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Is Newcastle thermal coal now in the middle of its winter of discontent?

November 25, 2015 (5:25)

Platts senior editor for coal Michael Cooper looks at how Newcastle prices came to this bearish position, the bright spots for the market and the commodity price theory that might give a clue on where Newcastle thermal coal could be heading.

The Barrel Blog

November 24, 2015
The US' CO2 emissions for 2015 are projected by the EIA to total 5.424 billion mt, a 0.3% rise over 2014, but still one of the lowest levels in the past 16 years.
October 09, 2015
China's restrictions on the import, sale or use of higher-sulfur petroleum coke is likely to tighten the supply of anode-grade petcoke for the aluminum industry, analysts say.
September 11, 2015
Heads of state and senior diplomats are set to gather in Paris in Dec to agree for the first time a fully comprehensive global climate protection deal. Why should they succeed this time?
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News & Data Feature:China's coal industry

October 06, 2015
The October-December trading period after China's Golden Week holidays is a crucial time of year for thermal coal shippers and traders.
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China's coal consumption statistics
Another issue for industry participants trying to judge the direction of the Chinese market for thermal coal is the reliability of statistics on the performance of China's coal industry. The US Energy Information Administration, a government agency, flagged in a September 16 report an intriguing decision by Beijing to radically restate its statistics for China's coal consumption between the years 2000 and 2013.


October 27, 2015
Key thermal coal producers in China stunned market participants with sizeable price cuts this month. When does the market expect a recovery for seaborne cargoes?
September 25, 2015
Extreme low demand is pulling down petcoke prices worldwide, with US refineries struggling to unload the product and buyers in India and Turkey turning to coal instead of choosing petcoke.
September 22, 2015
Platts Asian coal team looks at what's giving Newcastle 5,500 NAR prices a boost and at the talks for thermal coal supply contracts in Japan.
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Price Focus

India's 21 major ports imported around 19.38 million mt of coal in, down 7.3% from November, data released late Friday by IndianInterocean showed. The December imports included 15.22 million mt of thermal coal, down 9.6%November, and 4.16 million mt of coking coal, up 2.6% compared to the previous month.

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Washington (Platts)--1 Dec 2015 558 pm EST/2258 GMT
Utilities are burning less coal than they previously expected, a survey the US Surface Transportation Board conducted shows.
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