Platts Coal Trader


  • — Keep up with daily price fluctuations and market moves
  • — Find out what trades are occurring and the price and quantity
  • — Put the coal market into context with gas and oil prices and changes
  • — Hedge better with NYMEX prices and financial settlements
  • — Learn more about factors that affect the market, such as supply and demand dynamics, export market fluctuations, and market responses to these factors
  • — Find details about mergers, acquisitions, and new players

Coal markets are changing in ways no one could have imagined. To remain competitive, you need to know where coal markets stand.

That's why subscribers to Platts Coal Trader receive:

  • ✓ Weekly North American stockpile numbers and forecasts that are available three months ahead of the EIA’s
  • ✓ The latest prices for key benchmark coals — NYMEX look-alike, eastern rail delivered, and two types of PRB – for the most heavily traded forward months and quarters
  • ✓ Daily pricing for tons and allowances for SO2 and NOx emissions
  • ✓ Weekly physical US coal prices
  • ✓ Platts US thermal coal export assessments
  • ✓ An analysis of what happened in yesterday's OTC markets, and why

Price assessments include:

  • • CAPP barge
  • • CAPP rail (CSX)
  • • PRB 8,800
  • • PRB 8,400
  • • FOB US East Coast
  • • FOB USGC Eastern Coal
  • • FOB USGC Western Coal
  • • FOB Canada/USWC
  • • Illinois Basin Coal
  • • Northern Appalachia Coal
  • • Central Appalachia Coal
  • • Rocky Mountain Coal


  • — The latest daily OTC prices for key US benchmark coals, including Central Appalachia barge and rail coal, and Powder River Basin coal
  • — What’s happening in the OTC markets, and why
  • — Daily US thermal coal export assessments (FOB US East Coast, Gulf Coast and West Coast) and dry bulk freight rate assessments
  • — Daily Atlantic (FOB US East Coast) metallurgical coal assessments
  • — Daily pricing assessments for US emissions allowances, including SOx and NOx
  • — Weekly prompt-quarter assessments of 19 different coal grades from the traditional US production basins, including Northern Appalachia, Central Appalachia, Illinois Basin, Powder River Basin and the Rocky Mountains
  • — Weekly US petroleum coke assessments
  • — News coverage of mine openings, closings and production, as well as US utility demand
  • — Reports on who’s in the market for coal, and what specifications they are seeking

Multiple-user subscriptions

Many clients purchase multiple subscriptions to ensure their entire staff has access to Platts information. We'll work with you to make certain our distribution methods meet your specific needs. For details, contact your nearest Platts office.

Market Data Coal

The price data listed in Platts Coal Trader is also available in a data-point format for easy import and analysis. This is the most efficient, most reliable way to receive our industry-standard benchmark assessments.

For a modest additional cost, upgrade your subscription to include Platts Market Data – Coal and access the latest, most accurate metals price assessments in data-point format. Platts Market Data – Coal also provides you with end-of-day assessments, third-party data, and a rolling 45-day historical database for key assessments.