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Coal, Metals and Mining

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IHS Markit provides solutions across the full coal, metals and mining value chain.

As part of this, we deliver essential coal, metals and mining industry capabilities to help clients understand market dynamics, inform strategic planning, and position their company for success leveraging knowledgeable insight and advisory support from IHS Markit experts.

Our IHS Markit coal services include reliable and independent market news, reporting and analysis, strategic outlooks and robust forecasting, and detailed coal price indexes, data and industry analytics.

These support industry participants to:

  • Understand the context of supply and demand changes by market
  • Arbitrage analysis of coal’s economic standing against competing energy or steelmaking raw materials products
  • Assess competitiveness of suppliers and benchmark purchasing strategy
  • Track global trade flows by quality and final industry use to inform trading and selling strategy

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Coal, Metals and Mining Products & Solutions

Global Coal Market News and Analysis

Track the world’s major coal producing and consuming regions.

Thermal Coal Research

Find answers to the industry’s most pressing questions with our newly enhanced service – integrating IHS Energy short- and long-term global steam coal outlooks through three deliverables.

Steel Raw Materials

Outlooks, prices and breaking news covering the full steelmaking value-chain.

North American Coal Market News, Analysis and Data

Find the answers to these and the industry's most pressing questions with our North American Coal Market News and Analysis service.

APAC and African Coal Market News and Analysis

Find trusted market information on regional thermal and coking coal production centers.

Greater China Coal Market News and Analysis

Keep pace with Chinese coal industry developments through our newly enhanced service that combines three deliverables.

Coal Price Data and Indexes

Optimize trading and investment decisions with industry-leading benchmark prices.


MineSpans, by McKinsey, delivered by IHS Markit, enables financial market customers and investors to uncover valuable insights by delivering a comprehensive view of the mining industry.

Commodities at Sea: Coal, Iron Ore & Other Bulk

Our industry-leading service helps clients to truly understand supply and demand dynamics in the most important dry bulk commodity markets – and better support netback calculations, competitive intelligence, procurement and sales, investment planning and more.

When your success depends on it, choose trusted advisers that you can rely on for decision-making support, market insights and data-driven analysis.

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James Stevenson

Dr. Stevenson is Executive Director and Research Lead for Coal, Metals, and Mining within IHS Markit. Previously he headed up analysis of Global Coal and before that North American coal. Dr. Stevenson's expertise includes supply-demand dynamics of coal and iron ore markets, price forecasting, mining, transportation, and export logistics and infrastructure. He also has extensive experience in trading and asset due diligence.Prior to joining IHS Markit, Dr. Stevenson worked in commodity trading, most recently as Vice President, Coal Analysis at Mercuria Energy Trading, and before that as Coal Strategist at Louis Dreyfus Highbridge Energy. He also worked in the energy trading team, buying coal and selling power, at Eraring Energy in the Australian utility industry.Dr. Stevenson holds undergraduate and master's degrees from the University of Sydney in Australia, and a Ph.D. from Yale University.

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Marian Hookham

Ms. Hookham is Associate Director with IHS Markit and leads the team responsible for the metallurgical coal daily report, Inside Coal and the weekly Australian Coal Report. She has over 19 years experience covering the coal sector, previously working for consultants Barlow Jonker and Wood Mackenzie as chief coal editor.Ms. Hookham focuses on Asian metallurgical coal markets and Australian coal supply, rail, and ports.

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Scott Dendy

He was instrumental in designing, developing and launching the McCloskey/Xinhua Infolink South China CFR 5,500kc marker as well as API8, API5 and API3 (in conjunction with Argus Media) for IHS Markit. He has overseen the rapid uptake in traded derivative volumes based against IHS Markit's McCloskey Indonesian Sub-bituminous FOB marker. His role demands a good understanding of trading, both in physical and derivative/futures markets, from how they work to how they are developed, launched and adopted. He is also the managing editor of International Nuclear Business from IHS Markit. Previously, Mr. Dendy was the editor of UK Powerfocus for The McCloskey Group, where he closely followed the UK's New Electricity Trading Agreements (NETA). He worked on a number of European power modeling projects for Power Ink Limited, where he also co-edited a quarterly UK power generation report for Financial Times Energy. During the early 2000s, Mr. Dendy worked within the Power Development division of the international engineering consultancy Mott MacDonald. Before that, he worked at the energy purchasing consultancy John Hall Associates. He has more than 17 years of experience in covering energy-related traded markets. Mr. Dendy has a Master's Degree in History from the University of Leeds, United Kingdom.

