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Thermal Coal Price Outlook

Although prices for Australian thermal coal rose strongly at the outset of July, the increase is expected to be short-lived due to weak demand from Asia amid a push towards cleaner energy sources. On 5 July, Australian thermal coal traded at USD 76.2 per metric ton, which was up 4.6% from the same day last month. However, the price was 25.3% lower on a year-to-date basis and was down 34.6% from the same day last year. A global move towards renewable energy has also reached Asia, which is a key export market for Australian thermal coal. Japan, the biggest importer of the commodity, is expected to move towards cleaner energy at a quicker pace than previously anticipated, which will hit thermal coal demand; the Japanese government, for example, cancelled plans for two new coal-fired power plants and a third could be axed. Moreover, the industrial sector in China, which is the second-biggest export market for Australian coal, entered a rough patch towards the end of the second quarter. Industrial output growth posted the lowest reading in nearly two decades in May, while the June manufacturing PMI fell into contractionary territory amid lingering tensions with the U.S.

Thermal Coal Price History Data (USD per metric ton, aop)

2013  2014  2015  2016  2017  2018  
Thermal Coal85.38  70.95  58.88  65.69  88.19  107.03  

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Note: Australian Thermal Coal, prices in USD per metric ton (mt).

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