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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

2017-02-20 09:00:37 EST

Here's a quick look at the factors that could move the energy and commodity markets this week.

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

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

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

Feature: The Trump Administration

January 20, 2017
President Donald Trump's picks for his Cabinet appear to back up his campaign pledges to boost US oil and gas production and streamline infrastructure approvals.
Trump Inauguration: The Trump Cabinet picks who may shift US policy
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Perry praises US DOE research, makes no promises on reported Trump budget cuts
Perry praises US DOE research, makes no promises on reported Trump budget cuts
US Secretary of Energy nominee Rick Perry said Thursday he would protect the research budgets for climate science, renewable energy, fossil fuels and other programs, but he had no insight into President-elect Donald Trump's reported plans to slash major offices within the agency.

The Barrel Blog

January 20, 2017
We consider commodity prices during President Barack Obama's tenure and will track how they change during President Donald Trump's time in office.
December 23, 2016
Holiday lights add a significant additional level of electricity demand during the start of winter when cold weather is already driving up load.
November 28, 2016
The recent spate of plans for coal-fired power plants in Sub-Saharan Africa has generated opposition on environmental grounds.
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News Headlines

Houston (Platts)--20 Feb 2017 912 am EST/1412 GMT
Prompt demand is still lacking for Central Appalachian term coal, but utilities have made and are talking about securing deals for later this year and 2018.
London (Platts)--20 Feb 2017 856 am EST/1356 GMT
South African thermal coal miners are looking increasingly at the domestic market, with inland consumers more willing to pay higher prices than buyers in the export market and shipments out of the country falling, according to market sources.
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Price Focus

Thermal coal cargoes from various origins were finding their way into India to compete against South African coal, prices of which have remained at elevated levels, sources said March 21. A north India-based trader said Indian buyers were receiving offers from a wider range of origins, including Canada.


US coal producers disciplined in the face of higher prices, lower stockpiles
January 31, 2017
- US thermal coal prices have risen over the past few months, largely lifted by higher gas prices for power generation, and forecasts for a tighter gas market in 2017 is good news for coal producers.
Gas generation squeezed by coal in US winter power markets
January 18, 2017
- Wholesale electric power prices in the US are starting 2017 by ticking upward, lifted by firmer natural gas prices, which overall has caused coal generation to take some of gas generation’s share in the overall fuel mix.
Proposed EU ban on coal in power capacity schemes to have little impact in NWE
December 09, 2016
- S&P Global Platts editors on how coal plant capacity in NWE is set to fall at least 30% to under 54 GW by 2025, and who benefits most from capacity mechanisms.
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