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Metals


European steel mills buck the global pricing trend on a macroeconomic perfect storm
January 28, 2017 11:45:00 EST (5:55 mins)
Mark Wiggett, editor for Platts Global Market Outlook, assesses key developments in the global steel and raw material markets in December and early January.

Slow 2015 start for steel, iron ore and met coal in Asia
January 26, 2014 00:01:00 EST (6:35 mins)
Platts editors Paul Bartholomew, Russ McCulloch, and Edwin Yeo discuss the weak start of the steel industry in Asia this year; market expectations for Chinese steel, iron ore and metallurgical coal; and the steel production outlook in Japan and South Korea.

Natural Gas


US gas exports to Mexico seen doubling over the next five years
January 27, 2015 08:00:00 EST (4:48 mins)
In this video, Bentek analysts Ross Wyeno and Kaitlin Meese discuss the growing US pipeline exports to Mexico, foreign investment expectations for oil and gas producer PEMEX, and Mexico's export forecast according to Bentek.

Higher than usual LNG deliveries flood into the UK
January 22, 2015 10:00:00 EST (2:47 mins)
In this video, Luke Stobbart, Senior LNG Price Specialist, outlines LNG deliveries to the UK for December have more than tripled year-on-year; and the reduction in the spread between the Platts Japan Korea Marker and NBP forward prices.

Coal


European coal at the crossroads as prices hit 9-year low
January 23, 2015 00:30:00 EST (5:20 mins)
Gareth Carpenter, Platts managing editor for International Coal, analyzes the factors causing the heavy decline in Atlantic spot thermal coal prices.

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.

Oil


Oil outlook 2015: OPEC and US crude producers engage in game of brinkmanship as prices tumble
January 15, 2015 09:00:00 EST (18:13 mins)
Beth Evans, Benno Spencer, and Andrew Bonnington discuss the incredible reversal of fortunes for both global crude, and refined oil product markets such as gasoline, naphtha and LPG; and the ramifications of the huge price fall for US shale producers, Saudi Arabia, end consumers, and the aviation and shipping industries.

The oil market after OPEC
December 24, 2014 16:00:00 EST (12:22 mins)
John Kingston, Platts director of news, sat down with Platts director of oil Dave Ernsberger earlier this month to review a few wild weeks in the oil market: the OPEC meeting that chose to not do anything in reaction to the price slide, and the fundamentals of the market.

Electric Power


European gas markets to remain attractive for spot LNG cargoes; Belgium nuclear outages add risk premium to forward power contracts
December 19, 2014 09:47:00 EST (6:36 mins)
In this video Siobhan Hall, Senior gas and power editor, discusses how the dramatic fall in Asian gas prices is bringing more LNG to the French market; how Europe will attract more LNG when European spot gas prices exceed Platts JKM netback values; and also at how the Belgian power market is coping with severe nuclear power supply shortages this winter.

Does the EU need a new electricity market design?
November 26, 2014 07:00:00 EST (13:09 mins)
Platts editors Henry Edwardes-Evans and Siobhan Hall discuss the options for a new European electricity market demand, from national capacity markets to more integrated energy-only markets.

Petrochemicals


Asian isomer MX market seen recovering in late Q1, toluene bearish in first half 2015
November 13, 2014 3:00:00 EST (11:54 mins)
In this video, Platts editors Prema Viswanathan, Heng Hui, and Maithreyi Ramdas discuss the factors affecting the mixed xylene and toluene markets, and the outlook for both products in the coming year.

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.

Agriculture


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.

Shipping


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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