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February 2018


Biofuels antidumping duties: here to stay or gone with the wind?

Biofuels antidumping duties: here to stay or gone with the wind?

February 15, 2018 10:00:43 EST (8:30)
With new and upcoming policy changes, uncertainties in the biodiesel and ethanol markets look set to continue plaguing trade flows into Europe.

Choke points could emerge to inhibit global LNG trade expansion in 2018

Choke points could emerge to inhibit global LNG trade expansion in 2018

February 13, 2018 23:30:41 EST (3:04)
As the market embarks on a second year of record level LNG supply from the Atlantic Basin and strong competition from Asia for those volumes, a potential choke point is emerging: the Panama Canal.

Market Movers Europe, Feb 12-16: Oil industry leaders meet amid low prices; US forecasts, equities weigh on oil market; outlook for coal darkens

Market Movers Europe, Feb 12-16: Oil industry leaders meet amid low prices; US forecasts, equities weigh on oil market; outlook for coal darkens

February 12, 2018 09:42:58 EST (3:57)
In this week's highlights: Oil prices feel the pressure from higher US production forecasts; European aromatics go west and thermal coal prices are expected to drop further.

Market Movers Asia, Feb 12-16: Qatar's condensate tender result to set market tone; Asia to wind down ahead of LNY holidays

Market Movers Asia, Feb 12-16: Qatar's condensate tender result to set market tone; Asia to wind down ahead of LNY holidays

February 12, 2018 08:32:19 EST (2:38)
Here's a quick look at the factors that could move the energy and commodity markets this week.

2018 Brent crude oil volatility: February outlook

2018 Brent crude oil volatility: February outlook

February 09, 2018 15:49:50 EST (3:35)
Analyst Vito Turitto on why volatility on the Dated Brent crude oil market at the end of January was moving around its lowest level in two years, and how a higher degree of market turbulence had to be expected.

Can OPEC and US shale walk oil market tightrope?

Can OPEC and US shale walk oil market tightrope?

February 08, 2018 11:06:32 EST (9:09)
OPEC and its non-OPEC allies are steadfastly sticking to a historic production cut deal and US shale producers are caught between the lessons of the past and the opportunities of the present. What are the ramifications?

Asian petrochemical H1 outlook: Polymers and olefins in focus

Asian petrochemical H1 outlook: Polymers and olefins in focus

February 06, 2018 04:00:41 EST (3:06)
Asia's olefins and polymers markets face a mixed outlook in the first six months of 2018.

Market Movers Europe, Feb 5-9: It’s results season for big oil; Groningen natural gas output in the balance

Market Movers Europe, Feb 5-9: It’s results season for big oil; Groningen natural gas output in the balance

February 05, 2018 09:49:21 EST (4:19)
In this week’s highlights: Labor unions will decide whether or not to support the creation of a European steel giant; the coal sector eyes the prospect of a strike at one of the world's largest mines; and the fate of the Groningen gas field hangs in the balance.

Market Movers Asia, Feb 5-9: MidEast crude producers to release OSPs

Market Movers Asia, Feb 5-9: MidEast crude producers to release OSPs

February 05, 2018 10:11:45 EST (2:41)
Here's a quick look at the factors that could move the energy and commodity markets this week.

ASEAN's shifting role in the evolving LNG market

ASEAN's shifting role in the evolving LNG market

February 01, 2018 04:30:43 EST (9:05)
Insights around the Southeast Asia's shrinking LNG production surplus.

Asian petrochemical H1 outlook: Aromatics in focus

Asian petrochemical H1 outlook: Aromatics in focus

February 01, 2018 03:00:41 EST (3:17)
Many of Asia’s petrochemical markets have put behind them a good year for producers, who have mostly been seeing good margins for their products. But there are some dark clouds appearing on the horizon.

January 2018


Europe 2018 petrochemical outlook: competitiveness, trade flows and new challenges

Europe 2018 petrochemical outlook: competitiveness, trade flows and new challenges

January 31, 2018 14:25:33 EST (7::32)
From new US capacities to Chinese regulations, the opportunities and challenges on the horizon for Europe's petrochemicals markets are discussed by S&P Global Platts petchems team.

EU demand for Russian gas to keep Ukraine needed after Nord Stream 2

EU demand for Russian gas to keep Ukraine needed after Nord Stream 2

January 31, 2018 12:38:40 EST (10:44)
S&P Global Platts editors Siobhan Hall and Stuart Elliott discuss EU natural gas demand, transit capacities and regulation, as well as the outlook for EU, Russian and Ukrainian gas relations.

Brent crude oil volatility 2017 review: In like a lion, out like a lamb

Brent crude oil volatility 2017 review: In like a lion, out like a lamb

January 30, 2018 22:00:41 EST (3:31)
Analyst Vito Turitto looks back at the fluctuations of the Brent market in 2017, and how it was heavily influenced by OPEC's output cut deal.

Market Movers Europe, Feb 5-9: It’s results season for big oil; Groningen natural gas output in the balance

Market Movers Europe, Feb 5-9: It’s results season for big oil; Groningen natural gas output in the balance

February 05, 2018 09:49:21 EST (4:19)
In this week’s highlights: Labor unions will decide whether or not to support the creation of a European steel giant; the coal sector eyes the prospect of a strike at one of the world's largest mines; and the fate of the Groningen gas field hangs in the balance.

Market Movers Asia, Jan 29-Feb 2: Slew of ESPO blend cargoes expected

Market Movers Asia, Jan 29-Feb 2: Slew of ESPO blend cargoes expected

January 22, 2018 10:00:19 EST (2:51)
Here's a quick look at the factors that could move the energy and commodity markets this week.

What's in store for India's oil and gas sector in 2018?

What's in store for India's oil and gas sector in 2018?

January 23, 2018 10:10:41 EST (3:43)
India's economic growth is set to pick up amid expectations that infrastructure and banking sectors will get a renewed push. What does this mean for the country's oil and gas sector?

Market Movers Europe, Jan 22-26: European refiners are considering run cuts; mild weather looks set to dampen gas demand

Market Movers Europe, Jan 22-26: European refiners are considering run cuts; mild weather looks set to dampen gas demand

January 22, 2018 04:00:57 EST (3:23)
In this week’s highlights, European refiners are considering run cuts; mild weather looks set to dampen gas demand;and Germany votes on coalition talks with Merkel's Christian Democrats.

Market Movers Asia, Jan 22-26: OPEC, non-OPEC producers may change focus in supply cut agreement

Market Movers Asia, Jan 22-26: OPEC, non-OPEC producers may change focus in supply cut agreement

January 22, 2018 10:00:19 EST (2:50)
Here's a quick look at the factors that could move the energy and commodity markets this week.

Will the Chinese steel market be softer in 2018?

Will the Chinese steel market be softer in 2018?

January 18, 2018 10:20:41 EST (3:46)
China's ferrous market has been seeing plenty of volatility in steel, iron ore, and coking coal prices since the start of 2018. What is the market expecting for the rest of the year?

Market Movers Europe, Jan 15-19: OPEC, IEA oil market reports due; quake raises questions over natural gas production

Market Movers Europe, Jan 15-19: OPEC, IEA oil market reports due; quake raises questions over natural gas production

January 15, 2018 04:00:57 EST (3:22)
In this week’s highlights: Key reports on the global oil market are due out after Brent hit $70 a barrel; a Dutch government decision on a key European gas field is eagerly awaited; and the European steel sector is bracing itself for a US trade ruling.

Market Movers Asia, Jan 15-19: Trump calls for revision of Iran nuclear deal

Market Movers Asia, Jan 15-19: Trump calls for revision of Iran nuclear deal

January 15, 2018 12:15:19 EST (2:27)
Here's a quick look at the factors that could move the energy and commodity markets this week.

New-build standoff sees European plant margins decline

New-build standoff sees European plant margins decline

January 11, 2018 12:14:43 EST (5:51)
S&P Global Platts European power editors Andreas Franke and Henry Edwardes-Evans show that, even with significant gas plant additions, dispatchable margins are likely to dip close to severe peak demand levels in the next few years.

Yamal LNG supply route shifts the global balance

Yamal LNG supply route shifts the global balance

January 11, 2018 08:00:41 EST (3:10)
Yamal LNG Train 1 has successfully shipped its first four cargoes. Will the gas stay in Northern Europe or be shipped onwards?

2018 Brent crude oil volatility: January outlook

2018 Brent crude oil volatility: January outlook

January 09, 2018 14:55:41 EST (3:31)
Analyst Vito Turitto explains why Brent crude oil market volatility is likely to increase in the short-term; and how there are signs that some degree of price correction is imminent.

Market Movers Europe, Jan 8-12: Oil market awaits Iran sanctions decision; Ukraine in focus for European gas market

Market Movers Europe, Jan 8-12: Oil market awaits Iran sanctions decision; Ukraine in focus for European gas market

January 08, 2018 04:00:57 EST (3:38)
In this week’s highlights: the future of the Iran sanctions regime is set to have an impact on oil prices; Europe's markets are feeling the ripple effects of US storms; and Ukraine is at a crossroads over where to buy its natural gas.

Market Movers Asia, Jan 8-12: US to discuss Iran sanctions waiver; Iranian oil tanker ablaze after collision with Chinese vessel

Market Movers Asia, Jan 8-12: US to discuss Iran sanctions waiver; Iranian oil tanker ablaze after collision with Chinese vessel

January 08, 2018 10:00:19 EST (3:23)
Here's a quick look at the factors that could move the energy and commodity markets this week.

December 2017


5 themes driving commodity markets in 2018

5 themes driving commodity markets in 2018

December 20, 2017 11:44:52 EST (8:27)
Energy prices were rangebound for most of 2017, with oil prices staging a sustained rally in the final quarter, but there have been some big structural and political shifts that are likely to reverberate. S&P Global Platts President Martin Fraenkel lays out his five themes to focus on in commodity markets in 2018.

Platts explains India methanol price assessment methodology

Platts explains India methanol price assessment methodology

December 19, 2017 02:00:19 EST (4:29)
S&P Global Platts explains its Market on Close assessment and assessment process for spot cargo deliveries of methanol CFR India.

Market Movers Europe, Dec 18-22: Oil market pays close attention to Forties; Yamal LNG to help balance UK natural gas market

Market Movers Europe, Dec 18-22: Oil market pays close attention to Forties; Yamal LNG to help balance UK natural gas market

December 18, 2017 04:00:57 EST (3:41)
In this week’s highlights: supply outages and price surges are high on the agenda, with North Sea oil and gas markets focused on the Forties pipeline shutdown; and Italy’s power grid operator seeks demand-side flexibility.

Market Movers Asia, Dec 18-22: Southeast Asian crude trading cycle in full swing

Market Movers Asia, Dec 18-22: Southeast Asian crude trading cycle in full swing

December 18, 2017 10:00:19 EST (2:26)
Here's a quick look at the factors that could move the energy and commodity markets this week.

US and China: Partners in global LNG growth?

US and China: Partners in global LNG growth?

December 15, 2017 02:00:19 EST (3:23)
S&P Global Platts senior director for global gas and LNG Madeline Jowdy looks at the relationship between two emerging LNG giants.

Brexatom: Impact of UK departure from European Atomic Energy Community

Brexatom: Impact of UK departure from European Atomic Energy Community

December 12, 2017 15:12:36 EST (2:44)
Oliver Adelman, S&P Global Platts managing editor for nuclear publications, focuses on the purpose of the Euratom Treaty, the impact of Brexatom, and the UK's search for alternative arrangements.

Market Movers Europe, Dec 11-15: Winter cold snap to test natural gas markets; IEA, OPEC to publish monthly oil market reports

Market Movers Europe, Dec 11-15: Winter cold snap to test natural gas markets; IEA, OPEC to publish monthly oil market reports

December 11, 2017 04:00:57 EST (3:23)
In this week's highlights, another blast of wintry weather is likely to put European gas markets under renewed pressure, we look forward to the publication of monthly oil market reports by the IEA and OPEC.

Market Movers Asia, Dec 11-15: Market players expect further upside after Asia LNG spot prices break $10/MMBtu-mark

Market Movers Asia, Dec 11-15: Market players expect further upside after Asia LNG spot prices break $10/MMBtu-mark

December 11, 2017 10:15:19 EST (2:57)
Here's a quick look at the factors that could move the energy and commodity markets this week.

Beijing’s winter clampdown on steel is the real deal

Beijing’s winter clampdown on steel is the real deal

December 07, 2017 02:45:19 EST (3:22)
China has turned an unprecedented corner with its plans to curb steel production over November-March for environmental reasons - and it isn’t going back.

Market Movers Europe, Dec 4-8: European gas market poised for volatility; Statoil expected to send oil to Asia

Market Movers Europe, Dec 4-8: European gas market poised for volatility; Statoil expected to send oil to Asia

December 04, 2017 04:00:57 EST (3:30)
In this week's highlights, the European gas market is poised for further volatility with the region short of LNG arrivals and we ponder how much last week's OPEC decision will influence non-OPEC oil producers.

Market Movers Asia, Dec 4-8: Middle East crude OSPs seen set to rise

Market Movers Asia, Dec 4-8: Middle East crude OSPs seen set to rise

December 04, 2017 09:30:19 EST (2:47)
Here's a quick look at the factors that could move the energy and commodity markets this week.

November 2017


Market Movers Europe, Nov 27 - Dec 1: OPEC ministers gather for talks in Vienna; EU votes on UK's post-Brexit carbon allowances

Market Movers Europe, Nov 27 - Dec 1: OPEC ministers gather for talks in Vienna; EU votes on UK's post-Brexit carbon allowances

November 27, 2017 17:58:57 EST (3:04)
In this week's highlights, we look at OPEC's upcoming meeting and the EU Climate Change Committee's vote on the so-called Brexit-safeguard measure. Pascal Dick reports.

Market Movers Asia, Nov 27-Dec 1: All eyes on OPEC, non-OPEC meet on Thursday

Market Movers Asia, Nov 27-Dec 1: All eyes on OPEC, non-OPEC meet on Thursday

November 27, 2017 10:19:19 EST (2:15)
Here's a quick look at the factors that could move the energy and commodity markets this week.

US FERC Chairman Chatterjee on the future of US power markets, coal, nuclear and gas

US FERC Chairman Chatterjee on the future of US power markets, coal, nuclear and gas

November 22, 2017 10:06:41 EST (8:12)
Neil Chatterjee, chairman of the US FERC, discusses the commission's plans to pursue a controversial proposal to tweak power markets to help save coal and nuclear power plants at risk of retirement.

Post-2020 EU carbon market legislation clears major hurdle

Post-2020 EU carbon market legislation clears major hurdle

November 22, 2017 15:12:36 EST (3:08)
Carbon allowance prices under the EU Emissions Trading System rallied as high as Eur8.00/mt in early November, as proposed post-2020 market reforms moved forward. Frank Watson reports.

Market Movers Europe, Nov 20-24: Major energy meetings involving Russia, German coalition talks fail

Market Movers Europe, Nov 20-24: Major energy meetings involving Russia, German coalition talks fail

November 20, 2017 17:58:57 EST (3:20)
In this week's highlights, we look at major energy meetings involving Russia, the UK's autumn budget statement, and German coalition talks fail. Eklavya Gupte reports.

Market Movers Asia, Nov 20-24: All eyes on China, India & Saudi Arabia's key oil data

Market Movers Asia, Nov 20-24: All eyes on China, India & Saudi Arabia's key oil data

November 20, 2017 10:19:19 EST (2:39)
Here's a quick look at the factors that could move the energy and commodity markets this week.

New US gas pipelines fall short of 'last mile' to LNG demand

New US gas pipelines fall short of 'last mile' to LNG demand

November 16, 2017 06:00:12 EST (3:14)
A slew of LNG export projects, largely in Texas and Louisiana, are under construction or in the planning phase but new Northeast pipeline capacity appears to fall short of supplying the demand centers.

Finally, an upturn in industrial commodity prices - but will it last?

Finally, an upturn in industrial commodity prices - but will it last?

November 15, 2017 05:30:00 EST (3:34)
Oil prices are at 2.5-year highs. Global aluminum prices have reached five-year highs. And copper prices are up 20%. It's looking to be one of the best times for industrial commodities in years. But will it last?

Market Movers Europe, Nov 13-17: IEA to publish World Energy Outlook; Groningen natural gas field awaits its fate

Market Movers Europe, Nov 13-17: IEA to publish World Energy Outlook; Groningen natural gas field awaits its fate

November 13, 2017 09:08:52 EST (2:36)
In this week’s highlights: Abu Dhabi hosts a major oil conference; European steel producers look to raise prices; and a Dutch court is due to decide output from the Groningen gas field. Anise Ganbold reports.

Market Movers Asia, Nov 13-17: Oil and energy outlook reports out this week

Market Movers Asia, Nov 13-17: Oil and energy outlook reports out this week

November 13, 2017 09:55:19 EST (2:53)
Here's a quick look at the factors that could move the energy and commodity markets this week.

Brent crude oil volatility: November outlook

Brent crude oil volatility: November outlook

November 09, 2017 11:07:35 EST (3:43)
Analyst Vito Turitto on how the increase in WTI/Brent differential has favored the flow of US crude barrels into Europe and Asia; and how market volatility is set to continue to have a significant impact on trading and hedging activities.

Singapore's changing bunker fuel industry dynamics

Singapore's changing bunker fuel industry dynamics

November 07, 2017 04:20:00 EST (3:41)
Singapore’s bunker industry dynamics are changing due to increased competition and the enforcement of mass flow meters.

Market Movers Europe, Nov 6-10: OPEC unveils annual World Oil Outlook; European thermal coal prices approach $100/mt

Market Movers Europe, Nov 6-10: OPEC unveils annual World Oil Outlook; European thermal coal prices approach $100/mt

November 06, 2017 16:22:19 EST (3:19)
In this week's highlights: OPEC unveils annual World Oil Outlook; EU close to major carbon market reforms; European thermal coal prices approach $100/mt. Stefan Swanepoel reports.

Market Movers Asia, Nov 6 to 10: Crude buyers await key prices from Qatar Petroleum

Market Movers Asia, Nov 6 to 10: Crude buyers await key prices from Qatar Petroleum

November 06, 2017 09:55:19 EST (3:17)
Here's a quick look at the factors that could move the energy and commodity markets this week.

Russian energy: playing the long game

Russian energy: playing the long game

November 02, 2017 15:09:01 EST (8:02)
Russia has got a seat at the head of the OPEC table, while it continues to deepen ties with Saudi Arabia and appears to be coping with sanctions. Platts editors discuss the outlook for the world's biggest crude oil producer.

How will Southeast Asia meet its rising crude oil demand?

How will Southeast Asia meet its rising crude oil demand?

November 02, 2017 10:10:00 EST (3:19)
Southeast Asia is heading towards an energy deficit driven by declining production and reserves, and rising demand. The International Energy Agency in its 2017 Southeast Asia Energy Outlook said that the region will be short of fossil fuels by 2040.

October 2017


2020 shipping costs on the back of a napkin

2020 shipping costs on the back of a napkin

October 31, 2017 15:52:55 EST (3:31)
The shipping sector is predicted to spend anywhere from $24 to $60 billion annually starting in 2020 to comply with new sulfur emission restrictions. Jason Silber calculates how much the extra fuel costs could be per vessel.

Asia remains overarching determinant on European butadiene prices

Asia remains overarching determinant on European butadiene prices

October 31, 2017 15:23:59 EST (3:00)
S&P Global Platts petrochemicals editor Daved Chohan reports on how Asia remains the overarching determinant on European butadiene prices and provides an outlook for global olefins heading into 2018.

Platts expanding Japan oil rack assessments into Chukyo and Hanshin

Platts expanding Japan oil rack assessments into Chukyo and Hanshin

October 31, 2017 00:20:34 EST (6:24)
Masanori Odaka explains the methodology behind S&P Global Platts Japan oil rack assessments in the Chukyo and Hanshin markets.

Market Movers Europe, Oct 30-Nov 3: Metals industry in focus at LME Week; US plastics exporters target Europe; oil commands attention

Market Movers Europe, Oct 30-Nov 3: Metals industry in focus at LME Week; US plastics exporters target Europe; oil commands attention

October 30, 2017 16:22:19 EST (2:59)
In this week's highlights: Metals and miners rock Mayfair at LME week; US plastics exporters target Europe; and oil commands attention. Maurice Geller reports.

Market Movers Asia, Oct 30-Nov 3: Key energy dialogue in Asia ahead of OPEC meeting

Market Movers Asia, Oct 30-Nov 3: Key energy dialogue in Asia ahead of OPEC meeting

October 30, 2017 09:55:19 EST (2:44)
Here's a quick look at the factors that could move the energy and commodity markets this week.

LNG: The gas market goes global

LNG: The gas market goes global

October 25, 2017 08:00:37 EST (3:14)
From 1964 to the present day, LNG has transformed the energy industry and is now leading to the development of a truly global gas market.

Market Movers Europe, Oct 23-27: African offshore, corporate recovery in focus at oil industry event

Market Movers Europe, Oct 23-27: African offshore, corporate recovery in focus at oil industry event

October 23, 2017 16:22:19 EST (2:31)
In this week's highlights: Defining discussions expected at the Oil & Money conference in London and the World Steel Association’s annual meeting in Brussels; and EU power players seek policy direction.

