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Singapore (Platts)--19 Feb 2017 1056 pm EST/356 GMT
Japan is set to import a naphtha cargo from Iran this month, a source said, marking the first import from the Middle Eastern country since 2011.
London (Platts)--17 Feb 2017 1201 pm EST/1701 GMT
Buying of Atlantic Basin crudes by Asian buyers -- particularly in China -- has spiked since the beginning of 2017 on a confluence of factors that include the OPEC production cuts and subsequent narrowing of the Brent/Dubai Exchange of Futures for Swaps, lower freight rates and strong refining margins.
London (Platts)--17 Feb 2017 904 am EST/1404 GMT
Nigeria's major oil export terminal, Forcados, which has been the casualty of militant attacks, could restart in a matter of weeks, oil minister Emmanuel Kachikwu said Wednesday.
Singapore (Platts)--17 Feb 2017 555 am EST/1055 GMT
Saudi Aramco's major crude oil buyers in Northeast Asia and Southeast Asia are receiving full term allocations for Saudi crude oil loading in March, according to traders contacted by S&P Global Platts this week.
Houston (Platts)--16 Feb 2017 543 pm EST/2243 GMT
West Texas Intermediate light sweet crude oil at Midland, Texas, fell Thursday by its largest amount since mid-December on market talk of reduced rates and/or unit outages at two regional refineries and a pipeline.
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Natural Gas

London (Platts)--17 Feb 2017 909 am EST/1409 GMT
Dutch and German near-term prices fell sharply Friday morning as bearish sentiment resumed on a drop in demand amid rising temperatures across Europe, with market participants shrugging off ongoing outages on the Norwegian continental shelf.
Singapore (Platts)--16 Feb 2017 1025 pm EST/325 GMT
Pakistan plans to ambitiously grow its LNG imports over the next few years, Adnan Gilani, the chief operating office of Pakistan LNG Ltd.
Denver (Platts)--16 Feb 2017 538 pm EST/2238 GMT
US natural gas in storage fell 114 Bcf to 2.445 Tcf in the week ended February 10, the US Energy Information Administration reported Thursday.
London (Platts)--16 Feb 2017 844 am EST/1344 GMT
The NBP curve went in different directions in early Thursday trade as the market began to price in the fact that Rough storage will not inject gas during the second quarter of the year, lowering demand expectations for the period.
Houston (Platts)--15 Feb 2017 649 pm EST/2349 GMT
The NYMEX March natural gas futures contract rose Wednesday after three straight sessions of declines on the eve of the release of the US Energy Information Administration's weekly natural gas storage report.
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Electric Power

London (Platts)--17 Feb 2017 910 am EST/1410 GMT
UK day-ahead power contracts fell steeply Friday, mirroring declines in the spot gas market, with an improved supply picture and bearish power demand further weighing on the prompt, sources said.
Louisville, Kentucky (Platts)--15 Feb 2017 645 pm EST/2345 GMT
Entergy has a fairly small window to decide to extend the operation of its 2,069-MW Indian Point nuclear plant in New York if the state has not found suitable replacement power by the time the merchant facility is targeted for retirement in 2021, company officials said Wednesday.
London (Platts)--15 Feb 2017 819 am EST/1319 GMT
The EU Parliament on Wednesday voted on its position on proposed reforms to the EU Emissions Trading System after 2020, putting in place a key step in the EU's co-legislative process in overhauling the bloc's carbon market.
Tokyo (Platts)--14 Feb 2017 444 pm EST/2144 GMT
Toshiba Corp said Tuesday that it expects an impairment loss of Yen 712.5 billion ($6.28 billion) for its fiscal third quarter through last December from its US nuclear plant construction projects, forcing it to abandon plans to be involved in nuclear plant construction outside Japan.
London (Platts)--14 Feb 2017 840 am EST/1340 GMT
Germany's transport ministry has launched a Eur300 million ($318 million) support scheme to install a network of 15,000 charging points for electric vehicles by 2020, it said after receiving the green light from the European Commission.
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New Delhi (Platts)--17 Feb 2017 516 am EST/1016 GMT
India's largest electricity producer state-run NTPC Limited has started production from its Pakri-Barwadih coal mine in Jharkhand state in eastern India as the first installment was dispatched from the mine, the company said in a statement Friday.
Houston (Platts)--16 Feb 2017 535 pm EST/2235 GMT
More bids for 2017 Seasonal NOx allowances have been heard in the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule market, which has tightened the spread with offers, sources said this week.
London (Platts)--16 Feb 2017 846 am EST/1346 GMT
Lower UK power prices saw generator Drax's three coal units out of the market for much of summer 2016, the UK generator said Thursday.
New Delhi (Platts)--16 Feb 2017 845 am EST/1345 GMT
The Indian Railways carried 437.97 million mt coal during April 2016-January 2017, down 4.4% from a year ago, data released by the Directorate of Statistics and Economics on Wednesday showed.
