Iron ore, finished fertilizers rescue Indian ports over declining coal cargo

Iron ore and finished fertilizers shipments have enabled major ports to tide over falling volumes in coal and other miscellaneous cargo. Iron ore shipped through major ports soared 39 per cent between April and January of this financial year. Growth in the finished fertilizers cargo too was robust at 21.55 per cent. Thermal or steam cargo shipments plunged 14.98 per cent […]

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Gold, base metals, crude oil jump on US Fed’s surprise interest rate cut

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Base metals’ prices jumped by 1-2 per cent on Wednesday after the United States Federal Reserve (US Fed) announced a 50 basis points (bps) emergency interest rate cut. The Fed also confirmed high downside risk for the global economy as a result of increasing number of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases across the world. Gold and silver price increased […]

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Petroleum products consumption in India slips by 0.6% in January 2020

Domestic consumption of petroleum products in January 2020 slipped by 0.6 per cent year-on-year (y-o-y) to 18.4 million tonnes, mostly on the back of lower sales of diesel, bitumen and fuel oil. According to provisional data by the government’s petroleum planning and analysis cell (PPAC), diesel usage dipped 1.9 per cent to 6.9 million tonnes. In […]

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India’s middle eastern crude oil imports slump to 4-year low; government seeks other sources

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India’s imports of Middle Eastern oil plunged to a four-year low in 2019, tanker data obtained from sources shows, as the energy-hungry nation diversifies its supplies to cut costs and help shield itself from geopolitical tensions, reports Reuters. India, the world’s third-biggest oil consumer, imports about 84 per cent of its oil needs and traditionally […]

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US to impose sanctions on Iran’s metal exports and its leaders

The Trump administration imposed new sanctions on Iran last week, including penalties on the Islamic Republic’s metals and some senior leaders, following Tehran’s attack on U.S. military bases. The sanctions target steel, aluminum, copper and iron, as well as eight senior Iranian officials and sectors of the economy, such as construction, manufacturing, textiles and mining, […]

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India’s core sector growth contracts 1.5 per cent in November 2019

Showing no signs of improvement, the output of eight core infrastructure industries contracted for the fourth consecutive month in November by 1.5 per cent, according to official data. Since August, the eight core industries are recording negative growth. The output of coal, crude oil, natural gas, steel, and electricity declined by 2.5 per cent, 6 […]

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