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03 июня, 16:00

Agriculture markets eye normality as countries ease export restrictions

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The global food supply chain, as well as demand for agricultural products, faces an unprecedented threat from the coronavirus pandemic. Livelihoods have been destroyed and economies dragged down, while prices of basic foodstuffs soared and countries imposed measures to limit exports and shore up domestic supply, albeit mostly for a short duration. “This is a […] The post Agriculture markets eye normality as countries ease export restrictions appeared first on Platts Insight.

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03 июня, 11:38

Don’t write an obituary for shipping’s dirtiest fuel

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High sulfur fuel oil, once the cheap staple diet of the shipping industry, has been usurped by an abundance of low-cost, premium quality bunker fuel. That’s led to seafarers freezing orders for equipment to remove the sulfur from HSFO and maximizing compliant fuels. But don’t write off shipping’s dirtiest fuel as shippers play a waiting […] The post Don’t write an obituary for shipping’s dirtiest fuel appeared first on Platts Insight.

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01 июня, 12:41

Commodity Tracker: 5 charts to watch this week

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US-China tensions have bubbled up again, and commodity markets could be caught up in the turmoil, not least LNG. Aviation activity and jet fuel are also in the mix this week, along with corn fundementals in North and South America, and UK solar power. 1. US LNG exporters face new test as China tensions resurface […] The post Commodity Tracker: 5 charts to watch this week appeared first on Platts Insight.

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28 мая, 12:41

COVID-19 speeds up global manufacturing, steel production shift

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Global manufacturing was in the doldrums for much of last year, pulled down by weak demand in key consumer-driven segments amid ongoing trade tensions and slower economic growth. Countries such as Japan, South Korea and Germany that rely on exports found it tougher to sell to overseas customers, while the downturn in auto sales in […] The post COVID-19 speeds up global manufacturing, steel production shift appeared first on Platts Insight.

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27 мая, 23:44

Consultation period helps clear air on implied duty-unpaid premium, explain difference from Midwest premium

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Market feedback is critical to any organization, but particularly for price reporting agencies such as S&P Global Platts. Market dynamics – the factors that drive supply and demand and ultimately, pricing – should play out unfettered in any truly free-market economy. Both of those themes were clear in the feedback gathered during a recent market […] The post Consultation period helps clear air on implied duty-unpaid premium, explain difference from Midwest premium appeared first on Platts Insight.

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27 мая, 14:31

Oil is down but not out: signs of recovery as lockdowns ease

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Giant pillars holding up oil markets have suffered cracks since the COVID-19 pandemic sent shockwaves through the global economy. Demand has collapsed and prices have tumbled, but there are reasons to believe the worst of these tremors have passed. Crude has survived the seismic shock waves and can fuel the recovery. Dated Brent – the […] The post Oil is down but not out: signs of recovery as lockdowns ease appeared first on Platts Insight.

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26 мая, 16:56

US election and climate policy: Biden platform points to carbon price with broad coverage

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With former Vice President Joe Biden now the presumptive Democratic nominee in the upcoming 2020 presidential election, a better sense of US climate policy under a potential new Democratic administration is now taking shape. While Biden has said that he would recommit the US to the 2015 UN Paris Agreement on climate change, additional domestic […] The post US election and climate policy: Biden platform points to carbon price with broad coverage appeared first on Platts Insight.

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21 мая, 15:20

Low bunker fuel prices bittersweet for shipowners as global trade volumes fall

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The shipping industry, skating on razor-thin margins, is drawing solace from cheaper bunker fuel prices caused by the coronavirus pandemic. But the jury is still out on whether this will offset weaker shipping demand, which has infected key routes globally after decimating those in Asia. As the coronavirus pandemic takes the chair out from under […] The post Low bunker fuel prices bittersweet for shipowners as global trade volumes fall appeared first on Platts Insight.

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20 мая, 15:33

Insight Conversation: Jim Rogers, chairman, Beeland Interests

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Jim Rogers is chairman of Singapore-based Beeland Interests, the owner and sponsor of the Rogers International Commodity Index. The index, also known as the RICI, is a composite, US dollar-based total return index designed by Jim Rogers in the late 1990s, and represents the value of a basket of commodities consumed globally, ranging from agricultural […] The post Insight Conversation: Jim Rogers, chairman, Beeland Interests appeared first on Platts Insight.

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19 мая, 16:50

US-Northwest Europe crude oil export route attracts interest despite closed arbitrage

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A recent drop in Americas Aframax freight rates has sparked charterer inquiry and fixing activity for the US Gulf Coast-UK Continent/Mediterranean route, despite closed oil arbitrage economics that has plagued the market since the end of April. Assessed at $27/mt, Friday, freight rates last week hovered slightly above lows seen following a Worldscale w80 drop […] The post US-Northwest Europe crude oil export route attracts interest despite closed arbitrage appeared first on Platts Insight.

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19 мая, 11:45

Injecting hydrogen in natural gas grids could provide steady demand the sector needs to develop

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Governments and utilities worldwide are looking to low- and zero-carbon hydrogen injection into the natural gas grid to displace fossil fuel consumption and reduce emissions. S&P Global Platts Analytics’ Scenario Planning Service took an in-depth look into this topic in an April special report, Hydrogen injection into California gas grid: a strategy to solidify demand […] The post Injecting hydrogen in natural gas grids could provide steady demand the sector needs to develop appeared first on Platts Insight.

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18 мая, 16:15

Air travel takes back seat to road trips in the summer of coronavirus: Fuel for Thought

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It has become something of a cliché to say that the coronavirus pandemic will change the way we live – forcing our societies to rethink everything from voting to education – but that doesn’t make it any less true. For traders and brokers in the oil patch, changes to travel habits are front of mind, with […] The post Air travel takes back seat to road trips in the summer of coronavirus: Fuel for Thought appeared first on Platts Insight.