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US coal producer acquisition could boost confidence in industry
March 20, 2015
Questions abound after the US' largest privately-held coal producer, Murray Energy, acquired prominent Illinois Basin producer Foresight Energy. What does it say about coal in the US?
Import restrictions drag down coal trade in China
March 16, 2015
Platts editors analyze the impact of China's weak demand on the Asian coal trade, and the buying pattern shift in India's coal market.
US coal industry grim in 2015, but hoping for upturn in the long term
February 12, 2015
While many in the US coal industry foresee a drop in coal production, increased export opportunities to Asia and shifting trends in the Northeast US could give PRB and CAPP coal some relief.
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Powder River Basin 8,800 Btu/lb coal term prices down as demand weak
Houston (Platts)--27 Mar 2015 500 pm EDT/2100 GMT
Powder River Basin thermal coal bought on the traditional, physical market continued under pressure over the past week as improved rail service and falling natural gas prices have eased demand.
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How lower natgas prices, higher inventories are affecting US coal market

February 27, 2015 (7:18)

Platts and Bentek analyze recent trends in US coal production, the role of geography energy production costs, and the theoretical coal-to-gas switching potential.

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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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.

The Barrel Blog

March 27, 2015
Coal producers focused on the Chinese market are scratching their heads: ever since China started imposing restrictions on imports, suppliers have gone on a wild hunt for buyers.
March 25, 2015
The coal industry has failed to recognize the structural shift in power generation driven by regulation rather than price.
March 16, 2015
This is the major uncertainty that carbon traders and others are grappling with as lawmakers and EU member states work to thrash out new legislation to shore up European carbon prices.
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