Houston (Platts)--15 Feb 2017 644 pm EST/2344 GMT
The Coal Trading Association this week officially merged into the American Coal Council.
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Singapore (Platts)--19 Feb 2017 1052 pm EST/352 GMT
Japan, the world's largest LNG importer and accounting for about 35% of global demand, is set to play a significant role in LNG bunkering as the marine industry turns to cleaner fuel options to comply with stricter environmental regulations.
London (Platts)--17 Feb 2017 912 am EST/1412 GMT
Monthly high sulfur gasoil flows from the Amsterdam-Rotterdam-Antwerp hub to West Africa rose over February, data from Platts trade flow software cFlow showed, as Nigeria and Ghana looked to export markets to fill supply shortfalls.
Singapore (Platts)--17 Feb 2017 911 am EST/1411 GMT
South Korea's Hanjin Shipping was officially declared bankrupt by a Seoul court on Friday after a two-week period for appeal expired, Yonhap News Agency reported.
Houston (Platts's)--16 Feb 2017 544 pm EST/2244 GMT
New Orleans bunker prices were volatile Thursday as availability for prompt deliveries appeared to be tight, according to market sources.
London (Platts)--16 Feb 2017 848 am EST/1348 GMT
Prompt high sulfur fuel oil Rotterdam barge structure has moved into positive territory for the first time in four weeks on good arbitrage demand and an upward moving East-West swap.
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London (Platts)--17 Feb 2017 913 am EST/1413 GMT
Many European petrochemical end-users are expected to resume cracking propane in March and crack more butane as both gases' prices are likely to weaken relative to naphtha due to the end of winter season, market sources said this week.
Singapore (Platts)--17 Feb 2017 314 am EST/814 GMT
The FOB Korea marker in the propylene market hit a 22-month high Thursday, as the marker was assessed at $1,000/mt.
London (Platts)--16 Feb 2017 1035 pm EST/335 GMT
At the turn of the year the eyes of styrene traders were fixed on Asia, where a heavy turnaround season planned for the end of first quarter looked set to make the region the main price-setter globally.
Houston (Platts)--16 Feb 2017 541 pm EST/2241 GMT
LyondellBasell plans to increase US monoethylene glycol prices by 2 cents/lb in March, the company has told customers.
London (Platts)--16 Feb 2017 849 am EST/1349 GMT
Petrochemical margins in 2017 are expected to come under pressure due to rising oil prices, Austrian energy company OMV said on Thursday as it released its 2016 financial results.
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London (Platts)--17 Feb 2017 915 am EST/1415 GMT
Physical scrap and rebar sellers are currently leaving money on the table judging by the London Metal Exchange's forward curves.
Tokyo (Platts)--17 Feb 2017 916 am EST/1416 GMT
South African rand rising above Rand 13 to the dollar this week from Rand 13.30-13.50 a week earlier is pushing up UG2 chromite prices, market sources said Friday.
Tokyo (Platts)--17 Feb 2017 309 am EST/809 GMT
Warrants for aluminum stored in the London Metal Exchange warehouses in Asia are trading at almost twice as high as in end of last year, tracking the US spot physical premiums, traders said Friday.
Lima, Peru (Platts)--16 Feb 2017 545 pm EST/2245 GMT
Peru's production of copper, gold, zinc and molybdenum rose in December, while silver, lead and tin output fell, the government said Thursday.
Singapore (Platts)--16 Feb 2017 850 am EST/1350 GMT
Ferrosilicon offers from Chinese sellers were heard to have narrowed to low amounts.
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Houston (Platts)--16 Feb 2017 539 pm EST/2239 GMT
Combined US production and imports of biomass-based diesel fell 218 million gallons, or 63.4%, in January compared with December, Environmental Protection Agency data showed Thursday.
Singapore (Platts)--16 Feb 2017 548 am EST/1048 GMT
India's wheat production is forecast to hit a record high 96.64 million mt in current marketing season 2016-17 (April-March), the Indian government's latest estimate for major food crops showed Wednesday.
Houston (Platts)--15 Feb 2017 646 pm EST/2346 GMT
Prices for US corn, CIF New Orleans February basis, rose significantly Wednesday because delays at Pacific Northwest ports made buyers turn to the US Gulf Coast to secure their procurement, market sources said.
Singapore (Platts)--15 Feb 2017 154 am EST/654 GMT
The Australian Premium White wheat price remained firm Tuesday despite an official forecast of record production for 2016-17 (October-September) amid limited spot offers, localized flooding concerns and a surge in Chicago wheat futures, traders said Wednesday.
Houston (Platts)--14 Feb 2017 446 pm EST/2146 GMT
The Argo ethanol market for prompt delivery traded as low as $1.4950/gal Tuesday morning as the terminal is due to begin rejecting delivery trucks at noon CST amid full storage, market sources said.
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