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Oil


April 14, 2016 -Mexico's proven hydrocarbon reserves fell to 10.24 billion boe in January, a drop of 22.2% from the 13.17 billion boe of a year earlier, the National Hydrocarbons Commission announced.

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March 24, 2016 -Despite producing a little above 2 million b/d of crude, Africa's largest oil producer imports more than 90% of its gasoline requirements, with its four state-owned refineries running at very low utilization rates.

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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


April 28, 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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March 25, 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


March 15, 2016 -Market conditions have generally been very bearish across the entire dry bulk sector for the last six months, largely due to vessel oversupply and plummeting bunker prices.

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Metals


April 19, 2016 -Analysis of key steel and scrap markets, focusing on scrap, hot-rolled coil, rebar and semi-finished products.

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March 16, 2016 -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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February 25, 2016 -Analysis of key non-ferrous metals markets including aluminum, nickel, manganese and precious metals.

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Agriculture


April 06, 2016 -In-depth analysis of key grains markets, focusing on APW wheat FOB Australia and Russian FOB 12.5% deep port wheat.

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

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