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May 25, 2018
The CEO of Russia's top oil producer Rosneft, Igor Sechin, Friday warned that oil prices could hit new records in the near future due to the sanctions that the US is implementing against some hydrocarbons producing countries.
May 25, 2018
Global oil prices fell by up to 3% Friday after Saudi Arabia said it is working on a plan with allies to boost oil supplies in H2 2018. OPEC and its partners led by Russia had been expected to maintain their strategy of 1.8 million b/d of cuts until the end of the year. However, the group has faced mounting criticism from major consuming nations over failing to dampen prices climbing above $80/b.
May 08, 2018
US President Donald Trump's plan to leave the Iran nuclear deal and reimpose sanctions could have major impacts for global oil, natural gas, metals and petrochemical markets.
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May 01, 2018-Trump has extended the exemption for steel and aluminum tariffs until June 1, increasing uncertainty around the extent of the eventual measures; and Chinese steel prices firmed in April despite official production figures continuing to defy the much vaunted capacity cuts.
April 30, 2018-This podcast looks into lithium and how mining techniques differ for one of the lightest metals in the world; sheds light on what brine and spodumene are and the advantages of each from a cost perspective.
April 23, 2018-S&P Global Platts senior oil writer Herman Wang recaps the OPEC Joint Ministerial Monitoring Committee meeting held April 20; and the reaction to US President Donald Trumps's social media comment which livened up what had been a fairly uneventful affair.
April 03, 2018-S&P Global Platts editors discuss whether the EV revolution could be halted by a supply shortage of nickel; and the implications for battery metals, such as cobalt and lithium.
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Latest Latin America News

Sao Paulo (Platts)--24 May 2018 1223 pm EDT/1623 GMT
Center-South Brazil crushed 42.65 million mt of sugarcane in the first half of May, up 10.5% year on year, and up 13.2% from H2 April, data from industry association UNICA showed Thursday.
London (Platts)--24 May 2018 711 am EDT/1111 GMT
Lithium demand "continues to grow at record rates," and is set to rise by 20% this year, Patricio de Solminihac, CEO of Chilean producer Sociedad Quimica y Minera de Chile, said in the company's first-quarter results statement Wednesday.
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The Barrel blog

April 20, 2018
A decade has passed since the 2008 dry bulk freight rates began a long downturn which coincided with the Financial Crisis and culminated with a historic low in January 2016.
March 09, 2018
OPEC ministers came to Houston this week for a “thank you” that never arrived. Since OPEC and non-OPEC producers reached their historic supply cut agreement in December 2016, global oil prices have stabilized above $60/b and supply and demand are nearing the ever-elusive balance.
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Commodity Pulse video

Managing bunker price exposure in the container market
May 25, 2018
The rising cost of marine fuels and the IMO 2020 global sulfur cap are likely to keep bunker fuel prices volatile. S&P Global Platts has launched new bunker charge assessments, on a $/FEU basis, to help bring transparency to the cost of transporting containers.
2018 Brent crude oil volatility: May outlook
May 09, 2018
Quantitative analyst Vito Turitto on the factors that will likely see the Dated Brent crude oil market experience a higher degree of market volatility in the coming weeks.
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Platts Latin America Price Assessments

Latin American Agriculture

Ethanol FOB Santos Cargo
Hydrous ANP: FOB Santos/Paranagua
Spot FOB Anhydrous direct to FOB NY

Latin American Coal

(PCI) Venezuela
(PCI) Colombia


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