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S&P Global Platts analysis of key oil price movements across the globe.

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S&P Global Platts analysis of key oil price movements across the globe.

    China under pressure to export more refined products after Q2 oil shopping spree

    China under pressure to export more refined products after Q2 oil shopping spree

    While the rest of the world is still on a relatively slow recovery phase, China's crude imports and throughput levels are hitting record highs. Its GDP has flipped back to positive territory with a 3.2% growth the second quarter, from a 6.9% decline in the first quarter. S&P Global Platts oil experts Oceana Zhou and Mark Tan talk about the facts behind these historical highs and the impact they could have on Asia's still fragile oil markets.

    • 9 min
    Diesel and gasoil fortunes diverge as lockdowns ease

    Diesel and gasoil fortunes diverge as lockdowns ease

    As Europe emerges from its COVID-19 lockdown, diesel demand is flickering back to life. But can the same be said for gasoil? S&P Global Platts reporters Virginie Malicier and Harry Morton discuss with Joel Hanley how European distillate markets have reacted to the Coronavirus pandemic, and the prospects for a swift recovery.

    • 15 min
    Refineries brace for further headwinds from COVID-19 as recovery looks patchy

    Refineries brace for further headwinds from COVID-19 as recovery looks patchy

    Storm clouds still lurk over the refining sector as a combination of firm heavy crude prices and limited upside to light product prices squeeze margins for simple and complex installations alike, even as a rapid demand recovery in some countries has taken markets by surprise. Refining expert Elza Turner tells Joel Hanley the latest.

    • 9 min
    A new benchmark for American crude to move on from a negative experience

    A new benchmark for American crude to move on from a negative experience

    The American crude benchmark NYMEX WTI went negative in April, an event that sparked global questions of ‘How?’ and ‘Why?’ Now, the US crude industry is looking to the future, with Platts American GulfCoast Select touted as an alternative yardstick against which crudes from Canada down to Argentina could be measured. Platts US crude market experts Matt Eversman and Laura Huchzermeyer speak with John-Laurent Tronche about the recent past, present and future of US crude pricing.

    • 17 min
    Shifting dynamics in store for Mediterranean LPG

    Shifting dynamics in store for Mediterranean LPG

    The closure for maintenance of the salt caverns at Lavera on the French Mediterranean coast poses some questions for the region’s LPG market, especially that of butane. LPG reporter Kieran Hess discusses with Joel Hanley how the Mediterranean market is responding to the closure in the midst of coronavirus and arbitrage links with other regions.

    • 9 min
    Asia's ample US crude imports in H1 unlikely to rattle OPEC producers

    Asia's ample US crude imports in H1 unlikely to rattle OPEC producers

    Asia's high volume of US crude imports in the first half 2020 could prove a false alarm for OPEC+ producers fretting over their shrinking share of the Asian demand pie following the coronavirus pandemic. S&P Global Platts oil editors Surabhi Sahu and Gawoon Philip Vahn discuss Asia's crude appetite for the second half of 2020 and how several refiners in the region planning their crude purchases for the months ahead as WTI increasingly proves much more expensive than Middle Eastern grades.

    • 11 min

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