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Jan 12, 2018, 04:00 ET CRU: UAN Trade Flows Shift in the USA

Two new large UAN plants came on stream in the USA over the last two years, resulting in a decline in USA imports, and a dramatic increase in...


Jan 11, 2018, 04:00 ET CRU: India - A Steel Giant in the Making

India has all the makings of becoming the driving force of the global steel industry. As China cuts steel capacity, India could be stirring for...


Jan 10, 2018, 04:00 ET CRU: Winter in China Tightens Feedstock Supply Idling Additional Urea Plants

Stricter environmental controls in China have led to acute shortages of natural gas and over 9.4 million tons of gas based urea production has...


Jan 05, 2018, 04:00 ET CRU: Katanga will Bring Cobalt Market into Surplus

Glencore published an investor update last week, which included a large amount of information pertaining to the restart of the company's Katanga...


Dec 15, 2017, 04:53 ET CRU: 5G Network Construction: A Key Factor in Global Fibre and Cable Forecasts

With the world on the brink of a major new era in information and communications technology, CRU organized its 3rd World Optical Fibre &...


Dec 14, 2017, 06:36 ET CRU: Anti-coal Mining Cycle - High Prices Mean High Margins for the Majors, but the Lack of Investment Creates Opportunities for Juniors

The last time that profitability in the metallurgical coal industry was this high, the industry's majors were racing one another to spend...


Dec 11, 2017, 07:56 ET CRU: Does "Range Anxiety" Matter for Copper Demand - Analysing the Impact of EV Infrastructure Build Out

A global infrastructure revolution is required to support mass diffusion of Electric Vehicles (EVs). The buildout of this infrastructure will...


Dec 08, 2017, 04:00 ET CRU: Chinese Withdrawal of Iron Ore Mining Licenses to Have Limited Market Impact

In China's fight against pollution, The Metallurgical Mines' Association of China (MMAC) recently announced that it will withdraw more than 1,000...


Dec 07, 2017, 06:39 ET CRU Announces Launch of Global Graphite Electrode Market Outlook

CRU announces its CRU's Global Graphite Electrode Market Outlook to 2027, providing subscribers to the service with a medium-term market analysis...


Nov 29, 2017, 04:00 ET CRU: Sensitivity of Bulk Steelmaking Raw Materials Markets to Chinese Operating Rates

In this series of Special Features we have explored the structural changes in the Chinese steel sector brought about by the central government's...


Nov 28, 2017, 04:00 ET CRU: China Steel Production and Prices Lift - EAF Producers Might Benefit

This Insight is the fourth in a series of five that look at China's capacity reduction programme and its key implications. In this Insight, we...


Nov 24, 2017, 04:00 ET CRU Appoints Global and North American Senior Analyst for Aluminium

CRU is pleased to announce the appointment of Greg Wittbecker as a Senior Aluminium Analyst and Adviser for our Global and North American...


Nov 22, 2017, 04:30 ET CRU: Winter Production Cuts in China Heat up Steel Prices

Following structural supply reform in China, steel mill capacity utilisation has already increased to 85%. Any further supply tightening from...


Nov 22, 2017, 04:00 ET CRU: Winter Policy Warming Anode and Petroleum Coke Prices

The winter policy will require capacity cuts in the raw material sector, most notably for producers of carbon anodes and petroleum coke. Which...


Nov 17, 2017, 04:00 ET CRU: Potassium Sulphate Markets see Major Price Divergence

In recent years, prices in key potassium sulphate markets have diverged on an unprecedented scale. Major additions of secondary capacity in China...


Nov 08, 2017, 04:00 ET CRU: Ride Hailing With Electric Vehicles Might Solve China's Future Car Congestion

By 2035 there could be nearly half a billion cars on the road in China, creating unprecedented levels of congestion and pollution. One...


Nov 03, 2017, 05:00 ET CRU: The Next Wave of Australian Pellet Feed

The structural changes taking place in the Chinese steel industry will lead to increased demand for higher-quality iron ore. This will create...


Oct 20, 2017, 04:00 ET CRU: Chinese Steel Exports: Lower Volumes; Higher Prices

The structure of the Chinese steel sector has changed fundamentally over the last 18 months, as supply reform has been pushed through. This will...


Oct 19, 2017, 04:00 ET CRU: US Crop Tour Reveals Good Fertilizer Prospects for 2018

Despite a short-lived price rally in July 2017, global crop prices remain low, capped by large stock overhang and strong output. However,...


Oct 18, 2017, 04:00 ET CRU: China's Environmental Regulations Will Force Nitrogen Plant Closures

Environmental regulations in China will expedite nitrogen plant closures, lower operating rates and cause a tightening demand/supply...


Oct 12, 2017, 04:00 ET CRU: Phosphate Rock Margins Squeezed as Tighter EU Regulation Looms

As overcapacity in the phosphate rock market drags prices lower and pressures producer margins, impending regulatory changes in the EU could...


Oct 10, 2017, 04:30 ET CRU: Insight Into Competitiveness of Mexican Silver Mines

Following the multi-year devaluation of the peso, silver mines in Mexico have experienced marked cost deflation (in US$ terms) with costs now 9%...


Oct 10, 2017, 04:00 ET CRU: Insight Into What Unwinding the Federal Reserve's Bloated Balance Sheet Has in Store For Gold

10 years on from the Great Financial Crisis, the US economy is in better shape and the Federal Reserve (Fed) is getting ready to take another...


Oct 09, 2017, 04:00 ET CRU: Steel Scrap Prices Will Come Under Pressure From Electrodes Shortage

Graphite electrodes are used in a range of industries, and the steel industry is exposed via electric arc steel production and secondary...


Oct 05, 2017, 04:00 ET CRU: China Burns More Coal

The common narrative in the media is one that suggests burning coal to produce electricity will soon be an activity of a bygone age. We believe...