Spot Market Pricing Overview

What is a spot market?

“Spot” purchases refer to fuel that physically changes hands at a refinery gate or other major pricing hub for delivery on a pipeline or via barge or cargo. Deals are always done in bulk, typically 5,000 barrels (210,000 gallons) to 50,000 barrels (2.1 million gallons).

The spot market is a critical link in the price influence chain because it sets the basis for cost-plus formula deals between suppliers and end users. It also forms the rationale for wholesale fuel price moves every day at 6pm at wholesale racks across the U.S. – which then impacts price increases or decreases at the retail pump.

OPIS covers spot refined products, renewable fuels, LPG and refinery feedstocks throughout the U.S., Europe and Asia.

Learn more about what makes up a spot market.

OPIS covers the refined spot market the same way you do business – all day long.

We track spot prices all day, based on what the market wants. Our cues come from the industry – not the other way around. That’s why the oil market chose us as its benchmark for:

Since 1981, our spot methodology has been based on the direct input of the community we serve. Instead of assigning a “window” in which to do deals, OPIS tracks the market’s full-day activity.

Confirmed deals or informed assessments make up our spot report ranges, giving you a straightforward view into what got done in a full trading day. Our analysis provides all sides of the market’s story, to put the prices we cover into context.

And we make our all-day transparency 100% visible, with live price updates and confirmed trades in real-time on the OPIS Spot Ticker.

Learn more about our spot methodology.

OPIS delivers spot pricing the way you want it.

Pick your delivery and timing method – from real-time mobile apps to web-based tools to daily email services. Want a customized report? We can do that. Do you need your historical data in a specific file format? No problem.

All of our data feeds are customizable — you only pay for the information you need. We’re compatible with a wide range of platforms, so integration is seamless.

An unbroken record of IOSCO compliance.

OPIS has a continuous record of successful third-party audits certifying our adherence to IOSCO (International Organization of Securities Commissions) principles of transparency and objectivity. Our methodology is the most robust in the industry.

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