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Wholesale Gasoline Costs, Economic Outlook Mixed

By Brian L. Milne, Energy Editor, Schneider Electric Wholesale gasoline costs were mixed across the country’s major metropolitan markets during the week-ended Monday (8/5), with supplier offers in upper Midwest and most West Coast markets mostly lower from prior Monday. The mixed costs for retailers follow mostly positive data for the U.S. economy except employment

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Wholesale Gasoline Costs Mixed as July Nears End

By Brian L. Milne, Energy Editor, Schneider Electric Wholesale gasoline costs were mixed with a downside bias for the week-ended Monday (7/29), pressured by a selloff in New York Mercantile Exchange Reformulated Blendstock for Oxygenate Blending futures from a four-month registered July 19. The mostly lower wholesale costs won’t, however, translate into lower retail prices

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More Upside for Retail Gasoline Prices

By Brian L. Milne, Energy Editor, Schneider Electric The Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) U.S. retail average for all grades of regular gasoline has more upside despite a sharp nearly 15 cents jump in the average during the week-ended July 15 and mixed wholesale costs across the country’s major metropolitan markets for the week-ended Monday (7/22).

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Spot Gasoline Prices Surge on Several Features

Brian L. Milne, Energy Editor, Schneider Electric Gasoline prices in regional spot markets across the U.S. rallied during the second week of July, pushing higher on a host of features including two gasoline unit outages at Port Arthur refineries in Texas. The downed units came alongside data showing strong demand for gasoline, an unexpected decline

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Big Crude Draw, Egyptian Coup Rally Oil Prices

By Brian L. Milne, Energy Editor, Schneider Electric Retail gasoline prices dropped to winter levels in ushering in July, with the Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) U.S. retail gasoline price average sliding to $3.496 gallon July 1, the lowest the average has been since the end of January earlier this year. It’s odd in one sense

Gasoline Prices Under Pressure from Climbing Run Rates

By Brian L. Milne, Energy Editor, Schneider Electric Gasoline futures prices posted their low for 2013 during the final week of June and the second quarter, while wholesale gasoline costs at distribution terminals were mixed in starting July 1. Overall weak demand, amply domestic supply and returning refinery capacity have converged to weigh on gasoline

Jobs Report Brightens Dimming Optimism Over Demand

By Brian L. Milne, Energy Editor, Schneider Electric The gasoline futures contract that trades on the New York Mercantile Exchange rallied to a nearly one-month high early in the May 6 session, bolstered by the Labor Department’s May 3rd nonfarm payroll report showing greater jobs growth than expected for April and a decline in the

Retail Gasoline Prices Poised to Advance

By Brian L. Milne, Energy Editor, Schneider Electric Climbing wholesale gasoline costs through the week ended April 29 are set to end a downtrend in the US gasoline average reported weekly by the Energy Information Administration (EIA) , which has declined for eight consecutive weeks since posting a 2013 high in late February. Wholesale costs

Wholesale Costs Set to Reverse March’s Lower Trend in Retail Prices

By Brian L. Milne, Energy Editor, Schneider Electric After four consecutive weeks with a decline, and 23 out of 29 days in which retail gasoline prices have fallen, higher wholesale costs could reverse the recent trend observed in March and push prices at the pump higher in early April. The Energy Information Administration (EIA) reported

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U.S. Retail Gasoline Average 5% Shy of 2012 High

Brian L. Milne, Energy Editor, Schneider Electric As February nears an end, retail gasoline prices are already at highs one would expect when the weather warms, not when some parts of the country are still digging out of snow drifts. A recent double-digit jump in the retail average reported by the Energy Information Administration means

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U.S. Gasoline Supply Rebuilding From Fourth Quarter Lows

Brian L. Milne, Energy Editor, Schneider Electric December finished with a sixth consecutive weekly increase in domestic gasoline stocks, rebuilding from a four-year low plumbed in October amid a host of unexpected refinery outages in 2012 heading into the fourth quarter, and exacerbated by the destruction and resultant infrastructure disruptions in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic

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Gasoline Prices Pressured by Weak Demand

By Brian L. Milne, Energy Editor, Schneider Electric Wholesale gasoline costs moved lower coming into the second week of December, reflecting sliding values in spot and futures trading that will also prompt another decline in retail prices, which the Energy Information Administration (EIA) last said averaged nationally at a $3.394 gallon five-month low. The U.S.

