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Metallurgical coal price quadruples, rally ripples across dry bulk markets

2016-11-22 03:10:27 EST

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.

Feature: US Election 2016

November 15, 2016
According to Lucas Pipes, a Washington-based analyst for FBR, coal demand is the most pressing question for analysts and producers in 2017 following a year when electric power coal consumption is expected to drop to 680.5 million st, its lowest level since 1984.
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Trump victory threatens dollar safe-haven status
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News Headlines

Houston (Platts)--2 Dec 2016 520 pm EST/2220 GMT
Illinois Basin coal producers have seen higher pricing in term deals recently as a result of increased exports and tightening supply for 2017.
Sydney (Platts)--2 Dec 2016 257 am EST/757 GMT
Coal exports from the Australian state of New South Wales fell for the first time in 15 years in fiscal 2015-16 (July-June), industry-owned organisation Coal Services said Thursday.
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The Barrel Blog

November 28, 2016
The recent spate of plans for coal-fired power plants in Sub-Saharan Africa has generated opposition on environmental grounds.
November 15, 2016
Since the victory of US President-elect Donald Trump last week, businesses and governments have been working overtime to try to discern exactly what his presidency might mean for a range of important policy areas.
November 14, 2016
The speed of recovery in coal prices has caught almost everyone by surprise. Since the beginning of the year, thermal coal prices have more than doubled; South African coal sold FOB Richard’s Bay has jumped from below $50/mt mid-January to $99.7/mt November 9.
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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.


Coal prices wait on China production and winter severity
November 25, 2016
- We discuss recent moves in European and Asian thermal coal markets, from the rapid increase in Australia Newcastle 6000 NAR coal prices, to the more recent price retreat and where the market might head next.
The changing gas and power landscape under Trump
November 10, 2016
- It's a much different picture for American natural gas, coal and power than just a few days ago as the US energy industry eyes a future under President-elect Donald Trump.
US oil industry waits for policy details after Trump triumphs
November 09, 2016
- In a special post-election episode of Capitol Crude, senior editors Brian Scheid and Meghan Gordon look at what impact Republican Donald Trump’s victory will have on US oil policy and markets.
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