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Petrochemicals


US PE market reverses course as first wave of capacity expansions approaches
April 28, 2016 07:30:00 EST (2:57)

US polyethylene producers are expected to implement an increase for April contracts, making it the second consecutive monthly increase. But can it last?


Strong demand lifts Asian olefins prices to multi-month highs
April 14, 2016 07:30:00 EST (3:29)

What's next for the Asian olefins market after multi-month highs for ethylene, propylene and butadiene prices?


Metals


World watches as China appears to find floor of ferrochrome market
April 26, 2016 09:10:00 EST (3:28)

The significance of China's ferrochrome price is often understated in the market, yet when some of the country's stainless steelmakers rolled over purchase prices for April, the world's markets paid attention.


5 key trends shaping the metallurgical coal market
April 12, 2016 11:10:00 EST (3:29)

What are market participants in the metallurgical coal industry expecting for the rest of 2016? Edwin Yeo shares his findings from a recent Platts survey.


Oil


The Doha oil freeze fiasco: What lies ahead?
April 21, 2016 11:43:50 EST (3:34)
Platts senior editor Eklavya Gupte explores some of the ramifications on the global oil markets of the failure by major oil producers to agree on an output freeze in Doha.

US shale production will shape the future of global commodity markets
April 19, 2016 08:10:00 EST (4:56)

From crude oil to refined petroleum products, from natural gas to LNG and NGLs, from feedstocks to petrochemical products, US shale is making a huge impact on many sectors.


Coal


Growth of Illinois Basin coal sets stage for futures contract
April 07, 2016 08:10:00 EST (3:02)

ICE on Monday launched a new US coal futures contract for the Illinois Basin, which is making up a growing portion of the total US coal market, as Andrew Moore explains.


Agriculture


Transition to new grains crops in the Black Sea region
April 05, 2016 11:10:00 EST (3:45)

With wheat traders jostling for position and opinions varied as to how the new grains crop will pan out, Andrei Agapi reflects on overall sentiment within the market.


Iraq's new sugar refinery set to capitalize on local demand, but EU waits in the wings
March 14, 2016 10:40:05 EST (7:13)

The new Etihad sugar refinery in Babylon, Iraq, is helping to turn the Middle East and North Africa into more of an agriculture powerhouse, putting pressure on the European Union.



Electric Power


Strong precipitation trends in US Pacific Northwest keep power prices low
March 17, 2016 10:00:20 EST (3:14)

One of the strongest El Nino events on record is contributing to bearish forward power prices and lower spot power prices in the US Pacific Northwest this spring.


Markets vs subsidies: the battle for EU power
March 02, 2016 10:51:40 EST (9:43)

EU governments spend billions on aid to their power sectors, but how long will it last and can a new EU market design cut the cost?



Natural Gas


2016: A buyer's market for Asian LNG?
March 17, 2016 04:00:56 EST (5:26)

Many LNG buyers in Asia are adopting a wait-and-see approach to see how low prices could go before picking up cargoes.


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.



Shipping


The bittersweet 2016: What to expect in the dry bulk Supramax market?
February 12, 2016 11:29:05 EST (16:53)

The Atlantic dry bulk Supramax market is in big trouble. The freight rates are bottoming, demand on conventional trade routes is failing and the oversupply of tonnage remains a challenge. What is the outlook for the market in 2016?


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?








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