Saudis may cut oil prices for Asian markets

Saudi Arabia may reduce its official selling price for oil for Asian buyers in August, unnamed sources told Reuters, adding the move was prompted by a decline in Middle Eastern benchmarks last month. A Reuters survey among five refiners revealed the official selling price for the Kingdom’s flagship Arab Light hit a five-year high for deliveries this month, but […]

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Asian oil refining margins plunge to 16-year low

Persistent pressure on profit margins has forced Asian refiners to start considering a reduction in their run rates, Reuters reports, citing unnamed sources from the industry. According to the sources, higher international oil prices are behind the unfavorable development, which has seen refiners’ margins drop to the lowest since the spring of 2003, according to Reuters […]

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Global mining output in February hits three–year low; Asia continues to hold the greatest rewards

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Mining production globally registered its fourth consecutive contraction, falling 7.5 per cent year-on-year in February compared to a 3.3 per cent fall the previous month, Statistics South Africa said in a report. This registers as the largest fall in production since March 2016 when output fell 17.4 per cent year-on-year.  Diamonds, iron ore and gold […]

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ICO raises 2018-19 global coffee surplus forecast

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The International Coffee Organization (ICO) has raised its forecast for global coffee production in 2018/19 to 168.05 million 60-kg bags from its earlier estimate of 167.47 million. World consumption in coffee year 2018/19 is estimated at 164.99 million bags compared to 161.38 million bags in 2017/18. The inter-governmental body now sees a global surplus of […]

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Global coal demand up 0.7 per cent in 2018, largely due to Asia: IEA

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Global coal demand totaled 3.778 billion tonnes of oil equivalent (Btoe) in 2018, up 0.7 per cent on the year, bolstered largely by increased use in India and Southeast Asia, according to data released by the International Energy Agency. Coal rode the wave of increased demand from several Asian countries, as global energy demand grew […]

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