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Thermal Coal Price Outlook

Prices for Australian thermal coal skyrocketed in recent weeks, reaching a new all-time high in early October, on the back of a global energy crunch. On 7 October, the commodity traded at USD 235.0 per metric ton, which was 32.6% higher than on the same day last month. Moreover, the price was up 191.9% on a year-to-date basis and was 305.2% higher than on the same day last year. Australian thermal coal prices have jumped on the heels of a global recovery in power demand, as well as supply-side issues in key mining economies capping output. Moreover, due to a power crunch in China, authorities recently released stranded shipments of Australian thermal coal, despite the unofficial year-long import ban: China is facing a coal shortage due to stricter mine safety regulations, while the economic recovery is pushing up demand from the industrial sector as well as households. Some of the stranded cargo was, however, bought by other countries at a discounted rate.

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

2015  2016  2017  2018  2019  
Thermal Coal 58.88  65.69  88.19  107.03  78  

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

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