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Metals


Firmer raw material prices in April give support to some finished steel markets
May 22, 2015 05:30:00 EST (4:37 mins)
Mark Wiggett, editor for Platts Global Market Outlook, analyzes the price movements in coils, long products, steel scrap and iron ore; iron ore prices enjoyed a dramatic rebound, rising to around $60/dmt in late April and continued to rise into May.

Big iron ore miners mull supply slowdown in face of resilient Chinese output
May 6, 2015 00:04:00 EST (7:17 mins)
Platts editors Paul Bartholomew and Hongmei Li analyze changes in major iron ore producers' expansion plans and output targets, and China's resource tax change on the iron ore industry.

Natural Gas


India attracts spot LNG cargoes as demand from Northeast Asian buyers slumps
May 13, 2015 05:00:00 EST (6:02 mins)
LNG sellers have been forced to look for alternative markets for spot cargoes, and the focus is shifting outside traditional Asian markets, says Platts editor Stephanie Wilson.

Dutch government's Groningen gas field policy and its market impact
April 27, 2015 11:30:00 EST (6:58 mins)
In this video, Platts Reginald Ajuonuma examines more stringent Dutch 2015 quotas that have reduced Groningen natural gas production, and storage withdrawals which have ramped up to meet the shortfall.

Coal


Asian thermal coal markets remain under pressure due to oversupply, low prices
May 8, 2015 03:00:00 EST (4:16 mins)
James O'Connell and Deepak Kannan explain current trends in the Asian market including the thermal coal oversupply and the drop in Chinese imports.

How lower natgas prices, higher inventories are affecting US coal market
February 27, 2015 04:30:00 EST (7:18 mins)
Andrew Moore, Platts US managing editor for coal, and Henan Xu, energy analyst at Bentek, analyze the recent trends in US coal production, the role of geography energy production costs, and the theoretical coal-to-gas switching potential.

Oil


Known unknowns: The potential repercussions of Iran's return to world oil markets
May 5, 2015 10:48:00 EST (14:43 mins)
With OPEC's June 5th meeting fast approaching, and discussions ongoing as to the lifting of sanctions on Iran, Beth Evans, Margaret McQuaile,Stuart Elliott, and Herman Wang analyse how the flow of Iranian crude could alter global supply-demand dynamics, and assess the possible affect on prices.

The challenging economics of oil production in a low price environment
February 2, 2015 10:25:00 EST (17:46 mins)
With oil prices hovering around the $50 a barrel mark, Dave Ernsberger, and Ross McCracken analyse the effect on oil companies capital expenditure and operational costs; discuss when cut-backs might effect global supply; and question whether the shorter production cycles of shale players leaves them best placed to capitalize when markets rebound.

Electric Power


The good, the bad, and the ugly: global renewable capacity auctions analysed
April 01, 2015 10:15:00 EST (11:30 mins)
With an auction approaching in Germany for Solar PV power, Platts editors Ross McCracken and Henry Edwardes-Evans analyze the effects of using auctions as a means of selling and procuring services in Europe and beyond.

Power-to-gas electrolysis technology, a game changer for European energy storage?
February 4, 2015 07:15:00 EST (6:48 mins)
Power-to-gas electrolysis is viewed as an emerging energy storage technology in Europe. In this video, Ross McCracken and Henry Edwardes-Evans assess this new form of alternative gas production, where surplus electricity is converted into hydrogen.

Agriculture


US ethanol industry uneasily starts 2015 awaiting Renewable Fuel Standard
February 17, 2015 12:00:00 EST (11:22 mins)
Jordan Godwin and Tim Worledge look at how the US ethanol industry has seen prices plummet, stockpiles soar, export opportunities open, and still no blending obligation decision from the US EPA.

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.

Petrochemicals


Prices dip in global benzene markets as supplies grow, crude weakens
February 11, 2015 16:48:00 EST (16:41 mins)
Tim Worledge talks with Maria Tsay, John Calton and Paul Waine about how Europe is stuck between the American bulls and Asian bears, the trans-Atlantic supply glut contributing to price drops, and how companies are attempting to mitigate the financial risks of the currently oversupplied markets.

Coking margins narrow as crude plunge pulls down benzene, methanol prices
January 30, 2014 00:01:00 EST (7:23 mins)
Platts editors Prema Viswanathan, Ng Bao Ying, and Edwin Yeo discuss the relationship between coke, benzene, and methanol; the hedging strategies of different market players; and the market outlook for the commodities in 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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