SINGAPORE, May 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Global energy and commodity news and price reporting agency Argus and IHS Inc (NYSE: IHS), a leading global source of critical information and insight, have licensed the API 4 and API 5 coal indexes to Singapore Exchange (SGX) for the listing of derivative products. This will assist the development of risk management products for the regional and global coal markets.
The API 4 index assesses the spot market price of coal exported from Richards Bay, South Africa. The index has been widely used in physical and over-the-counter contracts internationally. The API 5 index assesses the spot market price of high-ash coal from Australia. Its launch in 2012 was a response to a sharp rise in demand for non-standard coal, driven by growing import requirements from China and India.
Argus Media chairman and chief executive Adrian Binks said: "We welcome SGX's decision to launch these new coal swap clearing facilities, which will help facilitate the growth of risk management services in Asia-Pacific."
"We are delighted that SGX is launching products that are settled against the API 4 and API 5 indexes," said John Howland, publisher, IHS Energy "These additions to its portfolio complement SGX's other thermal coal products, allowing market participants even more risk management options in Asia-Pacific."
Lily Chia, the head of commodities product management at SGX said: "To better serve the needs of the Asian thermal coal market and our customers, SGX will be expanding its existing suite of Asian thermal coal derivatives with API 4 and API 5 to capture seaborne coal prices exported from South Africa and Australia. These new thermal coal indices, along with the existing API 8 and IHS McCloskey Indonesian sub-bituminous coal, will cover all the key thermal coal price benchmarks with Asian centricity, in the Asian time zone."
The API coal indexes are calculated by averaging the relevant Argus and IHS price assessments. The methodologies used to derive these prices are available at www.argusmedia.com/methodology and www.mccloskeycoal.com.
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About Argus Media (www.argusmedia.com) Argus is an independent media organisation with almost 600 full time staff. It is headquartered in London and has offices in each of the world's principal commodity centres. Its main activities comprise publishing market reports containing price assessments, market commentary and news, and business intelligence reports that analyse market and industry trends.
More than half of Argus employees are commodity journalists who specialise in reporting news and price information relating to physical energy and related commodity markets. They operate according to a rigorous Editorial Code of Conduct and a compliance and ethics policy that align with best journalistic practice, including the avoidance of conflicts of interest.
Argus is a leading provider of data on prices and fundamentals, news, analysis, consultancy services and conferences for the global crude, oil products, natural gas, electricity, coal, emissions, bioenergy, fertilizer, petrochemical, metals and transportation industries. Data provided by Argus are widely used for indexation of physical trade. Companies, governments and international agencies use Argus information for analysis and planning purposes.
Argus has 19 offices globally, including London, Houston, Washington, New York, Calgary, Rio de Janeiro, Singapore, Dubai, Beijing, Tokyo, Sydney, Moscow, Astana and other key centres of the commodity industries. Argus was founded in 1970 and is a privately held UK-registered company.
About IHS (www.ihs.com) IHS (NYSE: IHS) is the leading source of information, insight and analysis in critical areas that shape today's business landscape. Businesses and governments in more than 165 countries around the globe rely on the comprehensive content, expert independent analysis and flexible delivery methods of IHS to make high-impact decisions and develop strategies with speed and confidence. IHS has been in business since 1959 and became a publicly traded company on the New York Stock Exchange in 2005. Headquartered in Englewood, Colorado, IHS is committed to sustainable, profitable growth and employs more than 8,000 people in 31 countries around the world.
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