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Oil

Buenos Aires (Platts)--2 Dec 2016 526 pm EST/2226 GMT
Oil workers in one of Argentina's most productive basins will go on strike for 48 hours next week to protest a decision by state-run YPF to not return 33 rigs to the field, which could cost 1,700 jobs, union leaders said Friday.
London (Platts)--2 Dec 2016 837 am EST/1337 GMT
The Northwest European naphtha physical cargoes slumped to a 12-week low versus the front-month swap Thursday on ample supply and slow spot demand, with at least one prompt cargo reportedly struggling to find a home.
Tokyo (Platts)--1 Dec 2016 1118 pm EST/418 GMT
Asian crude importers could see their Middle East term supplies affected by OPEC's agreement to cut production, but tighter sour crude supply may open up arbitrage opportunities for moving more sweet crude from the Atlantic, market sources said Thursday.
Washington (Platts)--1 Dec 2016 521 pm EST/2221 GMT
US tight oil producers in struggling basins like the Bakken and Eagle Ford got a lifeline from OPEC's agreement to cut production, with analysts expecting their declines to start moderating if oil holds at $50/b while output would rebound at $60/b.
Vienna (Platts)--1 Dec 2016 545 am EST/1045 GMT
The oil market's euphoria over OPEC's momentous decision Wednesday to cut production was on pause a day later, as traders digested the agreement, which represents a major gamble for kingpin and deal driver Saudi Arabia that supply and demand were indeed on the path to rebalancing.
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Natural Gas

London (Platts)--2 Dec 2016 840 am EST/1340 GMT
The amount of gas used by UK natural gas-fired power plants to generate electricity has risen above 80 million cu m/d in recent days for the first time in at least six years, data from National Grid showed Friday.
Tokyo (Platts)--2 Dec 2016 839 am EST/1339 GMT
A Japanese delegation, comprising E&P and engineering companies, will visit Myanmar from Monday to examine upstream opportunities in the Southeast Asian nation.
Houston (Platts)--1 Dec 2016 517 pm EST/2217 GMT
The December bidweek national average natural gas price rose 70 cents to $3.17/MMBtu, with prices in the US Northeast seeing the biggest increases, according to Inside FERC's Gas Market Report Thursday.
London (Platts)--1 Dec 2016 900 am EST/1400 GMT
Natural gas traded volume on Europe's two most liquid hubs combined on the Intercontinental Exchange rose back above the 1,000 TWh mark last month for the first time since June, but was down by over a quarter year on year, data from ICE showed Thursday.
Singapore (Platts)--1 Dec 2016 859 am EST/1359 GMT
Continuing uncertainty over the length of time that Australia's Gorgon LNG Train 1 production would be halted has resulted in a sudden influx of demand, leading to a 6.2% jump in spot JKM LNG prices for cargoes delivered into North Asia.
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Electric Power

Houston (Platts)--2 Dec 2016 524 pm EST/2224 GMT
Excessive forced generation outages in the Midcontinent Independent System Operator's South Region has prompted one of that region's state regulators to wonder whether penalties are inadequate for generators that fail to be available during high-demand circumstances, stakeholders learned Friday.
London (Platts)--2 Dec 2016 841 am EST/1341 GMT
European power trading volumes on the European Energy Exchange (EEX) in November rose 50% from a year ago to 423 TWh, the highest ever recorded monthly volume on the exchange, Leipzig-based EEX said.
Houston (Platts)--1 Dec 2016 522 pm EST/2222 GMT
Brokers reported very little action this week in the US Cross-State Air Pollution Rule market as limited interest to buy or sell at lower year-end prices reigned.
London (Platts)--1 Dec 2016 902 am EST/1402 GMT
UK day-ahead power contracts climbed higher on Thursday, shrugging off bearish spot gas price movements, as tightening surplus margins amid persistent cold weather conditions supported the market.
Portland, Maine (Platts)--30 Nov 2016 620 pm EST/2320 GMT
The California Independent System Operator's congestion revenue right auction process is leading to major losses for ratepayers and should be revamped, according to the grid operator's market monitor.
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Coal

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.
Louisville, Kentucky (Platts)--1 Dec 2016 515 pm EST/2215 GMT
Murray American Energy plans to ask Ohio regulators next year to approve additional acreage to extend the life of the company's Century underground thermal coal mine in Monroe County, the largest mine in the state, a Murray official said Thursday.
London (Platts)--1 Dec 2016 903 am EST/1403 GMT
South Africa exported 6.14 million mt of thermal coal in October, down 12.8% on the year and 10.7% from September's nine-month high, with lower shipments to India, Europe and Turkey, according to customs data released late Wednesday.
Sydney (Platts)--1 Dec 2016 902 am EST/1402 GMT
Coal exports from the Port Kembla Coal Terminal in Australia slumped 21% month on month in November to 463,172 mt, data from the terminal operator showed Thursday.
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Shipping