Market Movers Asia, Oct 23-27: Markets await China policy announcements on energy sector

Market Movers Asia, Oct 23-27: Markets await China policy announcements on energy sector

October 23, 2017 10:10:19 EST (3:01)
Here's a quick look at the factors that could move the energy and commodity markets this week.

US LNG exporters face fierce competition in an oversupplied market

US LNG exporters face fierce competition in an oversupplied market

October 19, 2017 12:00:15 EST (4:31)
The US is looking to become the third-largest LNG exporter by 2019, and projects are fighting for a way to fit into a growing global market even as buyers don't feel pressure to sign long-term deals.

Growing impact of shale gas on petrochemicals industry

Growing impact of shale gas on petrochemicals industry

October 19, 2017 12:06:20 EST (10:15)
In this video, S&P Global Platts petrochemicals editors Shashank Shekhar, Michael McCafferty, and Christopher Ferrell discuss in-depth the growing impact of shale gas on the global petchems industry.

How soon could electric vehicles growth hit the oil sector?

How soon could electric vehicles growth hit the oil sector?

October 17, 2017 14:19:15 EST (10:15)
In this video, we look at the rise of electric vehicles, a topic which is increasingly grabbing the headlines as a so-called 'disruptive technology' set to shake up not just the automobile sector but the energy markets and beyond.

US uranium producers plagued by low prices, scant utility purchasing

US uranium producers plagued by low prices, scant utility purchasing

October 17, 2017 06:00:00 EST (4:18)
Market sources say US companies appear to be on course to produce about 1.6 million pounds of uranium this year, the lowest amount since 1951. How long will the slump last?

Market Movers Europe, Oct 16-20: Defining discussions expected at Oil & Money conference

Market Movers Europe, Oct 16-20: Defining discussions expected at Oil & Money conference

October 16, 2017 04:40:29 EST (2:30)
In this week's highlights: Defining discussions expected at the Oil & Money conference in London and the World Steel Association’s annual meeting in Brussels; and EU power players seek policy direction.

Market Movers - Asia, Oct 16-20: All eyes on 19th Chinese Communist Party Congress

Market Movers - Asia, Oct 16-20: All eyes on 19th Chinese Communist Party Congress

October 16, 2017 10:00:37 EST (2:53)
Here's a quick look at the factors that could move the energy and commodity markets this week.

New US jet fuel arbitrages emerge in the wake of hurricanes, pipeline changes

New US jet fuel arbitrages emerge in the wake of hurricanes, pipeline changes

October 12, 2017 06:00:00 EST (2:42)
Hurricanes in the US this year spurred US Gulf Coast jet fuel differentials to reach highs not seen since 2008, with refinery, pipeline and port closures all disrupting the market.

Asian acrylonitrile price surges to close to 3-year high on tight supply

Asian acrylonitrile price surges to close to 3-year high on tight supply

October 10, 2017 06:10:00 EST (3:29)
The price of acrylonitrile,used in the production of plastics, synthetic rubber and acrylic fibers, has surged 30% over the past two months. But has it already peaked?

Market Movers - Europe, Oct 9-13: Iran sanctions decision hangs in balance

Market Movers - Europe, Oct 9-13: Iran sanctions decision hangs in balance

October 09, 2017 08:40:29 EST (2:41)
In this week’s highlights, we look at a likely decision by US President Trump that could prompt the re-imposition of Iran sanctions; an expected EU carbon ETS overhaul; and the impact of new steel import duties by Brussels.

Market Movers - Asia, Oct 9-13: Dec trading kicks off for Malaysian crude

Market Movers - Asia, Oct 9-13: Dec trading kicks off for Malaysian crude

October 09, 2017 10:20:37 EST (2:51)
Here's a quick look at the factors that could move the energy and commodity markets this week.

Brent crude oil volatility: October outlook

Brent crude oil volatility: October outlook

October 05, 2017 06:00:00 EST (4:08)
Analyst Vito Turitto explores why the Dated Brent market was in backwardation in September and why Dated Brent's volatility is expected to increase in the coming weeks.

EU sugar liberalization: Implications and potential impact on power, freight, and ethanol

EU sugar liberalization: Implications and potential impact on power, freight, and ethanol

October 03, 2017 18:26:52 EST (7:17)
Export liberalization and the end of the quota system from October 1 is the biggest change in the EU sugar market in 11 years.

What's in store for container box rates in Q4?

What's in store for container box rates in Q4?

October 03, 2017 11:39:27 EST (2:38)
Container box freight rates may face a normal seasonal dip in Q4, after the Golden Week holidays, but a quick recovery is possible for short-haul routes in the Atlantic amid extra EU sugar demand. Andrew Scorer reports.

Market Movers - Europe, Oct 2-6: Traders wary of low French nuclear availability ahead of winter

Market Movers - Europe, Oct 2-6: Traders wary of low French nuclear availability ahead of winter

October 02, 2017 07:18:37 EST (3:01)
Here's a quick look at the factors that could move the energy and commodity markets this week.

Market Movers - Asia, Oct 2-6: LNG prices regain strength on early winter demand from China

Market Movers - Asia, Oct 2-6: LNG prices regain strength on early winter demand from China

October 02, 2017 11:18:37 EST (2:48)
Here's a quick look at the factors that could move the energy and commodity markets this week.

September 2017


S&P Global Platts Shipping & Bunker Breakfast Forum, September 13, 2017

S&P Global Platts Shipping & Bunker Breakfast Forum, September 13, 2017

September 29, 2017 13:19:42 EST (5:28)
Platts editors and analysts share their views on how best to deal with the IMO's 2020 sulfur cap, how oil producers and refiners are preparing for it, and how best to defend your business against bunker price credit risk.

German election results bring coal exit, carbon pricing back on agenda

German election results bring coal exit, carbon pricing back on agenda

September 29, 2017 11:50:18 EST (3:23)
The possible return of the Greens into Germany's government has brought coal plant closures and carbon pricing back on the political agenda with Chancellor Merkel set to negotiate a new coalition. Andreas Franke reports.

Opening Mexico's markets for refined oil products has been a bumpy ride

Opening Mexico's markets for refined oil products has been a bumpy ride

September 28, 2017 06:00:24 EST (3:26)
Mexico is opening its refined oil products sector to outside companies to meet higher demand, but midstream capabilities have become a sticking point during the country's liberalization.

Can OPEC achieve a happy ever after?

Can OPEC achieve a happy ever after?

September 25, 2017 16:14:24 EST (3:31)
Amid so many oil market narratives and counter-narratives, have OPEC and non-OPEC become the authors of their own rebalancing story? Paul Hickin reports.

ASEAN: Challenges and opportunities in commodities

ASEAN: Challenges and opportunities in commodities

September 25, 2017 03:00:37 EST (2:55)
Highlights of ASEAN's favorable geography and demographics, and the region's potential impact on on energy and commodities.

Market Movers Europe, Sep 25-29: Energy implications of heightened tensions in Middle East

Market Movers Europe, Sep 25-29: Energy implications of heightened tensions in Middle East

September 25, 2017 08:27:35 EST (3:05)
In this week’s highlights, we look at the implications of heightened tensions in the Middle East, the German elections, and greater US oil exports to Europe.

Market Movers - Asia, Sep 25-29: Challenges, opportunities in global oil market in focus at APPEC

Market Movers - Asia, Sep 25-29: Challenges, opportunities in global oil market in focus at APPEC

September 25, 2017 09:00:37 EST (2:16)
Here's a quick look at the factors that could move the energy and commodity markets this week.

Utilities, pipelines rocket up in the 2017 Platts Top 250 Global Energy Company Rankings®

Utilities, pipelines rocket up in the 2017 Platts Top 250 Global Energy Company Rankings®

September 24, 2017 20:00:00 EST (4:52)
The 2017 S&P Global Platts Top 250 Global Energy Company Rankings® saw a significant changing of the guard from years past as a 12-year reign at No. 1 ended and utilities got a boost from higher power prices.

Renewable energy changing face of EU electricity supply

Renewable energy changing face of EU electricity supply

September 21, 2017 15:14:28 EST (3:36)
Competitive auctions for renewable energy capacity are changing the face of European electricity supply. Moving from regulated feed-in tariffs to capacity-limited tenders has seen a mammoth reduction in costs.

IMO 2020: A storm in a teacup?

IMO 2020: A storm in a teacup?

September 20, 2017 08:30:14 EST (3:53)
Many shipowners have yet to make up their minds on what fuel to use: will they pay more for diesel fuel? Burn hi-sulfur fuel and invest in expensive scrubbers? How about LNG? Jason Silber explores the role of human nature in the run up to 2020.

Tight European natural gas markets approach Asian JKM prices

Tight European natural gas markets approach Asian JKM prices

September 20, 2017 11:41:59 EST (5:25)
We discuss the outlook for European natural gas supply, demand and prices, and the role of LNG and Russian gas, ahead of the Platts European Gas Summit on September 26-28.

EU polystyrene buyers grapple with higher CPs, logistical issues in September

EU polystyrene buyers grapple with higher CPs, logistical issues in September

September 19, 2017 12:30:14 EST (3:22)
Yuriko Kato on the reasons behind a surge in global styrene prices, the divergence in contract and spot polystyrene prices, as well as what the PS market holds in store for October.

Market Movers Europe, Sep 18-22: European light distillates still tumbling after Hurricane Harvey

Market Movers Europe, Sep 18-22: European light distillates still tumbling after Hurricane Harvey

September 18, 2017 09:01:29 EST (3:14)
European light distillates still tumbling after Hurricane Harvey, Turkish imported steel scrap prices look set to fall, and Germans to vote in key election for European carbon markets.

Market Movers - Asia, Sep 18-22: All eyes on China oil data's possible impact on global demand outlook

Market Movers - Asia, Sep 18-22: All eyes on China oil data's possible impact on global demand outlook

September 18, 2017 10:30:37 EST (3:00)
Here's a quick look at the factors that could move the energy and commodity markets this week.

Bunkering: Is this the era of disintermediation?

Bunkering: Is this the era of disintermediation?

September 11, 2017 00:01:00 EST (7:13)
S&P Global Platts marine analysts discuss the issue of disintermediation in the marine fuels market: are they seeing any evidence that this process is taking place, and what changes do they foresee taking effect post-2020?

Brent crude oil volatility: September outlook

Brent crude oil volatility: September outlook

September 11, 2017 17:04:54 EST (3:50)
Analyst Vito Turitto on how Dated Brent’s monthly fluctuation rate is trading within one of the lowest volatility intervals in the last two years, indicating that a mean reverting movement will likely happen during the coming weeks.

Market Movers Europe, Sep 11-15: Oil markets are still being buffeted by storms

Market Movers Europe, Sep 11-15: Oil markets are still being buffeted by storms

September 11, 2017 11:00:16 EST (3:33)
Oil markets are still being buffeted by storms; US and European refining margins hit two-year highs, and there are fears of higher gas prices in France.

Market Movers - Asia, Sep 11-15: Gas, petrochemical markets continue to feel impact of Harvey aftermath

Market Movers - Asia, Sep 11-15: Gas, petrochemical markets continue to feel impact of Harvey aftermath

September 11, 2017 10:30:37 EST (3:18)
Here's a quick look at the factors that could move the energy and commodity markets this week.

Tougher to ‘Make in India’ when China steel market is so hot

Tougher to ‘Make in India’ when China steel market is so hot

September 08, 2017 06:00:08 EST (3:02)
For much of the past two years, Indian steelmakers have been obliged to export more steel. But now, they are choosing to do so.

Market Movers Europe, Sep 4-8: Harvey pushes European crack spreads to two year highs

Market Movers Europe, Sep 4-8: Harvey pushes European crack spreads to two year highs

September 04, 2017 08:37:42 EST (3:06)
Tropical Storm Harvey pushes European gasoline crack spreads to highest level in over two years; European flat steel market expected to be bullish; UK power market braced for squeeze from a new capacity mechanism

August 2017


Pipeline delays hinder Mexico's gas imports, shift power generation

Pipeline delays hinder Mexico's gas imports, shift power generation

August 31, 2017 06:15:24 EST (3:05)
Total US gas exports to Mexico rose to 4.3 Bcf/d in August, which was a mere 6% build compared to last year and well below market expectations earlier this year — despite being an all-time high.

Peak season container demand fails to shake up box rates

Peak season container demand fails to shake up box rates

August 29, 2017 05:00:27 EST (2:15)
Container shipments ramp up to meet Christmas demand but box rates have failed to feel the benefits.

Market Movers - Asia, Aug 28-Sep 1: Asian gasoline market assesses Hurricane Harvey's impact on supply

Market Movers - Asia, Aug 28-Sep 1: Asian gasoline market assesses Hurricane Harvey's impact on supply

August 28, 2017 10:30:37 EST (2:55)
Here's a quick look at the factors that could move the energy and commodity markets this week.

EU commodity firms likely to avoid extra MiFID 2 costs

EU commodity firms likely to avoid extra MiFID 2 costs

August 22, 2017 13:45:37 EST (3:20)
With new EU financial rules known as MiFID 2 set to apply from January, companies trading EU commodity derivatives have just a few more months to check if they qualify for an exemption. Siobhan Hall reports.

Market Movers - Europe, Aug 21-25: OPEC weighs up its options

Market Movers - Europe, Aug 21-25: OPEC weighs up its options

August 21, 2017 08:42:45 EST (3:06)
OPEC weighs up its options; traders await news of the EU harvest; and there are worries about another winter of nuclear discontent in France.

Market Movers - Asia, Aug 21-25: Markets keep eye on aluminum after prices soar to near 6-year high

Market Movers - Asia, Aug 21-25: Markets keep eye on aluminum after prices soar to near 6-year high

August 21, 2017 10:30:37 EST (2:55)
Here's a quick look at the factors that could move the energy and commodity markets this week.

US power companies have a history of walking away from nuclear projects

US power companies have a history of walking away from nuclear projects

August 17, 2017 06:00:00 EST (3:25)
Even $10 billion spent on a nuclear power plant project doesn't guarantee completion. William Freebairn explains what drives project abandonment as the US power sector awaits a decision on Georgia's Vogtle project.

LNG: JKM swap trades reach fresh record

LNG: JKM swap trades reach fresh record

August 15, 2017 05:00:52 EST (3:24)
Trade in JKM™ swaps has continued its strong levels of growth in 2017. Recent figures from ICE showthat it only took five months this year to surpass the volume of swaps in the whole of 2016.

Market Movers - Europe, Aug 14-18: Chinese galvanized steel hit by anti-dumping duty

Market Movers - Europe, Aug 14-18: Chinese galvanized steel hit by anti-dumping duty

August 14, 2017 08:33:03 EST (3:09)
Steel markets weigh the impact of anti-dumping measures; concerns persist over petrochemicals supplies; and market participants eye backwardation in European distillates.

Market Movers - Asia, Aug 14-18: Asian crude buyers digest IEA oversupply worries

Market Movers - Asia, Aug 14-18: Asian crude buyers digest IEA oversupply worries

August 14, 2017 10:30:37 EST (2:55)
Here's a quick look at the factors that could move the energy and commodity markets this week.

Brent crude oil volatility: August outlook

Brent crude oil volatility: August outlook

August 10, 2017 14:03:52 EST (5:48)
Analyst Vito Turitto sees August likely being a sideways month with crude oil prices tending to oscillate within a trading channel that probably will be a lot more downside biased than upside.

What next for biofuels, as the UK mulls move to battery-power?

What next for biofuels, as the UK mulls move to battery-power?

August 10, 2017 12:27:27 EST (3:25)
It is no coincidence that, as the UK gears up for Brexit negotiations, the issue of emissions is climbing back up the political agenda. Tim Worledge looks at where ethanol and biodiesel fit into this environment.

Market Movers - Europe, Aug 7-11: Market awaits Trump's next move on Russian gas export projects

Market Movers - Europe, Aug 7-11: Market awaits Trump's next move on Russian gas export projects

August 07, 2017 08:56:24 EST (2:48)
Here's a quick look at the factors that could move the energy and commodity markets this week.

Market Movers - Asia, Aug 7-11: OPEC/non-OPEC coalition mulls ways to shore up quota compliance

Market Movers - Asia, Aug 7-11: OPEC/non-OPEC coalition mulls ways to shore up quota compliance

August 07, 2017 09:30:37 EST (2:51)
Here's a quick look at the factors that could move the energy and commodity markets this week.

US coal prices could rally later this year if stockpiles continue declining

US coal prices could rally later this year if stockpiles continue declining

August 03, 2017 06:00:00 EST (3:23)
Coal stockpiles at US utilities continue to trend lower, but it could bode well for prices moving into the fall, especially when considered alongside lower production and higher gas prices.

July 2017


Market Movers, Jul 31-Aug 4: Oil market looks for signs of possible supply tightening

Market Movers, Jul 31-Aug 4: Oil market looks for signs of possible supply tightening

July 31, 2017 10:30:37 EST (3:20)
Here's a quick look at the factors that could move the energy and commodity markets this week.

Brazil's ethanol may be bolstered by emissions goals, but many changes expected in the interim

Brazil's ethanol may be bolstered by emissions goals, but many changes expected in the interim

July 31, 2017 10:32:02 EST (8:09)
Brazil has announced increased taxes for both ethanol and gasoline, and while the final decision remains uncertain, there have been immediate price impacts.

EU carbon prices rally to four-month high

EU carbon prices rally to four-month high

July 27, 2017 02:01:54 EST (3:12)
After 12 years of operation, the EU carbon market continues to feel the effects of a long-term oversupply of allowances. But changes are looming on the horizon that will significantly reduce that surplus in less than 18 months’ time.

Saudi tries to strengthen OPEC/non-OPEC hand with oil export gambit

Saudi tries to strengthen OPEC/non-OPEC hand with oil export gambit

July 25, 2017 17:13:00 EST (3:58)
Eklavya Gupte reads into some of the key statements made at the Joint OPEC-Non-OPEC Ministerial Monitoring Committee meeting, including Saudi oil minister Falih's remarks that it will look to use export data as a key metric for compliance.

Is India's appetite for US crude oil sustainable?

Is India's appetite for US crude oil sustainable?

July 25, 2017 04:00:00 EST (3:15)
India's diversification and what it could mean to Middle Eastern suppliers.

Market Movers, Jul 24-28: OPEC, non-OPEC oil output cut agreement under review

Market Movers, Jul 24-28: OPEC, non-OPEC oil output cut agreement under review

July 24, 2017 10:00:37 EST (3:27)
Here's a quick look at the factors that could move the energy and commodity markets this week.

Could US sour crude oil be exported to Europe at the expense of other grades?

Could US sour crude oil be exported to Europe at the expense of other grades?

July 20, 2017 06:00:00 EST (2:43)
Calculations point toward a chance for US sour crude oil grades like Mars and Southern Green Canyon to find a market in Northwest Europe, as James Bambino explains.

Key trends impacting commodity markets in 2017

Key trends impacting commodity markets in 2017

July 18, 2017 16:23:54 EST (6:52)
S&P Global Platts President Martin Fraenkel highlights key trends impacting commodity markets in 2017 and revisits some of the themes highlighted in his previous outlook, focusing on oil, LNG, metals and renewables.

S&P Global Platts announces merger of TSI-62% and IODEX iron ore indices

S&P Global Platts announces merger of TSI-62% and IODEX iron ore indices

July 17, 2017 14:32:27 EST (6:47)
Overview of the feedback received during the consultation process for the upcoming TSI-62% and IODEX iron ore indices merger and the impact of this merger on the methodologies of the two prices.

Market Movers, Jul 17-21: Will OPEC lift production cut exemptions on Libya and Nigeria?

Market Movers, Jul 17-21: Will OPEC lift production cut exemptions on Libya and Nigeria?

July 17, 2017 09:30:37 EST (3:06)
Here's a quick look at the factors that could move the energy and commodity markets this week.

Imports, tax credits inform US biodiesel industry's view of proposed RVOs

Imports, tax credits inform US biodiesel industry's view of proposed RVOs

July 13, 2017 06:00:00 EST (2:49)
While the US ethanol industry welcomed the 2018 and 2019 proposed RVOs from the US EPA, the biodiesel industry was hoping for an increased mandate.

Brent crude oil volatility: July outlook

Brent crude oil volatility: July outlook

July 11, 2017 10:39:02 EST (5:25)
Analyst Vito Turitto sees the inverted leverage effect and the ongoing contraction process in the Brent crude oil market as factors likely to increase volatility, with the outlook for Brent prices negative over the coming weeks.

Chinese steel and iron ore markets outlook H2 2017

Chinese steel and iron ore markets outlook H2 2017

July 11, 2017 05:00:08 EST (2:57)
Chinese steel mills have been enjoying strong margins as they continue to benefit from the government’s removal of lower quality induction furnaces. Long steel has also been getting a boost from the robust hosing market. But how long will these positive market conditions last?

Market Movers, Jul 10-14: New compliance measures likely for OPEC, non-OPEC oil output cuts?

Market Movers, Jul 10-14: New compliance measures likely for OPEC, non-OPEC oil output cuts?

July 10, 2017 09:30:37 EST (3:07)
Here's a quick look at the factors that could move the energy and commodity markets this week.

NWE benzene, toluene H2 outlook bullish on firm demand, tight supply

NWE benzene, toluene H2 outlook bullish on firm demand, tight supply

July 05, 2017 07:00:08 EST (3:05)
Following a bumper H1 for European benzene producers, Thordur Gunnarssonlooks at how robust downstream demand and a balanced-to-tight NWE market could see strong benzene margins sustained throughout Q3 and possibly Q4 2017.

