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Natural Gas


JKM slips back to pre-Fukushima levels with lower demand, high inventories
November 21, 2014 02:00:00 EST (8:19 mins)
Max Gostelow, associate editor for Asia LNG, talks about the factors dragging down the Japan-Korea Marker; the slowing growth of LNG in China; and the increasing demand in India and Southeast Asia.

French gas and power markets analysis
November 14, 2014 08:45:00 EST (7:06 mins)
In this video William Powell, managing editor for International Gas Report, analyzes the impact of mild weather conditions on France's gas and power markets in October; the forecast for Local Distribution Zone demand for gas; and the effect of nuclear power worker strikes on power prices.

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.

Electric Power


French gas and power markets analysis
November 14, 2014 08:45:00 EST (7:06 mins)
In this video William Powell, managing editor for International Gas Report, analyzes the impact of mild weather conditions on France's gas and power markets in October; the forecast for Local Distribution Zone demand for gas; and the effect of nuclear power worker strikes on power prices.

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.

Metals


Falling iron ore prices see big drop in capacity utilization in China
November 11, 2014 06:00:00 EST (4:28 mins)
Paul Bartholomew, Platts managing editor for steel in Australia, discusses the possible implications of weaker iron ore prices on Chinese domestic production; the market response to talks of China removing certain steel export tax rebates, and the weakest ever findings in Platts' latest China Steel Sentiment Index.

Scrap prices follow iron ore downwards while finished steel products face slower demand in Q4
November 6, 2014 17:15:00 EST (5:53 mins)
Mark Wiggett, editor for Platts Global Market Outlook, explains the sharp downward correction of scrap and the continued weakness of iron ore and delves into region price movements and global production data.

Oil


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.

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.

Coal


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.

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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