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US coal producers try to keep utilities' attention despite cheap gas
May 14, 2015
The tension between US coal producers and fuel buyers was evident at a recent conference, where the coal industry asked for help but utilities are tempted by cheap natural gas for power generation.
Lackluster Turkish demand for petcoke, scrap maintains soft Supramax freight rates
May 06, 2015
Examining the impact low Turkish demand for petcoke and scrap metal has had on the freight cost of shipping both commodities to Turkey during 2015.
PRB coal users find flexibility key as power generators pressured
April 24, 2015
Powder River Basin coal buyers met recently and expressed long-term optimism that the using PRB coal would offer some stability -- including with prices.
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US weekly coal carloads drop to lowest total in 120 weeks: AAR
Houston (Platts)--20 May 2015 425 pm EDT/2025 GMT
US railroads originated a new year-low volume of coal carloads for the week ending May 16, marking the lowest total in 120 weeks, according to data released Wednesday by the Association of American Railroads.
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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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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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May 22, 2015
Pope Francis is set to weigh in on the climate change debate in what has already caused a considerable buzz, even before the message has been released.
May 21, 2015
The next 'leap second' event will occur on June 30, 2015. Will the world as we know it change in the blink of an eye?
April 24, 2015
In case this had not dawned on some guests, the host country has been dropping some substantial hints, including import taxes and entry restrictions, over the past six months.
April 23, 2015
Thursday’s focus on electric power allows for a wide variety of topics, from coal to actual power generation to natural gas and everything in between.
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