Market Movers, Jul 03-07: MidEast crude selling prices to Asia seen set to be lowered

Market Movers, Jul 03-07: MidEast crude selling prices to Asia seen set to be lowered

July 03, 2017 09:30:37 EST (3:07)
Here's a quick look at the factors that could move the energy and commodity markets this week.

June 2017


German-Austrian power price zone split: Changing power landscape causes grid bottlenecks

German-Austrian power price zone split: Changing power landscape causes grid bottlenecks

June 29, 2017 16:39:08 EST (3:33)
Europe's most liquid power market -- the German/Austrian price zone accounting for two-thirds of trading volumes -- is to be split next year. Senior writer for European power Andreas Franke reports.

Nord Stream 2: US sanctions threat raises the stakes for European gas relations

Nord Stream 2: US sanctions threat raises the stakes for European gas relations

June 23, 2017 14:53:42 EST (3:48)
Stuart Elliott on the controversy around Nord Stream 2 which has moved to a new, unprecedented level, and how the pipeline is likely to be built regardless of interference from Washington.

India natural gas: A 5-year outlook on supply and demand

India natural gas: A 5-year outlook on supply and demand

June 22, 2017 07:00:43 EST (3:15)
We explore India's LNG supply-demand gap, the competition faced by Indian importers, and how S&P Global Platts has updated its methodology to help improve transparency in India's LNG market.

Plant integration, feedstock flexibility key to survival in volatile environment

Plant integration, feedstock flexibility key to survival in volatile environment

June 20, 2017 07:00:43 EST (2:40)
In the petrochemicals industry, a new breed of investments is combining both feedstock flexibility and traditional routes to secure production margins.

Challenges, opportunities for Russian oil in wake of OPEC extended deal

Challenges, opportunities for Russian oil in wake of OPEC extended deal

June 15, 2017 14:33:32 EST (8:50)
Examining some of the key issues impacting the Russian and other CIS states in the wake of the extended OPEC and non-OPEC agreement to extend crude oil production cuts until March 2018.

Market Movers, Jun 19-23: N. Asia crude oil buyers seek clarity as Qatar crisis enters 3rd week

Market Movers, Jun 19-23: N. Asia crude oil buyers seek clarity as Qatar crisis enters 3rd week

June 19, 2017 10:00:37 EST (3:09)
Here's a quick look at the factors that could move the energy and commodity markets this week.

Platts seeks feedback on increasing specifics of quality and location of JKM

Platts seeks feedback on increasing specifics of quality and location of JKM

June 15, 2017 00:00:00 EST (4:09)
As the global LNG market evolves and pricing becomes more precise, S&P Global Platts is seeking feedback about a proposal to increase specifics of both the quality and location of the benchmark JKMTM price assessment.

Qatar imbroglio: a sea of troubles for energy and shipping markets

Qatar imbroglio: a sea of troubles for energy and shipping markets

June 13, 2017 16:45:43 EST (3:46)
The diplomatic impasse between Qatar and its Arab neighbors made co-loading of cargoes at multiple ports in the Middle East difficult if not impossible. Sameer Mohindru reports.

Infrastructure spending, especially on roads, to boost steel and asphalt

Infrastructure spending, especially on roads, to boost steel and asphalt

June 12, 2017 14:08:57 EST (9:11)
The US economy continues to be on a path for moderate annual growth, but the Trump administration is putting a lot of focus on infrastructure, which could have big effects on steel and oil products like asphalt.

Market Movers, Jun 12-16: Asian oil, gas and shipping markets focus on MidEast diplomatic impasse

Market Movers, Jun 12-16: Asian oil, gas and shipping markets focus on MidEast diplomatic impasse

June 12, 2017 10:00:37 EST (3:09)
Here's a quick look at the factors that could move the energy and commodity markets this week.

Brent crude oil volatility: June outlook

Brent crude oil volatility: June outlook

June 06, 2017 15:49:19 EST (5:33)
Analyst Vito Turitto sees stable demand and low volatility as factors that should push Brent crude oil prices up by 2 or 3 dollars in the coming weeks.

Market Movers, Jun 5-9: MidEast oil prices due for release; 8 coal-fired plants shut in S. Korea

Market Movers, Jun 5-9: MidEast oil prices due for release; 8 coal-fired plants shut in S. Korea

June 05, 2017 10:00:37 EST (3:08)
Here's a quick look at the factors that could move the energy and commodity markets this week.

Taiwan set to import first cargo of US Gulf Coast Crude

Taiwan set to import first cargo of US Gulf Coast Crude

June 01, 2017 00:01:24 EST (2:33)
Opportunities to export US crude to new destinations are now emerging as logistics constraints ease, making arbitrage economics more and more favorable.

Dramatic growth in ferrous futures complex: Citi’s Rick McIntire

Dramatic growth in ferrous futures complex: Citi’s Rick McIntire

June 01, 2017 15:40:04 EST (3:16)
Rick McIntire, head of metals at Citigroup, offers his thoughts on recent "explosive" growth in the iron ore futures market and how he thinks steel derivatives can catch up.

May 2017


Challenges facing airlines and the jet fuel market

Challenges facing airlines and the jet fuel market

May 31, 2017 16:30:33 EST (7:09)
S&P Global Platts European oil editors discuss sentiment at the recent IATA meeting in St Petersburg, focusing on the wide-ranging issues facing airlines and the jet fuel market.

Developed economies still need steel industry: Liberty House executive chairman

Developed economies still need steel industry: Liberty House executive chairman

May 31, 2017 13:35:46 EST (3:18)
Liberty House executive chairman Sanjeev Gupta on the challenges faced by the steel industry. He expects steel and raw materials prices to remain under pressure, but sees opportunities for regional businesses.

Fortescue CEO discusses iron ore outlook at Platts Global Metals Awards

Fortescue CEO discusses iron ore outlook at Platts Global Metals Awards

May 30, 2017 15:29:25 EST (3:10)
Nev Power, CEO of Fortescue Metals Group, gives his view on iron ore prices, the expansion plans of Australian miners and demand for higher grades going forward.

Despite OPEC/non-OPEC producers extending cuts, oil market fundamentals remain bearish

Despite OPEC/non-OPEC producers extending cuts, oil market fundamentals remain bearish

May 30, 2017 06:15:24 EST (2:34)
OPEC and its non-OPEC partners agreed May 25 to maintain crude oil production cuts, yet prices tumbled. James Bambino explains why doubts remain about the balance of global markets.

Market Movers, May 29-Jun 2: Relief expected in oversupplied oil markets, Japan starts aluminum contract talks, sugar prices seen rising

Market Movers, May 29-Jun 2: Relief expected in oversupplied oil markets, Japan starts aluminum contract talks, sugar prices seen rising

May 29, 2017 10:00:37 EST (2:56)
Here's a quick look at the factors that could move the energy and commodity markets this week.

Anemic drilling rates in Mexico point toward further gas output declines

Anemic drilling rates in Mexico point toward further gas output declines

May 25, 2017 06:15:24 EST (3:06)
Platts Analytics expects total Mexican dry gas production to fall further by the end of 2017, and LNG and fuel oil in the power sector are helping to fill the demand gap.

Q1 update on the global steel scrap market

Q1 update on the global steel scrap market

May 23, 2017 10:55:43 EST (3:50)
Stefan Swanepoel, TSI analyst, looks back at the first quarter in the global scrap market and provides an update on the LME scrap contract.

The bunker market beyond 2020

The bunker market beyond 2020

May 23, 2017 12:30:57 EST (3:24)
The International Maritime Organization’s decision to tighten sulfur limits on bunker fuel has left shipowners with a dilemma they continue to brush aside.

US hot-rolled coil market summary, April/May 2017

US hot-rolled coil market summary, April/May 2017

May 22, 2017 15:07:40 EST (3:03)
Jasmine Kurjakovic, TSI analyst, takes a look at the US hot-rolled coil market in April going into May with a brief look at pricing and an update on the political climate.

S&P Global Platts opens market consultation on TSI-IODEX methodology alignment

S&P Global Platts opens market consultation on TSI-IODEX methodology alignment

May 22, 2017 10:46:59 EST (6:18)
We have opened a market consultation on a proposed merging of TSI-62% and IODEX iron ore price methodologies from January 2, 2018. Ciaran Roe explains the rationale for the proposoal.

Market Movers, May 22-26: All eyes on OPEC's meeting in Vienna & the impact of Trump's visit to the Middle East

Market Movers, May 22-26: All eyes on OPEC's meeting in Vienna & the impact of Trump's visit to the Middle East

May 22, 2017 10:00:37 EST (3:05)
Here's a quick look at the factors that could move the energy and commodity markets this week.

New Northeast US gas pipelines will be hard to fill: Platts Analytics

New Northeast US gas pipelines will be hard to fill: Platts Analytics

May 18, 2017 06:15:24 EST (3:06)
A wave of new gas pipeline capacity is set to come online in the Northeast US before the end of 2017, but current output in the area suggests that producers are unlikely to meet transportation obligations.

Market Movers, May 15-19: China's Belt and Road forum, Singapore's bunker fuel sales & Iran's presidential election

Market Movers, May 15-19: China's Belt and Road forum, Singapore's bunker fuel sales & Iran's presidential election

May 15, 2017 10:00:37 EST (2:45)
Here's a quick look at the factors that could move the energy and commodity markets this week.

FERC quorum concerns increase uncertainty for gas pipeline projects, rates

FERC quorum concerns increase uncertainty for gas pipeline projects, rates

May 11, 2017 09:15:24 EST (3:29)
The White House late Monday announced its intent to nominate two commissioners to the US FERC, but the timing and politics of confirmation are still uncertain.

Brent crude oil volatility: May outlook

Brent crude oil volatility: May outlook

May 09, 2017 10:58:24 EST (4:51)
Analyst Vito Turitto expects Dated Brent's and ICE Brent futures' volatilities to increase in the very short term, followed by a period of stabilization over the coming weeks.

Macron's French election win: gas and power implications

Macron's French election win: gas and power implications

May 08, 2017 14:33:33 EST (7:09)
A Macron victory paves the way for more gas generation capacity in the system and could prove structurally bullish for power prices in the long run, but to what extent?

Market Movers, May 8-12: S. Korea election's impact on LNG imports, release of MidEast June OSPs, India's new steel policy

Market Movers, May 8-12: S. Korea election's impact on LNG imports, release of MidEast June OSPs, India's new steel policy

May 08, 2017 10:00:37 EST (2:45)
Here's a quick look at the factors that could move the energy and commodity markets this week.

Changing trade flows and China's appetite for diversified crude oil

Changing trade flows and China's appetite for diversified crude oil

May 07, 2017 20:00:00 EST (3:11)
Global crude differentials have narrowed and higher crude oil volumes are moving from west to east.

US demonstrates allegiance to aluminum, steel through import investigations

US demonstrates allegiance to aluminum, steel through import investigations

May 04, 2017 06:02:10 EST ()
While the Trump administration has been cozying up to steel, it's also showed some love for aluminum. Are Section 232 investigations against imports the start of something real, or just a fling?

Can 'Make in India' alter the country's commodities landscape?

Can 'Make in India' alter the country's commodities landscape?

May 02, 2017 02:30:00 EST (3:30)
We take a look at the key findings of the S&P Global Platts special report 'Make in India,' A New Window of Opportunity for Commodities, and how the campaign is making an impact on the oil and gas, coal, petrochemicals and metals markets.

April 2017


Natural gas from prolific Permian Basin seeks new demand from LNG, Mexico

Natural gas from prolific Permian Basin seeks new demand from LNG, Mexico

April 25, 2017 12:03:00 EST (4:07)
The Permian Basin is now home to almost 40% of all rigs currently active in the US, but natural gas demand in traditional demand centers is diminishing.

Market Movers, Apr 24-28: OPEC, non-OPEC cuts appear more likely

Market Movers, Apr 24-28: OPEC, non-OPEC cuts appear more likely

April 24, 2017 10:00:37 EST (2:45)
Here's a quick look at the factors that could move the energy and commodity markets this week.

Market for OTC CAPP barge coal dwindles as utility demand declines

Market for OTC CAPP barge coal dwindles as utility demand declines

April 20, 2017 06:03:00 EST (2:53)
The Central Appalachian barge coal market has been shrinking for years, and recently a significant amount of CAPP tonnage has been taken out of production on bankruptcies and mine closures.

2017 may give VLCC tankers a wild ride on oil market volatility

2017 may give VLCC tankers a wild ride on oil market volatility

April 18, 2017 12:07:04 EST (9:34)
As the crude oil industry deals with wild cards like the OPEC deal and the narrowing spread between oil benchmarks, we explore the dynamics in VLCC freight and ton-mile demand, giving an outlook for the rest of 2017.

Tanker freight rates tank on China’s proposed consumption tax

Tanker freight rates tank on China’s proposed consumption tax

April 18, 2017 10:03:00 EST (3:19)
China's plan to impose a consumption tax on mixed aromatics, light cycle oil and bitumen blend has shaken up everyone from the oil industry to the shipping industry.

Polymer market expects uptick in Brazil's PE, PP demand in 2017

Polymer market expects uptick in Brazil's PE, PP demand in 2017

April 13, 2017 06:03:00 EST (3:41)
The worst of Brazil's recession appears over, and petrochemical players in Latin America's largest economy seem to share the sentiment as they eye the future, particularly for PE and PP.

Asian refiners diversify crude oil supplies to reduce impact of OPEC-related output cuts

Asian refiners diversify crude oil supplies to reduce impact of OPEC-related output cuts

April 11, 2017 06:03:00 EST (3:13)
We examine the spread between medium-heavy sour Dubai crude and light sweet Brent crude, and the surge in Atlantic basin crudes heading to Asia.

Brent crude oil volatility: April outlook

Brent crude oil volatility: April outlook

April 10, 2017 11:38:00 EST (4:11)
Analyst Vito Turitto assesses the likelihood of Brent's volatility increasing in the coming weeks, although the uptrend of the fluctuation rate would likely be slow and far from violent.

Market Movers, Apr 10-14: Possible oil, met coal supply disruptions on Syria attack, Cyclone Debbie

Market Movers, Apr 10-14: Possible oil, met coal supply disruptions on Syria attack, Cyclone Debbie

April 10, 2017 10:00:37 EST (2:47)
Here's a quick look at the factors that could move the energy and commodity markets this week.

Perk up in dry bulk shipping demand

Perk up in dry bulk shipping demand

April 07, 2017 07:39:44 EST (8:55)
Our editors discuss the current state of the global dry bulk freight market.

Diesel controls come at critical technological juncture in transport

Diesel controls come at critical technological juncture in transport

April 04, 2017 13:12:55 EST (3:01)
With major cities planning to ban diesel engines by 2025, Ross McCracken looks at how alternative modes of transport are already becoming economically viable in both the developed and developing world.

Naphtha: Olefins producers' current feedstock of choice

Naphtha: Olefins producers' current feedstock of choice

April 04, 2017 06:00:01 EST (6:49)
When it comes to feedstocks for olefins, Asian producers are spoilt for choice, but naphtha is on top of the list.

Market Movers, Apr 3-7: Crude OSPs out soon, markets to get clearer view of Cyclone Debbie impact

Market Movers, Apr 3-7: Crude OSPs out soon, markets to get clearer view of Cyclone Debbie impact

April 03, 2017 10:00:37 EST (2:54)
Here's a quick look at the factors that could move the energy and commodity markets this week.

March 2017


LOOP Sour crude oil benchmark reflects imports, exports needed by USGC refiners

LOOP Sour crude oil benchmark reflects imports, exports needed by USGC refiners

March 30, 2017 05:23:10 EST (3:08)
While US crude production is up, US Gulf Coast refiners are still largely consumers of medium-to-heavy sour crude — much of it imported from the Middle East help fill their needs.

USGC LNG market has potential to become key anchor for prices

USGC LNG market has potential to become key anchor for prices

March 29, 2017 13:12:55 EST (5:01)
Shelley Kerr and Kwhame Gittens evaluate why the US is critical to the development of a liquid global LNG market and how spot pricing and derivative contracts can play into that evolution.

How much is the Brexit-related weaker pound impacting energy costs?

How much is the Brexit-related weaker pound impacting energy costs?

March 28, 2017 15:02:14 EST (6:40)
Platts senior editors Stuart Elliott, Nick Coleman and Henry Edwardes-Evans examine the impact of the weaker pound on the UK's energy costs and look at what other factors have been at play.

Post-National People's Congress review: What to look out for in China's energy and commodity markets

Post-National People's Congress review: What to look out for in China's energy and commodity markets

March 27, 2017 12:22:29 EST (2:43)
Sebastian Lewis takes a look at how China's plans, as announced at the recent National People's Congress, could affect energy and commodity markets.

OPEC under pressure as oil price gains fade

OPEC under pressure as oil price gains fade

March 27, 2017 12:22:29 EST (3:28)
The OPEC/non-OPEC monitoring committee concluded that it needs more data to evaluate the cuts. We look at some of the options OPEC now has as it faces a market that harbors significant doubts over the effectiveness of the oil output cuts.

Market Movers, Mar 27-31: OPEC/non-OPEC committee meeting, Malaysia's bauxite export, thermal coal loading delays

Market Movers, Mar 27-31: OPEC/non-OPEC committee meeting, Malaysia's bauxite export, thermal coal loading delays

March 27, 2017 10:00:37 EST (2:34)
Here's a quick look at the factors that could move the energy and commodity markets this week.

US ethanol, biodiesel, DDGS markets feel impact of larger South American harvests

US ethanol, biodiesel, DDGS markets feel impact of larger South American harvests

March 23, 2017 06:23:10 EST (2:34)
Global harvests for both soybeans and corn are expected to reach record levels, and the Americas are already feeling the impact in ethanol, biodiesel and DDGs markets.

LNG: JKM Swaps trading continues to surge

LNG: JKM Swaps trading continues to surge

March 21, 2017 07:04:01 EST (3:06)
We look at the acceleration of trades in JKM swaps since 2016, and how it could further grow from April.

Market Movers, Mar 20-25: Potential changes in China's oil, gas sector; OPEC, non-OPEC oil output cut compliance

Market Movers, Mar 20-25: Potential changes in China's oil, gas sector; OPEC, non-OPEC oil output cut compliance

March 20, 2017 09:30:37 EST (2:57)
Here's a quick look at the factors that could move the energy and commodity markets this week.

Asian VLCC market down, but not out

Asian VLCC market down, but not out

March 16, 2017 06:00:10 EST (3:09)
Freight for Very Large Crude Carriers in the East of Suez has ebbed to this year’s low. But the situation is not as bad as it could have been.

EU's power market proposals aim to avoid price collapse by 2030

EU's power market proposals aim to avoid price collapse by 2030

March 15, 2017 12:16:42 EST (7:25)
The European Commission's proposed EU power market design is all about integrating increasing shares of low-marginal cost renewables efficiently and avoiding a wholesale price collapse by 2030.

Brent crude oil volatility: March outlook

Brent crude oil volatility: March outlook

March 14, 2017 12:06:35 EST (3:34)
Analyst Vito Turitto looks at how uncertainty in the fundamental markets, increased US shale oil production and a drop in OPEC output have all played there part in the volatility of Dated Brent prices.

Market Movers, Mar 13-17: OPEC output data, rising freight costs, Brazilian ethanol's re-emergence in Asia

Market Movers, Mar 13-17: OPEC output data, rising freight costs, Brazilian ethanol's re-emergence in Asia

March 13, 2017 10:00:37 EST (3:00)
Here's a quick look at the factors that could move the energy and commodity markets this week.

China's coal output cuts a mixed blessing for global imports

China's coal output cuts a mixed blessing for global imports

March 09, 2017 12:06:35 EST (3:34)
In this video, we shine a light over why potential Chinese domestic coal production cuts are causing a wider rumpus in international thermal coal markets.

EU Council, Parliament converging on carbon market positions

EU Council, Parliament converging on carbon market positions

March 07, 2017 07:04:01 EST (3:08)
The EU Emissions Trading System is facing a future of tighter supply as the EU's legislative bodies move forward on reforms that aim to curb a long running surplus of carbon allowances.

Market Movers, Mar 6-10: All eyes on China's National People's Congress, tightening oil market

Market Movers, Mar 6-10: All eyes on China's National People's Congress, tightening oil market

March 06, 2017 10:00:37 EST (2:58)
Here's a quick look at the factors that could move the energy and commodity markets this week.

US steelmakers appear poised to benefit from Trump's policies, but opposition exists

US steelmakers appear poised to benefit from Trump's policies, but opposition exists

March 02, 2017 06:02:10 EST (4:19)
American steel producers have had a confidence boost since President Donald Trump was elected, and parts of his address to Congress on Tuesday could bring even more positive sentiment to the US steel market.

Platts Japan oil product assessments and eWindow explained

Platts Japan oil product assessments and eWindow explained

March 03, 2017 02:00:34 EST (6:16)
Our editors explain the role of Japanese companies in the Platts Market On Close process and eWindow technology.

February 2017


Total US gas exports to Mexico set to rise 30% in 2017: Platts Analytics

Total US gas exports to Mexico set to rise 30% in 2017: Platts Analytics

February 23, 2017 02:30:10 EST (3:24)
US natural gas exports to Mexico could reach as high as 5.4 Bcf/d by late summer 2017, according to data from Platts Analytics' Bentek Energy, but will be highly dependent on a build in export capacity.

