Newcastle coal futures, the benchmark for top consuming region Asia, were trading below the $400-per-tonne mark, a level not seen in more than a month, as surging inventories and weaker demand continued to pressure the market. Still, coal prices remained elevated, rallying to as high as $430 in late May, supported by a tightening market as Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the unprecedented economic sanctions, including the EU’s ban on oil and coal imports from Russia, have thrown the global energy market into chaos. Historically, Coal reached an all time high of 435 in March of 2022. Coal futures are available for trading in the Intercontinental Exchange and on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The standard GC Newcastle contact listed on ICE weights 1,000 metric tonnes. Coal is the major fuel used for generating electricity worldwide. The biggest producer and consumer of coal is China. Other big producers include: United States, India, Australia, Indonesia, Russia, South Africa, Germany and Poland. The biggest exporters of coal are: Indonesia, Australia, Russia, United States, Colombia, South Africa and Kazakhstan. Coal prices displayed in Trading Economics are based on over-the-counter (OTC) and contract for difference (CFD) financial instruments. Our coal prices are intended to provide you with a reference only, rather than as a basis for making trading decisions. Trading Economics does not verify any data and disclaims any obligation to do so.

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