US Election 2016: A Platts news and analysis feature
October 17, 2016 -From oil and gas to metals and steel to power, coal and emissions, this is your resource for commodity news and analysis related to the US 2016 presidential election. More stories, blog posts, videos and podcasts will be added as our editors and analysts continue to cover the evolving news.
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OPEC Sept crude oil output jumps again to record high of 33.24 mil b/d
October 07, 2016 -OPEC crude output rose again in September to a record high of 33.24 million b/d, an S&P Global Platts survey showed October 6.
African Energy Outlook
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.
Mexico Energy: Gas constraints drive up Mexico's July power prices
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.
Global Gas Update: Thanks to high regional prices, South America emerges as key US LNG market
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.
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.
UK Nuclear Analysis: Hinkley Point C
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.
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.
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.
Benzene: Asia-US arbitrage opens; Europe sees supply, demand balance
September 26, 2016 -This global Platts data feature includes petrochemicals market news and price assessments for aromatics products, focusing on benzene, toluene and xylenes.
LDPE: US traders seeing limited volumes; „Resin supply remains limited throughout LatAm
August 25, 2016 -This Platts data feature includes petrochemicals market news and price assessments for polymer products, focusing on LDPE, LLDPE, HDPE and polypropylene.
Asian petchem margins mostly positive in 2015 on low oil price
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.
Q3 Dry Bulk Shipping Overview: Capesize freight rates showing signs of improvement
September 27, 2016 -We examine five key routes across the Capesize down to Supramax segments in both the Pacific and Atlantic basins to chart Q3 2016 for the dry bulk sector.
Global Steel & Scrap Outlook: Turkish domestic scrap strengthens in line with imports
October 18, 2016 -Analysis of key steel and scrap markets, focusing on scrap, hot-rolled coil, rebar and semi-finished products.
Nonferrous Metals Outlook: Q4 European aluminum alloy buying starts, volumes strong
August 31, 2016 -Analysis of key non-ferrous metals markets including aluminum, alumina, nickel, manganese, thermal coal, metallurgical coal and precious metals.
Global Sugar Markets Focus: Prices ease in deficit areas as new campaign sugar comes to market
October 24, 2016 -As delivered white sugar prices were heard easing off modestly over the week as new-campaign sugar comes to market, there was at least one interesting disparity of note heard in the market.
Grains Market Focus: Australian new crop wheat slips below $200/mt on weaker futures, exchange rate
October 13, 2016 -APW was assessed down $2/mt day on day at $198/mt FOB WA October 13 for cargoes loading in 60-90 days.