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January 28, 2016
From her office window, Sui Ling Phang sees dry bulk vessels sitting pretty in the Singapore strait. All have one common enemy -- unemployment.
January 19, 2016
Iran the heart of the world? That may be stretching the point a little but there’s no doubt something significant has happened here over the last couple of days.
December 17, 2015
Congress is scheduled to vote Friday on a massive government spending package with a provision to lift all limits on crude oil exports. Here's what's playing into the Capitol Hill decision.
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Houston (Platts)--9 Feb 2016 612 pm EST/2312 GMT
VLCC freight rates in the Caribbean fell to a 20-week low as the effects of slight inquiry put downward pressure on the market.
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Iran's return to crude export market could leave sour taste for competition

January 26, 2016 (3:38)

Iran's return will have far reaching implications for an already saturated crude oil market. Paul Hickin assesses the ongoing challenges facing Tehran as it seeks to ramp up output.

Analysis & Data Features

February 12, 2015
New forecasts from OPEC and the IEA suggest that lower oil prices will have a significant impact on non-OPEC oil supply later this year.
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Oil prices dive as OPEC rolls over
Despite the push by some OPEC members for a crude output cut, it became clear that Saudi Arabia had no appetite for cutting production.The market would stabilize itself eventually, oil minister Ali Naimi said. Prices resumed their downward helter skelter as the meeting broke up.


Black Sea Grains: Physical grains market shaken by plunge in crude oil prices
January 25, 2016
- Platts editors assess the knock on effect of the crude price drop on several factors within the Black Sea grains market and the subsequent impact on global grains prices.
North Sea-Korean Forties arb volumes to hold up despite new freight rebate rules
November 12, 2015
- Traders expect the winding down of freight rebates offered by S Korea to domestic refiners that import non-Middle Eastern crude to have minimal impact on North Sea oil exports to Asia next year.
Barge transit hampered by critically low Rhine water levels
September 22, 2015
- Platts editors discuss falling water levels on the Rhine River since mid-July, addressing rising NWE barge freight rates and the overall pricing impact of the situation.
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