The Effects of the Coronavirus on Markets

The Effects of the Coronavirus on Markets

Here you can access the latest blog posts, podcasts and news as well as Argus’ assessment of the immediate fallout from the virus on multiple commodities and the potential impact for the rest of this year. The outbreak of the coronavirus epidemic in China — the world’s second-largest economy, responsible for almost a fifth of global GDP — is having a significant impact on commodity markets, as trading patterns are disrupted and economic growth forecasts are revised lower.

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08 abril 2020

Podcast: Sulphuric acid fundamentals detach from supply and demand

Prices for sulphuric acid across the globe began declining early in 2019, but how is the market shaping up against lockdown conditions and what is the broader picture?

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Fertilizantes Global

08 abril 2020

Driving Discussions: Covid-19 and its impact on the European gasoil market

Join Harry Riley-Gould, Market Reporter, European Products Report and Nicolas Kyriakoglou, Market Reporter, Freight as they discuss the state of today's European fuels market.

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Europe Productos refinados Transporte

08 abril 2020

Podcast: Covid-19 impact on the global NPK market

Join Julia Campbell, Editor - NPK, as she explores the impact of the coronavirus pandemic across the global NPK market.

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Fertilizantes English Global

08 abril 2020

Podcast: Impact of Coronavirus on the African fertilizer market

Join Mike Nash, Senior Editor, Fertilizers as he discusses the impact of the virus on the African continent.

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Africa Fertilizantes

07 abril 2020

European power market: Turning negatives into positives

Government lockdowns in response to Covid-19 have seen negative prices become a feature of the EU power market outside of the extended holiday periods during which they usually occur, offering a glimpse into a possible exciting new future for power trading in Europe.

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Energía eléctrica Europe English

06 abril 2020

Podcast: Oh Canada – and its crude

The Alberta government’s recent announcement to partner with TC Energy on the northern part of the Keystone XL pipeline sparks a wider conversation on the current state of Canadian crude oil markets.

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Crudo North America English

06 abril 2020

From the Economist's Chair: Opec+ isn’t over until it’s over...

British Labour Prime Minister Harold Wilson said during the 1960s that “a week is a long time in politics”. If so, a month seems like an eternity for an oil market buffeted by coronavirus and the Opec+ fracturing that took place on 6 March in Vienna.

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Crudo Productos refinados Global English Asia-Pacific Europe Latin America and Caribbean Middle East North America

03 abril 2020

Podcast - Coronavirus: the impact on the potash market

This podcast discusses how the global spread of the coronavirus is impacting the potash market and its connected infrastructure. Ewan Thomson, Argus editor - potash, discusses the broad impacts on supply, demand and prices.

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Fertilizantes Global English Asia-Pacific Europe Latin America and Caribbean Middle East North America

02 abril 2020

Podcast: The impact of the coronavirus on Asian bitumen markets

The coronavirus outbreak is significantly affecting commodity markets, including bitumen. Bitumen markets are almost completely shaped by weather, and financing, and the toll that coronavirus has taken on economies has affected bitumen.

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Productos refinados Asia-Pacific English

01 abril 2020

How will Brazilian agriculture and livestock markets be impacted by coronavirus?

The coronavirus outbreak has led to lockdowns all over the globe and its impacts on economies and commodities markets are yet to be fully estimated.

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Latin America and Caribbean Fertilizantes English

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    In this white paper, Argus assesses the immediate fallout from the virus on multiple commodities and the potential impact for the rest of this year.

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