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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.

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Singapore (Platts)--26 Aug 2016 947 am EDT/1347 GMT
Matrix Bharat is targeting an 8-10% year-on-year growth in bunker sales in 2017 by expanding its operations in India and Singapore, CEO Ashok Sharma said Friday.
London (Platts)--26 Aug 2016 945 am EDT/1345 GMT
The cost of sending fuel oil cargoes on Handysize tankers from the Black Sea to the Mediterranean has surged due to a sharp increase in cargo flow in the region, market participants have said.
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August 10, 2016
Our editors discuss the surprise announcement from the Turkish government to levy a $15/mt tax on imported thermal coal for power generation.
July 13, 2016
Jacqueline Holman and Cameron Carswell discuss European utilities importing high ash thermal coal from Mozambique and whether demand is likely to rise in the coming months.
April 19, 2016
Following an exceptionally bearish winter, freight rates in the dry bulk Atlantic Handysize and Supramax market have seen a rebound in recent weeks, but what hurdles might still lie ahead?
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Feature: Q2 2016: Dry Bulk Shipping Overview

June 17, 2016
Capesize freight rates in Q2 2016 began to see an improvement after they hovered within a 10% range of the lowest levels seen, through most of Q1. The improvement seen was due to underlying factors, such as bunker prices, market derivative rates and positional tightness.
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Atlantic Panamax: Q2 freight rates up despite soybean harvest delays
Soybean exports typically start rising out of South America in the second quarter and peak in June and July as the new harvest comes down to ports.
Atlantic Supramax: India's ex-US Gulf petcoke appetite down
According to shipping sources, India's continuous appetite for ex-US Gulf petcoke has been due to a lack of available stems in other exporting markets, such as Saudi Arabia.

The Barrel Blog

August 25, 2016
With shipping markets in the doldrums, Bunker Bulletin caught up with several marine fuel industry credit VIPs and asked them what keeps them up at night.
August 23, 2016
Positive vibes in the market, it seems, are still unable to lift the mood of the Capesize market.
July 28, 2016
The expanded Panama Canal will allow US LNG producers to deliver their cargoes to select destinations in South America and Asia faster and cheaper.
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Published November 2014

Platts assesses open market rates for the chartering of dirty tankers, clean tankers and barges.

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