Athens (Platts)--2 Dec 2016 844 am EST/1344 GMT
The bunker industry expects the marine fuel market to become more fragmented and complex after 2020 as stricter emission controls come into force, according to speakers at the S&P Global Platts Mediterranean Bunker Fuel Conference in Athens this week.
Singapore (Platts)--2 Dec 2016 843 am EST/1343 GMT
Major Japanese shipping companies Mitsui OSK Lines and NYK Line have reverted back to the traders participating in the companies' term tenders to supply bunker fuel for lifting from Singapore over Q1 2017 with counter prices, traders said Friday, adding that negotiations will now move into the second round.
Houston (Platts's)--1 Dec 2016 519 pm EST/2219 GMT
New Orleans bunker fuel prices on Thursday reached their highest levels since July 2015 outpacing the movements of their respective underlying products, after the market experienced residual effects from the recently announced OPEC deal.
Singapore (Platts)--1 Dec 2016 908 am EST/1408 GMT
Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore Deputy Chairman Niam Chiang Meng has been appointed as the organization's new chairman, with effect from December 16, the Ministry of Transport announced this week.
Athens (Platts)--1 Dec 2016 907 am EST/1407 GMT
Bunker supplier Aegean Marine Petroleum expects supply shortages of 0.5% sulfur marine fuels in 2020 as tighter emissions standards come into force, general manager Gregory Robolakis said at the S&P Global Platts Mediterranean Bunker Conference in Athens Thursday.
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Petrochemicals

Houston (Platts)--2 Dec 2016 523 pm EST/2223 GMT
US olefins producer LyondellBasell is very close to completing the restart of its steam cracker in Corpus Christi, Texas, after a planned turnaround, sources said Friday.
London (Platts)--2 Dec 2016 846 am EST/1346 GMT
The recent rally in the spot methanol market, an uptick in the energy complex overall following OPEC's planned production cut and remaining global supply concerns are pointing to a likely hefty rise in methanol European contract prices for the first quarter next year.
Singapore (Platts)--2 Dec 2016 1255 am EST/555 GMT
India's state-run Bharat Petroleum Corp.
Houston (Platts)--1 Dec 2016 519 pm EST/2219 GMT
US Gulf Coast MTBE reached a five-week high on Thursday, rising 10.5% in the two sessions since the OPEC agreement to reduce production.
London (Platts)--1 Dec 2016 910 am EST/1410 GMT
Algeria's Sonatrach has sets its contract price for December-loading butane at $380/mt, down $3/mt month on month, and its propane contract price at $345/mt, down $5/mt, the state-owned company said Thursday.
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Metals

Pittsburgh (Platts)--2 Dec 2016 527 pm EST/2227 GMT
US mills are raising transaction prices for rebar $25/st, effective with new orders Friday.
London (Platts)--2 Dec 2016 852 am EST/1352 GMT
The Atlantic coking coal market Thursday saw more downward pricing pressure for US coking coals, as a quiet market and fulfilled demand for higher-quality coal limited the opportunities for spot sales.
London (Platts)--2 Dec 2016 848 am EST/1348 GMT
Manganese and chrome alloy prices in Europe saw signs of consolidation after weeks of rising on the back of tight ore supply and strong demand from China, sources said.
Santiago (Platts)--2 Dec 2016 850 am EST/1350 GMT
Chile's mining development agency ENAMI has entered the copper futures market to offer a stable price to the country's small mine operations, CEO Jaime Perez del Arce said Thursday.
Singapore (Platts)--2 Dec 2016 847 am EST/1347 GMT
Chinese domestic alumina prices are expected to see further support in the near term on the back market talk that the state environmental authority has clamped down on several major refiners and smelters this week, multiple market participants said Friday.
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Agriculture

Houston (Platts)--2 Dec 2016 521 pm EST/2221 GMT
Synata Bio's $48.5 million bid for Abengoa's Hugoton, Kansas, cellulosic ethanol plant has been approved by a bankruptcy court, according to court documents filed earlier this week.
Houston (Platts)--1 Dec 2016 518 pm EST/2218 GMT
The US ethanol crush margin continued to rise Thursday after reaching a nearly two-year high of 46.73 cents/gal Wednesday.
London (Platts)--1 Dec 2016 921 am EST/1421 GMT
The T2 price has been on an upward trajectory over the last couple of weeks and at Eur495/cu m FOB Rotterdam Wednesday, it is the highest it has been in four months.
Houston (Platts)--30 Nov 2016 454 pm EST/2154 GMT
Values for US Renewable Identification Numbers continued their upward momentum Wednesday, with current calendar-year ethanol RINs reaching their highest heard trading level in over three years.
London (Platts)--30 Nov 2016 1251 pm EST/1751 GMT
The European Commission is to propose a direct obligation for fuel suppliers to blend minimum levels of biofuels after the year 2020, in a mandate separate from national targets, according to an EU source.
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