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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02 June 2020

Over 2mn t — the new China sulphur inventory norm?

China is unique when it comes to sulphur storage, as the key ports of Fangcheng, Beihai and Zhanjiang in the south of the country and the north China ports of Tangshan, Weifang, Zhenjiang and Nanjing have the capacity to hold in excess of 3mn t of sulphur.


Fertilizer Asia-Pacific English

01 June 2020

Sizing up Covid-19 iron ore supply risks

The centre of the Covid-19 pandemic is shifting from Europe and the US to countries like India and Brazil, two of the four largest iron ore exporters in the world. Iron ore prices are rising as the focus moves to saving lives.


Metals Global English Asia-Pacific Europe Latin America and Caribbean North America

27 May 2020

Bitumen no longer bottom

There have been few positives for refiners during the Covid-19 pandemic, but the strength of bitumen has offered some solace.


Oil products Europe English

26 May 2020

Crude and jet fuel markets on the runway for price recovery

It may seem remote right now, but despite the recent unparalleled loss of global oil demand, economic forces will sooner or later conspire to rebalance the market as demand recovery takes hold and crude production in high-cost regions falls.


Oil products Crude oil Global Africa Asia-Pacific Europe FSU Latin America and Caribbean Middle East North America English

26 May 2020

Covid-19 highlights unlocked potential of demand-side CO2 cuts

The Covid-19 pandemic has had a disastrous impact on the lives and well-being of citizens across the world. Major economies have been temporarily shut down, while freedom of movement has virtually ground to a halt.


Emissions Europe English

26 May 2020

Impact of IMO 2020 and Covid-19 on heavy products

Find out how the heavy products have reacted to the compound effect of IMO 2020 and Covid-19 in this latest Argus update.


Global Oil products

18 May 2020

Driving Discussions: Balancing Russia's gasoline market in volatile times

Listen in to the latest Driving Discussions podcast, this time spotlighting the state of Russia's gasoline market in the midst of the global Covid-19 pandemic.


FSU Oil products Transportation

18 May 2020

Covid-19 — questions from the sulphur market on the sulphur market

Listen in as Claira Lloyd answers questions from her most recent webinar on Covid-19's impact on the global sulphur market.


Global Fertilizer

14 May 2020

A perfect storm for GCC steelmakers

The Covid-19 pandemic, combined with the timing of the oil price collapse, could have created one of the most hostile steel markets for the GCC region ever.


Metals Middle East English

14 May 2020

The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on Asian bitumen markets | Episode 2

The impact of Covid-19 has been felt significantly in Asian bitumen markets in Asia. As countries shut borders and enforced lockdowns, road construction activity slowed and then completely halted.


Oil products Asia-Pacific English

14 May 2020

French nuclear crisis: Will history repeat itself?

The Covid-19 pandemic has disrupted most aspects of life, and French power plant maintenance schedules are no exception. Could the French power market be about to experience its most challenging winter since 2016-17?


Power Europe English

13 May 2020

Driving Discussions: The Impact of Covid-19 on European fuel markets and refineries (part 2)

The Driving Discussions series returns to Europe to examine the changes in Covid-19's impact on refineries with a special focus on utilisation rates.


Europe English Oil products

05 May 2020

Covid-19 crushes global power demand and coal consumption in April

Global coal demand was dealt a significant blow in April, as restrictions in many countries to curb the spread of Covid-19 slashed power demand and weighed heavily on industrial output.


Coal Asia-Pacific Europe English

29 April 2020

Podcast - Driving Discussions: The impact of Covid-19 on European biofuels markets and HVO

Join the latest Driving Discussions podcast for coverage of the European HVO and biofuel markets amidst the Covid-19 pandemic.


English Europe Bioenergy Oil products

23 April 2020

Portuguese podcast - Market Talks: The impacts of Covid-19 on Brazil’s clean fuels markets

Measures enforced to prevent the spread of coronavirus had a strong impact on the oil and refined products demand around the globe. How big is the drop in demand for clean fuels in Brazil, and how will it reflect in domestic trade flows?


Oil products Latin America and Caribbean North America Portuguese

22 April 2020

Podcast: The impact of Covid-19 on European bitumen

Coronavirus has affected commodity markets across the globe, and bitumen is no exception. Tune in to this latest podcast to learn how the pandemic has impacted bitumen markets in Europe and Africa.


Africa English Europe Oil products

22 April 2020

Podcast - Driving Discussions: The surprising RINs market during Covid-19

While all other energy commodities markets around the world have seen a severe dip in prices, RINs prices in the US are steady. What is causing the RINs market in the US to react this way and what is the outlook?


Oil products North America English

21 April 2020

South African coal industry faces up to 14-year low prices

After trading at nearly $100/t over the winter, South African high calorific value (CV) coal prices fell to a 14-year low this week amid subdued demand caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.


Coal Global English Africa Asia-Pacific Latin America and Caribbean North America

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