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    Copper Briefing Service
    Published on May 31, 2015
    Copper prices have struggled for direction over the second quarter-to-date. Demand fears continue to restrict the extent of upside moves, whilst supply disruptions at the mine level have more recently provided a floor to prices following the early-year sell-off. As a result, cash LME prices have spent much of the past month trading within a $5,900-6,150/t range.
    SNL Metals & Mining
    January 2015 Industry Monitor Update: Disappointing End to 2014
    Published on January 31, 2015
    Continuing a yearlong trend, 2014 ended largely on a disappointing note for the exploration sector. The one bright spot was an increase in total financings by junior and intermediate companies over November, as they cashed up for the approaching exploration season.
    SNL Metals & Mining
    Larger Players Account for 40% of Global Exploration Budgets
    Published on May 31, 2015
    As part of the 25th edition of the Corporate Exploration Strategies (CES) study1, a corporate exploration profile of each company budgeting at least US$50 million for exploration is available on the SNL company briefing books. In 2014, these 39 larger players have budgeted a total of US$4.33 billion and account for 40% of the US$10.74 billion worldwide exploration total.
    SNL Metals & Mining
    State of the Market Snapshot - March Quarter 2015
    Published on June 26, 2015
    In the previous State of the Market (SOTM) report, the messages for the international mining industry from the final three months of 2014 were summarized as “decidedly mixed.” Unfortunately, almost all of the signs were negative in the three months to end-March. Global economic growth remains precarious, and six of the eight constituents of the SNL metals-price index declined during the March quarter. With these gloomy market conditions, there was a decline in global drilling activity and the value of initial resources. Financing also fell in the three months to end-March, and there was a decline in the number of mergers and acquisitions.
    SNL Metals & Mining
    Generation Investment in RTO Markets - The Challenge and Opportunity
    Published on May 15, 2015
    The nation’s power markets continue to experience transitional pains along the path toward an electricity sector increasingly built upon natural gas and renewables. Natural gas prices have continued to fall and look to remain depressed for the foreseeable future, opening new opportunities for expansion of gas generation but potentially stranding legacy investments in coal and nuclear fleets. Yet still, in some markets even natural gas generators are being squeezed out by a rapid influx of new renewable energy. In some respects, depth of the nation’s fuel mix is expanding, but potential loss of even more baseload generation may threaten fuel diversity, exposing new challenges, including new natural gas constraints, the need to balance highly variable renewables and reliability issues as large generators retire.
    SNL Energy
    Regulators Taking Aim at Methane Emissions: Does Anyone Know How Much Is Being Lost?
    Published on April 30, 2015
    Both federal and state regulators are increasingly homing in on methane emissions as part of a broader effort to reduce greenhouse gases. More important than ever is understanding the role of natural gas that is lost from the local distribution system and how it factors into emissions of methane that reach the atmosphere.
    ICF International
    Renewable Electricity - Tracking projects and progress in U.S. Renewable Portfolio Standards April 2015
    Published on April 24, 2015
    While the retroactive approval of a wind Production Tax Credit helped renewable energy development in 2014, further federal subsidies seem increasingly uncertain. The development pipeline for renewable generation is robust enough to keep many regions on target. Falling costs for new wind and solar, along with supportive Renewable Portfolio Standards and Renewable Energy Certificate markets will be critical to continuing development.
    SNL Energy
    Bank Consolidation and Merger Activity Following the Crisis
    Published on March 31, 2015
    The number of U.S. banks has trended lower over the past 30 years, dropping from about 14,500 in the mid-1980s to 5,600 today. The number of banks declined for many reasons, such as failures during periods of crisis, consolidation spurred by the relaxation of state branching and national interstate banking restrictions, and voluntary mergers between unaffiliated banks. Since the end of the 2007-09 recession, voluntary mergers have been the primary reason for the decline.
    Federal Reserve Bank Of Kansas City
    Capacity Performance: Changing the Game in PJM ISO
    Published on February 22, 2015
    The severe winter weather during the 2013–2014 “Polar Vortex” pushed the system in PJM closer to the brink than many thought was possible and led to historic price spikes in energy markets. This event shed light on the surprising weakness in the reliability of generation resources and potential flaws in the capacity market mechanisms meant to value both capacity and performance under constrained conditions.
    ICF International
    Unregistered CTA Summit Energy Services: Choose Your Words Wisely
    Published on February 9, 2015
    A recent case highlights the importance of periodically reviewing an energy company's marketing materials and related activities (including statements made on websites) to ensure that the company is not holding itself out -- without CFTC registration -- as a CTA (commodity trading advisor). A number of exclusions and exemptions may apply to such activity, including exemptions for providing advice to fewer than 15 persons and for advice that is solely incidental to a cash market business. However, these exemptions are narrowly construed and governed by older no-action relief rather than the rule itself.
    Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP (CWT)
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