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Wholesale Gasoline Costs Mostly Dip Coming into December

By Brian L. Milne, Energy Editor, Schneider Electric Wholesale gasoline costs were mostly lower at major metropolitan markets across the U.S. coming into December, slipping on building supply and weaker demand, with gasoline consumption failing to get a sizeable jump during the Thanksgiving holiday. Implied gasoline demand did reach weekly summer demand levels leading up

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Mideast Conflict Spurs Worry Over Oil Supply Disruptions

Israel and Palestinians in the Gaza Strip may not be oil producers, but the conflict between the two groups has elevated the geopolitical risk premium for the oil-rich Middle East region over concerns of supply disruptions should hostilities spill out to other countries. Israel launched air strikes against Hamas targets in Gaza in mid-November following

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NYC follows N.J. Lead, Institutes Odd-Even Gas Rationing

By Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor, Telvent DTN In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, which was followed by a less destructive but still menacing nor’easter, the fuel distribution chain in the Northeast continues to experience disruptions. Phillips 66 estimates it would take another week or two before a resumption of normal operations would occur

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Gasoline Futures Tumbles on Demand Destruction

Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor, Telvent DTN A loss of gasoline demand in the heavily populated Northeast due to Hurricane Sandy pressed New York Mercantile Exchange RBOB futures to a 4-1/2 month low, with the contract, short for Reformulated Blendstock for Oxygenate Blending, used as a benchmark in setting spot gasoline prices. Although long

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Wholesale Gasoline Costs Slide as Supply Tightness Eases

Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor, Telvent DTN Wholesale gasoline costs were lower in most metropolitan markets across the U.S. coming into the final full week of October, pressured by rebuilding gasoline supply as refinery processing ramps up after a series of unexpected outages had propelled gasoline costs sharply higher. The total domestic gasoline inventory

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Wholesale Gasoline Costs on the Decline

Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor, Telvent DTN It’s mid-October and wholesale gasoline costs are on a downtrend, with the decline delayed based on gasoline’s seasonal tendency to begin moving lower after Labor Day as holiday travel cuts vehicle miles traveled. Gasoline prices are also coming down from lofty heights not usually experienced this time

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Pain at the Pump Hits Californians

Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor, Telvent DTN The odd pairing of weak demand for gasoline while supply is tight has been a running theme in the U.S. for much of 2012, while unplanned refinery outages have had a more dramatic effect on certain regional markets, the latest in California. On the heels of a

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Retail Gasoline Prices to Again Advance

By Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor, Telvent DTN “Say it ain’t so Joe,” references a line in a movie from a young fan to “Shoeless” Joe Jackson on revelation eight members of the White Sox conspired to lose the 1919 World Series. Drivers in the U.S. might be singing a similar phrase about gasoline

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Wholesale Gasoline Costs Mixed in Late September

Wholesale gasoline costs moved mixed in very choppy trading during the third week of September, with the benchmark futures contract slumping to a six-week low at one point before rebounding on renewed optimism for the global economy amid central bank stimulus measures. A huge build in crude stocks reported by the Energy Information Administration for

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Fed’s Stimulus Jolt to Underpin Retail Gasoline Prices

By Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor, Telvent DTN After 10 weeks with an advance the U.S. retail gasoline price average should decline, which would make it the first decrease in the national average since June. During its staircase rise, the Energy Information Administration’s weekly average has surged 49.1cts or 14.6% to a $3.847 gallon

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Lukoil Stations Protest With $8 Gas

Station owners speak out against prices they say put them at a competitive disadvantage. More than 50 Lukoil gas stations in New Jersey and Pennsylvania doubled their gas prices on Wednesday, Sept. 12, to more than $8 a gallon. The one-day price hike was meant to capture attention as they protested what they called unfair

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U.S. Retail Gasoline Prices to Continue Higher after Labor Day

By Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor, Telvent DTN Bucking the seasonal trend, the U.S. average for regular grade gasoline sold at retail outlets across the country will continue higher after the Labor Day holiday, increasing despite the end of the summer driving season when demand typically declines after peaking during the summer months. There

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Wholesale Gasoline Costs Mixed as some Refinery Units Return from Outages

By Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor, Telvent DTN Wholesale gasoline costs were mixed countrywide in moving into the second half of August, with some markets, notably the greater Chicago market in the upper Midwest, posting steeply lower values after a surge in those prices in late July early August. Wholesale costs in the broad

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