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Andrew Blumenfeld

Mr Blumenfeld is the head of Market Analytics for IHS Markit's Coal, Metals and Mining (CMM) division, which provides daily coverage of coal and steel production to numerous clients in both the United States and overseas. CMM's core strength is its strong understanding of financial components along with the regulatory and logistical mechanisms that affect industry direction and investment. Mr. Blumenfeld brings over thirty years of experience to IHS Markit after spending most of his carrier at Arch Coal, Inc. (now Arch Resources, LLC.) where he served in numerous capacities in market research and strategy.He advised all departments at the company regarding domestic and international coal supply, demand, transportation, regulatory analysis, litigation support and pricing. In addition to internal clients, he presented his findings at numerous conferences and seminars. For about two years, Mr. Blumenfeld was a senior research consultant with Resource Data International (now Platts) in Boulder, Colorado where he authored an extensive study on Central Appalachia coal supply and demand.Mr. Blumenfeld also wrote numerous articles for industry publications. Additionally, he served as Chairman of the National Mining Association's Economic Committee and was President of the American Coal Council. Mr. Blumenfeld earned his MBA from the Olin School of Business at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri and a BS in Geology from Denison University in Granville, Ohio and completed his geological field studies at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona.

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Andrew Thompson

Mr. Thompson covers all aspects of IHS Markit's coal price markers and is a Markets Editor responsible for daily European price assessments. His role demands an understanding of trading, both in physical and derivative/futures markets, from how they work to how they are developed, launched and adopted. He joined IHS Markit in November 2017. Andrew worked previously as a coal trader with ScottishPower and has over a decade of freight trading experience at GMI and previous to that Cargill Plc. Mr. Thompson has a BA in Economics from Heriot-Watt University and an MSc in Carbon Finance from the University of Edinburgh.

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Nick Trevethan

Mr. Trevethan joined IHS Markit in 2013 as the markets editor for coal. Prior to IHS Markit, he was a senior commodities strategist at Australia and New Zealand Banking Group (ANZ), based in Singapore, during which time he was ranked by Bloomberg as one of the top three bullion analysts globally. He also spent 12 years at Reuters, where he led the commodities market reporting team in Asia. During that time he oversaw reporting on the explosion of China as a commodities consumer, the migration of bulk commodity markets to short-term benchmark pricing and away from long-term contracts and impact of the tightening regulatory environment following the Global Financial Crisis. During his eight years in Asia, he was a frequent contributor to CNBC's Squawk Asia programme, Channel News Asia, Reuters Insider, Bloomberg and the BBC. Mr. Trevethan regularly presented to high-profile organisations including China's Central Bank and was a speaker at the inaugural LME Asia Dinner.

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Sareena Patel

Her responsibilities primarily focus on providing clients with strategic insight on the international steam coal market, which includes producing country-level market assessments and building import, export, and price outlook for the global steam coal market. Ms. Patel currently co-authors the IHS Markit Steam Coal Forecaster publication, has worked on several consulting projects and has published numerous research papers exploring key issues including coal-gas competition, coal taxes, and the impact of policy changes. Ms. Patel joined the Steam Coal Service in 2012 from the IHS Markit European Gas team, where she focused on midstream supply and demand analysis, infrastructure development, gas storage, and gas market flexibility. Her expertise also extends to the European power sector. She has a BA (Hons) in Economics with French from the University of Durham, in the United Kingdom.

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Mr. William May

Within the Pricing and Purchasing Service, he covers steel and steel raw materials and fabricated products, as well as trade and policy developments related to these commodity prices. The Weekly Pricing Pulse is a periodical that overviews commodity developments over the previous week. Mr. May formerly worked in commodity research at CRU in London covering the coking coal, iron ore and coke markets focusing on China. Earlier in his career, he managed his family firm through a refinancing process that spanned two years. Mr. May holds a BSc. in Geography from the University of Exeter in the United Kingdom and a Masters degree in mining engineering from the Camborne School of Mines, United Kingdom.

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Kate Zhou

Ms. Zhou joined IHS Markit in June 2019 as a senior analyst for coal and metals market. Prior to this, she was a pricing analyst with S&P Global Platts for the steel raw materials team. She also worked as a thermal coal derivative broker for four years. She graduated from Singapore Management University.

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Prasenjit Bhattacharya

Mr. Prasenjit has a total experience of 22 years in journalism, having started out with The Economic Times, Delhi, as a sub-editor in 1998. He has worked for a decade in Dow Jones Newswires and its sister publication The Wall Street Journal covering the Indian soft commodities, base and ferrous metals sectors in Delhi as well as the Asia-Pacific grains, rubber and palm oil markets in a four-year stint in Singapore. Prior to joining IHS Markit earlier in 2020, Prasenjit had worked for 7 years in international price reporting agency Argus Media, setting up and heading their ferrous price reporting and analysis desk in Singapore. He holds a bachelor's degree in economics from Delhi University and lives in New Delhi.

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