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The coronavirus has reached into every corner of commodity and energy markets, both inside China and worldwide. Its effects in both the short- and medium-term are far-reaching and, in some cases, rather surprising. In an in-depth cross-commodity, and on this real-time hub, we examine a vast range of impacts in oil markets, metals, petrochemicals, coal, LNG, LPG and fertilizer markets. What are the knock-on effects of transport shutdowns, factory closures, and global trade flow disruptions?
The increased volatility in prices for oil products and clean tankers freight rates is keeping the market on its toes. As trade routes and arbitrages grow unstable, a comprehensive view into the links between products and shipping costs is required.
Argus assesses a wide range of commodity prices that are crucial when sourcing materials for automotive components. Our spot prices are essential assessments for carmakers, as the industry develops physical purchasing processes alongside sophisticated hedging strategies. Argus also assesses prices across all stages of ferrous and non-ferrous value chains by employing a global team of experts that diligently enforces our market-leading and audited methodologies. We work with the broader automotive industry to assess the most relevant prices to their global and complex supply chains.
In an increasingly dynamic LNG market, participants need a trusted benchmark to capture and manage freight price risk. Argus’ LNG freight day rates are the robust and representative assessments that the industry needs for demurrage contracts, long-term charter agreements, and to settle financial instruments used for hedging, trading and inter-regional arbitrage.
The introduction of the global IMO sulphur cap on marine fuels is finally here. After several years of debate regarding the potential impact across the refining and shipping industries, we are now beginning to see events unfold. Argus is tracking supply and demand developments at key locations across the globe. We deliver daily price assessments, along with insight on deals done, trade volumes and key market activity.
US sanctions on Venezuela’s national oil company PdV, first imposed on 28 January 2019, cast another layer of geopolitical uncertainty onto the international oil market. The sanctions take effect in stages, gradually intensifying their impact on the Opec country’s imports and exports, and the sanctions rollout and partial unwinding of commercial ties will help to shape near-term market dynamics, with longer-term implications for policy and investment. Follow along with Argus as we deliver the latest news and market analysis on this story.