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Oil Features

No sign of OPEC policy shift as low crude oil prices bite into supply

September 28, 2015 - OPEC's next meeting is just ten weeks away and, barring some unforeseen development, there's little sign of a policy change in the offing. If anything, forecast declines in non-OPEC production may bolster Saudi's argument that the market share policy is working and must be allowed to continue to work.

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A fresh start for Nigeria's oil industry?

September 04, 2015 - When Muhammadu Buhari took power, he promised to investigate the disappearance of billions of dollars in oil and LNG income, fuel scams and irregularities surrounding crude oil swaps. Platts looks at how the president is faring to date.

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How will Iran's nuclear deal affect oil markets?

August 28, 2015 - If finalized, the landmark nuclear deal will see the removal of sanctions that have drastically cut Iran's oil earnings and deprived the country of the investment it needs to develop its vast oil and gas reserves.

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Crude oil market outlook

May 19, 2015 - The North Sea crude oil market showed mixed signals May 15, while steady buying is seen in the Middle East sour crude market.

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LHS differential slips on lower WTI Midland differential

April 13, 2015 - A lower differential for West Texas Intermediate in Midland, Texas, weighed on the market for light sweet crude in Houston, as the differential for Light Houston Sweet declined week on week.

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Eight-figure bids seen in US Gulf of Mexico sale despite low oil prices

March 20, 2015 - Oil companies continued to chase select acreage for pricey sums in Central Gulf of Mexico on March 18 despite low oil prices, even though the total amounts captured in the lease sale were far less than in recent years.

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European oil majors cut capex, eye output growth

February 24, 2015 - European oil majors have slashed their spending for 2015 in response to the plunging oil price, with the average cut in capital expenditure by six of the region's biggest firms estimated at around 10%.

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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

The dog that failed to bark: EU gas demand

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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Indonesian delays perplex gas project investors

March 25, 2015 - The Indonesian government's inability to decide what will happen to fields when operators' production-sharing contracts expire means that billions of dollars of investment are on hold and the country's gas output is stagnating.

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Gas: the fastest-growing fossil fuel

March 03, 2015 - Ten years ago, not many would have questioned the dominant role of gas as a clean and affordable fuel for power generation. While that is no longer the case in Europe, it is gaining ground in the Americas and Asia.

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US shale economics challenged as crude, natural gas prices collapse

January 14, 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.

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ElectricPower Features

World nuclear performance gained in 2014 for first time since Fukushima

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 Features

Traders weigh up prospects for China's thermal coal market in Q4

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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India coal: transport bottlenecks as demand is expected to rise

May 27, 2015 - With Chinese demand for seaborne coal stalling, India has become the great hope of the seaborne coal market.

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Petrochemicals Features

Global Polymers Pricing Analysis

September 04, 2015 - 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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Ethylene Economics and Q2 Earnings

August 14, 2015 - Platts Analytics reviewed quarterly earnings reports for several worldwide companies with steam cracker operations, assessing ethylene producers in the US, Europe, Asia, and beyond.

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US Northeast propane sellers feel the impact of high stocks

July 14, 2015 - Northeast US propane is facing stiff competition at a time when production has boomed and demand has slowed.

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Global Solvents Pricing Overview

May 14, 2015 - This Platts data feature includes petrochemicals market news and price assessments for solvents products, focusing on acetone, hexane, phenol and solvent naphtha.

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Asian Petrochemicals Outlook 2015

February 18, 2015 - Platts editors evaluate the major markets in the Asian petrochemical industry and analyze the key drivers of each product going into the rest of 2015, including supply/demand fundamentals, competition with other markets and trade flows.

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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

Steel Raw Material Outlook

October 06, 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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Non-Ferrous Metals Outlook

September 15, 2015 - Read highlights of Platts non-ferrous metals news and pricing analysis, focusing on the global aluminum, nickel, manganese and alumina markets.

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PCI-Thermal Coal Switch

August 04, 2015 - The downtrend in pulverized coal injection prices over the last three months has opened up an opportunity for PCI to displace high calorific value thermal coal for use as coal-fired boiler feedstock.

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End of iron ore's bull run means smaller companies likely to see red

May 26, 2015 - The end of iron ore's bull run, in part due to slowing Chinese demand, has drastically cut prices, and smaller companies and mine service companies are bearing the brunt of the changes.

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Conflict saps Ukraine steel

May 19, 2015 - For the Ukrainian steel industry, 2014 was the worst in the last 15 years, worldsteel data shows. Last year threw the country back to the mid-1990s, when Ukraine's crude steel production plummeted from more than 40 million metric tons/year to the 24.4 million mt/year average.

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Steel Finished Products Analysis

May 13, 2015 - This data feature includes steel market news and price assessments for finished products such as rebar, steel plate, hot-rolled coil and cold-rolled coil.

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Asia seaborne met coal trade up 7.7% in 2014

February 12, 2015 - The Asia-Pacific metallurgical coal spot market expanded 7.7% in traded volume from 2013 to 66.1 million mt in 2014, as measured by data collected as part of Platts' price assessment process.

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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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