- Focusing on the reasons behind the Chinese steel market firming, why European raw materials prices are expected to rise in Q4, and how the US is seeing downward corrections as demand tails off.
Russia juggles oil privatization plans
August 23, 2016
- S&P Global Platts editors discuss the rationale for the delay in Russia's Bashneft oil privatization plans and its implications for the market, now the authorities plan to sell a stake in Rosneft first.
What have been the drivers behind gold's 25% gain year-to-date?
August 12, 2016
- Our editors examine the drivers behind gold's 25% gain year-to-date and recent developments in the precious metals market, including the new futures contract announced by the LME.
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M2M-NGL Forward Curves

Published February 2016

The M2M-NGL Forward Curves guide describes the methodology used to compute the M2M NGL. Platts "Quantitative Forward Curves" QFC are developed incorporating Platts' editorial market knowledge, Platts' extensive database of historical price assessments and Platts Analytics expertise.

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