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Price swings prevail in Asian steel, iron ore markets
May 24, 2016 05:00:23 EST (2:55)
Fresh from the SGX Iron Ore Week, Annalisa Jeffries talks about how surprisingly strong the Chinese steel and iron ore markets in 2016.

Platts MVS China Steel Mill Margins show heightened volatility, challenges for steel
May 10, 2016 12:36:21 EST (6:38)

We assess current trends for steel mill margins in China and for EAF mills in Turkey and the US, and examine the challenges facing global steel markets.


Shipping


Americas Aframax rates near year-low after brief upheaval in shipping market
May 19, 2016 09:49:57 EST (2:57)
The Aframax market in the Americas was on a veritable roller coaster ride at the end of April, and various factors may prompt another price reversal in the near future.

The bittersweet 2016: What to expect in the dry bulk Supramax market?
February 12, 2016 11:29:05 EST (16:53)

The Atlantic dry bulk Supramax market is in big trouble. The freight rates are bottoming, demand on conventional trade routes is failing and the oversupply of tonnage remains a challenge. What is the outlook for the market in 2016?


Electric Power


EU wholesale power prices: facing structural collapse or cyclical recovery?
May 17, 2016 18:02:23 EST (3:38)
We explore a key question that emerged from Platts' recent European power conference: is Europe's wholesale power price collapse structural, or could central plant closures prompt a post 2020 recovery?

Strong precipitation trends in US Pacific Northwest keep power prices low
March 17, 2016 10:00:20 EST (3:14)

One of the strongest El Nino events on record is contributing to bearish forward power prices and lower spot power prices in the US Pacific Northwest this spring.


Oil


Saudi stirrings and Iran's return dominate oil rebalancing conversation
May 12, 2016 13:44:37 EST (3:34)
What could the return of Iranian crude oil output to near pre-sanctions levels and changes at the Saudi oil ministry mean ahead of the upcoming OPEC meeting?

International operators eye Mexico's higher-risk, higher-reward deepwater basin
May 05, 2016 07:25:22 EST (3:16)

Mexico's first-ever deepwater bidding round is already drawing the attention of major international oil and gas producers, including the country's own Pemex.


Natural Gas


Indian appetite for imported LNG taking off, but sustainability of demand remains uncertain
May 10, 2016 06:30:22 EST (3:15)

Armed with data from previous years and from January to April, pricing analyst Max Gostelow explores the possibilities for LNG in India for the rest of 2016.


Nord Stream 2 heats up Russia, Ukraine's gas transit dispute
May 06, 2016 16:18:35 EST (7:42)

Will Russia's controversial Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project to Germany be online by the end of 2019, before its ten-year transit contract with Ukraine expires?


Coal


Traders fear liquidity squeeze in South African coal market
May 03, 2016 14:25:22 EST (3:55)

Stephanie Wilson on how continuing strong screen prices of spot thermal coal threaten to reduce liquidity in the South African Richards Bay market.


Growth of Illinois Basin coal sets stage for futures contract
April 07, 2016 08:10:00 EST (3:02)

ICE on Monday launched a new US coal futures contract for the Illinois Basin, which is making up a growing portion of the total US coal market, as Andrew Moore explains.


Petrochemicals


US PE market reverses course as first wave of capacity expansions approaches
April 28, 2016 07:30:00 EST (2:57)

US polyethylene producers are expected to implement an increase for April contracts, making it the second consecutive monthly increase. But can it last?


Strong demand lifts Asian olefins prices to multi-month highs
April 14, 2016 07:30:00 EST (3:29)

What's next for the Asian olefins market after multi-month highs for ethylene, propylene and butadiene prices?


Agriculture


Transition to new grains crops in the Black Sea region
April 05, 2016 11:10:00 EST (3:45)

With wheat traders jostling for position and opinions varied as to how the new grains crop will pan out, Andrei Agapi reflects on overall sentiment within the market.


Iraq's new sugar refinery set to capitalize on local demand, but EU waits in the wings
March 14, 2016 10:40:05 EST (7:13)

The new Etihad sugar refinery in Babylon, Iraq, is helping to turn the Middle East and North Africa into more of an agriculture powerhouse, putting pressure on the European Union.








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