Satellites Are Reshaping How Traders Track Earthly Commodities

Photographer: Marcelo Perez del Carpio/Bloomberg

By Aaron Clark and Dan Murtaugh

A lump of coal is scooped onto a truck bed in Australia, driven to a port, loaded on a ship, piloted across the ocean to a dock in China, piled into a train car and delivered to a power plant. And it would all happen under the watchful eyes of coal traders, if a fleet of new satellite tracking firms can deliver on ambitious…

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