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UPDATE: Iron Ore in a Meltdown?

UPDATE: We recently published an updated report on our iron ore monthly insights, featuring our Q1 estimates for each company. Our monthly report is released two to three weeks earlier than public company data. We currently distributed our monthly report on FactSet and Thomson Reuters.  Back in November, the Chinese government imposed regulations on steel production to curb the pollution in areas surrounding Beijing. We predicted that the restrictions would pull the players in iron ore industry in opposing directions: While the general reduction of steel production would reduce the overall demand for iron ore, the intense crackdown on domestic...

Alternative Data in Action: Iron Ore in a Meltdown?

China is both the world's largest producer and the world's largest importer of iron ore. This can result in some curious dynamics in the market, especially when China's internal supply and demand for iron ore become unbalanced.   Recent developments form an interesting case study. The Chinese government has been getting tougher on smog, and this means cutting steel production, which is a major source of pollutants. How will this affect global iron ore markets? Alternative data may hold the answer. Air Care The Chinese government has made it a policy priority to reduce the smog that envelops many of...

Upstream Operational Risk Increases with Anadarko’s $2B Purchase

The Quandl data science team now publishes market insights based on analysis performed using Quandl alternative datasets. For information about our alternative datasets, or to request sample data, please see the contact information at the bottom of this post. On Monday, September 12 2016, Anadarko (NYSE:APC) announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the deepwater Gulf of Mexico assets of Freeport McMoRan Oil & Gas for $2.0 billion. This transaction, set to close before year's end, doubles Anadarko's ownership in the Lucius development to approximately 49 percent. Quandl's Anadarko Production Tracker empowers investors to see real time production performance...

An Introduction to Chinese Futures Data

Chinese futures data has always been in high demand among our users. For years, China consumed more commodities than any other country. The current economic slump and "commodities hangover" have only heightened the interest in data on Chinese futures. That's why we're especially excited to offer these new free databases on the four mainland exchanges. Chinese futures and the commodities hangover The impact of booms and busts on commodities is nothing new, but China's rapid growth in the face of the 2008 recession changed the game. Most countries needed to slash interest rates to keep their economies afloat. The extremely low interest rates helped China grow even faster. It...

API for Commodity Data

Using the Quandl API for Commodity Data This document is a comprehensive guide to using the Quandl API to access our free commodity price data. If you haven't already done so, we recommend reading Quandl's general API documentation; the functionality will be a lot clearer if you do so. Free Unlimited API for Commodities Data Quandl offers commodity prices data for almost 100 commodities, including gold prices, silver prices and oil prices from multiple sources. Quandl's simple API gives access to daily spot prices and historical commodity prices. With multiple software packages, including R and Python, QUandl is the simplest...

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