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Blockchain, Brexit loom for EU commodity traders after smooth MiFID 2 start

Blockchain, Brexit loom for EU commodity traders after smooth MiFID 2 start

2018-03-22 12:54:41 EST

The EU's MiFID 2 trading rules have started smoothly with EU commodity traders' compliance good so far. But while traders and regulators adapt to the new world of yearly exemptions and adjustable position limits, new challenges are looming.

The Barrel Blog

March 19, 2018
The beverage sector has long favored aluminum cans for being lighter, stronger and more easily recyclable than the alternatives, despite being up to three times more expensive than steel and twice more than PET.
March 19, 2018
Will rapidly rising oilfield service costs derail efforts by companies to maintain fiscal austerity while hitting their production targets?
March 13, 2018
Jim Beam, the world’s biggest-selling US bourbon whiskey, is sold mostly in aluminum cans in Japan — which could potentially take an unintended hit from the US’ recent move to impose a 10% levy on aluminum imports.
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Houston (Platts)--23 Mar 2018 607 pm EDT/2207 GMT
A vast power outage that hit the northern half of Brazil this week further delayed Braskem's efforts to restart a chlor-alkali plant, prompting the company to seek more US ethylene dichloride to maintain uninterrupted polyvinyl chloride production, a source familiar with Braskem's operations said Friday.
Washington (Platts)--23 Mar 2018 534 pm EDT/2134 GMT
Despite a surprise veto threat that rattled Congress Friday morning, President Donald Trump signed a $1.3 trillion spending bill, avoiding a federal government shutdown and sparing energy-related programs the steep cuts once envisioned by the White House.
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Feature: OPEC Guide

March 06, 2018
A continued collapse in Venezuela's oil industry to a historic nadir and field maintenance that dropped UAE output to almost two-year lows drove down OPEC's crude production to 32.39 million b/d in February, according to an S&P Global Platts survey released March 6.
OPEC Feb crude oil output 32.39 mil b/d, down 70,000 b/d from Jan: Platts survey
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OPEC crude oil output and production vs. cut allocations
OPEC crude oil output and production vs. cut allocations
Since 1988, S&P Global Platts has published a monthly survey tracking OPEC crude oil production by country. The estimates are obtained through a review of proprietary shipping data, news reportage and surveys of knowledgeable sources.


What's in store for global polyethylene and polypropylene out to 2027?
Worldwide polyethylene capacity is seen to grow from 108.3 million mt in 2016 to 150 million mt by 2027, with around 10 million mt of speculative capacity included into our forecasts post 2024. Platts Analytics expects production to grow from 93 million mt in 2016 to 133.6 million mt by 2027.


Battery metals move to the front, oil still driving sentiment
March 23, 2018
- S&P Global Platts reporters recap what top executives said at the FT Commodities Global Summit will be the future trends for the battery metals and electric vehicles sectors.
What next for African refining?
March 21, 2018
- After attending the African Refiners Association meeting in Cape Town, S&P Global Platts reporters share their thoughts with Joel Hanley on the continent's prospects in oil refining and investment.
EU, Russian regulators favor blockchain efficiency in energy projects
March 20, 2018
- S&P Global Platts editors look at some of the pilot energy blockchain projects popping up in Europe and Russia, including for oil production logistics and wholesale gas and power trading, and how regulators are reacting.
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