Styrene monomer supply disruption alters trade flow between US and Asia

Styrene monomer supply disruption alters trade flow between US and Asia

February 21, 2017 05:02:10 EST (3:47)
Pamela Sumayao examines a rare reverse arbitrage opportunity for traders to bring styrene monomer cargoes from Asia to the United States.

S&P Global Platts to include Norway's Troll in Dated Brent, BFOE assessments from 2018

S&P Global Platts to include Norway's Troll in Dated Brent, BFOE assessments from 2018

February 20, 2017 05:00:00 EST (5:39)
Following an extensive period of consultation and engagement with market participants, S&P Global Platts will include Norway's Troll in its Dated Brent, BFOE price assessments from January 1, 2018.

Market Movers, Feb 20-24: China coal policy changes, methanol supply constraints, LNG tender interest

Market Movers, Feb 20-24: China coal policy changes, methanol supply constraints, LNG tender interest

February 20, 2017 09:00:37 EST (3:24)
Here's a quick look at the factors that could move the energy and commodity markets this week.

US gas market contango leaves questions around production, storage

US gas market contango leaves questions around production, storage

February 16, 2017 06:23:10 EST (3:14)
Abnormally warm weather patterns have weighed heavily on US natural gas futures, and market participants are considering storage, production and demand changes ahead in 2017.

Dated Brent crude oil volatility: February outlook

Dated Brent crude oil volatility: February outlook

February 14, 2017 07:31:52 EST (3:49)
Dated Brent, despite trading between $54 and $55 for several days, has continued to go up whilst volatility has significantly dropped as anticipated in our last Volatility Analysis report.

Platts Market Movers, Feb 13-17: Japanese thermal coal buyers scout for cargoes; reverse arb opens for styrene monomer

Platts Market Movers, Feb 13-17: Japanese thermal coal buyers scout for cargoes; reverse arb opens for styrene monomer

February 13, 2017 09:00:37 EST (3:24)
Here's a quick look at the factors that could move the energy and commodity markets this week.

Where is the India-China iron ore trade relationship headed?

Where is the India-China iron ore trade relationship headed?

February 09, 2017 05:02:10 EST (3:31)
Sui Ling Phang examines how India's relationship with China has evolved over the years in the iron ore space and where it is headed in the near term.

RINs prices react strongly to US political news, despite uncertain impacts

RINs prices react strongly to US political news, despite uncertain impacts

February 07, 2017 06:23:10 EST (2:44)
The market for RINs, used to comply with US renewable fuel blending rules, has been roiled in the last three months as the RFS and EPA are in the spotlight.

Platts Market Movers, Feb 6-10: Commodity market activities seen picking up as Asia returns from Lunar New Year holidays

Platts Market Movers, Feb 6-10: Commodity market activities seen picking up as Asia returns from Lunar New Year holidays

February 06, 2017 09:00:37 EST (3:44)
Here's a quick look at the factors that could move the energy and commodity markets this week.

OPEC, US shale and the oil market balance conundrum

OPEC, US shale and the oil market balance conundrum

February 02, 2017 12:03:16 EST (15:05)
Our editors discuss the speed of the readjustment on the global oil markets which is likely to ebb and flow based on the commitment to OPEC-led production cuts and the adaptability of US producers.

Bunker industry faces uncertain year as margins dwindle

Bunker industry faces uncertain year as margins dwindle

February 02, 2017 06:47:34 EST (3:08)
A wave of consolidation is hitting marine fuel suppliers with narrowing margins, weak demand from shipping and the threat of tighter emissions controls looming on the horizon. What's the outlook for the bunker industry?

January 2017


US propylene producers reportedly buying spot to fulfill obligations

US propylene producers reportedly buying spot to fulfill obligations

January 31, 2017 06:23:10 EST (2:41)
Propylene and ethylene prices in the US spiked in the first few weeks of 2017, with a busy turnaround season along the US Gulf Coast prompting tightness in the olefins markets.

Tax reform plan could upend US oil trade flows

Tax reform plan could upend US oil trade flows

January 27, 2017 13:23:10 EST (6:11)
US House Republicans' tax reform plan including a border adjustment taxing imports could shift WTI crude oil prices and force refiners to pass higher costs onto drivers.

Southern French gas prices reach record highs as cold weather hits

Southern French gas prices reach record highs as cold weather hits

January 26, 2017 09:55:45 EST (3:39)
Lucie Roux talks about prices on the TRS natural gas hub having reached record highs as sustained cold weather exacerbated a tight supply system caused by limited global LNG supplies, low storage levels and internal flow constraints.

European petrochemicals outlook 2017: The year of two halves

European petrochemicals outlook 2017: The year of two halves

January 26, 2017 08:14:51 EST (9:13)
With higher oil prices, weakness in Euro and capacity build-out East of Suez and on the opposite side of the Atlantic, our editors discuss how these factors will be shaping the European petrochemicals industry this year.

Dated Brent crude oil volatility: monthly outlook

Dated Brent crude oil volatility: monthly outlook

January 24, 2017 08:56:00 EST (3:38)
The volatility of Dated Brent has followed a leverage effect process and such a phenomenon signals market stability and the potential for Brent prices to move higher in coming weeks.

Platts Market Movers, Jan 23-27: Markets await key policy announcements from Trump administration

Platts Market Movers, Jan 23-27: Markets await key policy announcements from Trump administration

January 23, 2017 09:00:37 EST (3:44)
Here's a quick look at the factors that could move the energy and commodity markets this week.

Oil and gas outlook 2017: Can companies put the pain of the price slump behind them?

Oil and gas outlook 2017: Can companies put the pain of the price slump behind them?

January 19, 2017 09:22:52 EST (14:26)
We discuss the impact of OPEC-led oil cuts, the prospects for US shale producers, the scale of a potential uptick in spending, and moves to grow exposure to natural gas.

Asian aromatics market outlook: Opportunities and challenges in 2017

Asian aromatics market outlook: Opportunities and challenges in 2017

January 19, 2017 04:30:08 EST (2:57)
It's going to be an exciting year for petrochemicals, says senior editor Serena Seng, who zooms in on the Asian aromatics market in this Snapshot episode.

Clean LR2 tankers being lured into the dirty game

Clean LR2 tankers being lured into the dirty game

January 17, 2017 23:57:08 EST (3:30)
With LR2 tankers bearing the brunt of lower earnings in the shipping industry, shipowners are looking for alternative ways of making money.

Platts launches LNG assessment for Middle East

Platts launches LNG assessment for Middle East

January 13, 2017 06:27:08 EST (3:57)
We look at Platts Middle East Marker (MEM) price assessment which reflects the growing importance of the Middle East as an LNG import destination rather than just exporter of cargoes.

Platts Market Movers, Jan 16-20: OPEC monthly report, China's planned steel and coal capacity cuts

Platts Market Movers, Jan 16-20: OPEC monthly report, China's planned steel and coal capacity cuts

January 16, 2017 09:00:37 EST (2:30)
Here's a quick look at the factors that could move the energy and commodity markets this week.

European gas outlook for 2017

European gas outlook for 2017

January 12, 2017 06:27:08 EST (4:29)
Stuart Elliott, senior writer, European gas and LNG, takes a look at the trends to look out for this year, and why the picture for European gas is one of robust supply and good demand.

Platts Market Movers: Oil production cuts, mixed thermal coal demand, and higher dry bulk rates

Platts Market Movers: Oil production cuts, mixed thermal coal demand, and higher dry bulk rates

January 09, 2017 09:00:37 EST (2:30)
Here's a quick look at the factors that could move the energy and commodity markets this week.

US shale oil producers expected to spend more in West Texas in 2017

US shale oil producers expected to spend more in West Texas in 2017

January 10, 2017 06:27:08 EST (3:36)
NYMEX crude futures are in the low $50s/b, smack in the middle of the 'Goldilocks zone' for US shale oil producers, particularly in the West Texas Permian Basin.

December 2016


Five commodity themes to watch closely in 2017

Five commodity themes to watch closely in 2017

December 22, 2016 09:27:08 EST (5:27)
Against the dramatic political and economic surprises of 2016, S&P Global Platts President Martin Fraenkel lays out his five themes to focus on in commodity markets in 2017.

EU commodity traders to get more options to avoid MiFID 2 costs

EU commodity traders to get more options to avoid MiFID 2 costs

December 21, 2016 11:27:08 EST (2:54)
Companies trading EU commodities are set to get more options to avoid extra costs linked to the EU’s MiFID 2 financial rules that apply from 2018. We explain how this works and what happens next.

Can ethanol cure China’s corn indigestion?

Can ethanol cure China’s corn indigestion?

December 20, 2016 07:45:37 EST (7:42)
China's corn oversupply has reached problematic levels. Is corn-derived ethanol the solution?

Bunker fuel industry gears up for change as Singapore mandates mass flow meters

Bunker fuel industry gears up for change as Singapore mandates mass flow meters

December 20, 2016 10:58:08 EST (3:45)
Mass flow meters will be mandatory for marine fuel oils in Singapore from January 1, 2017. What does this mean for the industry?

With limited investments, what does the future hold for Latin America's petrochemicals sector?

With limited investments, what does the future hold for Latin America's petrochemicals sector?

December 16, 2016 06:30:28 EST (3:05)
Latin America is an exciting space for petrochemicals, but what does the future hold for the region?

2017 unlikely to be a repeat of this year for US oil refiners

2017 unlikely to be a repeat of this year for US oil refiners

December 15, 2016 06:27:08 EST (3:35)
Oil refiners started 2016 with record high refined product inventories, but lower stocks and colder weather bodes well for US gasoline and heating oil markets as 2017 approaches.

North American PE production expected to increase more than 2 million mt in 2017

North American PE production expected to increase more than 2 million mt in 2017

December 13, 2016 11:27:08 EST (3:11)
The North American polyethylene market is expected to see a turning point in 2017 as investments by petrochemical giants begin to materialize and raise production.

Key EU panel vote to shape carbon market future

Key EU panel vote to shape carbon market future

December 13, 2016 06:59:35 EST (2.58)
EU carbon allowance prices may react to a key vote on December 15 by the EU Parliament’s environment committee. At stake are the rules governing the annual decline of the CO2 cap after 2020.

Dead or alive: What awaits container market by the end of the decade?

Dead or alive: What awaits container market by the end of the decade?

December 12, 2016 06:30:37 EST (7:54)
We look at the challenges of tonnage oversupply and regulatory pressure in the container market and whether they may yet turn into opportunities by the end of the decade.

The US HRC Market 2016, raw materials, and the effects of the elections on the steel industry

The US HRC Market 2016, raw materials, and the effects of the elections on the steel industry

December 12, 2016 06:58:08 EST (5:55)
We discuss the current trends in the global raw materials market, and discuss the effects the upcoming Trump Presidency may have on the steel industry.

Glencore makes bold move with splash into Rosneft

Glencore makes bold move with splash into Rosneft

December 09, 2016 13:05:42 EST (6:48)
We report on trading and mining giant Glencore having stepped up its game in Russia, tying up an $11.3 billion joint deal with Qatar for a stake in state-run oil producer Rosneft which will give it greater access to Russia's key crude exports.

More LNG outflows support US as net gas exporter, but position is tenuous

More LNG outflows support US as net gas exporter, but position is tenuous

December 08, 2016 06:11:05 EST (3:44)
Record-setting LNG exports in November were just enough to make the US a net exporter of natural gas for the first time ever, driven by profit margins to both Europe and Asia.

OPEC has every incentive to make landmark oil deal work

OPEC has every incentive to make landmark oil deal work

December 06, 2016 06:11:05 EST (3:19)
Despite a checkered past with sticking to crude production cuts, there is a compelling case that OPEC and other key oil producers will rein in output over the next six months, argues Paul Hickin.

TSI Eye on the Market -- Steel Markets Asia 2016: Poolside discussion

TSI Eye on the Market -- Steel Markets Asia 2016: Poolside discussion

December 05, 2016 07:09:57 EST (5:11)
TSI's Oscar Tarneberg and Jarek Mlodziejewski discuss the status of physical and derivative ferrous markets such as iron ore, coking coal and scrap during Steel Markets Asia 2016 in India.

The viability of Norway's Troll as a component grade in Dated Brent

The viability of Norway's Troll as a component grade in Dated Brent

December 02, 2016 04:30:00 EST (5:55)
S&P Global Platts video on the possibility of other grades of crude oil – particularly Troll – joining the basket making up the North Sea Dated Brent benchmark.

Can demonetization derail India's energy, commodities demand growth?

Can demonetization derail India's energy, commodities demand growth?

December 02, 2016 02:00:19 EST (3:18)
Sambit Mohanty delves into how the demonetization of Rupee 1,000 and Rupee 500 notes is affecting various commodity markets in India.

Questions remain over advanced biofuel ouput, D5 RINs after RVO announcement

Questions remain over advanced biofuel ouput, D5 RINs after RVO announcement

December 01, 2016 06:58:19 EST (3:26)
RINs prices jumped to three-year highs after the US EPA released its finalized 2017 renewable volume obligations, and many market participants have concerns about the advanced biofuel mandate.

November 2016


UK leaves power generators in dark over post-2020 carbon taxes

UK leaves power generators in dark over post-2020 carbon taxes

November 29, 2016 09:58:19 EST (3:23)
Anu Ramanathan reports on the UK's decision to hold the Carbon Price Support rate at £18/mt until 2020 in a bid to provide certainty to businesses.

EC to propose '1st Gen' biofuels phase-out, new advanced mandate from 2021

EC to propose '1st Gen' biofuels phase-out, new advanced mandate from 2021

November 24, 2016 09:58:19 EST (3:34)
Sean Bartlett on the EC's upcoming proposal to phase out biofuels made from feed or food crop-based feedstocks after 2021, while also introducing a mandate for advanced biofuels.

Metallurgical coal price quadruples, rally ripples across dry bulk markets

Metallurgical coal price quadruples, rally ripples across dry bulk markets

November 22, 2016 03:10:27 EST (3:52)
The metallurgical coal market is enjoying a renaissance as prices rise to levels not seen since 2011, and it's giving related dry bulk commodities a boost.

Normal winter weather could push US gas prices higher in Q1 2017

Normal winter weather could push US gas prices higher in Q1 2017

November 17, 2016 07:12:27 EST (2:54)
The winter approaches, more heating demand — and more natural gas demand — is expected to shape American markets, as Bob Yu demonstrates in an analysis of the fundamentals.

Oil prices, uncertainty and expansions shaping Americas petrochemicals

Oil prices, uncertainty and expansions shaping Americas petrochemicals

November 15, 2016 03:00:27 EST (3:31)
Petrochemical market players from the Americas and beyond will be convening in Buenos Aires for the annual APLA meetings, and Bernardo Fallas looks at the key topics that attendees will focus on.

Winners and losers of Europe's natural gas price convergence

Winners and losers of Europe's natural gas price convergence

November 10, 2016 07:12:27 EST (3:10)
New infrastructure, increased prevalence of hub pricing and sluggish overall demand have driven Europe's natural gas prices ever-closer to convergence, pushing market participants to seek value in the short-term.

S&P Global Platts to launch Japan lorry rack oil product price assessments

S&P Global Platts to launch Japan lorry rack oil product price assessments

November 10, 2016 10:01:00 EST (7:42)
After launching the Japan oil products price assessments on April 25, 2016, S&P Global Platts is now looking at bringing the eWindow to participants in the Japan market.

What will be Donald Trump’s impact on the energy industry?

What will be Donald Trump’s impact on the energy industry?

November 09, 2016 03:00:00 EST (4:14)
Herman Wang, senior writer, examines what Donald Trump’s victory means for the energy industry including its impact on fossil fuel production, industry regulation and the fate of President Barack Obama's clean air policies.

The next US president's impact on America's power generation fleet

The next US president's impact on America's power generation fleet

November 08, 2016 08:19:10 EST (5:41)
Coal, natural gas and renewables were among the few energy topics the US presidential candidates addressed, and we look at how market share and capacity could change under Trump or Clinton.

TSI Eye On The Market: Global HRC spread compression and the impact on the rest of the ferrous market

TSI Eye On The Market: Global HRC spread compression and the impact on the rest of the ferrous market

November 08, 2016 05:00:20 EST (11:16)
The spread between TSI’s ASEAN HRC (Chinese exports) Index and TSI’s US HRC Index has dramatically decreased over recent months, tying to two markets ever closer together.

New marine fuel emission norms: A time for LNG to shine in bunkering?

New marine fuel emission norms: A time for LNG to shine in bunkering?

November 03, 2016 07:00:00 EST (3:03)
The new sulfur emission cap on marine fuels to be implemented from 2020 is set to change the course of maritime history. The video offers a look at the stormy waters ahead.

How will the IMO's 2020 global sulfur cap reshape the oil industry?

How will the IMO's 2020 global sulfur cap reshape the oil industry?

November 01, 2016 08:35:51 EST (3:29)
On October 27 the IMO announced a sharply lower sulfur cap on shipping fuel globally from 2020. But what are the implications for shipping lines, refineries, and crude producers?

October 2016


TSI Eye on the Market: Assessing ferrous bulk markets' 2016 performance and in contrast with 2015

TSI Eye on the Market: Assessing ferrous bulk markets' 2016 performance and in contrast with 2015

October 31, 2016 07:35:20 EST (12:18)
Tim Hard and Jarek Mlodziejewski take stock of coking coal, iron ore, Turkish scrap and ASEAN HRC margins, as well as how derivatives markets uptake is faring in steelmaking raw materials.

Iraq opens up on oil output but remains firm on OPEC stance

Iraq opens up on oil output but remains firm on OPEC stance

October 27, 2016 07:27:40 EST (4:06)
Following his visit to Baghdad, senior editor Eklavya Gupte recounts some of the revelations by Iraq's oil ministry on its oil output and its position ahead of OPEC's crucial meeting on November 30.

Remaking Mexico's electric power markets puts emphasis on renewables

Remaking Mexico's electric power markets puts emphasis on renewables

October 25, 2016 07:00:00 EST (4:24)
George McGuirk details how Mexico's transforming electric power market is spotlighting regional price variations and renewable power.

Weakness in clean LR tanker market set to continue

Weakness in clean LR tanker market set to continue

October 24, 2016 06:30:36 EST (9:52)
With LR tanker freight rates in the Atlantic at historical lows and putting heavy pressure on shipowners' earnings, our editors discuss the main forces behind this sorry situation.

China ADC12 aluminum alloy demand rides on anticipated healthy vehicle output, sales

China ADC12 aluminum alloy demand rides on anticipated healthy vehicle output, sales

October 20, 2016 05:00:00 EST (3:12)
The price of domestic ADC12 aluminum alloy in China is on a steady rise on the back of a healthy demand from the automotive industry.

Regulation dictating rebalancing in dry bulk market

Regulation dictating rebalancing in dry bulk market

October 20, 2016 03:45:47 EST (6:18)
Healthy demand has been giving the dry bulk sector a boost, but stringent regulations are the ones supporting market sentiment.

US presidential candidates focus on a few energy issues, keep mum on many

US presidential candidates focus on a few energy issues, keep mum on many

October 18, 2016 06:42:13 EST (2:36)
The US presidential election is fast approaching, and the energy industry worldwide is especially interested in how a new president could affect future regulations.

European power prices rally on reactor outages, coal gains

European power prices rally on reactor outages, coal gains

October 13, 2016 10:42:13 EST (3:21)
Increased cross-border demand from France is putting Germany on track to become Europe's biggest exporter of electricity this year with Germany's installed wind capacity approaching 50 GW this winter.

What's driving the sudden spurt in India's steel demand?

What's driving the sudden spurt in India's steel demand?

October 11, 2016 02:00:00 EST (3:36)
The Indian Steel Association forecasts India's steel consumption to hit 86 million mt in the current fiscal year, 5.3% higher than its demand last year.

One year to EU sugar quota abolition - are you ready?

One year to EU sugar quota abolition - are you ready?

October 06, 2016 08:53:07 EST (3:44)
With less than one year to go until the EU ushers in a new era for the sugar industry, David Elward considers the implications of the change on production, exports and world pricing dynamics.

Japan's oil products, LNG pricing at crossroads

Japan's oil products, LNG pricing at crossroads

October 04, 2016 10:00:00 EST (3:55)
Japan’s oil refining sector is facing the what is possibly its biggest reorganization in the last decade, and the LNG spot market is poised to experience even greater commoditization and liquidity.

September 2016


European winter gas outlook bearish with regional price spike risks

European winter gas outlook bearish with regional price spike risks

September 29, 2016 08:07:53 EST (4:10)
Europe's winter natural gas price outlook looks bearish, but regional markets such as the UK and Ukraine remain vulnerable to price spikes, as S&P Global Platts' Lucie Roux reports.

Top 250 Energy Company Rankings 2016: The oil price rout triggers industry upheaval

Top 250 Energy Company Rankings 2016: The oil price rout triggers industry upheaval

September 27, 2016 09:45:28 EST (4:17)
Robert Perkins looks at how the fallout of the oil price collapse has reshaped Platts Top 250 Energy Company Rankings for 2016.

How is the US shale boom panning out on global markets?

How is the US shale boom panning out on global markets?

September 23, 2016 11:09:28 EST (6:14)
Analyzing the latest developments in US ethane exports and related current and future crude, naphtha and NGLs pricing trends and impact on cracker margins in Europe.

Northeast US gas pipeline plans will enable more production, impact markets further afield

Northeast US gas pipeline plans will enable more production, impact markets further afield

September 24, 2016 08:30:45 EST (3:25)
The Northeast US is set to undergo radical changes with natural gas infrastructure, but many pipeline development projects are at risk of delay.

