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Gasoline Prices Spike on Geopolitical Fears

By Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor, Telvent DTN Wholesale gasoline prices surged in February, with the futures contract soaring to a high last seen on July 28, 2011, with gasoline demand during the summer months the highest. The gasoline futures contract, called RBOB (Reformulated Blendstock for Oxygenate Blending) and trades on the New York

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Wholesale Gasoline Costs Continue Upside Push

By Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor, Telvent DTN Retail gasoline prices in the U.S., which have already reached a nearly five-month high, are set to again increase as wholesale costs continue to climb on multiple factors from geopolitical risk to unexpected refinery outages. At $3.523 gallon as of Feb. 13, the Energy Information Administration’s

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Consumer Perceptions Vary About C-Store and Fuel Retailers

Customers guess retailers make 48 cents profit per gallon of fuel sold after expenses, when the reality is closer to 15 cents per gallon. While consumers intellectually understand that the corner store isn’t responsible for high prices at the pump, they still don’t like fuels retailers, according to findings released today from the new 2012

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EIA sees One-in-Four Chance for $4 Gallon U.S. Average in June

By Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor, Telvent DTN In its most recent Short-term Energy Outlook, the Energy Information Administration (EIA) pointed to a 25% probability based on activity in the financially traded gasoline market that its U.S. average price for regular grade gasoline would top $4 gallon in June. “Recent options and futures price

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Job Gains Boost Wholesale Gasoline Costs

By Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor, Telvent DTN Wholesale gasoline values continue to find upside price support from refinery closures impacting the New York Harbor, with markets quickly popping higher on news of new unplanned downtime at other refineries even though there’s ample slack in the system while preliminary data from the Energy Information

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Price Is Deciding Factor in Choice of Fueling Location

NACS releases results of its annual Retail Fuels Report. Price remains the dominant reason why consumers buy fuel at a particular location, according to the results from the new 2012 NACS Consumer Fuels Report. Nearly two-thirds of consumers (63%) rated price as the most important reason why they select a particular location for fueling, more

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Gasoline Prices Surge as N.J. Refineries Shut for Repairs

By Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor, Telvent DTN Wholesale gasoline prices for the week-ended Jan. 30 were sharply higher in most major metropolitan markets across the U.S. , with those costs pushed up by a string of refinery closures due to economics and unscheduled repairs. On Friday (1/27), the New York Mercantile Exchange RBOB

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Another Refinery Shut Down Boosts Gasoline Prices

By Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor, Telvent DTN While mixed, wholesale gasoline prices mostly increased in major metropolitan markets across the U.S. during the third week in January, setting the stage for another increase in the U.S. retail average, which increased for the fifth consecutive week through Jan. 16. The Energy Information Administration (EIA)

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RFA Pushes Ethanol Agenda

Association urges end to oil industry tax breaks in letter to President Obama. American ethanol production is creating jobs, energizing rural economies, reducing oil imports, and helping all consumers save money at the pump emphasized the Renewable Fuels Association said in a letter to President Obama as he prepares for the State of Union address

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The Impact of Alternative Fuels

The political momentum to bring renewable energy products to the pumps is strong and growing. But with all the added costs to rebuild the nation’s petroleum infrastructure, is it worth it? By John Lofstock, Editor. Preparing for the future is a complex issue retailers should always be pondering. But in the fuel business this question

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Pace of Retail Prices Gains Should Slow But…

By Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor, Telvent DTN The Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) U.S. retail regular grade gasoline average has now gained for four consecutive weeks through Jan. 9 to a $3.382 gallon two-month high, climbing 15.3 cents since Dec. 19. Of that total advance, 8.3cts of the gain took place during the week-ended

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Retail Gasoline Prices at Five-Week High

The U.S. retail price average for regular grade gasoline reported by the Energy Information Administration (EIA) reached a five-week high at $3.299 gallon in beginning 2012, and is set to notch its third straight weekly increase amid higher wholesale costs. Several factors continue to drive gasoline prices higher despite ongoing weak demand, with preliminary EIA

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Gasoline Futures’ Index Spikes in Opening 2012 Trade

Although wholesale gasoline costs were mixed during the final week of 2011, retail gasoline prices are poised to move higher in early January, with futures prices spiking to a nearly two-month high during the first trading day of 2012. Reformulated blendstock for oxygenate blending or RBOB futures trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange is

