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After a turbulent start to 2011 which saw China emerge as a major net importer of coal, global fuel markets rallied in response to the accident at the Japanese nuclear plant.
Ample supply and continuous worries over the global financial crisis now weigh heavily on major coal hubs. European recession fears are spilling in to China and other Asian countries.
This combination of ample supply and faltering economies mean that coal demand projections are well below anticipated levels. At the same time, the European market seems to have matured.
The traditional suppliers to Europe, such as Columbia, the US and Russia are now fixing their sights on Chinese and Indian markets as new sources of revenue.
Once again the focus of the coal market is shifting, the pace of change accelerating and the need for information increasing rapidly.
ICIS is well position to supply that information to help make important trading decisions.
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China’s thermal coal market turned from bearish to bullish over the quarter to mid-November, supported by decreased stocks and end-users’ increased buying interest.
Chinese thermal coal prices were on a downtrend from mid-August to mid-September as end-users continued to keep a wait-and-see stance since mid-June, when price cut began, and they had sufficient inventories. As prices went down, end-users started to buy cargoes because they thought the prices were acceptable. As a result, big miners’ stocks reduced quickly. Major producer Shenhua Group attempted to raise the thermal coal prices in late September because of tight supply and increased buying interest as end-users began to prepare for winter.
The price trend reversed from late September. Prices of domestic 5500 kcal/kg NAR thermal coal climbed to yuan (CNY) 540/tonne in mid-November, up CNY20/tonne compared with late September. For domestic 5000 kcal/kg NAR thermal coal, prices rose by CNY60/tonne to CNY510/tonne over the same period.
The upward price trend became steeper in October because of a consequent decrease in supply in Bohai-Rim on the back of Datong-Qinhuadao railway regular maintenance from 8-28 October.
Another tailwind propelling the market is increased buying interest from end-users as they are stocking up for winter. Furthermore, miners kept strong intention to raise their prices in November when big mining producers and power giants began to negotiate next year contracts.
Updated to mid-November 2013
The China Steam Coal Weekly report provides unique pricing information, supply and demand analysis and news on the domestic steam coal markets.
Our robust price assessments cover the delivered price of imported steam coal from Indonesia through to power plants in southern and eastern China. They offer proprietary free on board (FOB) assessments for import steam coal ex four global locations, plus delivered prices for domestic supply to eastern regions in China. We also publish front-month assessments for Brent crude, WTI crude and natural gas futures, imported steam coal and domestically produced steam coal, along with China freight and international freight rates.
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