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August 2016

What have been the drivers behind gold's 25% gain year-to-date?

August 12, 2016 (7:52)

Our editors examine the drivers behind gold's 25% gain year-to-date and recent developments in the precious metals market, including the new futures contract announced by the LME.


March 2016

Mexican aluminum smelters use US scrap imports to shore up supplies

March 16, 2016 (8:26)

Platts started assessing scrap prices in Mexico in the first week of February, and the aluminum market there is proving to be quite different from its neighbor to the north.


August 2015

Yuan devaluation raises concerns about possible flood of Chinese aluminum exports

August 19, 2015 (7:27)

Platts editors debate the impact of the yuan devaluation on China's aluminum imports and exports as the market awaits more stability in the Chinese currency.


July 2015

What's in store for stockists, smelters in S Korea's aluminum market?

July 31, 2015 (4:03)

Platts editors discuss how the South Korean aluminum market has softened due to ample stocks in local warehouses.


China's aluminum capacity still growing despite oversupply, weak prices

July 02, 2015 (8:07)

Platts editors look at why aluminum smelters in China are still expanding despite low prices and how continued expansion could affect prices in China and the rest of Asia.


January 2015

Difficult Q2 aluminum negotiations ahead as perception gaps persist in Japan

January 30, 2015 (5:48)

Platts senior editor for metals Mayumi Watanabe explains the reason for the long first-quarter negotiations between aluminum producers and buyers, the factors affecting aluminum prices, and the market expectations for the second quarter.


December 2014

Looking ahead: Evolution of alumina trade dynamics

December 10, 2014 (6:25)

Platts editor Sui Ling Phang discusses the alumina market's behavior in 2014 and the factors that will likely affect its trade dynamics in 2015.


What's next for nickel prices after the boom and crash in 2014?

December 04, 2014 (4:37)

Platts editor Vivian Teo discusses the reasons behind nickel price movements this year and the market’s expectations in 2015.


October 2014

Steady prices seen for China's manganese ore until end-2014

October 21, 2014 (5:14)

Platts associate editor Clement Kwok on the performance of the manganese ore market; the trend in imports as South Africa leapfrogs Australia as exporter of manganese ore to China; and the market expectations for the rest of the year.


April 2014

Molybdenum oxide prices hit 21 month high at $13/lb

April 16, 2014 (6:17)

Platts' European metals editors analyze the molybdenum oxide market and price movements seen for it recently, with prices climbing to 2012 highs.


February 2014

Can Chinese alumina prices recover on possible smelter cuts?

February 17, 2014 (4:20)

Chinese domestic alumina prices have been range bound since January. Mok Yuen Cheng discusses the possibility of a recovery in the face of weak market sentiment and possible smelter cuts.


Norsk Hydro and the outlook for the global aluminium market in 2014

February 13, 2014 (10:17)

Greg Smart, senior editor, Platts European metals, talks with Eivind Kallevik, CFO of Norsk Hydro, about the company's 2013 results and the outlook for the global aluminum market in 2014.


Molybdenum oxide prices under pressure after seeing peak at $10.20

February 11, 2014 (4:53)

Platts' European metals team discusses the molybdenum oxide market and price movements seen this year to date, when oxide powder prices reached $10.20 and assess the recent pull back.


January 2014

Base metals seeing a return to fundamentals in 2014

January 28, 2014 (7:56)

Platts European metals team on how 2014 is shaping up to be an interesting year for base metals with a return to fundamentals, as investment banks move away from the market on the back of increased regulatory pressure.


Manganese ore market sees paradigm shift in demand as producers seek cheaper alternatives

January 08, 2014 (5:52)

Clement Kwok shares market sentiments for manganese ore in 2013 and the sustainability of prices in coming months, now that Chinese buyers are starting to retreat from the market.


November 2013

Suspension of Rio Tinto Alcan’s Gove alumina worries Asian market

November 29, 2013 (4:00)

hang Sui Ling, Platts Asia petrochemicals editor, shares market reactions on Rio Tinto’s announcement of their alumina refinery in Australia, Northern Territory, and how it will impact the market.


Nickel market divided over proposed Indonesia ore export ban

November 20, 2013 (5:47)

Platts European metals team discusses a potential ban on nickel ore exports from Indonesia to be implemented in January, which could see nickel metal prices recover from their current lows.


Hopes high for Chinese ferrosilicon export tax cut

November 28, 2013 (3:42)

Vivian Teo, markets editor, discusses the issue and possible implications for the ferrosilicon market should Beijing cancel or reduce its 25% export tax on ferrosilicon starting next year.


October 2013

Thorny road for alumina term contract negotiations

October 10, 2013 (3:40)

Joanna Lim, Senior Editor for Metals, discusses the main drivers for upcoming alumina term contract negotiations for 2014 and the impact of bauxite on prices.


September 2013

China’s steel market outlook on a slowing economy

September 30, 2013 (4:29)

China's economy has shown a slowdown in the past two years. Platts Asia steel team discusses the outlook for the steel industry in the next five years.


August 2013

Japanese aluminum buyers exposed to premium downfall risks

August 22, 2013 (4:29)

Mayumi Watanabe looks at how developments in the aluminum market in Europe and the US will affect the Japanese quarterly premium negotiations, and shares market sentiments.


