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21 Jan 2021

Insight Conversation: Christyan Malek, JP Morgan

Christyan Malek, JP Morgan's head of oil and gas spoke to S&P Global Platts associate editorial director, Paul Hickin, about oil price risk, the evolution of the US shale sector, and the outcomes of Saudi Arabia's strategy to balance the global oil market

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20 Jan 2021
  • Commodity
  • Oil

Oil markets watch the virus-vaccine tug-of-war

As the race between humans and virus gathers pace, the oil markets can only watch this tug-of-war between rapidly spreading COVID-19 and a patchy vaccine deployment playing out. The world watched rather euphorically when governments began approving vaccines last month, but the persistent spread of the virus since has cast a shadow over the outlook for 2021, though most analysts are optimistic that humans will take the lead in this race in the second half of the year, if not...

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  • Commodity
  • Oil
18 Jan 2021

Recycled plastics recover from pandemic but economics remain challenging

As 2021 gets underway, Europe's new plastics tax is creating a demand boost for recycled plastics in the region, while in Asia, recyclers are expected to struggle with bearish virgin markets and soaring freight costs at least in the first half of the year

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