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Feature: US Election 2016 and 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.
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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.
January 18, 2017
Any change in the US' corporate tax system that has an enormous shift in the tax treatment of imports and exports is going to have the potential to impact oil flows, and by extension, oil markets.
January 19, 2017
Over the past two years, the Middle East has grown into a recognized demand center because of increasing imports from both traditional buyers and new market entrants.
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Houston (Platts)--20 Jan 2017 537 pm EST/2237 GMT
Non-commercial grain market participants strengthened their net long positions in corn futures in the week ended Tuesday, finishing the period net long 66,801 contracts, a 55.28% rose from 43,021 contracts net long a week earlier, the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission said Friday.
Houston (Platts)--20 Jan 2017 536 pm EST/2236 GMT
For the second straight week, US coal train loadings increased across all major basins, with nationwide volumes rising 8.8% week on week.
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Commodity Pulse video

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

2017-01-19 09:22:52 EST

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.

Price Focus

The Japan Korea Marker (JKM) benchmark price assessment is for spot physical cargoes delivered ex-ship into the two countries with the largest share of LNG imports, Japan and South Korea.


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.
Low sulfur fuel oil 2017 power play
January 18, 2017
- We discuss the current strength in low sulfur fuel oil in the Mediterranean, and the prospects for a fuel that faces an uncertain future in light of environmental regulation.
What does it take to keep oil prices stable?
January 17, 2017
- Robert McNally, author of the new book 'Crude Volatility: The History and the Future of Boom-Bust Oil Prices' joins Capitol Crude to talk about the history — and future — of crude oil prices.
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M2M-NGL Forward Curves

Published February 2016

The M2M-NGL Forward Curves guide describes the methodology used to compute the M2M NGL. Platts "Quantitative Forward Curves" QFC are developed incorporating Platts' editorial market knowledge, Platts' extensive database of historical price assessments and Platts Analytics expertise.

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