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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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Outlook 2017: Trump inauguration to bring major US oil policy changes
Rather than just serving to fill out a year-end list, the biggest policy events of this year are likely to shape the policy path of the next, perhaps more than ever before.
FERC's policing of markets won't see big changes under Trump, officials say
Former FERC enforcement officials are not expecting the change in administration to greatly impact the commission's watchdog role, but new commissioners could bring nuanced views of what constitutes market manipulation.

News Headlines

Washington (Platts)--20 Jan 2017 1254 pm EST/1754 GMT
President Donald Trump's inauguration Friday may prove to be the start of the most significant shift in the direction of oil policy in decades.
London (Platts)--20 Jan 2017 1040 am EST/1540 GMT
The monitoring committee meeting between OPEC and non-OPEC countries in Vienna this weekend is likely be light on further details about their output restraint agreement and heavy on a show of solidarity, but it could be that very collective goodwill that is key to ensuring compliance and bringing about a faster oil market rebalancing.
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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.
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.
January 11, 2017
Platts editors Joel Hanley and Virginie Malicier discuss the naphtha market’s strong start to 2017. As the year unfolds, what has turned the market from bearish to bullish in the short term?
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Price Focus

US Gulf Coast sweet crude differentials can be mixed as opposing factors pull US crude oil economics in different directions, Platts data shows. While there may be the possibility of a crude oil output freeze by major OPEC and non-OPEC producers, US commercial crude oil stocks are high.

Oil Infographics

It could be argued that the history of oil is the history of the modern world. And Platts, a leading provider of analysis, news and prices for the industry, has played a significant role in this amazing story.

Of all the natural resources that have been used to build our world, surely oil is the most pervasive. We all know that oil provides the plastics in the computer we use, has driven revolutions in fashion, industry and transport, and even powers our homes. No one's life is untouched by this immense resource.

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 09, 2017
One of the most dominant conversation topics in the crude world over the last several years has been the declining production profile in the North Sea region.
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Asia Pacific and Middle East Refined Oil Products methodology

Published March 2016

The Asia Pacific and Middle East Refined Oil Products Guide contains the primary specifications and methodologies for Platts Asia Products assessments.

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