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Africa's oil states facing fresh challenges in 2015

January 14, 2015 - The slump in global oil prices is expected to hit Africa's economies far more than the Ebola epidemic and will likely have more far reaching implications for countries facing elections and states heading for first oil.

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Many Latin American countries struggle to weather crude price declines

January 08, 2015 - The new year finds some Latin American oil producing nations strapped for cash at a time when a cache of important new finds require significant capital outlays for development. At the same time, a silver lining is emerging.

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NaturalGas Features

US shale economics challenged as crude, natural gas prices collapse

January 13, 2015 - The plunge in crude oil prices over the past six months has led to a predictable deterioration in well economics across key US oil and gas basins, with virtually all major plays now earning average internal rates of return of less than 20% - a scenario that contrasts sharply with July 2014, when many were generating IRRs well in excess of 50%.

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Petrochemicals Features

European Petrochemicals Outlook 2015

January 16, 2015 - Platts editors provide in-depth analysis of market expectations for the European petrochemical industry in 2015, including a detailed assessment of events that shaped the markets last year.

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Metals Features

Standard and Poor's downgrades Brazilian miner Vale's rating on weak iron ore price outlook

January 27, 2015 - Read highlights of the latest Platts steel raw materials news and pricing analysis, focusing on the global iron ore, coking coal, scrap and ferroalloys markets.

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Platts iron ore information

January 29, 2015 - This is the Platts iron ore information page with real time market data. It provides up-to-date bids, offers, trades, and spreads for IODEX and additional Platts iron ore assessments.

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Will Chinese steel exports disrupt Korean and Japanese alliances?

January 06, 2015 - In the theatre of global steel in 2015, we already know the stars - China, Japan and South Korea. Since 2008, these three north Asian steel giants have accounted for over half of global steel consumption and supplied over half the world's steel.

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