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Seibert’s Donates to BP’s ‘Fueling Communities’ Program

This past June, Seibert’s fueling stations was able to donate over $6,000 to the Richmond Mayor’s Youth Academy, giving the education and youth-based program more support for mentoring and training local children for post-secondary education or vocation. Now, with the support of BP’s “Fueling Communities” Program, the Richmond, Va.-based fuel wholesale, service station, towing and

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Holiday Travel Bright Spot in Slowing Growth Outlook

Hovering at a 10-month low, the US retail gasoline price average provided by the Energy Information Administration should continue to leak lower for the balance of the year, benefiting travelers during the holiday travel season. This remains true despite the reality that pump prices are roughly 10% higher now than during the comparable year-ago period.

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Retail Gasoline Prices Extend Lower Trend

By Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor, Telvent DTN On Monday (12/12), the Energy Information Administration (EIA) reported the fourth consecutive weekly decline in its regular grade gasoline average, which fell 1.6 cents from the prior week to $3.274 gallon. That’s a nearly 10-month low in the average, although its 10% higher than during the

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Gasoline Costs Pointed Up on EU Action, Geopolitical Risk

For the week through Dec. 5 U.S. wholesale gasoline costs mostly increased, while activity in the European Union coupled with heightened rhetoric from Iran are seen pushing gasoline prices even higher. Additionally, Sunoco Inc. announced Dec. 1 that it was beginning to idle the main process units at it Marcus Hook refinery near Philadelphia, Pa.,

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Retail Gasoline Prices Slipping in Front of Thanksgiving

After popping higher by a little more than a penny during the week-ended Nov. 14, the U.S. average for gasoline sold across the country’s retail outlets should resume its downtrend. The Energy Information Administration (EIA) releases its weekly gasoline average late afternoon on Mondays, with the average last reported 1.2 cents higher at $3.436 gallon

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Wild Price Swings in Wholesale Gasoline Market

By Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor, Telvent DTN Day to day, markets of various stripes have seen wide price movements, reflecting not only uncertainty but fear. These broad swings are also true for gasoline, which has had several whipsaw sessions of its own with no sign of abate, while gasoline also reacts to broader

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Climbing Gasoline Costs to Push Up U.S. Retail Average

By Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor, Telvent DTN Wholesale gasoline costs were mostly higher across major metropolitan markets in the United States for a second straight week, which should reverse the decline in retail prices, while fuel issues impacted drivers in Minnesota and North Dakota earlier this month. Kwik Trip said 13 of its

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Retail Gasoline Prices Slide to Seven-Month Low

By Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor, Telvent DTN Retail gasoline prices are at seven-month lows which equates to the decline in gasoline futures trading, with the gasoline contract having tumbled to its lowest level since mid-February. Lower wholesale costs are still moving through the supply chain, so the decline in pump prices will continue

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Lower Gasoline Costs Moving Through Downstream Markets

By Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor, Telvent DTN Most wholesale gasoline costs countrywide are moving lower as we march toward the end of the third quarter, with the current decline consistent with its historical pattern of falling prices as demand eases from the summer peak and production costs decrease with the transition to winter-grade

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Effectively Managing the Fuel Market

As gasoline prices trend upward, retailers are struggling to stay competitive on price while protecting their margin. By John Lofstock, Editor. The cost of fuel has been roaring up and down like a rollercoaster, and so has the risk to retailers when purchasing fuel in large quantities. Fortunes can be made by accurately predicting which

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Gasoline Prices Tumbling Amid Weak Demand, Economic Worry

Wholesale gasoline costs in major metropolitan regions of the country tumbled during the week following Labor Day, pressured by several features including weak consumption of the fuel leading up the holiday weekend, while driving demand consistently slumps in September from August. Historically, gasoline demand and prices move lower in September after the summer driving season.

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Instant Rewards for Fuel Customers

With gas prices again on the rise, consumers are pumped about loyalty programs that offer discounts on gasoline. By Pat Pape, Contributing Editor. Today’s competitive retailing environment makes it tough to attract and keep customers, so convenience stores are turning to loyalty programs that allow the faithful to earn points as they shop and redeem

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