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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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OPEC seen heading for another oil output ceiling rollover

May 18, 2015 - OPEC's June 5 is fast approaching and all the signs seem to be pointing to yet another rollover of current oil output policy.

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Libyan oil industry on a knife-edge

May 18, 2015 - With Libya's oil production now at its lowest since June 2014, it is clear that its oil industry, the economic mainstay, is unlikely to be able to ride out this sustained period of political chaos.

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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

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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Coal Features

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 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

May 26, 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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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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