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Oil


September 01, 2016 -Nigeria slips into recession as Q2 oil output slumps; Kenya firms up plan to become first East African oil exporter; Angola shelves plans for new oil refinery; Factbox: Outlook for key Nigerian crude oil grades.

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August 17, 2016 -Planned pipeline maintenance and an unplanned processing plant outage restricted gas supply into the Northeast region of Mexico, which in turn increased reliance on fuel oil and had implications for markets. Additionally, an $800 million proposed refined products project could help Mexico meet its growing gasoline demand and give the country greater pull in the competitive global market for refined products.

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August 09, 2016 -With speculation swirling over possible production freeze talks, OPEC on August 8 appeared to throw cold water on the idea, sounding an optimistic tone about the oil market, dismissing the recent price slump as "temporary," and declaring that higher demand is just around the corner.

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Natural Gas


July 27, 2016 -This feature, updated monthly, assesses the changing dynamics in the global natural gas industry. The latest stories focus on US LNG exports to South America, the disappointment of South Africa's Karoo shale and expectations for Japan's LNG import price through the latter half of 2016.

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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


September 19, 2016 -If Hinkley Point C proceeds, it points to a future UK generation mix heavily reliant on fixed-cost generation and provides a bleak outlook for gas-fired operators, CCS and new forms of renewables like tidal power.

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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


August 25, 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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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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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


September 20, 2016 -Analysis of key steel and scrap markets, focusing on scrap, hot-rolled coil, rebar and semi-finished products.

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August 31, 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


September 19, 2016 -Platts assessed APW unchanged at $200/mt FOB WA for cargoes loading in 60-90 days, at a premium of $2/mt above December-January loading cargoes, September 19.

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September 01, 2016 -There is just one month left to go of the current 2015-2016 sugar campaign in Europe. Then the market will begin the final 12 months operating under quotas before a dawn breaks on a new era of liberalization.

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