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Singapore (Platts)--16 Jan 2017 751 am EST/1251 GMT
A double whammy of icy conditions in the oil fields in the Russian Far East and the major non-OPEC producer's latest promise to cut production could lead to a decline in Sokol and Sakhalin Blend crude exports in the first quarter, market sources said Monday.
Singapore (Platts)--16 Jan 2017 324 am EST/824 GMT
Strong demand from Asian refiners amid healthy distillate cracks and expected implementations of OPEC production cuts have propped up cash differentials of Middle Eastern medium heavy sour crude for March loading, traders said late last week.
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The Barrel Blog

January 09, 2017
One of the most dominant conversation topics in the crude world over the last several years has been the declining production profile in the North Sea region.
January 04, 2017
With the possibility of greater gasoline exports, the US market may become more dependent on imports to make up the shortfall.
December 29, 2016
When the price of oil started falling, everybody wanted to know what the breakeven price was in US shale plays.
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Feature: US Election 2016 and Trump administration

January 03, 2017
Rather than just serving to fill out a year-end list, the biggest policy events of this year are likely to shape the policy path of the next, perhaps more than ever before.
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FERC's policing of markets won't see big changes under Trump, officials say
Former FERC enforcement officials are not expecting the change in administration to greatly impact the commission's watchdog role, but new commissioners could bring nuanced views of what constitutes market manipulation.
President-elect Trump taps oil and gas supporter Pruitt to head US EPA
Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, who has sued the Obama administration over regulations on the oil and gas industry and opposed rising biofuel blending targets in the RFS, has been picked to head the US EPA, according to multiple press reports.

Price Focus

US Gulf Coast sweet crude differentials can be mixed as opposing factors pull US crude oil economics in different directions, Platts data shows. While there may be the possibility of a crude oil output freeze by major OPEC and non-OPEC producers, US commercial crude oil stocks are high.

Oil Infographics

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Naphtha starts 2017 with a bang
January 11, 2017
- Platts editors Joel Hanley and Virginie Malicier discuss the naphtha market’s strong start to 2017. As the year unfolds, what has turned the market from bearish to bullish in the short term?
US benchmark gasoline price climbs on surging exports to Mexico
January 10, 2017
- Mexico’s higher gasoline prices for consumers is having a ripple effect through North American gasoline markets as the US exports more product to its neighbor.
It's not the US EIA that's crazy; it's oil markets that are
January 09, 2017
- About two weeks before he plans to step down, Adam Sieminski, head of the US EIA, talks to Capitol Crude about future oil prices, the path of US production and global demand.
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Published March 2016

The Asia Pacific and Middle East Refined Oil Products Guide contains the primary specifications and methodologies for Platts Asia Products assessments.

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