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August 23, 2016
S&P Global Platts editors discuss the rationale for the delay in Russia's Bashneft oil privatization plans and its implications for the market, now the authorities plan to sell a stake in Rosneft first.
August 08, 2016
In the 100th episode of Capitol Crude, Platts senior editor Brian Scheid talks with Adam Sieminski, administrator of the US Energy Information Administration, on the state of the global oil market.
August 02, 2016
With the EU looking to cut its transport emissions and high oil import dependency, we discuss whether biofuels or renewable electricity could really displace oil on a large scale.
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Bogota, Colombia (Platts)--26 Aug 2016 429 pm EDT/2029 GMT
Analysts and industry sources are skeptical that the peace agreement announced this week between the Colombian government and a rebel group with which it has been at war for a half century will provide any short-term boost to the fortunes of Colombia's beleaguered oil industry.
London (Platts)--26 Aug 2016 933 am EDT/1333 GMT
The naphtha East/West spread -- the differential of Asia's CFR Japan naphtha front-month swap to the equivalent CIF NWE naphtha swap -- plunged to a near two-month low on Thursday, accentuating the narrow window on the traditional arbitrage from Europe to Asia.
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Snapshot Video

EU bans commodity market abuse but delays over MiFID 2 compliance

August 18, 2016 (3:13)

Manipulating commodity markets in the European Union is now a crime. Siobhan Hall explains how EU financial regulations are impacting commodity traders, and what happens next.

Feature: OPEC Guide

August 09, 2016
With speculation swirling over possible production freeze talks, OPEC on August 8 appeared to throw cold water on the idea, sounding an optimistic tone about the oil market.
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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

It could be argued that the history of oil is the history of the modern world. And Platts, a leading provider of analysis, news and prices for the industry, has played a significant role in this amazing story.

Of all the natural resources that have been used to build our world, surely oil is the most pervasive. We all know that oil provides the plastics in the computer we use, has driven revolutions in fashion, industry and transport, and even powers our homes. No one's life is untouched by this immense resource.

The Barrel Blog

August 22, 2016
The second quarter was a pivotal three months that saw rising crude prices and rig counts, well performance improvements and a brighter tone from US upstream operators who had weathered a tough downturn, and ominous crude prices in early 2016.
August 18, 2016
John Kingston on how an extreme policy approach of negative interest rates will have consequences, both intended and unintended, for markets, macroeconomic balances, investors, consumers, and policymakers.
August 15, 2016
In its new rules for oil and gas drilling in the Arctic, the US has taken the biggest step yet toward a performance-based system that sets clear standards, but allows industry flexibility in how to meet them.
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Asia Pacific and Middle East Refined Oil Products methodology

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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