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Houston (Platts)--24 Mar 2017 508 pm EDT/2108 GMT
Monday may have marked the official first day of spring in the US, but the Central Appalachian rail and barge coal markets have essentially been in shoulder-season mode since February after a promising cold start to winter evaporated into a warm 2017, thwarting near-term thermal demand.
London (Platts)--24 Mar 2017 926 am EDT/1326 GMT
Profit margins for coal-fired power plants to produce electricity for delivery in Germany next year have rebounded and reached positive territory for the first time this year as coal prices have dropped and a stronger euro also helping profitability, S&P Global Platts data shows.
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Feature: The Trump Administration

February 28, 2017
In an address to a joint session of Congress February 28, President Donald Trump did not utter the word energy, or delve deeply into energy policy debates. But Trump touched on areas of interest to the sector.
Trump gives overview of policy, but no specifics on energy goals
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Factbox: In speech to Congress, Trump targets energy regulations
Factbox: In speech to Congress, Trump targets energy regulations
In a speech to a joint session of Congress February 28, President Donald Trump offered broad insight into his policy goals and reaffirmed his administration's push to rollback federal regulations.

The Barrel Blog

March 21, 2017
Over 2000 container industry players descended upon TPM at Long Beach, end February, where one key theme I took away was the hesitancy to embrace price transparency.
March 09, 2017
NEAT refers to our recently launched North East Asia Thermal (NEAT) coal index. Since its inception in early January, the daily index has tracked the value of thermal coal cargoes arriving into the markets of Japan, Korea and Taiwan.
January 20, 2017
We consider commodity prices during President Barack Obama's tenure and will track how they change during President Donald Trump's time in office.
December 23, 2016
Holiday lights add a significant additional level of electricity demand during the start of winter when cold weather is already driving up load.
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Price Focus

Thermal coal cargoes from various origins were finding their way into India to compete against South African coal, prices of which have remained at elevated levels, sources said March 21. A north India-based trader said Indian buyers were receiving offers from a wider range of origins, including Canada.


China aims for bluer skies ahead, but at what cost to commodity demand?
March 23, 2017
- Prime Minister Li Keqiang wants to make China's skies blue again. But what does this mean for the country's production and consumption of commodities?
Northeast US coal burn increased in March even as retirements will impact power gen mix
March 22, 2017
- It seems Mother Nature decided to skip most of winter in the Northeast US this year, but a recent cold snap bumped up power and gas prices in March and the region's generation mix is still changing.
Sizing up Trump's oil and energy policy initiatives from the Bone zone
March 06, 2017
- Ken Bone, the man behind the internet's most famous red sweater and a worker in the energy industry, shares his thoughts about President Donald Trump's energy policy path so far.
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