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Feature -- Syria Conflict: Energy Security Implications

April 14, 2018
The US' declaration that the overnight missile strikes against Syria would be limited and a "one-time shot" may tamp down some of the risk to oil prices spiking when markets open Monday.
Analysis: US avoids direct Russia confrontation with Syria airstrikes, lowering oil price risk
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Factbox: Syrian crisis shines spotlight on Russian energy in Europe
Factbox: Syrian crisis shines spotlight on Russian energy in Europe
The risk of a direct military confrontation between the US and Russia over Syria has raised energy security concerns in Europe. Oil prices touched three-and-half year highs above $72 b/d after US President Donald Trump signaled a possible military response to alleged chemical weapons attacks near Damascus.

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.
April 11, 2018
With President Donald Trump imposing tariffs on aluminum and steel imports last month, his taking a tougher stand on trade overall, and the US general economy growing at a healthy clip, several key commodity prices were considerably stronger on average through the end of March, compared with on January 19, 2017, the day before his inauguration.
March 26, 2018
The world has seen a surge in electric vehicle use in recent years, but that plug-in push has not sparked as brightly in Russia.
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.
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New York (Platts)--20 Apr 2018 542 pm EDT/2142 GMT
Norwegian aluminum producer Norsk Hydro has told Rusal it "may be necessary" to declare force majeure on "certain contracts" in order for Hydro to uphold its obligations under US sanctions, the company said Friday.
London (Platts)--20 Apr 2018 321 pm EDT/1921 GMT
Miner Cleveland-Cliffs said Friday it expects higher iron ore pellet sales and revenue in the US, as surging domestic HRC steel prices and Atlantic pellet premiums used in contracts may be sustained as demand strengthens.
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Will there be enough nickel to support the EV hype?
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.
US tariffs and Chinese prices ramp up anxiety in steel markets
March 28, 2018
- International steel buyers are increasingly nervous about the weakness in Asian prices and trade-distorting tariffs.
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.
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