Brent crude oil moved closer to US$56 per barrel, gaining 20% year-on-year. Thermal coal, on the other hand, retreated 2.76% to US$97 per ton Thursday (Sept 14), but still gaining 38.5% year-on-year. Some indicators, including softening of US production and difficulties of Chinese miners to boost production, continue to support coal in the short-medium term. To subscribe please click here