Platts to launch FOB Fujairah oil product assessments

Platts to launch FOB Fujairah oil product assessments

September 20, 2016 05:30:00 EST (4:16)
Platts to publish independent, outright assessments on a free-on-board Fujairah basis for 95 RON gasoline; 10 parts per million sulfur gasoil and 500 ppm gasoil; jet fuel; and 380-centistoke fuel oil.

US coal markets take cues from gas, power after record-setting summer

US coal markets take cues from gas, power after record-setting summer

September 20, 2016 08:29:45 EST (3:01)
US coal prices saw significant price boosts this summer after reaching extreme lows in May, and recent movements provide a hint as to market changes for the rest of 2016.

Key oil producers to discuss possible output freeze, but to what end?

Key oil producers to discuss possible output freeze, but to what end?

September 15, 2016 08:29:45 EST (4:02)
Prior to an expected informal meeting of OPEC ministers in Algeria, the oil market continues to weigh up whether any crude production freeze deal between producers is possible.

Electric vehicles, renewables to re-order global energy supply chains

Electric vehicles, renewables to re-order global energy supply chains

September 13, 2016 07:30:28 EST (4:24)
Ross McCracken explains how the electrification of transport based on renewables could short-circuit the insecurity over global energy supply chains through the localization of energy production and consumption.

S&P Global Platts to launch eWindow for Japan domestic oil waterborne assessments

S&P Global Platts to launch eWindow for Japan domestic oil waterborne assessments

September 13, 2016 12:30:00 EST (5:44)
After launching the Japan oil products price assessments on April 25, 2016, S&P Global Platts is now looking at bringing the eWindow to participants in the Japan market.

Dry spell coming off for dry bulk markets

Dry spell coming off for dry bulk markets

September 09, 2016 07:30:47 EST (10:14)
There are visible signs of stability returning to the dry bulk segment, according to market observers.

Polymer imports continue playing important role for Mexico's market

Polymer imports continue playing important role for Mexico's market

September 08, 2016 08:51:39 EST (2:58)
Although the third polyethylene plant at Braskem-Idesa's petrochemical complex came online in June, US exports of polyethylene to Mexico have increased for five consecutive months.

Nord Stream 2 suffers setback after European partners pull out of operating JV

Nord Stream 2 suffers setback after European partners pull out of operating JV

September 06, 2016 08:51:39 EST (4:31)
A number of alternative options are now under consideration for Shell and others to help support Gazprom's controversial gas pipeline project Nord Stream 2.

Platts launches consultation on shift to 10 ppm gasoil as Asia's benchmark grade

Platts launches consultation on shift to 10 ppm gasoil as Asia's benchmark grade

September 05, 2016 10:00:00 EST (5:02)
Editors explain S&P Global Platts' move to open a formal consultation on shifting to 10 ppm gasoil as Asia's benchmark grade.

Long-term outlook for Asian LNG demand could make region attractive for excess US LNG

Long-term outlook for Asian LNG demand could make region attractive for excess US LNG

September 01, 2016 06:30:22 EST (3:01)
With the question about when US LNG will reach Asia answered, the market is now wondering how much more volume will be coming to the region.

August 2016


Developing US LNG exports market finds savings in new routes

Developing US LNG exports market finds savings in new routes

August 30, 2016 10:50:16 EST (4:03)
The first-ever LNG Watch from the US examines the developing export market, varied destinations for US product, shipping times and costs and the Gulf Coast Marker.

2016's stellar performer: Met coal prices rise 73% Jan-Aug

2016's stellar performer: Met coal prices rise 73% Jan-Aug

August 30, 2016 05:00:50 EST (3:35)
Video on how China's aim to cut coal capacity, logistical bottlenecks, and a perceived supply tightness in Australia are all contributing to the rise in met coal prices.

How environmental checks in China are affecting steel, metals prices

How environmental checks in China are affecting steel, metals prices

August 29, 2016 05:19:26 EST (9:00)
China's central government has launched environmental inspections across variousregions, affecting output and prices in both upstream and downstream industries.

Asia steel margins in consolidation as China gets soft landing after April price surge

Asia steel margins in consolidation as China gets soft landing after April price surge

August 26, 2016 07:33:26 EST (8:21)
Focusing on steel mill margins in Asia and China which have consolidated over the past two months, as prices stabilized at higher levels than prior the spring surge.

US gas market looks to winter after slack summer storage injections

US gas market looks to winter after slack summer storage injections

August 25, 2016 07:32:47 EST (3:02)
Various factors led to consistently below-average US gas storage injections this summer, which promoted a rally in futures prices but leaves questions about the changing seasons.

Toluene-to-benzene conversion economics turn positive

Toluene-to-benzene conversion economics turn positive

August 23, 2016 09:11:08 EST (4:08)
S&P Global Platts Petrochemicals pricing specialist, Thordur Gunnarsson, on the underlying reasons for the changing European toluene-to-benzene landscape and what Q4 holds for both products.

Asia, Mideast leading next wave of refinery-based aromatics expansion

Asia, Mideast leading next wave of refinery-based aromatics expansion

August 23, 2016 04:30:30 EST (3:37)
Developments in US shale production continue to change the global aromatics landscape.

EU bans commodity market abuse but delays over MiFID 2 compliance

EU bans commodity market abuse but delays over MiFID 2 compliance

August 18, 2016 08:00:00 EST (3:13)
Manipulating commodity markets in the European Union is now a crime. Siobhan Hall explains how EU financial regulations are impacting commodity traders, and what happens next.

Jones Act shippers search for demand in US refined oil product industry

Jones Act shippers search for demand in US refined oil product industry

August 16, 2016 09:15:26 EST (2:45)
Sliding demand for Jones Act crude shipping has operators targeting the refined products market, but a glut of products is suppressing appetite for the tankers.

Surging OPEC crude production, talk of a freeze, and the meeting in Algiers

Surging OPEC crude production, talk of a freeze, and the meeting in Algiers

August 11, 2016 09:48:58 EST (3:22)
Herman Wang examines the forces impacting OPEC crude oil supply and how that dynamic could play out when the organization meets on the sidelines of the International Energy Forum in September.

S&P Global Platts includes 3 additional laycans for CFR China toluene marker

S&P Global Platts includes 3 additional laycans for CFR China toluene marker

August 11, 2016 02:45:00 EST (3:30)
Video explains changes in prices assessments for Platts CFR China toluene marker.

France could become more heavily reliant on power imports during winter as of 2017

France could become more heavily reliant on power imports during winter as of 2017

August 09, 2016 09:00:00 EST (3:20)
Ana-Maria Tolbaru talks on the likely impact on France of it increasing the operating costs for coal generators with the introduction of a new carbon price floor or a coal tax starting in 2017.

Solar power shakes up California's power markets as renewable generation grows

Solar power shakes up California's power markets as renewable generation grows

August 04, 2016 07:37:52 EST (3:16)
Solar, natural gas and wind are making up most of the power generation additions across the US this year, and California markets are feeling the effects of more solar generation.

After volatile H1, seaborne iron ore market seen steady in Q3

After volatile H1, seaborne iron ore market seen steady in Q3

August 02, 2016 07:20:50 EST (3:03)
Market sources say the seaborne iron ore market could perform better this quarter, and that prices could remain firm for the rest of 2016.

July 2016


Acrylonitrile prices surge in Asia as supply tightness looms

Acrylonitrile prices surge in Asia as supply tightness looms

July 28, 2016 03:01:00 EST (3:32)
Ineos Nitriles caught the market by surprise when it declared force majeure on acrylonitrile (ACN) out of its Texas plant on July 15.

Surge of US Gulf Coast petcoke exports to India dropping off this summer

Surge of US Gulf Coast petcoke exports to India dropping off this summer

July 26, 2016 03:01:00 EST (3:29)
US Gulf Coast refiners exported an unprecedented level of petcoke in May, targeting growing demand in India, but tonnage is dropping and could have price effects.

India's auto industry drives steel, aluminum, and polymer demand

India's auto industry drives steel, aluminum, and polymer demand

July 21, 2016 06:31:51 EST (8:48)
How has the rise of India as an automotive manufacturing hub affected demand for various commodities?

More US ethanol exports could head to Korea in shuffling of supply, demand

More US ethanol exports could head to Korea in shuffling of supply, demand

July 21, 2016 04:01:00 EST (3:33)
The US is poised to send more ethanol to Korea, which has traditionally imported Grade B product mostly from Brazil.

Rough outage set to increase UK gas import reliance this winter

Rough outage set to increase UK gas import reliance this winter

July 20, 2016 11:30:35 EST (5:58)
The UK's Rough storage facility outage is set to increase UK gas import reliance this winter. What will be the likely impact and how might the shortfall best be managed?

Why does the world think India is the next big growth center for oil?

Why does the world think India is the next big growth center for oil?

July 19, 2016 04:01:00 EST (3:51)
Sambit Mohanty examines India's appetite for oil and the factors contributing to the sub-continent's growing oil consumption.

Turkey Coup Attempt: What has been the impact on global commodities, energy markets?

Turkey Coup Attempt: What has been the impact on global commodities, energy markets?

July 18, 2016 07:30:00 EST (4:48)
Following on from a failed coup attempt launched late Friday, July 15, by Turkish army officers, what has been the impact -- if any -- on commodities markets?

Higher US gas prices may be sustained as demand continues climbing

Higher US gas prices may be sustained as demand continues climbing

July 14, 2016 06:06:13 EST (3:26)
US natural gas prices have recently been at their highest since last summer, including Henry Hub futures prices nearly breaking $3/MMBtu at the start of July.

The future of coal: new carbon capture technologies

The future of coal: new carbon capture technologies

July 13, 2016 06:52:08 EST (10:27)
Ross McCracken and Gareth Carpenter discuss developments that might radically alter the economics of CCS as an emergent technology.

India ruffles China with slew of protection measures on steel imports

India ruffles China with slew of protection measures on steel imports

July 12, 2016 07:15:50 EST (3:12)
New anti-dumping investigations started by India have evoked a strong response from China’s commerce ministry.

China’s oil reserves filling may rise above 200,000 b/d

China’s oil reserves filling may rise above 200,000 b/d

July 12, 2016 00:01:00 EST (3:19)
Between 2016 and 2017, up to four additional facilities are being planned under the second phase of China's strategic petroleum reserve storageexpansion.

India holds strength to influence phenol, acetone prices in Asia

India holds strength to influence phenol, acetone prices in Asia

July 11, 2016 06:15:35 EST (5:01)
Domestic supply in India has not kept pace with the country's rising solvents consumption, making the country a prominent importer in the global phenol market.

Brexit turmoil raises costs, risks in UK energy sector

Brexit turmoil raises costs, risks in UK energy sector

July 08, 2016 05:18:35 EST (8:58)
Following the UK's vote to exit the EU, we look at both the business case and political risks for future UK energy sector investment, and assess the best way forward.

US nuclear industry suffers shutdowns, pressured by power prices

US nuclear industry suffers shutdowns, pressured by power prices

July 07, 2016 00:01:50 EST (3:04)
Nuclear power, which for a long time was among the lowest-cost electricity sources, is now having trouble competing in the US.

CISA turnaround towards iron ore financialization sees growing futures interest

CISA turnaround towards iron ore financialization sees growing futures interest

July 05, 2016 17:31:51 EST (7:55)
CISA’s recent iron ore and steel derivatives conference indicates the group’s strong support for its members to join in futures trading.

Competitive pricing makes US feedstock attractive to Chinese petrochemicals market

Competitive pricing makes US feedstock attractive to Chinese petrochemicals market

July 05, 2016 00:06:30 EST (3:36)
China is looking all the way to the other side of the world for petrochemical feedstocks.

Have metallurgical coal prices finally hit the bottom?

Have metallurgical coal prices finally hit the bottom?

July 05, 2016 00:01:50 EST (3:21)
Where do you see prices in the next few months?

June 2016


Additional supply, cheaper alternative seen to keep Asian orthoxylene under pressure in H2

Additional supply, cheaper alternative seen to keep Asian orthoxylene under pressure in H2

June 30, 2016 07:20:35 EST (3:19)
Additional orthoxylene supply is coming online and an alternative product remains price competitive. S&P Global Platts associate editor Pamela Sumayao examines how these factors will affect the orthoxylene market in Asia in the coming months.

H2 2016: What is the outlook for China's volatile steel market?

H2 2016: What is the outlook for China's volatile steel market?

June 28, 2016 09:45:37 EST (3:26)
Paul Bartholomew looks at the steel price volatility witnessed in the first half of the year and what we could potentially see over the second half of 2016.

Asian airlines' hedging strategies amid volatile crude oil market

Asian airlines' hedging strategies amid volatile crude oil market

June 23, 2016 06:30:01 EST (3:34)
Jet fuel accounts for as much as a third of an airlines' expenses, and the rise and fall of fuel prices can have a great impact on profitability.

India a bright spot in dark and gloomy dry bulk market

India a bright spot in dark and gloomy dry bulk market

June 21, 2016 07:40:01 EST (3:17)
If China got the dry bulk market out of the doldrums in 2005, is it India’s turn this time around?

Dry bulk tonnage at a crossroads: is it heading down the oversupply path again?

Dry bulk tonnage at a crossroads: is it heading down the oversupply path again?

June 20, 2016 16:01:59 EST (7:52)
Our shipping editors explore the latest trends in the dry bulk S&P and ship recycling markets, giving a forward outlook for the global dry bulk fleet.

Speculators help fund sugar market revival

Speculators help fund sugar market revival

June 16, 2016 14:35:57 EST (4:31)
David Elward looks behind speculators' decision to target sugar, with it having offered significantly higher returns than other commodities, including crude oil and precious metals.

More crude oil heads to US West Coast, even as rail permitting delays abound

More crude oil heads to US West Coast, even as rail permitting delays abound

June 14, 2016 08:15:35 EST (2:50)
Shipping crude oil to the US West Coast has never been easy, but moving crude by rail is becoming more difficult as permitting challenges delay projects.

Qatari LNG deliveries to Europe down; volumes to Mideast, S Asia rise

Qatari LNG deliveries to Europe down; volumes to Mideast, S Asia rise

June 10, 2016 11:09:51 EST (2:50)
Desmond Wong on Europe having seen a slow down in deliveries of Qatari LNG, with increased volumes heading into the Middle East and South Asia.

Demand steady for China's alumina, but growing supply limits price rise

Demand steady for China's alumina, but growing supply limits price rise

June 10, 2016 06:00:21 EST (11:23)
Alumina prices in China have been on the rise since February--a complete reversal from last year when prices were crashing. Where could prices be headed in H2?

Coal's future in Asia's changing energy mix

Coal's future in Asia's changing energy mix

June 09, 2016 00:30:35 EST (3:21)
Cautious optimism was widely felt at the recent Coaltrans Asia event in Indonesia as thermal coal prices have been on an uptrend for about six weeks. But how long can this last, with many Asian countries looking at scaling back coal-fired power generation?

Are OPEC crude output ceilings, quotas a thing of the past?

Are OPEC crude output ceilings, quotas a thing of the past?

June 07, 2016 17:15:35 EST (3:04)
The June 2 OPEC meeting in Vienna ended with no agreement to restrict crude oil output, raising questions about whether the organization will ever return to output ceilings and quotas.

Opportunities and challenges for China's independent oil refiners

Opportunities and challenges for China's independent oil refiners

June 06, 2016 10:00:21 EST (7:48)
Our editors explain the evolution of China's independent oil refineries and the challenges they face in terms of logistics, infrastructure and trading.

Will La Nina following El Nino bring disruption to commodity markets?

Will La Nina following El Nino bring disruption to commodity markets?

June 02, 2016 13:04:24 EST (3:23)
Tim Worledge on the likely impact of La Nina on the bread basket of Europe, the wheat fields of Australia, America's corn belt, the great sugar powerhouse of Brazil and the cane fields of India and Thailand.

All eyes on China at the Global Metals Awards

All eyes on China at the Global Metals Awards

June 01, 2016 12:36:21 EST (4:29)
Following another successful edition of Platts' flagship metals awards gala, S&P Global Platts editors look back at some of the main topics discussed by the industry's leaders.

May 2016


Gasoline, gasoil demand pattern shifts in Asia as summer heats up

Gasoline, gasoil demand pattern shifts in Asia as summer heats up

May 31, 2016 06:00:37 EST (3:15)
Jonathan Nonis looks at higher air-conditioner usage, the El Nino-induced drought, and other factors that could shape the oil products market this summer.

Glass half full: the bearish dry bulk market may yet offer opportunities

Glass half full: the bearish dry bulk market may yet offer opportunities

May 26, 2016 11:36:47 EST (3:37)
The dry bulk freight market is suffering its worst period in decades. However, even this bearish environment can bring some interesting opportunities for the right shipping players.

Price swings prevail in Asian steel, iron ore markets

Price swings prevail in Asian steel, iron ore markets

May 24, 2016 05:00:23 EST (2:55)
Fresh from the SGX Iron Ore Week, Annalisa Jeffries talks about how surprisingly strong the Chinese steel and iron ore markets in 2016.

Americas Aframax rates near year-low after brief upheaval in shipping market

Americas Aframax rates near year-low after brief upheaval in shipping market

May 19, 2016 09:49:57 EST (2:57)
The Aframax market in the Americas was on a veritable roller coaster ride at the end of April, and various factors may prompt another price reversal in the near future.

EU wholesale power prices: facing structural collapse or cyclical recovery?

EU wholesale power prices: facing structural collapse or cyclical recovery?

May 17, 2016 18:02:23 EST (3:38)
We explore a key question that emerged from Platts' recent European power conference: is Europe's wholesale power price collapse structural, or could central plant closures prompt a post 2020 recovery?

Saudi stirrings and Iran's return dominate oil rebalancing conversation

Saudi stirrings and Iran's return dominate oil rebalancing conversation

May 12, 2016 13:44:37 EST (3:34)
What could the return of Iranian crude oil output to near pre-sanctions levels and changes at the Saudi oil ministry mean ahead of the upcoming OPEC meeting?

Platts MVS China Steel Mill Margins show heightened volatility, challenges for steel

Platts MVS China Steel Mill Margins show heightened volatility, challenges for steel

May 10, 2016 12:36:21 EST (6:38)
We assess current trends for steel mill margins in China and for EAF mills in Turkey and the US, and examine the challenges facing global steel markets.

Indian appetite for imported LNG taking off, but sustainability of demand remains uncertain

Indian appetite for imported LNG taking off, but sustainability of demand remains uncertain

May 10, 2016 06:30:22 EST (3:15)
Armed with data from previous years and from January to April, pricing analyst Max Gostelow explores the possibilities for LNG in India for the rest of 2016.

Nord Stream 2 heats up Russia, Ukraine's gas transit dispute

Nord Stream 2 heats up Russia, Ukraine's gas transit dispute

May 06, 2016 16:18:35 EST (7:42)
Will Russia's controversial Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project to Germany be online by the end of 2019, before its ten-year transit contract with Ukraine expires?

International operators eye Mexico's higher-risk, higher-reward deepwater basin

International operators eye Mexico's higher-risk, higher-reward deepwater basin

May 05, 2016 07:25:22 EST (3:16)
Mexico's first-ever deepwater bidding round is already drawing the attention of major international oil and gas producers, including the country's own Pemex.

Traders fear liquidity squeeze in South African coal market

Traders fear liquidity squeeze in South African coal market

May 03, 2016 14:25:22 EST (3:55)
Stephanie Wilson on how continuing strong screen prices of spot thermal coal threaten to reduce liquidity in the South African Richards Bay market.

April 2016


US PE market reverses course as first wave of capacity expansions approaches

US PE market reverses course as first wave of capacity expansions approaches

April 28, 2016 07:30:00 EST (2:57)
US polyethylene producers are expected to implement an increase for April contracts, making it the second consecutive monthly increase. But can it last?

World watches as China appears to find floor of ferrochrome market

World watches as China appears to find floor of ferrochrome market

April 26, 2016 09:10:00 EST (3:28)
The significance of China's ferrochrome price is often understated in the market, yet when some of the country's stainless steelmakers rolled over purchase prices for April, the world's markets paid attention.

The Doha oil freeze fiasco: What lies ahead?

The Doha oil freeze fiasco: What lies ahead?

April 21, 2016 11:43:50 EST (3:34)
Platts senior editor Eklavya Gupte explores some of the ramifications on the global oil markets of the failure by major oil producers to agree on an output freeze in Doha.

US shale production will shape the future of global commodity markets

US shale production will shape the future of global commodity markets

April 19, 2016 08:10:00 EST (4:56)
From crude oil to refined petroleum products, from natural gas to LNG and NGLs, from feedstocks to petrochemical products, US shale is making a huge impact on many sectors.

Strong demand lifts Asian olefins prices to multi-month highs

Strong demand lifts Asian olefins prices to multi-month highs

April 14, 2016 07:30:00 EST (3:29)
What's next for the Asian olefins market after multi-month highs for ethylene, propylene and butadiene prices?

5 key trends shaping the metallurgical coal market

5 key trends shaping the metallurgical coal market

April 12, 2016 11:10:00 EST (3:29)
What are market participants in the metallurgical coal industry expecting for the rest of 2016? Edwin Yeo shares his findings from a recent Platts survey.

