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Commodity Pulse Videos

April 03, 2014 (4:12)
James O'Connell analyzes price movements in the China coal indices, examines a settlement in Japan thermal coal annual contract talks and assesses the movement of Capesize freight rates during the past month.
March 28, 2014 (5:20)
Analyzing the price movements in steel coils and long products from February and into March; the weakness in scrap prices and the iron ore price decrease; examining how global production in January was little changed from December 2013.
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News Headlines

AK Steel posts Q1 loss of $86.1 million on higher production costs
Pittsburgh (Platts)--22 Apr 2014 230 pm EDT/1830 GMT
AK Steel posted an $86.1 million net loss for the first quarter Tuesday as results were negatively affected by higher production costs, including a planned and unplanned blast furnace outage and higher energy costs resulting from extreme weather conditions.
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Blogs

"Look out for the flags," former Anglo boss warns miners
Most small mining companies are not in a position to look beyond funding the next stage of their project or trying to find a strategic partner. But a recent presentation at the Hong Kong Mines and Money conference gave an insight into how large mining companies take a much longer-term view.
Still crushing some metals and mining stocks
A quick check shows that King's (Candy Crush Saga) stock price is still more - sometimes by a wide margin - than several major steel, metals, and mining stocks.
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Podcasts

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US steel sheet market still aching from harsh winter weather
April 16, 2014 - Mike Fitzgerald explains how the transportation of iron ore has been delayed by icy conditions in the Great Lakes, which in turn has kept steel producers from operating at full capacity.
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Molybdenum oxide prices hit 21 month high at $13/lb
April 16, 2014 - Analyzing recent price movements within the molybdenum oxide market, with prices having hit 2012 highs.
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News Features

Banks Back Out of Energy Trading
March 24, 2014
JP Morgan Chase is selling its physical commodities trading operations to Swiss-based merchant trading firm Mercuria for $3.5 billion, and it's not the only financial institution backing out of energy markets due to regulatory pressures and falling revenues.
Feature - Metallurgical Coal: 2013 in Review
February 05, 2014
China and Australia dominated the global spot metallurgical coal market in 2013, a year which saw less price volatility, accelerated trend towards index-pricing, uptick in traded swaps volumes, and more miners blending down premium coals into second-tier products.
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Industry Solution Papers Library

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.
Special Report: Steel - What hurdles need to be overcome for India to achieve second top steel producing status?
This latest report focuses on the problems facing India’s rise to second largest steel producer status (published December 2012).
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