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Metals


Iron ore hits all-time low as steel markets fail to firm following Lunar new year
March 26, 2015 00:30:00 EST (5:15 mins)
Mark Wiggett, editor for Platts Global Market Outlook, assesses key developments in the global steel and raw material markets as iron ore drop to an all-time low, and US and Asian flats and longs prices continue to fall.

Scrap price crash puts further pressure on global steel markets
March 05, 2015 11:00:00 EST (5:46 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 showed a small fall in January compared to December.

Natural Gas


Shippers reluctant to turn to LNG as fuel despite future standards
March 25, 2015 17:55:00 EST (3:48 mins)
Platts LNG editors Desmond Wong and Luke Stobbart dive into the reluctance of ship owners to convert vessels to LNG.

Global gas prices converge with fundamental shift in supply
February 18, 2015 00:01:00 EST (8:15 mins)
Platts pricing analyst Max Gostelow talks about fundamental shifts in the global gas supply, North Asia's falling share in global trade, and sellers' shipping optimization strategies to cope with changes in the LNG markets.

Coal


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.

European coal at the crossroads as prices hit 9-year low
January 23, 2015 00:30:00 EST (5:20 mins)
Gareth Carpenter, Platts managing editor for International Coal, analyzes the factors causing the heavy decline in Atlantic spot thermal coal prices.

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.

Electric Power


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.

European gas markets to remain attractive for spot LNG cargoes; Belgium nuclear outages add risk premium to forward power contracts
December 19, 2014 09:47:00 EST (6:36 mins)
In this video Siobhan Hall, Senior gas and power editor, discusses how the dramatic fall in Asian gas prices is bringing more LNG to the French market; how Europe will attract more LNG when European spot gas prices exceed Platts JKM netback values; and also at how the Belgian power market is coping with severe nuclear power supply shortages this winter.

Oil


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.

Oil outlook 2015: OPEC and US crude producers engage in game of brinkmanship as prices tumble
January 15, 2015 09:00:00 EST (18:13 mins)
Beth Evans, Benno Spencer, and Andrew Bonnington discuss the incredible reversal of fortunes for both global crude, and refined oil product markets such as gasoline, naphtha and LPG; and the ramifications of the huge price fall for US shale producers, Saudi Arabia, end consumers, and the aviation and shipping industries.

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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