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Prospects for Asian coal price revival dim, Japan settles contracts
April 2, 2014 12:00:00 EST (4:12 mins)
James O'Connell analyzes price movements in the China coal indices, examines a settlement in Japan thermal coal annual contract talks and assesses the movement of Capesize freight rates during the past month.

Higher freight rates hit coal demand
February 24, 2014 00:00:00 EST (6:46 mins)
Platts coal team examines reasons behind the pick-up in demand in India, trading patterns post Lunar New Year, and data analysis on the freight market.


Higher steel prices hard to achieve after weakness in Q1 in US & Europe
March 28, 2013 06:00:00 EST (5:20 mins)
Mark Wiggett, editor for Platts Global Market Outlook, analyzes the price movements in steel coils and long products from February and into March; the weakness in scrap prices and the iron ore price decrease. He also looks at how global production in January was little changed from December 2013 and where demand has not improved in Q1.

Scrap prices collapse as pressure builds on finished steel markets
February 28, 2013 06:00:00 EST (5:52 mins)
Mark Wiggett, editor for Platts Global Market Outlook, analyzes the price movements in coils, long products, steel scrap and iron ore through January and into February; how production slipped at the end of the year and where predictions for growth in demand have been slow to take off.

Natural Gas

Brazil kicks off higher LNG imports in advance of World Cup
March 25, 2014 12:47:00 EST (3:43 mins)
Brazil is expecting a massive surge in power demand during the 2014 World Cup, and is already increasing its LNG imports in advance of the summer tournament, as Desmond Wong explains.

Progress hindered for emerging LNG buyer India
February 4, 2013 00:30:00 EST (5:00 mins)
India is expected to see huge growth in LNG demand, and that has largely not materialized in 2013. Stephanie Wilson examines projected demand in 2013 and how progress has been hindered.


Shale drilling boom in the US continues
March 6, 2014 15:00:00 EST (13:00 mins)
John Kingston, director of news for Platts, and Starr Spencer, senior oil editor, discuss some of the hottest shale plays in the US, namely the Tuscaloosa Marine Shale play and the Permian Basin in West Texas.

Chinese oil demand growth slumps on slowing economy
March 4, 2014 03:00:00 EST (15:37 mins)
China's economic growth is losing steam and along with that its appetite for commodities. Platts editors examine reasons behind the decrease in Chinese oil consumption.


US shale to impact global balance of petrochemical feedstocks
March 3, 2014 14:01:00 EST (13:22 mins)
In this video Richard Swann, Andrew Allan and Hetain Mistry discuss how the US natural gas boom and its resulting cheap, plentiful ethane has not only revived the American petrochemical industry, but it also has wide-reaching consequences on global feedstock balances, with specific regard to ethane, and naphtha in Europe.

How will US shale gas affect the future of global polyethylene supply?
November 7, 2013 17:00:00 EST (9:04 mins)
With petrochemicals markets in the US resurgent as a consequence of the shale gas boom, Shahrin Ismaiyatim, Jim Foster, and Max Yong discuss what this could mean for North American polyethylene production by 2021; whether China and its coal resources and new methanol-to-olefins (MTO) plants could be the real game changer for petrochemicals production.


Part 1 - Winds of change: Biofuels headed for revival in Asia?
December 10, 2013 05:00:00 EST (10:54 mins)
Platts Asia agriculture team discusses recent moves toward biodiesel in Malaysia and Indonesia, as well as the ethanol revival in India and its nexus with sugar.

Electric Power

Top 250 energy company rankings analysis: US energy revolution boosts domestic players; Chinese, Russian companies consolidate
October 29, 2013 07:00:00 EST (13:34 mins)
Richard Swann, Henry Edwardes-Evans, & Robert Perkins discuss the remarkable swing in the fortunes of Asian energy sector companies compared to their rivals in North America. While the outright number of leading Asian energy players rose, their growth rates did not match that of the shale-led success stories of North America.

Commodity Week: Roving reporter, Houston
October 29, 2013 07:00:00 EST (9:21 mins)
Maurice Geller, chief, Platts central editing desk, EMEA, reports from October's Commodity Week in Houston, giving an insight into the energy industry's views on the most important elements impacting the global oil, gas, power, petrochemical and agricultural sectors


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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