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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The US Crude Export Chronicles: March 2020

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27 marzo 2020

Podcast – Covid-19: Impacts on US fuel supply chains

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26 marzo 2020

Podcast: The impact of the coronavirus on Middle East supply chains, petrochemical shipping and aviation markets

Sentiment is bearish among Middle East producers as the coronavirus pandemic is impacting the demand in key export markets globally.

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24 marzo 2020

Podcast - From the Economist’s Chair: How might coronavirus alter markets?

Argus Chief Economist David Fyfe considers more broadly the changes this cruel coronavirus episode might force upon international commerce, global relations and the commodity markets.

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23 marzo 2020

European and Americas auto, tire production temporarily idles on virus prevention, weak demand and supply chain disruptions

The coronavirus has taken a heavy toll on automotive and tire plants in Europe and the Americas.

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22 marzo 2020

Podcast – Upside down: New price relationships in the US Gulf coast crude markets

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