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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?
July 22, 2015
Banks are continuing to adjust their roles in commodity trading, including for oil, natural gas, metals, iron ore, freight and more. What does it mean for markets?
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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.

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Coal Watch

How record low European thermal coal prices have been shaped by Colombian exports

October 01, 2015 (7:20)

Platts Jaime Concha analyzes record low European thermal coal prices, focusing on how steady Colombian exports and weak macroeconomic factors have affected the market.


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.
Seasonal demand lifts Newcastle 5,500 NAR thermal coal prices
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.
Atlantic metallurgical coal update
September 15, 2015
Platts editors examine US metallurgical coal markets, focusing on Q4 benchmarks and new developments affecting Atlantic coking coal.
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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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London (Platts)--9 Oct 2015 749 am EDT/1149 GMT
Combined stocks of thermal coal at 100 Indian power plants were at 25.52 million mt Tuesday, more than triple the 7.78 million mt recorded at the same time last year, but at the lowest since March 26, according to data released by India's Central Electricity Authority Friday.
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