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June 19, 2018
We analyze some of the reasons why lithium carbonate prices have come off since the beginning of May and what some market participants' expectations are for H2 2018; and the implementation of the 2018 Chinese EV subsidies that came into effect on June 12.
May 25, 2018
Tariffs continue to dominate the steel markets with US prices at multi-year highs and international traders finding it increasingly difficult to do business in Europe.
May 01, 2018
Trump has extended the exemption for steel and aluminum tariffs until June 1, increasing uncertainty around the extent of the eventual measures; and Chinese steel prices firmed in April despite official production figures continuing to defy the much vaunted capacity cuts.
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Feature -- Iran Sanctions: Global Energy Implications

May 08, 2018
US President Donald Trump's plan to leave the Iran nuclear deal and reimpose sanctions could have major impacts for global oil, natural gas, metals and petrochemical markets.
Factbox: Energy, metals impact of Trump's decision to reimpose Iran sanctions
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Analysis: An Iranian exodus could open more doors for US crudes in Europe
Analysis: An Iranian exodus could open more doors for US crudes in Europe
The potential reduction of Iranian crude into the European market as result of renewed sanctions will likely benefit US crude exporters, which have enjoyed an increasingly large share of that market, an S&P Global Platts analysis showed May 8.

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Houston (Platts)--17 Oct 2018 519 pm EDT/2119 GMT
Last week's $40/st price increase for flat-rolled sheet steel products from US mills received a lukewarm reception from most players, with buying remaining limited, sources said Wednesday.
New York (Platts)--17 Oct 2018 338 pm EDT/1938 GMT
An ambitious Chinese growth initiative appears once again to be reliant on Australian raw materials.
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The Barrel Blog

June 27, 2018
In June 2008, S&P Global Platts launched the world's first daily iron ore price assessment, IODEX, from its Singapore office. Over the next two years, this price would gradually replace the old benchmark as more companies opted to price their physical iron ore using modern market-tracking techniques.
June 22, 2018
If electric vehicles, which rely wholly or partly on electricity stored in batteries as their source of energy, revolutionize road transport in the way many expect, demand for lithium will rise exponentially. China will be at the forefront of this.
June 21, 2018
Steel consumers and producers in the US are duking it out. The battle is mostly under the radar and in the back rooms and alleys surrounding the Trump administration’s chaotic trade policy.
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Steel, Ferrous Scrap, Ferroalloys and Noble Alloys methodology

Published March 2016

The Steel, Ferrous Scrap, Ferroalloys and Noble Alloys guide contains the primary specifications and methodologies for Platts Steel and Ferrous Scrap global catalogue of price assessments.

Steel, Ferrous Scrap, Ferroalloys and Noble Alloys methodology

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