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Natural Gas

Unseasonably low Asian LNG prices trap volumes in Europe
October 30, 2014 10:20:00 EST (3:26 mins)
In this video Desmond Wong outlines how spot prices in Asia have failed to rise significantly, due to mild weather, resulting in high inventories and low demand for natural gas; the impact on the key Japan-Korea Marker gas price; and how storage volumes in Spain have hit record levels, and two year highs across the rest of Europe.

Will there be a spike in LNG prices this winter?
September 23, 2014 10:20:00 EST (4:11 mins)
In this video Desmond Wong, Stephanie Wilson, and Javier Diaz discuss the reasons behind a lack of traditional summer rise in Asia LNG prices, the uncertain outlook for LNG prices over the winter period, and the more bullish long-term demand picture.


Big changes in US heating oil
October 24, 2014 16:00:00 EST (12:06 mins)
John Kingston, director of news, and David Henry, associate editor, US diesels, discuss how new restrictions requiring states to cut the maximum sulfur content in home heating oil, could affect distribution companies, and the potential affect of a supply squeeze on diesel.

China, India face headwinds as oil product demand, refinery utilizations shift
September 17, 2014 05:20:00 EST (15:41 mins)
In the first seven months of the year, China's oil demand was almost flat while India's consumption climbed almost 2%. Vandana Hari, Platts Asia editorial director, Mriganka Jaipuriyar, senior oil news editor, and Yen Ling Song, senior oil news writer, discuss the shift in both economies' oil product demand, refining capacity utilization, imports and exports.

Electric Power

European electric utilities still struggling with renewable revolution
October 21, 2014 15:44:00 EST (11:11 mins)
Henry Edwardes-Evans, associate director for European power, talks with Ross McCracken, managing editor of Energy Economist, about the future of renewable electric power in Europe, which is technically feasible but could require major changes to the business models on which the industry is currently based.

UK gas, power prices rise on Ukraine crisis concerns, higher gas consumption
September 9, 2014 10:45:00 EST (6:31 mins)
In this video William Powell, managing editor for International Gas Report, focuses on the UK, where worries about a possible escalation of the eastern Ukraine crisis and higher gas consumption since mid-August have pushed up gas prices.


Sugar market beset by high stocks, low prices, and over-supply – but are sweeter times ahead?
October 16, 2014 15:00:00 EST (15:44 mins)
Tim Worledge, Claudiu Covrig and Maria Nunez assess the fundamental factors moving sugar prices in key markets such as Brazil and Thailand; the impact of macro-economics, weather patterns, increasing global competition and subsidies in India; and how the sugar / ethanol production balance could prove to be crucial for the long term outlook of both markets.

Hitting the blend wall: Biofuels growth stalled by EU and US policy shifts
July 16, 2014 15:00:00 EST (14:58 mins)
In this video Tim Worledge, Guilherme Kfouri and Sean Bartlett discuss the challenging legislative environment faced by the global biofuels industry; how the US Renewable Fuel Standard revision of targets for biofuels has been a major blow to agricultural development; as well as the blending margins and rates for biodiesel and ethanol.


China steel industry relying on export market as domestic demand remains soft
October 13, 2014 06:00:00 EST (3:17 mins)
Paul Bartholomew, Platts managing editor for steel in Australia, talks about expectations for China steel export orders, the outlook of mills and traders on steel production over the next month, and the lackluster iron ore market.

Crashing raw material and Chinese steel prices set the tone for approaching Q4
October 1, 2014 12:00:00 EST (5:48 mins)
Mark Wiggett, editor for Platts Global Market Outlook, discusses the head-long fall in iron ore prices from mid-August onwards and scrap prices weakening in Turkey and Asia; cheaper iron ore leading to very competitive Chinese billets in many regions.


Markets feel the uncertainty over China's coal import regulations
October 27, 2014 16:05:00 EST (4:29 mins)
James O'Connell explains how the spread between the CCI 1 and the CCI8 has recently almost doubled and Chinese imports of Indonesian coal appear to be shifting, while Australian coal may find some reprieve from coming Chinese regulations.

US coal prices down despite falling stockpile; China to impose restriction on coal imports
September 19, 2014 01:25:00 EST (5:58 mins)
James O'Connell, Platts editorial director for coal, and Andrew Moore, Platts US managing editor for coal, discuss US coal stockpiles; the impact of US rail congestion on coal prices; and China's import restriction on coal that will take effect from January 2015.


Metals and petrochemicals lead the way for changes in automotive input costs
August 21, 2014 10:30:00 EST (16:01 mins)
After years of recession, the increasingly globalised automotive industry is expanding into fertile new markets. Tim Worledge, Emanuele Norsa and Miguel Cambeiroanalyse the challenges car makers face to build more efficient, lower emission emitting vehicles; the impact of lower steel prices and the development of speciality steels on car manufacturing; and how the narrowing price spread between natural rubber and butadiene prices has been a boon for tire makers.

Methanol analysis: growing production capacity could impact trade flows and price trends
August 06, 2014 5:00:00 EST (11:34 mins)
In this video Prema Viswanathan, Bao Ying Ng, and Max Yong, discuss the potential impact of Iranian capacity coming back on stream in the next two years; how additional supply from China's methanol projects could affect the gap between methanol prices in China and India; and the impact of US shale on methanol.


Global oil shippers adrift on troubled seas
June 19, 2012 13:00:00 EST (13:27 mins)
Though posterity may declare recent years a "boom time" for the oil industry, shipping is one sector where this statement would largely not apply. In this videoRichard Swann and Simon Thorne and Ellie Weir discuss how oil shippers across the globe are coping with falling demand & a huge over-supply of vessels, & changing trading flows.

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