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January 28, 2016
From her office window, Sui Ling Phang sees dry bulk vessels sitting pretty in the Singapore strait. All have one common enemy -- unemployment.
January 20, 2016
At the very least, the announcement was seen as a shot across the bow of coal production in the US.
December 11, 2015
At the Coal Trading Association’s annual conference New York City, both the bulls and bears were on display, although sentiment leaned more heavily toward the latter.
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Houston (Platts)--5 Feb 2016 539 pm EST/2239 GMT
US coal exports totaled 67.3 million mt, or 74.2 million st, in 2015, the lowest yearly total since 2009, when the country exported 53.6 million mt, or 59.1 million st, according to US Census data out Friday.
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US thermal coal market sees uptick in trading, but prices still pressured

January 21, 2016 (2:47)

After a dramatic CSX contract price plunge, the number of physical trades in the first weeks of 2016 has increased -- but the question remains whether US coal prices will remain low, Jim Levesque says.

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.

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.


China-Australia trade deal: Mixed views over impact on coal markets
December 15, 2015
- A new free trade agreement will see China's import tariff on certain types of Australian coal reduced in three tranches from December 20.
Chinese coal producers' surprise price cuts squeeze out import cargoes
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?
Pressure from all sides squeezes global petcoke markets
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.
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