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Coal futures drop below $72 for first time since March 2009

[Нийтэлсэн: 12:10 15.10.2014 ]

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European thermal coal futures dropped below $72/t for the first time since March 2009, on weakening demand from the region’s biggest economy, Germany, and rising output from miners worldwide.

API2 2015 coal futures dropped to $71.90/t on Tuesday afternoon, their lowest since the height of the financial crisis in March 2009 and close to levels last seen in 2007, before the boom and bust period of 2008/09.

Prices have also almost halved since they last peaked in 2011, when the nuclear meltdown at Japan’s Fukushima reactor, unrest in gas-producing North Africa and floods in coal-mining Australia last pushed up global energy prices.

Traders said the fall in coal prices came on the back of weakening crude oil, which dropped to post-2010 lows of below $86.50/bbl, after the International Energy Agency cut its estimates for oil demand this year and next.

At the same time, German forward power prices fell close to ten-year lows as the domestic economy stuttered.

German manufacturing accounts for more than one fifth of the country’s economy, compared with the EU average of 15%, so a fall in electricity usage, often generated by coal-fired power stations, can reflect a drop in orders of German goods.



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