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Thermal Coal Price Outlook

Australian thermal coal prices have remained elevated near a multi-year high in recent weeks despite edging down slightly. On 5 October, the spot price for Australian thermal coal was USD 113.7 per metric ton. The price was 1.0% lower than on the same day in August; however, the price was up 11.8% on a year-to-date basis and was 15.2% higher than on the same day last year. Thermal coal prices continue to be propped up by strong demand—particularly from China, where coal imports in August approached a several-year high. Moreover, the recent announcement that the Chinese government will loosen anti-pollution measures could boost demand for coal, although the effects of the policy change are still unclear. In addition, tight supply from Australia has also supported prices.

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

2013  2014  2015  2016  2017  
Thermal Coal85.83  72.54  60.38  62.96  87.22  

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

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