Platts plans new price assessments for Japanese domestic oil products market

Platts plans new price assessments for Japanese domestic oil products market

April 12, 2016 02:30:07 EST (10:13)
Platts studies the launch of daily price assessments for five oil products in the Japanese market: 89 RON gasoline, kerosene, gasoil, high sulfur A fuel oil and low sulfur A fuel oil.

Mini price boom not enough to save Tata Steel UK

Mini price boom not enough to save Tata Steel UK

April 08, 2016 10:40:05 EST (7:16)
Platts editors discuss the problems facing the Tata Steel Port Talbot plant and UK steelmaking in general, with Chinese HRC into the country falling and steel prices on the rise.

Growth of Illinois Basin coal sets stage for futures contract

Growth of Illinois Basin coal sets stage for futures contract

April 07, 2016 08:10:00 EST (3:02)
ICE on Monday launched a new US coal futures contract for the Illinois Basin, which is making up a growing portion of the total US coal market, as Andrew Moore explains.

Transition to new grains crops in the Black Sea region

Transition to new grains crops in the Black Sea region

April 05, 2016 11:10:00 EST (3:45)
With wheat traders jostling for position and opinions varied as to how the new grains crop will pan out, Andrei Agapi reflects on overall sentiment within the market.

March 2016


What China's slowing economic growth means for its oil balance in 2016

What China's slowing economic growth means for its oil balance in 2016

March 31, 2016 06:00:00 EST (3:19)
After picking up significantly last year, China's oil demand is expected to moderate in 2016.

Platts' evolving regulatory engagements around commodity benchmarks

Platts' evolving regulatory engagements around commodity benchmarks

March 31, 2016 10:30:00 EST (4:16)
Platts is working to protect its ability to continue to be the leading independent voice observing the world's commodity markets while simultaneously understanding regulatory concerns and objectives.

Platts proposes quality premium for Murban crude oil in Middle East benchmark assessments

Platts proposes quality premium for Murban crude oil in Middle East benchmark assessments

March 29, 2016 15:00:00 EST (3:45)
Platts editors explain the details of the proposal to introduce quality premiums for Murban crude oil and what it would mean for the benchmarks.

Strengthening steel prices in China: Sentiment-driven or sustainable recovery?

Strengthening steel prices in China: Sentiment-driven or sustainable recovery?

March 29, 2016 06:12:00 EST (3:01)
Paul Bartholomew examines why China's steel market has been heating up since the start of 2016.

Platts to change assessment process for premium hard coking coal FOB Australia

Platts to change assessment process for premium hard coking coal FOB Australia

March 29, 2016 05:36:00 EST (4:31)
Platts explains the reason behind the price assessment change on premium hard coking coal FOB Australia that will take effect on April 1, 2016.

US oil producers may hedge more, restart wells as prices rise

US oil producers may hedge more, restart wells as prices rise

March 25, 2016 11:10:00 EST (3:15)
Crude oil prices are at levels not seen in months, and it appears some oil producers are beginning to hedge their production as a result. Could this lead to a restart of DUCs?

Indian thermal coal buyers spoilt for choice as global demand weakens

Indian thermal coal buyers spoilt for choice as global demand weakens

March 22, 2016 03:40:00 EST (3:19)
Platts associate editor Arusha Das looks at India's appetite for imported coal and its options in the spot market.

Strong precipitation trends in US Pacific Northwest keep power prices low

Strong precipitation trends in US Pacific Northwest keep power prices low

March 17, 2016 10:00:20 EST (3:14)
One of the strongest El Nino events on record is contributing to bearish forward power prices and lower spot power prices in the US Pacific Northwest this spring.

2016: A buyer's market for Asian LNG?

2016: A buyer's market for Asian LNG?

March 17, 2016 04:00:56 EST (5:26)
Many LNG buyers in Asia are adopting a wait-and-see approach to see how low prices could go before picking up cargoes.

Post-sanctions Iran: enthusiastic about steel expansion

Post-sanctions Iran: enthusiastic about steel expansion

March 16, 2016 15:33:56 EST (8:00)
Platts editors discuss Iran's announcement that it plans to more than double steelmaking capacity to 55 million mt/year by 2025, which would make it one of the world's top ten steelmaking nations.

US petrochemical trends will draw attention at AFPM conference

US petrochemical trends will draw attention at AFPM conference

March 15, 2016 07:00:00 EST (2:49)
From methanol and steam cracker projects along the USGC to exports of ethylene and styrene, market participants have plenty of US petrochemical news to mull over at AFPM.

Platts proposes to move its Americas oil, shipping MOC timestamps

Platts proposes to move its Americas oil, shipping MOC timestamps

March 14, 2016 15:20:00 EST (5:38)
Platts is proposing to move its Americas oil and shipping Market On Close time to 2:30 pm Eastern Time after months of gathering feedback in a formal consultation with the industry.

Iraq's new sugar refinery set to capitalize on local demand, but EU waits in the wings

Iraq's new sugar refinery set to capitalize on local demand, but EU waits in the wings

March 14, 2016 10:40:05 EST (7:13)
The new Etihad sugar refinery in Babylon, Iraq, is helping to turn the Middle East and North Africa into more of an agriculture powerhouse, putting pressure on the European Union.

Are Asian oil refiners set for a second Golden Age?

Are Asian oil refiners set for a second Golden Age?

March 10, 2016 07:20:00 EST (3:15)
Platts senior managing editor Jonathan Nonis examines whether or not some market observers are correct in saying that Asian refiners are now enjoying a second Golden Age.

Platts US Gulf Coast summer gasoline assessments explained

Platts US Gulf Coast summer gasoline assessments explained

March 08, 2016 02:00:48 EST (4:18)
Matthew Kohlman, senior managing editor, Americas refined products, explains changes in main and supplemental summer-grade assessments for the US Gulf Coast gasoline markets.

Likely impact of first US shale gas shipment to EU on region's plastics

Likely impact of first US shale gas shipment to EU on region's plastics

March 08, 2016 15:29:42 EST (4:13)
Platts looks at the impending arrival of the first shipment of US shale gas to Europe and its likely impact on the region's plastics industry.

Iran's potential for petrochemical expansions

Iran's potential for petrochemical expansions

March 07, 2016 01:20:00 EST (5:26)
Platts managing analyst Hetain Mistry reviews the size of Iran's domestic and export markets for polyethylene.

North Asia's post-winter jet/kerosene supply: Sell or store?

North Asia's post-winter jet/kerosene supply: Sell or store?

March 03, 2016 07:00:00 EST (2:49)
Platts editor Andrew Toh examines how oil refiners manage their remaining jet fuel/kerosene stockpiles in North Asia.

Markets vs subsidies: the battle for EU power

Markets vs subsidies: the battle for EU power

March 02, 2016 10:51:40 EST (9:43)
EU governments spend billions on aid to their power sectors, but how long will it last and can a new EU market design cut the cost?

What's driving volatility in oil prices

What's driving volatility in oil prices

March 01, 2016 11:10:00 EST (4:25)
Platts Chief Content Officer Martin Fraenkel explains why oil price volatility is climbing and how it's distinct from a downward price trend.

February 2016


US ethanol market searches for new demand as prices rise

US ethanol market searches for new demand as prices rise

February 25, 2016 08:02:38 EST (3:47)
US ethanol's premium over gasoline is making blending the biofuel a more costly endeavor, even as ethanol's availability has increased thanks to high production and stout stocks.

What's behind the unusual opening of an arbitrage for Colombian coal to India?

What's behind the unusual opening of an arbitrage for Colombian coal to India?

February 23, 2016 12:52:16 EST (3:05)
Platts international coal editor Jacqueline Holman assesses an interesting development in the seaborne thermal coal market: the unusual opening of an arbitrage for Colombian coal to India.

European Jet Fuel: Focus on Russia - Interview with Rosneft Aero

European Jet Fuel: Focus on Russia - Interview with Rosneft Aero

February 22, 2016 13:45:41 EST (7:09)
Platts talks to Rosneft Aero's CCO on the drivers behind Russia's increase in jet fuel exports, with jet flows from Russia becoming more prevalent within the European market.

China's coal-, methanol-to-olefins profitability under pressure as crude prices remain low

China's coal-, methanol-to-olefins profitability under pressure as crude prices remain low

February 18, 2016 06:07:10 EST (3:27)
With crude oil prices lingering at levels not seen in over a decade, do coal-to-olefins and methanol-to-olefins processes still hold a competitive edge against naphtha-based production?

Post-IP Week: Houdini himself would struggle to escape this supply-driven oil bear market

Post-IP Week: Houdini himself would struggle to escape this supply-driven oil bear market

February 16, 2016 14:10:00 EST (3:31)
Many of the factors discussed at IP Week were not about where the oil demand will come from, but more on concerns about oversupply, as Platts' Joel Hanley explains.

The bittersweet 2016: What to expect in the dry bulk Supramax market?

The bittersweet 2016: What to expect in the dry bulk Supramax market?

February 12, 2016 11:29:05 EST (16:53)
The Atlantic dry bulk Supramax market is in big trouble. The freight rates are bottoming, demand on conventional trade routes is failing and the oversupply of tonnage remains a challenge. What is the outlook for the market in 2016?

US refiners face soaring stocks as gasoline grades switch

US refiners face soaring stocks as gasoline grades switch

February 11, 2016 06:00:48 EST (3:19)
US gasoline stocks have reached record highs in 2016, while prices have flirted with unprecedented lows. What could happen as the market shifts to summer-grade gasoline?

Five forces shaping polymer markets in the Americas in 2016

Five forces shaping polymer markets in the Americas in 2016

February 09, 2016 05:53:38 EST (4:04)
Bernardo Fallas lists five themes to watch as polymer and petrochemical markets continue changing in the beginning of 2016, from the US to various parts of Latin America.

Platts launches new US crude assessments to reflect oil exports

Platts launches new US crude assessments to reflect oil exports

February 08, 2016 09:45:38 EST (3:36)
Platts' Matt Cook and Luciano Battistini elaborate on a suite of new Platts assessments that debuted Feb. 8 to reflect the value of US crude oil and condensates that could be exported.

Methodology: Platts announces Dated Brent CIF‎ Rotterdam assessment

Methodology: Platts announces Dated Brent CIF‎ Rotterdam assessment

February 08, 2016 12:36:23 EST (3:57)
Platts to publish new price reference for Dated Brent CIF Rotterdam from March 14, 2016. This new assessment will complement the existing Dated Brent FOB.

China outlook 2016: Oil, steel exports to keep growing amid weak domestic demand

China outlook 2016: Oil, steel exports to keep growing amid weak domestic demand

February 04, 2016 02:07:10 EST (3:28)
China has the habit of surprising, but what can we expect from the economic giant in 2016?

Standoff between Russia, US over Europe's gas market share

Standoff between Russia, US over Europe's gas market share

February 02, 2016 15:07:10 EST (3:53)
Stuart Elliott reports on the likelihood of Russia attempting to mirror in the European gas market the strategy undertaken by Saudi Arabia in the oil market.

January 2016


Diesel, gasoline cracks attract VGO to US Gulf Coast despite backlog

Diesel, gasoline cracks attract VGO to US Gulf Coast despite backlog

January 28, 2016 05:00:48 EST (3:14)
Jeff Bair explains that although the US is frequently seen as ready to absorb vacuum gasoil produced in other regions, like Europe, recent market softness has proven otherwise.

Feedback sought on closing time of Platts Americas oil assessments

Feedback sought on closing time of Platts Americas oil assessments

January 26, 2016 11:00:00 EST (5:00)
Platts' Jonty Rushforth and Richard Swann explain why feedback is being invited about the Platts Market On Close assessment process timestamp for oil products in the Americas.

Iran's return to crude export market could leave sour taste for competition

Iran's return to crude export market could leave sour taste for competition

January 26, 2016 13:53:01 EST (3:38)
Iran's return will have far reaching implications for an already saturated crude oil market. Paul Hickin assesses the ongoing challenges facing Tehran as it seeks to ramp up output.

Asian paraxylene methodology explained

Asian paraxylene methodology explained

January 22, 2016 05:33:00 EST (5:09)
Platts editors Gustav Holmvik and Ng Baoying explain Platts' reasons behind the changes in paraxylene assessment from January 4, 2016.

US thermal coal market sees uptick in trading, but prices still pressured

US thermal coal market sees uptick in trading, but prices still pressured

January 21, 2016 04:00:48 EST (2:47)
After a dramatic CSX contract price plunge, the number of physical trades in the first weeks of 2016 has increased -- but the question remains whether US coal prices will remain low, Jim Levesque says.

It's the day of the dollar for US refined oil products

It's the day of the dollar for US refined oil products

January 19, 2016 06:00:48 EST (2:59)
From diesel and gasoline to propane and jet fuel, various US refined oil products are less than $1/gal, prices unseen since Pluto was still a planet, as Matthew Kohlman explains.

Oil outlook 2016: Collapsing crude, the return of Iran and deeper capex cuts

Oil outlook 2016: Collapsing crude, the return of Iran and deeper capex cuts

January 15, 2016 11:17:55 EST (16:53)
With crude pricesfalling a further 17% since the start of 2016, Platts editors gather to look at the big trends, themes and issues for the year ahead. They discusswhether the incredible change in the spread between the WTI and Dated Brent crude benchmarks has become the 'new normal'; how, amid unrelenting OPEC outputand oversupplied markets,the expected fall in US crude shale oilproduction may be offset by the return of Iranian oil.

Turkish scrap imports kick off 2016 on an upbeat note, but headwinds persist

Turkish scrap imports kick off 2016 on an upbeat note, but headwinds persist

January 14, 2016 12:55:00 EST (2:54)
Vaseem Karbhari explores the market fundamentals underpinning a rise in Turkish scrap prices and how the health of Asian steel markets could hold the key to how they perform during 2016.

European LNG reloads ex-Spain grow in 2015 as new markets emerge

European LNG reloads ex-Spain grow in 2015 as new markets emerge

January 13, 2016 15:56:56 EST (3:03)
Platts managing editor for LNG in Europe, Desmond Wong, explains why market players see European ex-Spain reloads as a viable option to the Iberian peninsula.

Victories and casualties in global biofuels

Victories and casualties in global biofuels

January 12, 2016 08:02:38 EST (3:32)
The past year could have been seen as a positive one for the biofuels market. Platts Tim Worledge looks at the bigger picture.

Tight WTI/Brent spread doesn't stop US crude oil exports

Tight WTI/Brent spread doesn't stop US crude oil exports

January 07, 2016 08:26:42 EST (2:53)
Jeff Mower explains why the first shipment of US crude oil set sail Dec. 31 despite a tight WTI/Brent spread and what sort of price factors will play into US further exports.

Interview: AISI president on the prospects for global steel markets

Interview: AISI president on the prospects for global steel markets

January 06, 2016 16:41:51 EST (10:43)
Platts interviews Tom Gibson, president of the American Iron and Steel Institute, on the state of the US steel industry, global trade, steel market trends and the future growth of the industry.

In the balance: North Sea oil struggles to adapt

In the balance: North Sea oil struggles to adapt

January 05, 2016 15:26:42 EST (3:49)
With oil in the grip of sustained low prices, Britain's North Sea oil companies are among those hoping against hope for a recovery. Nick Coleman looks at the future of both crude production, and the level of investment in exploration and production in the region, as well as the longer terms prospects for oil economics in the North Sea.

December 2015


The 5 big themes in commodities for 2016

The 5 big themes in commodities for 2016

December 22, 2015 13:59:46 EST (5:11)
From crude, to coal, to steel, 2015 has proven to be anextraordinary year for commodity markets with prices crashing across the complex. In this video, Platts Chief of Content, Martin Fraenkel, picks five themes which have the potential to surprise commodity markets in 2016.

Lifting of US crude export limits poses important questions for global oil markets

Lifting of US crude export limits poses important questions for global oil markets

December 21, 2015 15:00:59 EST (8:29)
Dave Ernsberger, Platts Global Head of Oil Content, looks at some of the most immediate and important impacts of the lifting of the US crude oil exportlimits on global oil markets.

CFR China benzene assessment, methodology explained

CFR China benzene assessment, methodology explained

December 21, 2015 05:33:00 EST (6:03)
Platts associate editorial director Prema Viswanathan and associate editor Genevieve Soong explain Platts' reasons for the new assessment, as well as the methodology involved in the price discovery process.

An introduction to Platts Market On Close process in European ethanol

An introduction to Platts Market On Close process in European ethanol

December 18, 2015 13:41:00 EST (6:54)
Platts editors briefly explain the workings of the Platts Market On Close (MOC) assessment process which provides an opportunity for the industry to remove any ambiguity and focus on price.

High temps, low gas prices trip up US power markets heading into winter

High temps, low gas prices trip up US power markets heading into winter

December 17, 2015 10:00:20 EST (3:53)
A shifting fuel mix for power generation, warm weather and a lower energy complex are taking a toll on Northeast US power markets, as Eric Wieser explains.

Resurgence of dirty tanker market in 2015: Just a flash in the pan?

Resurgence of dirty tanker market in 2015: Just a flash in the pan?

December 16, 2015 16:50:38 EST (15:51)
Dirty tanker freight rates soared to their highest level in years in 2015, bringing back the positive vibe for shipowners. But how sustainable is this strength in prices going forward?

COP21: what impact will emissions targets have on energy markets?

COP21: what impact will emissions targets have on energy markets?

December 15, 2015 10:00:20 EST (3:09)
Big economies made big promises to cut emissions at the Paris climate summit. Frank Watson analyzes how the commitments could affect energy markets.

Floors and ceilings: has OPEC changed its philosophy?

Floors and ceilings: has OPEC changed its philosophy?

December 10, 2015 12:09:20 EST (3:09)
Margaret McQuaile argues that the lack of an OPEC oil output ceiling does not make a great deal of difference in a practical sense, but that philosophically there seems to have been a change.

The day of the MiFID II: How might it impact EU gas, power traders?

The day of the MiFID II: How might it impact EU gas, power traders?

December 09, 2015 14:32:24 EST (6:21)
With the EU's controversial MiFid II financial rules tentatively due to come into effect in January 2017, what impact might the Directive have on the region's gas and power traders?

LNG demand response in Asia, Middle East: At what cost?

LNG demand response in Asia, Middle East: At what cost?

December 08, 2015 07:33:51 EST (3:08)
Platts managing editor for LNG in Asia Stephanie Wilson talks about the LNG supply glut, spot prices under pressure, and the demand response in Asia and the Middle East.

RFS mandates rattle RINs prices as US biofuels markets look ahead

RFS mandates rattle RINs prices as US biofuels markets look ahead

December 03, 2015 08:02:38 EST (2:53)
The Nov. 30 announcement of the final Renewable Fuel Standard blending mandates drove up RINs prices while biodiesel and ethanol markets reacted differently.

Could the tough period for steel, iron ore markets extend beyond 2016?

Could the tough period for steel, iron ore markets extend beyond 2016?

December 02, 2015 00:01:48 EST (4:51)
Steel market officials, experts share their views on the steel and steel raw materials market's near-term prospects.

Iron ore enters festive season with little to celebrate as prices dip to historic lows

Iron ore enters festive season with little to celebrate as prices dip to historic lows

December 01, 2015 08:02:38 EST (3:21)
Seaborne iron ore prices hit $42.50/dmt CFR North China on November 30, the lowest ever recorded since Platts started assessing it in 2008.

November 2015


Is India's oil product demand surge sustainable?

Is India's oil product demand surge sustainable?

November 26, 2015 00:01:38 EST (3:08)
Editor Sambit Mohanty delves into the factors driving India's oil productconsumption and looks at demand growth sustainability.

Is Newcastle thermal coal now in the middle of its winter of discontent?

Is Newcastle thermal coal now in the middle of its winter of discontent?

November 25, 2015 00:38:23 EST (6:57)
Is the worst over for the Newcastle thermal coal market?

China: Market economy or not? Many steelmakers elsewhere say no way

China: Market economy or not? Many steelmakers elsewhere say no way

November 24, 2015 05:53:38 EST (4:54)
The possibility of China being accorded market economy status in 2016 has steel groups already sounding the alarm about shrinking output and lost jobs.

Changes to Dubai and Oman crude price assessments

Changes to Dubai and Oman crude price assessments

November 24, 2015 15:08:13 EST (7:05)
Following a two-month consultation period that ended October 30, Platts is moving forward with some substantial changes to its Dubai and Oman crude oil benchmarks.

US price response to new Mexican ethylene, polyethylene could shape markets

US price response to new Mexican ethylene, polyethylene could shape markets

November 19, 2015 05:53:38 EST (3:16)
The first greenfield ethylene and polyethylene facility to hit North America in more than a decade could disrupt US resin exports.

China holds hope for LNG exporters as gas price cut could restore demand growth

China holds hope for LNG exporters as gas price cut could restore demand growth

November 19, 2015 03:03:18 EST (5:25)
Platts editor Abache Abreu says China's new policy on domestic gas prices for non-residential users could potentially boost gas consumption in downstream industries such as power, manufacturing, transport and services.

Major pipeline changes could shake up Canada's crude oil imports

Major pipeline changes could shake up Canada's crude oil imports

November 17, 2015 06:08:38 EST (3:16)
Now that Enbridge's Line 9 is set to start in December, Platts' Luciano Battistini looks at price drivers and which crude oil grades could see competition.

What's in store for Asia's jet fuel/kerosene market this winter?

What's in store for Asia's jet fuel/kerosene market this winter?

