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Agriculture


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.

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.

Natural Gas


Historically low demand keeps tight lid on UK power and gas prices
July 10, 2014 09:00:00 EST (7:45 mins)
In this video Henry Edwardes-Evans, associate director for European power, takes a close look at gas and power market dynamics in the UK; the steady downward trend in gas prices across the year as a consequence of a fall in end-user demand; as well as the outlook for power and gas prices, and demand, in July.

Asian LNG imports drop off, Qatar looks for other markets
June 27, 2014 12:47:00 EST (4:43 mins)
LNG prices and imports are falling in Asia, and a traditional supplier is trying to find a home for its cargoes.

Electric Power


Historically low demand keeps tight lid on UK power and gas prices
July 10, 2014 09:00:00 EST (7:45 mins)
In this video Henry Edwardes-Evans, associate director for European power, takes a close look at gas and power market dynamics in the UK; the steady downward trend in gas prices across the year as a consequence of a fall in end-user demand; as well as the outlook for power and gas prices, and demand, in July.

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.

Metals


Falling iron ore price undermines sentiment in steel markets
July 8, 2014 07:00:00 EST (5:26 mins)
Mark Wiggett, editor for Platts Global Market Outlook, discusses the continuing fall in iron ore prices which began in mid-April; unusually steady scrap prices in Turkey; and what's been happening to flat steel prices across the globe.

ArcelorMittal's Gregory Ludkovsky discusses the development of speciality steels for automotive markets
June 2, 2014 10:15:00 EST (9:53 mins)
In this video, Peter Brennan interviews Gregory Ludkovsky, vice president, global research and development at ArcelorMittal, on the main challenges facing steel makers in the automotive sector; the impact of environmental issues and legislation on specialty steel manufacturing; and how scientific developments occuring in steel offer distinct advantages over aluminum and composite materials in car design.

Coal


Aggressive Chinese bidding saps CFR China thermal coal prices; CIF ARA prices slump under pressure
June 12, 2014 09:45:00 EST (5:03 mins)
James O'Connell assesses CIF ARA coal swaps, examines how benchmark Newcastle thermal coal inched closer to $70/mt and analyzes CCI 1 and CCI 8 with Chinese buyers getting more aggressive when it comes down to price negotiations.

中国买家报价咄咄逼人, 动力煤到岸价无力回升; 欧洲三港到岸价承压下滑
June 12, 2014 09:45:00 EST (5:03 mins)
在此次播报中, 煤炭主编James O’Connell先生将审查欧洲三港到岸价掉期市场上的动态, 自今年4月份以来, 欧洲三港到岸价掉期价格首次跌破80美元/公吨. James O'Connell先生还将探讨纽卡斯尔港煤炭基准价如何滑向70美元/公吨这一心理支撑价。此外, 鉴于中国买家在价格谈判中变得更加咄咄逼人, James O'Connell先生还将分析普氏/汾渭中国煤炭指数(CCI1和CCI8).

Oil


Cap-and-trade and carbon reduction updates coming soon to California
June 18, 2014 16:00:00 EST (17:52 mins)
On January 1, 2015, the cap-and-trade system goes into effect for all transportation fuels in California. Another carbon reduction plan in the state continues its gradual push toward lowering the carbon intensity of the state's transportation fuels by 10% by 2020. John Kingston, director of news, and Beth Evans, associate editorial director, Americas oil news, discuss the California low carbon fuel standard and the cap-and-trade system.

North American crude oil shipped by rail enables expansion, but also raises issues
June 11, 2014 16:00:00 EST (13:41 mins)
As crude production has outstripped the ability of pipelines to deliver oil, crude by rail is becoming more popular. But with more attention comes pressure to tighten safety regulations on rail cars. Herman Wang, senior editor, discusses the situation with John Kingston, director of news.

Petrochemicals


Shrinking Chinese polyester margins: implications for paraxylene
May 09, 2014 16:00:00 EST (12:33 mins)
Amid slowing demand and a capacity glut, polyester margins are shrinking. And in turn, they have dragged feedstock paraxylene margins into the red. What does this portend? Vandana Hari, Asia editorial director, discusses the trend with Michelle Kim, senior editor, and Anton Ferkov, managing editor.

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.

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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