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China's ambitious US energy pledge; central bank green policies

Welcome to The Daily Intel, a roundup of exclusive news and analysis from S&P Global Market Intelligence, curated by our journalists.

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To hit trade goals by 2021, US oil and gas industry needs 20% of China's market

One of the central planks of the "phase one" trade deal signed by the U.S. and China this week was a pledge by China to buy more than $200 billion of U.S. goods and services, a big chunk of which is slated to be energy. It's a big ask.

One million barrels of U.S. crude oil per day at $60 per barrel would be just enough to meet the 2020 goal of $18.5 billion worth of additional energy purchases called for in the agreement. To hit the second year's goal of $33.9 billion would take 2 million barrels per day of crude and liquefied petroleum gas valued at $70 a barrel.

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Energy and Utilities

Congress, feds aim to plug pipeline cybersecurity holes amid Iran hacking alerts

U.S. agencies are still working to address blind spots in federal pipeline cybersecurity programs at a time when analysts and the government are issuing warnings about threats from Iranian hackers.

Financials

Visa's $5.3B acquisition of Plaid seen boosting bank-fintech partnerships

Having the backing of one of the country's biggest card networks gives Plaid Inc. a new level of credibility with banks since they already rely on Visa and Mastercard Inc. for many of their payment needs.

Hungary's central bank tests green capital discount with eco-friendly mortgages

The Hungarian central bank is introducing preferential prudential treatment for lenders that offer energy-efficient mortgages to increase environmentally friendly lending and collect key data on green loans. It is the first European central bank to make such a move.

Insurance

Australia's largest insurers brace for greater bushfire severity as claims grow

As of Jan. 14, insurers have received 13,750 bushfire-related claims from the four affected states, with losses estimated at A$1.34 billion. Many fires remain uncontained.

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