July 2013

Chinese magnesium prices rebound after prolonged weakness

July 31, 2013 (3:09)

Alvin Yee, associate editor for Platts Asia metals, discusses reasons behind the downward trend and a slightly more positive outlook in the near future.


olybdenum oxide prices see upturn after slipping below $10/lb

July 26, 2013 (5:02)

Platts' European metals team discusses molybdenum oxide market and the recent upturn seen after oxide prices slipped below $10 and towards to $9 mark.


China aluminum sees looming cuts again amidst price struggles

July 09, 2013 (4:14)

Mok Yuen Cheng, Platts Asia metals senior managing editor, discusses the renewed talks of aluminum smelter cuts in China recently, and its impact on overall aluminum output, prices, as well as alumina.


May 2013

Real demand for silicon metals emerges as China scraps export tax

May 21, 2013 (3:31)

Vivian Teo, Platts Asia markets editor, analyses changes in silicon metal buying patterns following China's removal of export tax, and discusses the outlook for demand this year.


April 2013

Japan's Abenomics and the metals market

April 12, 2013 (9:51)

Platts Asia Metals senior editor sheds light on Japanese Prime Minister Abe's economic plan to rescue the Japanese economy, and looks at how these plans will impact metal and other commodity prices.


February 2013

Gold demand in value terms hits record high in 2012: WGC

February 14, 2013 (5:34)

Ben Kilbey interviews Marcus Grubb of the World Gold Council on 2012 trends, focusing on how the China and India remain the driving forces behind the gold market.


January 2013

HSBC bullish on precious metals in 2013, slight preference for palladium: Steel

January 11, 2013 (9:48)

Ben Kilbey, deputy managing editor, Platts metals London, talks with James 'Jim' Steel, precious metals analyst at HSBC, about the outlook for the precious metals in 2013.


November 2012

Aluminium alloy markets facing headwinds as 2012 winds down

November 07, 2012 (4:56)

Platts metals editorAlvin Yee , considers how the weak global economy, coupled with China and Japan's spat, has affected the aluminium alloy market in Asia.


September 2012

Global nickel supply and demand outlook 2013

September 27, 2012 (14:33)

Greg Smart, associate editor, Platts metals London, talks with David Wilson, Director of Metals Research and Strategy at Citigroup on his expectations for the global nickel and stainless steel markets in 2013.


Asia's alumina market take stock of shifting conditions

September 24, 2012 (04:35)

Platts' Sydney-based senior metals editor,Joanna Lim, examines the market trends that the alumna term contract participants are looking at before committing to new annual deals.


What is the outlook for the global aluminium industry after QE3?

September 20, 2012 (17:52)

Greg Smart, associate editor, Platts metals London, talks with Paul Adkins, managing director, A-Z China, about the outlook for the global aluminium industry after the recent rally in prices on the back of the US Federal Reserve's QE3 announcement.


July 2012

Aluminum industry faces production 'dilemma': Hydro

July 26, 2012 (16:21)

Greg Smart, associate editor, Platts metals London, talks with Jorgen Rostrup, executive vice president and CFO, Norsk Hydro, about the company's second quarter results and the outlook for the aluminum industry in the second half of 2012.


Shorts continue to build positions on negative macro data: ETFS

July 18, 2012 (9:04)

Ben Kilbey, deputy managing editor, Platts metals London, talks with Nicholas Brooks, head of research & investment strategy, ETF Securities, about the increasing amount of short positions being taken in Exchange Traded Fund products


June 2012

China fretting over plunging aluminium prices

May 08, 2012 (4:48)

Platts' senior managing editor of the metals markets, Mok Yuen Cheng, examines some of the measures that China could take with aluminium prices facing a downturn.


May 2012

China, Asia hit hard by Indonesian bauxite tax

May 08, 2012 (8:53)

Mok Yuen Cheng, senior managing editor of the metals markets, and Joanna Lim, a senior editor based in Sydney, discuss Indonesia's recent decision to impose a 20% export tax on bauxite.


Chinese aluminium outlook in 2012

May 03, 2012 (15:26)

Greg Smart, associate editor of Platts Metals desk in London, talks with Paul Adkins of Beijing-based aluminium consultancy, AZ China on the outlook for aluminium in 2012.


March 2012

Outlook for copper and gold markets in 2012

March 14, 2012 (11:02)

Ben Kilbey, deputy managing editor of Platts Metals desk in London, talks with Harry Anagnostaras-Adams, MD of EMED Group, on the company's Rio Tinto copper project in Spain, a recent offtake agreement with Goldman Sachs and the outlook for the copper and gold markets.


Posco settles Q2 coking coal contracts with Teck

March 02, 2012 (4:45)

In this Platts podcast, Keith Tan, managing editor for steel raw materials, and Celestyn Wong, associate editor, discuss Posco's settlement of Q2 hard coking coal contracts with Canada's Teck.


February 2012

Global nickel market, stainless steel expectations for 2012

February 20, 2012 (14:01)

In this Platts podcast, Greg Smart, associate editor, Platts metals London, talks with David Wilson, Director of Metals Research and Strategy at Citigroup on his expectations for the global nickel and stainless steel markets in 2012.


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