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Oil


July 22, 2016 -The Nigerian oil industry risks sinking deeper into crisis in the months ahead with more disruptions to oil output and exports as the government's dialogue with militant groups have failed to curb violence in the Niger Delta.

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May 16, 2016 -There are several risks that could lead to Mexico importing less than expected US gas in the future. This, as well as lease winners foresaking blocks won in the third phase of Mexico's Round One series of upstream auctions and the fate of US pipelines projects, is examined in the latest collection of Mexico energy stories and analyses.

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January 22, 2016 -OPEC crude output fell by 130,000 b/d in December on lower volumes from Iraq, Nigeria and Saudi Arabia, a Platts survey of OPEC and oil industry officials and analysts showed on January 22.

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Natural Gas


April 29, 2016 -This feature, updated monthly, assesses the changing dynamics in the global natural gas industry. In April, attention was on when US LNG would come to Europe, but the bigger question now really is how much US LNG will come?

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June 01, 2015 -Natural gas demand in the EU fell 11.5% in 2014 to 417.5 Bcm, 21.9% lower than the 534.5 Bcm consumed in 2010. This was the fourth straight annual fall.

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Electric Power


June 22, 2015 -World nuclear generation tracked by Platts in 2014 rose 1% compared to 2013, the first annual gain since the 2011 accident at Fukushima I in Japan curbed global nuclear output sharply, an analysis shows.

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Coal


October 06, 2015 -The October-December trading period after China's Golden Week holidays is a crucial time of year for thermal coal shippers and traders as this is when they attempt to maximize sales to North Asian utilities preparing for the Northern Hemisphere winter season.

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Petrochemicals


July 12, 2016 -This global Platts data feature includes petrochemicals market news and price assessments for aromatics products, focusing on benzene, toluene and xylenes.

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June 16, 2016 -This Platts data feature includes petrochemicals market news and price assessments for polymer products, focusing on LDPE, LLDPE, HDPE and polypropylene.

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January 15, 2016 -Asian petrochemical production margins were mostly positive in 2015 due to lower feedstock costs, despite the bearishness seen across global energy and commodity markets in the year, Platts analysis showed January 14.

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Shipping


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.

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Metals


July 26, 2016 -Analysis of key steel and scrap markets, focusing on scrap, hot-rolled coil, rebar and semi-finished products.

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July 18, 2016 -Analysis of key non-ferrous metals markets including aluminum, alumina, nickel, manganese, thermal coal, metallurgical coal and precious metals.

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Agriculture


July 19, 2016 -Black Sea wheat prices came under pressure July 19, as sellers outnumbered buyers for August loading, offered at $165/mt with a bid at $161/mt.

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June 09, 2016 -In-depth analysis of key global sugar markets focusing on Europe, Thailand and Brazil.

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