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Oil


US refiners face soaring stocks as gasoline grades switch
February 11, 2016 06:00:48 EST (3:19)

US gasoline stocks have reached record highs in 2016, while prices have flirted with unprecedented lows. What could happen as the market shifts to summer-grade gasoline?


Platts launches new US crude assessments to reflect oil exports
February 08, 2016 09:45:38 EST (3:36)

Platts' Matt Cook and Luciano Battistini elaborate on a suite of new Platts assessments that debuted Feb. 8 to reflect the value of US crude oil and condensates that could be exported.


Petrochemicals


Five forces shaping polymer markets in the Americas in 2016
February 09, 2016 05:53:38 EST (4:04)

Bernardo Fallas lists five themes to watch as polymer and petrochemical markets continue changing in the beginning of 2016, from the US to various parts of Latin America.


Asian paraxylene methodology explained
January 22, 2016 05:33:00 EST (5:09)

Platts editors Gustav Holmvik and Ng Baoying explain Platts' reasons behind the changes in paraxylene assessment from January 4, 2016.


Natural Gas


Standoff between Russia, US over Europe's gas market share
February 02, 2016 15:07:10 EST (3:53)

Stuart Elliott reports on the likelihood of Russia attempting to mirror in the European gas market the strategy undertaken by Saudi Arabia in the oil market.



European LNG reloads ex-Spain grow in 2015 as new markets emerge
January 13, 2016 15:56:56 EST (3:03)

Platts managing editor for LNG in Europe, Desmond Wong, explains why market players see European ex-Spain reloads as a viable option to the Iberian peninsula.



Coal


US thermal coal market sees uptick in trading, but prices still pressured
January 21, 2016 04:00:48 EST (2:47)

After a dramatic CSX contract price plunge, the number of physical trades in the first weeks of 2016 has increased -- but the question remains whether US coal prices will remain low, Jim Levesque says.


Is Newcastle thermal coal now in the middle of its winter of discontent?
November 25, 2015 00:38:23 EST (6:57)

Is the worst over for the Newcastle thermal coal market?


Steel


Turkish scrap imports kick off 2016 on an upbeat note, but headwinds persist
January 14, 2016 12:55:00 EST (2:54)

Vaseem Karbhari explores the market fundamentals underpinning a rise in Turkish scrap prices and how the health of Asian steel markets could hold the key to how they perform during 2016.


Interview: AISI president on the prospects for global steel markets
January 06, 2016 16:41:51 EST (10:43)

Platts interviews Tom Gibson, president of the American Iron and Steel Institute, on the state of the US steel industry, global trade, steel market trends and the future growth of the industry.



Agriculture


Victories and casualties in global biofuels
January 12, 2016 08:02:38 EST (3:32)

The past year could have been seen as a positive one for the biofuels market. Platts Tim Worledge looks at the bigger picture.



RFS mandates rattle RINs prices as US biofuels markets look ahead
December 03, 2015 08:02:38 EST (2:53)

The Nov. 30 announcement of the final Renewable Fuel Standard blending mandates drove up RINs prices while biodiesel and ethanol markets reacted differently.


Shipping


Resurgence of dirty tanker market in 2015: Just a flash in the pan?
December 16, 2015 16:50:38 EST (15:51)

Dirty tanker freight rates soared to their highest level in years in 2015, bringing back the positive vibe for shipowners. But how sustainable is this strength in prices going forward?



Golden Age or Bronze Age: Where is the clean tanker market heading?
October 02, 2015 07:15:23 EST (13:23)

Freight rates have improved this year, but as with any commodity, there's no crystal ball to tell the market for sure if current price trends are sustainable.


Electric Power


COP21: what impact will emissions targets have on energy markets?
December 15, 2015 10:00:20 EST (3:09)

Big economies made big promises to cut emissions at the Paris climate summit. Frank Watson analyzes how the commitments could affect energy markets.



The day of the MiFID II: How might it impact EU gas, power traders?
December 09, 2015 14:32:24 EST (6:21)

With the EU's controversial MiFid II financial rules tentatively due to come into effect in January 2017, what impact might the Directive have on the region's gas and power traders?


Metals


Could the tough period for steel, iron ore markets extend beyond 2016?
December 02, 2015 00:01:48 EST (4:51)

Steel market officials, experts share their views on the steel and steel raw materials market's near-term prospects.


Iron ore enters festive season with little to celebrate as prices dip to historic lows
December 01, 2015 08:02:38 EST (3:21)

Seaborne iron ore prices hit $42.50/dmt CFR North China on November 30, the lowest ever recorded since Platts started assessing it in 2008.







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