November 13, 2015 02:08:38 EST (9:42)
Platts editors analyze jet fuel/kerosene demand and pricesin Asia as the region heads into a warmer-than-average winter season.

Could China's coal-to-olefins polypropylene output spell trade flow changes in Asia?

Could China's coal-to-olefins polypropylene output spell trade flow changes in Asia?

November 12, 2015 04:42:38 EST (3:14)
Polypropylene prices in China are dropping to levels not seen since the financial crisis that hit in March 2009. Yi-Jeng Huang explores the role of coal-to-olefin polypropylene production and its impact on Asia's supply/demand balance.

Bears become bulls as European thermal coal spot prices resist downward trend

Bears become bulls as European thermal coal spot prices resist downward trend

November 10, 2015 12:06:33 EST (3.24)
European thermal coal market spot prices, despite an extended bear-run, are at a distinct premium to those further out. With the forward curve having lifted into pronounced backwardation, Gareth Carpenter outlines the root factors supporting European spot prices.

Do signs suggest lower US natural gas prices this winter?

Do signs suggest lower US natural gas prices this winter?

November 05, 2015 08:30:51 EST (3.04)
Chris Pedersen examines the disconnect between US gas supply and demand with an eye on the winter and asks whether markets could see an uptick in volatility, as well as where average prices could be in the first quarter of 2016.

LNG overload: gas experiences a cyclical hangover

LNG overload: gas experiences a cyclical hangover

November 03, 2015 11:44:51 EST (3.00)
Amid the glut of gas saturating markets, and million of tonnes of additional gas green-lit to come on line in the next 5 years, competition among producers has ramped up significantly.

October 2015


Top 250 Energy Company Rankings 2015: a game-changing year

Top 250 Energy Company Rankings 2015: a game-changing year

October 27, 2015 15:28:48 EST (3.06)
Robert Perkins analyses how seismic shifts in world energy production and consumption have impacted Platts Top 250 Energy Company Rankingsfor 2015. He also assesses the difficult financial outlook many energy companies now face because of the steep downturn in oil prices.

Shale’s tale: how technology changed world oil markets

Shale’s tale: how technology changed world oil markets

October 26, 2015 14:06:54 EST (5:38)
US and Canadian shale has proved a game-changer for an entire industry. In this video, Ross McCracken examines how shale players'transition to 'factory' modes of production,and theirextraordinary compression of the investment and oil production cycle has changed world crude flows and markets.

Will the lights go out on UK power this winter?

Will the lights go out on UK power this winter?

October 22, 2015 12:22:58 EST (3.12)
With generation capacity margins shrinking, commentators are debating what it will take to keep the lights on in the UK this winter. Henry Edwardes-Evans steps back from the speculation and looks at what the powerdata is actually telling us.

All eyes on OPEC's next move as low crude price fuels tension

All eyes on OPEC's next move as low crude price fuels tension

October 20, 2015 10:16:51 EST (3.01)
As the struggle for crude oilmarket share intensifies, Beth Evans asks the pivotal question: will OPEC, and other major producers diverge from their position of not cutting production, or simply ignore the calls for a new price floor of $70 a barrel coming from the likes of Venezuela?

US Gulf Coast 3% fuel oil price assessment change explained

US Gulf Coast 3% fuel oil price assessment change explained

October 13, 2015 18:14:00 EST (9:27)
The US Gulf Coast No. 6, 3.0% fuel oil benchmark grade will be renamed as USGC HSFO and also see its specifications updated with effect from January 2017. In this video, Richard Swann and Jamie McDuell outline the reasons behind the change in specifications to the assessment.

US MTBE finds competition for Latin American markets

US MTBE finds competition for Latin American markets

October 02, 2015 11:05:08 EST (5:54)
The US MTBE market has been shaken by some big news this year, and Q4 could see an uptick of demand for gasoline blending as South America heads into its summer.

Dubai and Oman crude price assessments proposal explained

Dubai and Oman crude price assessments proposal explained

October 12, 2015 16:45:34 EST (9:35)
On September 3rd, 2015, Platts launched a formal public consultation on a proposal to broaden the volume of physical crude that can be delivered into its Dubai and Oman crude oil benchmarks. In this video Dave Ernsberger and Jonty Rushforth outline the context, and details of the proposed changes.

Has Europe's gas market priced in the impending arrival of US LNG cargoes?

Has Europe's gas market priced in the impending arrival of US LNG cargoes?

October 02, 2015 15:03:04 EST (3:23)
Platts managing editor Desmond Wong examines the European LNG market and whether it has priced in the impending arrival of US LNG cargoes into the region.

Golden Age or Bronze Age: Where is the clean tanker market heading?

Golden Age or Bronze Age: Where is the clean tanker market heading?

October 02, 2015 07:15:23 EST (13:23)
Freight rates have improved this year, but as with any commodity, there's no crystal ball to tell the market for sure if current price trends are sustainable.

September 2015


How record low European thermal coal prices have been shaped by Colombian exports

How record low European thermal coal prices have been shaped by Colombian exports

October 01, 2015 14:26:14 EST (7:20)
Platts assesses record low European thermal coal prices, focusing on how steady Colombian exports and weak macroeconomic factors have affected the market.

August 2015


Dry bulk freight market: Swimming precariously

Dry bulk freight market: Swimming precariously

August 31, 2015 06:45:23 EST (9:00)
Platts editors examine the state of the dry bulk market as bunker fuel prices see a phenomenal drop.

Is there an end in sight for Asian thermal coal prices' southward trek?

Is there an end in sight for Asian thermal coal prices' southward trek?

August 28, 2015 06:30:23 EST (4:37)
Asian thermal coal prices have been on a downtrend since the start of 2015, mainly due to oversupply and weak demand. Factors dragging down prices keep piling up.

Offshore wind power costs fall in Europe, but will they hit the magic number?

Offshore wind power costs fall in Europe, but will they hit the magic number?

August 20, 2015 11:07:48 EST (08:37)
Costs are coming down for offshore wind technology, but, as Henry Edwardes-Evans and Anuradha Ramanathan discuss in this video, the window of opportunity is shrinking because subsidies are finite and development is restricted.

Will US natgas supply, power burn demand hit record levels this year?

Will US natgas supply, power burn demand hit record levels this year?

August 20, 2015 05:00:48 EST (4:47)
North America started the summer with natural gas inventories below 5-year average levels, but production is growing, particularly in the Northeast.

Supply uncertainty, new demand could lift Mideast, Asian LNG markets this winter

Supply uncertainty, new demand could lift Mideast, Asian LNG markets this winter

August 04, 2015 00:10:48 EST (9:05)
Platts pricing analyst Max Gostelow joins Asia LNG managing editor Stephanie Wilson to look at how additional LNG demand could affect markets this winter, despite low volatility during the first half of the year.

July 2015


US ethylene supplies seek opportunities for better prices

US ethylene supplies seek opportunities for better prices

July 31, 2015 16:34:08 EST (7:20)
The abundance of domestic ethane in the US means ethylene is cheap and abundant and production margins are slim, but opportunities to export to higher-priced markets are limited.

Will Iran's crude find homes in a much changed oil landscape?

Will Iran's crude find homes in a much changed oil landscape?

July 29, 2015 14:34:08 EST (10:20)
As Iran looks to a post-sanctions world in which it is once again free to sell its crude,Platts editors ask whether, in the face ofup to 3 millionb/d of oil oversupply, they'll be a place for Iranian product.

What will H2 bring to China's struggling steel market?

What will H2 bring to China's struggling steel market?

July 27, 2015 00:01:48 EST (9:15)
Uncertainties hound the Chinese steel market in the second half of 2015 as issues like oversupply and weak end-user steel consumption linger.

African oil market faces new challenges, opportunities in lower crude price environment

African oil market faces new challenges, opportunities in lower crude price environment

July 23, 2015 06:00:48 EST (14:07)
Platts editors discuss how Africa's oil industry is reacting to lowercrude prices and the region's search for new buyers after losing a big customer amid the rise of US shale oil production.

Coal gasification: Could it lift the industry out of the 'coaldrums'?

Coal gasification: Could it lift the industry out of the 'coaldrums'?

July 07, 2015 12:48:56 EST (10:06)
Platts editors discuss some of the more innovative methods some coal producers are using to manage ever challenging market conditions, focusing on underground coal gasification (UCG).

Middle East starts to emerge as new LNG demand center

Middle East starts to emerge as new LNG demand center

July 07, 2015 00:10:48 EST (6:05)
Platts LNG associate editor Luke Stobbart looks at the Middle East's potential to absorb the excess LNG supply.

June 2015


US coal production under fire as demand for power gen drops

US coal production under fire as demand for power gen drops

June 30, 2015 12:30:23 EST (7:22)
Andrew Moore and Jeff McDonald of Coal Trader explain how existing and upcoming federal regulations and low-price natural gas are pressuring the US coal industry.

Few positive signs for steel and iron ore at mid-year point

Few positive signs for steel and iron ore at mid-year point

June 12, 2015 07:00:48 EST (5:13)
Platts editor Paul Bartholomew talks about the steel market's weakness as it continues to weigh on both iron ore demand and prices.

The hour of the wolf for dry bulk Panamaxes

The hour of the wolf for dry bulk Panamaxes

June 18, 2015 12:48:56 EST (16:48)
Platts editors focus on the Atlantic Panamax market, examining the factors driving price levels for the workhorses of the dry bulk shipping market and whose key cargoes are coal and grains.

Support seen for nickel as deficit looms, but demand poses uncertainty

Support seen for nickel as deficit looms, but demand poses uncertainty

June 18, 2015 02:00:48 EST (6:47)
Platts editors Yuen Cheng Mok and Vivian Teo share market expectations on nickel prices, the signs pointing to a deficit in the market, and the challenges that could pose demand-side risks.

Financial or non-financial? Why EU financial rules matter for energy companies

Financial or non-financial? Why EU financial rules matter for energy companies

June 12, 2015 12:30:23 EST (7:22)
Platts Siobhan Hall on how energy companies will be affected by EU financial rules intended to tackle the kind of bad behavior in banks that led to the global financial crash.

How will the Asian olefins market fare in H2 2015?

How will the Asian olefins market fare in H2 2015?

June 12, 2015 07:00:48 EST (9:19)
Platts editors Prema Viswanathan, Fumiko Dobashi, and Yi-Jeng Huang discuss Asian prices and margins for ethylene and propylene, as well as market expectations for the second half of 2015.

A lesson for Europe: the remarkable rise of German renewable energy

A lesson for Europe: the remarkable rise of German renewable energy

June 02, 2015 11:07:48 EST (12:09)
Platts editors assess the key fundamentals driving the decline in German power prices, including the impact of the astonishing growth in German renewables. They look at wind and solar's effect on conventional plant run times, and the steep challenges facing the lignite coal sector.

May 2015


Firmer raw material prices in April give support to some finished steel markets

Firmer raw material prices in April give support to some finished steel markets

May 22, 2015 05:30:00 EST (4:37 mins)
Mark Wiggett, editor for Platts Global Market Outlook, analyzes the price movements in coils, long products, steel scrap and iron ore; iron ore prices enjoyed a dramatic rebound, rising to around $60/dmt in late April and continued to rise into May.

India attracts spot LNG cargoes as demand from Northeast Asian buyers slumps

India attracts spot LNG cargoes as demand from Northeast Asian buyers slumps

May 13, 2015 05:00:00 EST (6:02 mins)
LNG sellers have been forced to look for alternative markets for spot cargoes, and the focus is shifting outside traditional Asian markets, says Platts editor Stephanie Wilson.

Asian thermal coal markets remain under pressure due to oversupply, low prices

Asian thermal coal markets remain under pressure due to oversupply, low prices

May 8, 2015 03:00:00 EST (4:16 mins)
James O'Connell and Deepak Kannan explain current trends in the Asian market including the thermal coal oversupply and the drop in Chinese imports.

Big iron ore miners mull supply slowdown in face of resilient Chinese output

Big iron ore miners mull supply slowdown in face of resilient Chinese output

May 6, 2015 00:04:00 EST (7:17 mins)
Platts editors Paul Bartholomew and Hongmei Li analyze changes in major iron ore producers' expansion plans and output targets, and China's resource tax change on the iron ore industry.

Known unknowns: The potential repercussions of Iran's return to world oil markets

Known unknowns: The potential repercussions of Iran's return to world oil markets

May 5, 2015 10:48:00 EST (14:43 mins)
With OPEC's June 5th meeting fast approaching, and discussions ongoing as to the lifting of sanctions on Iran, Beth Evans, Margaret McQuaile,Stuart Elliott, and Herman Wang analyse how the flow of Iranian crude could alter global supply-demand dynamics, and assess the possible affect on prices.

April 2015


Iron ore sinks below $50/dmt in early April as steel markets weaken further in Q2

Iron ore sinks below $50/dmt in early April as steel markets weaken further in Q2

April 28, 2015 11:30:00 EST (5:38 mins)
Mark Wiggett, editor for Platts Global Market Outlook, analyzes the price movements in coils, long products, steel scrap and iron ore through March and into April; iron ore fell below $50/mt, with oversupply remaining a concern.

Dutch government's Groningen gas field policy and its market impact

Dutch government's Groningen gas field policy and its market impact

April 27, 2015 11:30:00 EST (6:58 mins)
In this video, Platts Reginald Ajuonuma examines more stringent Dutch 2015 quotas that have reduced Groningen natural gas production, and storage withdrawals which have ramped up to meet the shortfall.

Who's winning the metallurgical coal price war?

Who's winning the metallurgical coal price war?

April 27, 2015 03:00:00 EST (7:33 mins)
The battle for the world's biggest metallurgical coal market continues between China's domestic producers and Australia's seaborne suppliers.

Falling oil prices throw global gas, LNG markets into turmoil

Falling oil prices throw global gas, LNG markets into turmoil

April 24, 2015 11:00:00 EST (16:41 mins)
Platts editors discuss the implications of falling crude oil prices on global gas and LNG markets.

Will the drop in rig count translate to an overall decline in US natgas production?

Will the drop in rig count translate to an overall decline in US natgas production?

April 17, 2015 00:01:00 EST (5:09 mins)
In this video, Bentek analysts Jeffrey Moore and Marcus Stewart assess the North American natural gas markets considering the decline in rig count over the past few months.

The good, the bad, and the ugly: global renewable capacity auctions analysed

The good, the bad, and the ugly: global renewable capacity auctions analysed

April 01, 2015 10:15:00 EST (11:30 mins)
With an auction approaching in Germany for Solar PV power, Platts editors Ross McCracken and Henry Edwardes-Evans analyze the effects of using auctions as a means of selling and procuring services in Europe and beyond.

March 2015


Are there any signs of support for steel and  raw materials prices?

Are there any signs of support for steel and raw materials prices?

March 31, 2015 00:01:00 EST (5:06 mins)
Paul Bartholomew, Platts managing editor for steel in Australia, analyzes how China's steel export and environmental policies might affect steel raw materials markets

Iron ore hits all-time low as steel markets fail to firm following Lunar new year

Iron ore hits all-time low as steel markets fail to firm following Lunar new year

March 26, 2015 00:30:00 EST (5:15 mins)
Mark Wiggett, editor for Platts Global Market Outlook, assesses key developments in the global steel and raw material markets as iron ore drop to an all-time low, and US and Asian flats and longs prices continue to fall.

Shippers reluctant to turn to LNG as fuel despite future standards

Shippers reluctant to turn to LNG as fuel despite future standards

March 25, 2015 17:55:00 EST (3:48 mins)
Platts LNG editors Desmond Wong and Luke Stobbart dive into the reluctance of ship owners to convert vessels to LNG.

Scrap price crash puts further pressure on global steel markets

Scrap price crash puts further pressure on global steel markets

March 05, 2015 11:00:00 EST (5:46 mins)
Mark Wiggett, editor for Platts Global Market Outlook, analyzes the price movements in coils, long products, steel scrap and iron ore through January and into February; how production showed a small fall in January compared to December.

February 2015


How lower natgas prices, higher inventories are affecting US coal market

How lower natgas prices, higher inventories are affecting US coal market

February 27, 2015 04:30:00 EST (7:18 mins)
Andrew Moore, Platts US managing editor for coal, and Henan Xu, energy analyst at Bentek, analyze the recent trends in US coal production, the role of geography energy production costs, and the theoretical coal-to-gas switching potential.

London Oil Forum 2015: the industry gives its perspectives on the markets

London Oil Forum 2015: the industry gives its perspectives on the markets

February 27, 2015 00:30:00 EST (3:16 mins)
Platts Roving Reporter Maurice Geller talks to delegates at Platts London Oil Forum 2015 on the big questions facing the markets, including the outlook for oil prices, the ongoing scenario of oversupply, what groups within the oil industry are being hardest hit by the low price environment - and who's benefiting most.

Global gas prices converge with fundamental shift in supply

Global gas prices converge with fundamental shift in supply

February 18, 2015 00:01:00 EST (8:15 mins)
Platts pricing analyst Max Gostelow talks about fundamental shifts in the global gas supply, North Asia's falling share in global trade, and sellers' shipping optimization strategies to cope with changes in the LNG markets.

US ethanol industry uneasily starts 2015 awaiting Renewable Fuel Standard

US ethanol industry uneasily starts 2015 awaiting Renewable Fuel Standard

February 17, 2015 12:00:00 EST (11:22 mins)
Jordan Godwin and Tim Worledge look at how the US ethanol industry has seen prices plummet, stockpiles soar, export opportunities open, and still no blending obligation decision from the US EPA.

Prices dip in global benzene markets as supplies grow, crude weakens

Prices dip in global benzene markets as supplies grow, crude weakens

February 11, 2015 16:48:00 EST (16:41 mins)
Tim Worledge talks with Maria Tsay, John Calton and Paul Waine about how Europe is stuck between the American bulls and Asian bears, the trans-Atlantic supply glut contributing to price drops, and how companies are attempting to mitigate the financial risks of the currently oversupplied markets.

Power-to-gas electrolysis technology, a game changer for European energy storage?

Power-to-gas electrolysis technology, a game changer for European energy storage?

February 4, 2015 07:15:00 EST (6:48 mins)
Power-to-gas electrolysis is viewed as an emerging energy storage technology in Europe. In this video, Ross McCracken and Henry Edwardes-Evans assess this new form of alternative gas production, where surplus electricity is converted into hydrogen.

The challenging economics of oil production in a low price environment

The challenging economics of oil production in a low price environment

February 2, 2015 10:25:00 EST (17:46 mins)
With oil prices hovering around the $50 a barrel mark, Dave Ernsberger, and Ross McCracken analyse the effect on oil companies capital expenditure and operational costs; discuss when cut-backs might effect global supply; and question whether the shorter production cycles of shale players leaves them best placed to capitalize when markets rebound.

January 2015


Coking margins narrow as crude plunge pulls down benzene, methanol prices

Coking margins narrow as crude plunge pulls down benzene, methanol prices

January 30, 2014 00:01:00 EST (7:23 mins)
Platts editors Prema Viswanathan, Ng Bao Ying, and Edwin Yeo discuss the relationship between coke, benzene, and methanol; the hedging strategies of different market players; and the market outlook for the commodities in 2015.

European steel mills buck the global pricing trend on a macroeconomic perfect storm

European steel mills buck the global pricing trend on a macroeconomic perfect storm

January 28, 2015 11:45:00 EST (5:55 mins)
Mark Wiggett, editor for Platts Global Market Outlook, assesses key developments in the global steel and raw material markets in December and early January.

US gas exports to Mexico seen doubling over the next five years

US gas exports to Mexico seen doubling over the next five years

January 27, 2015 08:00:00 EST (4:48 mins)
In this video, Bentek analysts Ross Wyeno and Kaitlin Meese discuss the growing US pipeline exports to Mexico, foreign investment expectations for oil and gas producer PEMEX, and Mexico's export forecast according to Bentek.

Slow 2015 start for steel, iron ore and met coal in Asia

Slow 2015 start for steel, iron ore and met coal in Asia

January 26, 2014 00:01:00 EST (6:35 mins)
Platts editors Paul Bartholomew, Russ McCulloch, and Edwin Yeo discuss the weak start of the steel industry in Asia this year; market expectations for Chinese steel, iron ore and metallurgical coal; and the steel production outlook in Japan and South Korea.

European coal at the crossroads as prices hit 9-year low

European coal at the crossroads as prices hit 9-year low

January 23, 2015 00:30:00 EST (5:20 mins)
Gareth Carpenter, Platts managing editor for International Coal, analyzes the factors causing the heavy decline in Atlantic spot thermal coal prices.

Higher than usual LNG deliveries flood into the UK

Higher than usual LNG deliveries flood into the UK

January 22, 2015 10:00:00 EST (2:47 mins)
In this video, Luke Stobbart, Senior LNG Price Specialist, outlines LNG deliveries to the UK for December have more than tripled year-on-year; and the reduction in the spread between the Platts Japan Korea Marker and NBP forward prices.

UK gas-fired power generation set for repeat upset of coal in summer 2015

UK gas-fired power generation set for repeat upset of coal in summer 2015

January 21, 2015 16:15:00 EST (7:36 mins)
The era of coal ruling electric power generation in the UK may be drawing to a close, with falling natural gas prices and rising carbon costs making gas plants more attractive. Henry Edwardes-Evans explains how coal-fired generation is being pressured and evaluates the implications of this change.

