Posts Tagged ‘China’

How falling commodity prices have flattered Chinese GDP in 2015

What’s in a number? Quite a lot when it comes to Chinese GDP.

Especially when it’s 7%, which was the real growth rate of the Chinese economy in the first quarter of 2015, compared to the first quarter of last year, according to the Chinese National Bureau of Statistics, who released this much-awaited data point on April 15.

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Chinese steelmaking ready for an April rebound?

The outlook for China’s steel market during April remained at similar levels to March, underpinned by expectations of stronger construction activity during China’s warmer spring months, according to the latest Platts China Steel Sentiment Index (Platts CSSI), which showed a headline reading of 74.7 out of a possible 100 points.

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The Oil Big Five: Taking stock at the end of Q1

There are a couple months of the year that seem busier than others, and April is one in the oil industry. The first quarter has ended, and many of the editors here at Platts are readying themselves for the slew of earnings calls and reports that will be coming soon. Those quarterly updates can sometimes signal big changes – announcements about new projects, financial doings, production figures, etc. – and we wanted to assess the global oil industry now, in the calm before the storm.

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Coal may burn bright, but which Asian market has the lights left on?

If you are a coal producer focused on the Chinese market, I am sure you will be scratching your head thinking about the future. Ever since China started imposing restrictions on imports, suppliers have gone on a wild hunt for buyers.

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Energy Economist: King Coal faces the end of its reign

The coal industry is in crisis. It has failed to recognize the structural shift in power generation driven by regulation rather than price and has missed the window of opportunity to invest in clean coal technologies. Now it faces a slow King Canute style demise, as elaborated by Ross McCracken, managing editor of Platts Energy Economist.

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Is gasoline about to give us a demand response?

A swallow does not a summer make, they say.

How about two?  India has just released its February oil consumption data. And rather  remarkably, gasoline sales are up 18.3% on year, on the heels of a 17.7% spike seen in January.

For the two months, gasoline consumption averaged about 470,000 b/d, compared with 398,000 b/d a year ago. Read the rest of this entry »

The Oil Big Five: Slowdowns from capex cuts and strikes

In the US, March often means spring break: children and young adults have a week off school and classes and families take the time to travel, have some adventures in their hometowns, or just try to catch up and catch their breath as the year continues its hurtle forward.

You may have thought we were taking a break from The Oil Big Five, since this entry is coming midmonth instead of at the beginning of March. Thankfully, that’s not the case, and we’ve caught our breath enough to share this listing of five big oil topics our oil editors and analysts worldwide think are among the most important. Leave us your thoughts in the comments below — are there others you want recognized, or would you like to chime in support that one of these topics is affecting you somehow? — and drop us your feedback on Twitter with the hashtag #oilbig5.

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Guest post — The gold:oil ratio is speaking

Jodie Gunzberg is the global  head of commodities for S&P Dow Jones Indices, which, like Platts, is part of McGraw Hill Financial. She writes on commodity investing on the Indexology blog. Her post from March 12, explaining the ratio of gold prices to oil prices and what lessons can be gleaned from it regarding the oil price collapse, is reproduced here. 

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Should China’s state-owned giants fear the teapot refineries?

China’s intention to relax hitherto strict crude import rules may be causing alarm within its state-owned refiners.

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Could 2015 finally be nickel’s chance to shine?

Nickel was something of a disappointment in 2014 with prices spiking in the first half of the year, only to fall back in the second half, failing to meet many analysts’ expectations.

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