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European coal at the cross roads as prices hit 9-year low

January 23, 2015 (5:20)

Gareth Carpenter analyzes the factors causing the heavy decline in Atlantic spot thermal coal prices, weak fundamentals, and the low demand from major European importers.

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US, Venezuelan petcoke prices little changed as buyers wait for better deals
Houston (Platts)--30 Jan 2015 407 pm EST/2107 GMT
US and Venezuelan spot petcoke prices were little changed this week as sellers held on while buyers waited to see how falling coal prices and supply shifts would affect price.
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Analysis & Data Features

October 28, 2014
Chinese traders paying the Asian country's new import tax on Australian cargoes of bituminous thermal coal are attempting to pass on the expense to coal shippers in Australia, resulting in severe downward pressure on FOB prices, traders said recently.
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China thermal coal import tax to trigger cargo defaults: traders
The threat of cargo defaults is hanging squarely over the CFR China market for thermal coal, because Chinese traders are insisting on price discounts on Australian shipments to offset the added cost of Beijing's 6% import tax, said market sources October 14.

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The Barrel Blog

December 19, 2014
Electricity capacity markets are between a hot and a cold place, and the strains are nowhere more evident than at the PJM Interconnection.
August 22, 2014
While large companies continue to work on reducing costs, aspiring miners and developers are doing all they can merely to survive.
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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.


Eastern US electric power markets settle into more seasonal norms
January 23, 2015 - Winter in the US is starting to add upward pressure on wholesale power prices in the ISO-New England and PJM Interconnection.
Tough market conditions for Australian thermal coal producers in 2015
January 19, 2015 - How China's new coal importation policies are affecting Australia's thermal coal exports, and the silver lining in Australia's free trade agreement with Japan and Korea.
US coal markets fail to heat up, despite dropping temperatures
January 09, 2015 - Stockpile concerns, rail congestion and power generation retirements are taking a toll on US coal, one of the primary fuels for keeping the country warm throughout the winter.
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