Oil outlook 2015: OPEC and US crude producers engage in game of brinkmanship as prices tumble

Oil outlook 2015: OPEC and US crude producers engage in game of brinkmanship as prices tumble

January 15, 2015 09:00:00 EST (18:13 mins)
Beth Evans, Benno Spencer, and Andrew Bonnington discuss the incredible reversal of fortunes for both global crude, and refined oil product markets such as gasoline, naphtha and LPG; and the ramifications of the huge price fall for US shale producers, Saudi Arabia, end consumers, and the aviation and shipping industries.

December 2014


The oil market after OPEC

The oil market after OPEC

December 24, 2014 16:00:00 EST (12:22 mins)
John Kingston, Platts director of news, sat down with Platts director of oil Dave Ernsberger earlier this month to review a few wild weeks in the oil market: the OPEC meeting that chose to not do anything in reaction to the price slide, and the fundamentals of the market.

What will the fall in crude prices mean for the LNG market?

What will the fall in crude prices mean for the LNG market?

December 23, 2014 12:47:00 EST (6:40 mins)
Stephanie Wilson discusses how the Platts JKM LNG price for January 2015 delivery to Asia plunged 46.9% year on year to average $10.062 MMBtu; the impact of the fall in Dated Brent Crude and Japan Customs-Cleared Crude; and the outlook for prices as new, large volumes of production come online from across Asia and the US over the next three years.

European gas markets to remain attractive for spot LNG cargoes; Belgium nuclear outages add risk premium to forward power contracts

European gas markets to remain attractive for spot LNG cargoes; Belgium nuclear outages add risk premium to forward power contracts

December 19, 2014 09:47:00 EST (6:36 mins)
In this video Siobhan Hall, Senior gas and power editor, discusses how the dramatic fall in Asian gas prices is bringing more LNG to the French market; how Europe will attract more LNG when European spot gas prices exceed Platts JKM netback values; and also at how the Belgian power market is coping with severe nuclear power supply shortages this winter.

China's oil conundrums: Rising crude demand and falling product imports

China's oil conundrums: Rising crude demand and falling product imports

December 15, 2014 00:30:00 EST (10:29 mins)
Vandana Hari, editorial director in Asia, Yen Ling Song, senior writer for oil news, and Oceana Zhou, senior analyst, discuss China's shift to being a net oil product exporter and its strategic move to guard against market volatility; as well as the challenges being faced by teapot refiners.

What's in store for Asian steel in 2015?

What's in store for Asian steel in 2015?

December 05, 2014 00:01:00 EST (4:37 mins)
Paul Bartholomew, Platts managing editor for steel in Australia, catches up with speakers at the recent Platts Steel Markets Asia conference in Shanghai get their views on their respective steel markets as 2014 comes to a close and their outlook for 2015.

November 2014


Does the EU need a new electricity market design?

Does the EU need a new electricity market design?

November 26, 2014 07:00:00 EST (13:09 mins)
Platts editors Henry Edwardes-Evans and Siobhan Hall discuss the options for a new European electricity market demand, from national capacity markets to more integrated energy-only markets.

Weak demand, raw material prices continue to pressure steel markets in Q4

Weak demand, raw material prices continue to pressure steel markets in Q4

November 26, 2014 07:00:00 EST (6:29 mins)
Mark Wiggett, editor for Platts Global Market Outlook, assesses the recent downward movement of key steel raw material prices in October and into November.

JKM slips back to pre-Fukushima levels with lower demand, high inventories

JKM slips back to pre-Fukushima levels with lower demand, high inventories

November 21, 2014 02:00:00 EST (8:19 mins)
Max Gostelow, associate editor for Asia LNG, talks about the factors dragging down the Japan-Korea Marker; the slowing growth of LNG in China; and the increasing demand in India and Southeast Asia.

French gas and power markets analysis

French gas and power markets analysis

November 14, 2014 08:45:00 EST (7:06 mins)
In this video William Powell, managing editor for International Gas Report, analyzes the impact of mild weather conditions on France's gas and power markets in October; the forecast for Local Distribution Zone demand for gas; and the effect of nuclear power worker strikes on power prices.

Asian isomer MX market seen recovering in late Q1, toluene bearish in first half 2015

Asian isomer MX market seen recovering in late Q1, toluene bearish in first half 2015

November 13, 2014 3:00:00 EST (11:54 mins)
In this video, Platts editors Prema Viswanathan, Heng Hui, and Maithreyi Ramdas discuss the factors affecting the mixed xylene and toluene markets, and the outlook for both products in the coming year.

Falling iron ore prices see big drop in capacity utilization in China

Falling iron ore prices see big drop in capacity utilization in China

November 11, 2014 06:00:00 EST (4:28 mins)
Paul Bartholomew, Platts managing editor for steel in Australia, discusses the possible implications of weaker iron ore prices on Chinese domestic production; the market response to talks of China removing certain steel export tax rebates, and the weakest ever findings in Platts' latest China Steel Sentiment Index.

Scrap prices follow iron ore downwards while finished steel products face slower demand in Q4

Scrap prices follow iron ore downwards while finished steel products face slower demand in Q4

November 6, 2014 17:15:00 EST (5:53 mins)
Mark Wiggett, editor for Platts Global Market Outlook, explains the sharp downward correction of scrap and the continued weakness of iron ore and delves into region price movements and global production data.

October 2014


Unseasonably low Asian LNG prices trap volumes in Europe

Unseasonably low Asian LNG prices trap volumes in Europe

October 30, 2014 10:20:00 EST (3:26 mins)
In this video Desmond Wong outlines how spot prices in Asia have failed to rise significantly, due to mild weather, resulting in high inventories and low demand for natural gas; the impact on the key Japan-Korea Marker gas price; and how storage volumes in Spain have hit record levels, and two year highs across the rest of Europe.

Markets feel the uncertainty over China's coal import regulations

Markets feel the uncertainty over China's coal import regulations

October 27, 2014 16:05:00 EST (4:29 mins)
James O'Connell explains how the spread between the CCI 1 and the CCI8 has recently almost doubled and Chinese imports of Indonesian coal appear to be shifting, while Australian coal may find some reprieve from coming Chinese regulations.

Big changes in US heating oil

Big changes in US heating oil

October 24, 2014 16:00:00 EST (12:06 mins)
John Kingston, director of news, and David Henry, associate editor, US diesels, discuss how new restrictions requiring states to cut the maximum sulfur content in home heating oil, could affect distribution companies, and the potential affect of a supply squeeze on diesel.

European electric utilities still struggling with renewable revolution

European electric utilities still struggling with renewable revolution

October 21, 2014 15:44:00 EST (11:11 mins)
Henry Edwardes-Evans, associate director for European power, talks with Ross McCracken, managing editor of Energy Economist, about the future of renewable electric power in Europe, which is technically feasible but could require major changes to the business models on which the industry is currently based.

Sugar market beset by high stocks, low prices, and over-supply – but are sweeter times ahead?

Sugar market beset by high stocks, low prices, and over-supply – but are sweeter times ahead?

October 16, 2014 15:00:00 EST (15:44 mins)
Tim Worledge, Claudiu Covrig and Maria Nunez assess the fundamental factors moving sugar prices in key markets such as Brazil and Thailand; the impact of macro-economics, weather patterns, increasing global competition and subsidies in India; and how the sugar / ethanol production balance could prove to be crucial for the long term outlook of both markets.

China steel industry relying on export market as domestic demand remains soft

China steel industry relying on export market as domestic demand remains soft

October 13, 2014 06:00:00 EST (3:17 mins)
Paul Bartholomew, Platts managing editor for steel in Australia, talks about expectations for China steel export orders, the outlook of mills and traders on steel production over the next month, and the lackluster iron ore market.

Crashing raw material and Chinese steel prices set the tone for approaching Q4

Crashing raw material and Chinese steel prices set the tone for approaching Q4

October 1, 2014 12:00:00 EST (5:48 mins)
Mark Wiggett, editor for Platts Global Market Outlook, discusses the head-long fall in iron ore prices from mid-August onwards and scrap prices weakening in Turkey and Asia; cheaper iron ore leading to very competitive Chinese billets in many regions.

September 2014


Will there be a spike in LNG prices this winter?

Will there be a spike in LNG prices this winter?

September 23, 2014 10:20:00 EST (4:11 mins)
In this video Desmond Wong, Stephanie Wilson, and Javier Diaz discuss the reasons behind a lack of traditional summer rise in Asia LNG prices, the uncertain outlook for LNG prices over the winter period, and the more bullish long-term demand picture.

US coal prices down despite falling stockpile; China to impose restriction on coal imports

US coal prices down despite falling stockpile; China to impose restriction on coal imports

September 19, 2014 01:25:00 EST (5:58 mins)
James O'Connell, Platts editorial director for coal, and Andrew Moore, Platts US managing editor for coal, discuss US coal stockpiles; the impact of US rail congestion on coal prices; and China's import restriction on coal that will take effect from January 2015.

China, India face headwinds as oil product demand, refinery utilizations shift

China, India face headwinds as oil product demand, refinery utilizations shift

September 17, 2014 05:20:00 EST (15:41 mins)
In the first seven months of the year, China's oil demand was almost flat while India's consumption climbed almost 2%. Vandana Hari, Platts Asia editorial director, Mriganka Jaipuriyar, senior oil news editor, and Yen Ling Song, senior oil news writer, discuss the shift in both economies' oil product demand, refining capacity utilization, imports and exports.

UK gas, power prices rise on Ukraine crisis concerns, higher gas consumption

UK gas, power prices rise on Ukraine crisis concerns, higher gas consumption

September 9, 2014 10:45:00 EST (6:31 mins)
In this video William Powell, managing editor for International Gas Report, focuses on the UK, where worries about a possible escalation of the eastern Ukraine crisis and higher gas consumption since mid-August have pushed up gas prices.

China's steel market remains weak; Iron ore prices fall to lowest since Oct 2009

China's steel market remains weak; Iron ore prices fall to lowest since Oct 2009

September 9, 2014 05:00:00 EST (3:20 mins)
Paul Bartholomew, Platts managing editor for steel in Australia, talks about the decline of iron ore prices, the record volume of exports from Port Hedland in Australia, and the outlook for the Chinese steel market for the rest of the year.

Ukrainian crisis pushes up some prices in otherwise quiet steel market

Ukrainian crisis pushes up some prices in otherwise quiet steel market

September 3, 2014 11:30:00 EST (5:42 mins)
Mark Wiggett, editor for Platts Global Market Outlook, discusses iron ore prices rebounding upwards from mid-July, moving towards $99/dmt by the end of the month before falling below $90 in early August; scrap prices becoming slightly firmer in Turkey.

August 2014


Speculation over potential Beijing tax on imported thermal coal cuts CCI 8 rally

Speculation over potential Beijing tax on imported thermal coal cuts CCI 8 rally

August 22, 2014 05:10:00 EST (4:25 mins)
Authorities in Beijing may be planning a 3% tariff on imported thermal coal. James O'Connell, editorial director for coal, looks at how this market speculation is affecting CCI prices; India's interest on Australian coal; and the latest on CIF ARA physical coal prices in Europe.

中国征收煤炭进口税传言中止CCI8指数上涨趋势

中国征收煤炭进口税传言中止CCI8指数上涨趋势

August 22, 2014 09:45:00 EST (4:25 mins)
中国政府可能对进口动力煤征收3%的关税。普氏能源资讯煤炭主编James O'Connell将探讨此次市场传言对CCI指数的影响、印度对澳洲煤炭的购买兴趣、以及欧洲三港(ARA)煤炭现货价格的最新走向。

How evolving trade flows are affecting LNG prices in North, West Asia

How evolving trade flows are affecting LNG prices in North, West Asia

August 13, 2014 05:35:00 EST (4:47 mins)
The price difference between spot LNG cargoes delivered to North Asia and West India has fallen to a record low. Max Gostelow, Asia LNG associate editor, discusses evolving trade flows in Asia, an oversupply in the region and the spread in the Indian market.

Gas price fall in the UK pulls power market down along for the ride

Gas price fall in the UK pulls power market down along for the ride

August 12, 2014 09:30:00 EST (6:56 mins)
In this video Henry Edwardes-Evans, associate director for European power, analyzes the average gas price for UK day ahead in July; the huge hike in gas use for power generation which reversed a 7-month downward trend; and supply and demand fundamentals for the power sector.

Methanol analysis: growing production capacity could impact trade flows and price trends

Methanol analysis: growing production capacity could impact trade flows and price trends

August 06, 2014 5:00:00 EST (11:34 mins)
In this video Prema Viswanathan, Bao Ying Ng, and Max Yong, discuss the potential impact of Iranian capacity coming back on stream in the next two years; how additional supply from China's methanol projects could affect the gap between methanol prices in China and India; and the impact of US shale on methanol.

July 2014


Summer lull sets in for most steel markets as raw material prices creep up

Summer lull sets in for most steel markets as raw material prices creep up

July 31, 2014 11:30:00 EST (5:38 mins)
Mark Wiggett, editor for Platts Global Market Outlook, discusses iron ore prices moving above US$ 90/dmt by mid-July; US flats prices dropping during June and subsequently rising again in the first half of July; and longs prices having dropped in Europe and fallen sharply in Asia.

Cap-and-trade and carbon reduction updates coming soon to California

Cap-and-trade and carbon reduction updates coming soon to California

July 18, 2014 16:00:00 EST (17:52 mins)
On January 1, 2015, the cap-and-trade system goes into effect for all transportation fuels in California. Another carbon reduction plan in the state continues its gradual push toward lowering the carbon intensity of the state's transportation fuels by 10% by 2020. John Kingston, director of news, and Beth Evans, associate editorial director, Americas oil news, discuss the California low carbon fuel standard and the cap-and-trade system.

Hitting the blend wall: Biofuels growth stalled by EU and US policy shifts

Hitting the blend wall: Biofuels growth stalled by EU and US policy shifts

July 16, 2014 15:00:00 EST (14:58 mins)
In this video Tim Worledge, Guilherme Kfouri and Sean Bartlett discuss the challenging legislative environment faced by the global biofuels industry; how the US Renewable Fuel Standard revision of targets for biofuels has been a major blow to agricultural development; as well as the blending margins and rates for biodiesel and ethanol.

Historically low demand keeps tight lid on UK power and gas prices

Historically low demand keeps tight lid on UK power and gas prices

July 10, 2014 09:00:00 EST (7:45 mins)
In this video Henry Edwardes-Evans, associate director for European power, takes a close look at gas and power market dynamics in the UK; the steady downward trend in gas prices across the year as a consequence of a fall in end-user demand; as well as the outlook for power and gas prices, and demand, in July.

Falling iron ore price undermines sentiment in steel markets

Falling iron ore price undermines sentiment in steel markets

July 8, 2014 07:00:00 EST (5:26 mins)
Mark Wiggett, editor for Platts Global Market Outlook, discusses the continuing fall in iron ore prices which began in mid-April; unusually steady scrap prices in Turkey; and what's been happening to flat steel prices across the globe.

June 2014


Asian LNG imports drop off, Qatar looks for other markets

Asian LNG imports drop off, Qatar looks for other markets

June 27, 2014 12:47:00 EST (4:43 mins)
LNG prices and imports are falling in Asia, and a traditional supplier is trying to find a home for its cargoes.

Aggressive Chinese bidding saps CFR China thermal coal prices; CIF ARA prices slump under pressure

Aggressive Chinese bidding saps CFR China thermal coal prices; CIF ARA prices slump under pressure

June 12, 2014 09:45:00 EST (5:03 mins)
James O'Connell assesses CIF ARA coal swaps, examines how benchmark Newcastle thermal coal inched closer to $70/mt and analyzes CCI 1 and CCI 8 with Chinese buyers getting more aggressive when it comes down to price negotiations.

中国买家报价咄咄逼人, 动力煤到岸价无力回升; 欧洲三港到岸价承压下滑

中国买家报价咄咄逼人, 动力煤到岸价无力回升; 欧洲三港到岸价承压下滑

June 12, 2014 09:45:00 EST (5:03 mins)
在此次播报中, 煤炭主编James O’Connell先生将审查欧洲三港到岸价掉期市场上的动态, 自今年4月份以来, 欧洲三港到岸价掉期价格首次跌破80美元/公吨. James O'Connell先生还将探讨纽卡斯尔港煤炭基准价如何滑向70美元/公吨这一心理支撑价。此外, 鉴于中国买家在价格谈判中变得更加咄咄逼人, James O'Connell先生还将分析普氏/汾渭中国煤炭指数(CCI1和CCI8).

North American crude oil shipped by rail enables expansion, but also raises issues

North American crude oil shipped by rail enables expansion, but also raises issues

June 11, 2014 16:00:00 EST (13:41 mins)
As crude production has outstripped the ability of pipelines to deliver oil, crude by rail is becoming more popular. But with more attention comes pressure to tighten safety regulations on rail cars. Herman Wang, senior editor, discusses the situation with John Kingston, director of news.

ArcelorMittal's Gregory Ludkovsky discusses the development of specialty steels for automotive markets

ArcelorMittal's Gregory Ludkovsky discusses the development of specialty steels for automotive markets

June 2, 2014 10:15:00 EST (9:53 mins)
In this video, Peter Brennan interviews Gregory Ludkovsky, vice president, global research and development at ArcelorMittal, on the main challenges facing steel makers in the automotive sector; the impact of environmental issues and legislation on specialty steel manufacturing; and how scientific developments occuring in steel offer distinct advantages over aluminum and composite materials in car design.

May 2014


Flats steel producers in US & Europe try for price increases in May, but markets unsure

Flats steel producers in US & Europe try for price increases in May, but markets unsure

May 22, 2013 07:00:00 EST (5:02 mins)
Mark Wiggett, editor for Platts Global Market Outlook, discusses US flat steel prices having continued to rise quite sharply up until mid-May, while European prices weakened following a period of stability in April; how scrap prices in US and Turkey consolidated, then slipped downwards recently.

Atlantic thermal coal oversupply; increase in S African exports to Europe

Atlantic thermal coal oversupply; increase in S African exports to Europe

May 16, 2014 07:45:00 EST (5:32 mins)
Gareth Carpenter assesses an oversupply in the Atlantic thermal coal market in recent months, focusing on how European CIF ARA spot prices have responded to the imbalance; explains factors behind the marked increase in S African coal exports to W Europe.

Turkey turns to LNG after dry winter leaves hydro stocks low

Turkey turns to LNG after dry winter leaves hydro stocks low

May 15, 2014 12:47:00 EST (4:47 mins)
An unusually dry winter left Turkey's March hydro stocks about 60% lower than last year, and LNG imports are on the rise to fill the gap as the Turkish energy ministry discusses ways to further increase imports.

Shrinking Chinese polyester margins: implications for paraxylene

Shrinking Chinese polyester margins: implications for paraxylene

May 09, 2014 16:00:00 EST (12:33 mins)
Amid slowing demand and a capacity glut, polyester margins are shrinking. And in turn, they have dragged feedstock paraxylene margins into the red. What does this portend? Vandana Hari, Asia editorial director, discusses the trend with Michelle Kim, senior editor, and Anton Ferkov, managing editor.

The G7, Russia, and energy security: Europe's power and gas markets tell a different story

The G7, Russia, and energy security: Europe's power and gas markets tell a different story

May 7, 2014 08:00:00 EST (12:15 mins)
With the crisis between Russia and Ukraine dominating international headlines, Europe's energy supply security has one again become a major political concern. In this video Stuart Elliott, Henry Edwardes-Evans and Beatrice Bedeschi, analyse how Europe's power and gas markets reveal a contrasting narrative - one of falling demand, good storage, and growing diversification.

African oil outlook: the challenges and opportunities in a developing continent

African oil outlook: the challenges and opportunities in a developing continent

May 7, 2014 08:00:00 EST (17:53 mins)
In this video Richard Swann, Eklavya Gupte and Olivier Lejeune discuss the development of oil markets across Africa, including the trends in crude and refined oil production and consumption in nations such as Nigeria, Libya, Angola, and Egypt; and the supply and demand impact on export and import flows.

US flats market bucks the trend with price increases in early Q2

US flats market bucks the trend with price increases in early Q2

May 8, 2013 12:30:00 EST (5:13 mins)
Mark Wiggett, editor for Platts Global Market Outlook, discusses the price movements in steel coils and long products during March and early April, where US flats prices rose while other regions slipped.

April 2014


Crude oil moving out of Cushing: trends and implications

Crude oil moving out of Cushing: trends and implications

April 24, 2014 16:00:00 EST (12:51 mins)
Cushing only a few years ago was swimming in oil, but that has since changed. A combination of new crude pipeline projects, along with the expanding reach of crude-by-rail movements, is starting to move crude oil out of Cushing. Alison Ciaccio, oil futures editor, discusses the trend with John Kingston, director of news.

March 2014


Prospects for Asian coal price revival dim, Japan settles contracts

Prospects for Asian coal price revival dim, Japan settles contracts

April 2, 2014 12:00:00 EST (4:12 mins)
James O'Connell analyzes price movements in the China coal indices, examines a settlement in Japan thermal coal annual contract talks and assesses the movement of Capesize freight rates during the past month.

Higher steel prices hard to achieve after weakness in Q1 in US & Europe

Higher steel prices hard to achieve after weakness in Q1 in US & Europe

March 28, 2013 06:00:00 EST (5:20 mins)
Mark Wiggett, editor for Platts Global Market Outlook, analyzes the price movements in steel coils and long products from February and into March; the weakness in scrap prices and the iron ore price decrease. He also looks at how global production in January was little changed from December 2013 and where demand has not improved in Q1.