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Energy and commodity highlights: Tanker attacks, biofuels and oil, spiraling naphtha prices

Global oil markets were jolted late in the week by reports of attacks on two oil tankers near the Strait of Hormuz on June 13. Brent crude futures climbed almost 4% immediately after the attacks. ICE Brent eventually settled $1.34 higher at $61.31/b...

Exchange’s IT malfunction sends jitters through European spot power markets

One week ago, European spot power exchange EPEX Spot was hit with an issue any financial platform would want to avoid. Technical problems led to a series of server crashes, forcing the exchange to launch back-up auction procedures. This resulted in ...

US crude oil exports buoyed by widening WTI/Brent spread

The US exported more than 3 million b/d of crude for the second week in a row in the week ended June 7, aided by macroeconomic factors that have made US oil prices more attractive. According to S&P Global Platts Analytics data, more than 3.18 millio...

Steel prices squashed as auto demand and output go into reverse

Almost everywhere you look, auto production and sales are falling and putting pressure on one of the major end-user segments of steel. News within the space of a fortnight that British Steel was insolvent and Ford’s Bridgend plant in the UK would ...

Argentina’s untapped shale spurs search for next oil and gas giant: Fuel for Thought

On the vast, desolate plains of southern Patagonia, Compañía General de Negocios is stepping up drilling and exploration where few companies operate, an emerging trend of widening the search for oil and natural gas in Argentina. “The resource is...