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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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Goldman Sachs upgrades nickel forecast on Indonesian export ban
London (Platts)--16 Apr 2014 725 am EDT/1125 GMT
US investment bank Goldman Sachs said Wednesday it has upgraded its three-month and six-month nickel price forecasts on the back of the Indonesian ban on nickel ore exports.
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Platts: Podcasts
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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Interview: President, China Metallurgical Industry Planning & Research Institute
March 27, 2014 - Platts interview with Li Xinchuang on how China's steelmakers are likely to react to regulated pollution controls; outlook for steel demand, prices.
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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.
Ukraine's iron ore and coal shipments continue as usual
Ukraine's producers and consumers of steelmaking raw materials are so far unaffected by the political and social crisis in the country and continue to trade inbound and outbound as usual.
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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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