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September 19, 2014 (5:58)
In this video, James O'Connell, Platts editorial director for coal, and Andrew Moore, Platts US managing editor for coal, discuss US coal stockpiles; the impact of US rail congestion on coal prices; and China's import restrictions on coal that will take effect from January 2015.
August 22, 2014 (4:25)
Authorities in Beijing may be planning a 3% tariff on imported thermal coal. James O'Connell, editorial director for coal, looks at how this market speculation is affecting CCI prices; India's interest on Australian coal; and the latest on CIF ARA physical coal prices in Europe.
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Policy changes in China, Indonesia and India and their impact on Asia-Pacific coal
September 05, 2014 - Platts coal team discusses policy changes in Asia-Pacific and their impact on the coal market in the region.
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Will US coal be left out in the cold this winter?
August 21, 2014 - Platts editor Andrew Moore explains how prices for Powder River Basin and Central Appalachian coal didn't react quite as expected this winter, and now transportation issues are compounding issues for utilities.
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Coking coal prices to bottom in Q4, track China demand uptick in 2015: analyst
Melbourne (Platts)--23 Sep 2014 348 am EDT/748 GMT
Seaborne coking coal contract prices are seen likely to bottom at $118/mt in the fourth quarter before starting to pick up in 2015 tracking an uptick in China's property market, ANZ's Head of Commodities Research Mark Pervan told the International Mining and Resources Conference in Melbourne Tuesday, September 23.
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Miners become leaner and meaner to thrive in lower price environment
While large companies continue to work on reducing costs, aspiring miners and developers are doing all they can merely to survive.
Guest blog: El Niño: ¿Dónde está el dinero?
Jodie M. Gunzberg, the global head of commodity indices at S&P Dow Jones Indices, looks at the possibility of an El Nino weather system developing and what it means for commodities.
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News Features

MISO summer price outlook uncertain
May 20, 2014
Traders in the Midcontinent Independent System Operator face plenty of uncertainty over summer price trends, although on the whole, prices are likely to be higher than they were in the summer of 2013.
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Industry Solution Papers Library

Metallurgical coal markets remain China-centric
Seaborne metallurgical coal producers have a love-hate relationship with China. The world's largest steelmaking country has shown an ability to absorb excess supply of seaborne coking coal, but only at a price that is competitive with its own substantial domestic production.
Special Report: Can shale gale save the naphtha crackers?
According to a report from Platts unit Bentek, over the five-year period to 2016, the development of shale gas exploration in the United States is expected to increase natural gas liquids production by more than 40%. Jim Foster examines the how the changing dynamics of NGL product might play out for naphtha crackers.
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