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May 25, 2018
Tariffs continue to dominate the steel markets with US prices at multi-year highs and international traders finding it increasingly difficult to do business in Europe.
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.
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Feature -- Iran Sanctions: Global Energy Implications

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.
Factbox: Energy, metals impact of Trump's decision to reimpose Iran sanctions
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Analysis: An Iranian exodus could open more doors for US crudes in Europe
Analysis: An Iranian exodus could open more doors for US crudes in Europe
The potential reduction of Iranian crude into the European market as result of renewed sanctions will likely benefit US crude exporters, which have enjoyed an increasingly large share of that market, an S&P Global Platts analysis showed May 8.

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Louisville, Kentucky (Platts)--15 Jun 2018 731 pm EDT/2331 GMT
Nevada Copper plans to "hold on" at least initially to the copper concentrate produced at its new Pumpkin Hollow mine in Nevada, for which construction is set to begin ramping up in July, company chairman Stephen Gill said Friday.
Louisville, Kentucky (Platts)--15 Jun 2018 729 pm EDT/2329 GMT
Canada's Highland Copper Friday said a newly released feasibility study was a "major step forward" in its planned development of the proposed Copperwood copper and silver mine in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.
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The Barrel Blog

June 13, 2018
The metallurgical coal market has been abuzz with chatter since reports last week of a $70 billion package proposed by China to narrow its significant trade deficit with the US.
May 24, 2018
Since January S&P Global Platts quality differentials for the gangue elements such as alumina, silica and phosphorous have evolved to reflect changing market fundamentals.
May 07, 2018
For years indigenous people living in small villages along Alaska’s Arctic coast fiercely fought offshore drilling. Now they want a piece of the action.
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Steel, Ferrous Scrap, Ferroalloys and Noble Alloys methodology

Published March 2016

The Steel, Ferrous Scrap, Ferroalloys and Noble Alloys guide contains the primary specifications and methodologies for Platts Steel and Ferrous Scrap global catalogue of price assessments.

Steel, Ferrous Scrap, Ferroalloys and Noble Alloys methodology

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