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The convergence of two crises – COVID-19’s pandemic wreaking havoc across the world and the Saudi Arabia-Russia crude oil price war – has created a scenario in which there is a projected decline in American demand for refined products, causing stateside production of crude oil to decline.
Get this free report from OPIS for in-depth analysis of each of the following elements and understand how each has the potential to affect the NGL sector over the coming months and years.
Propylene, particularly PGP, play an integral part in the costs that trickle downstream and spread throughout the refining, petrochemical and broader manufacturing industry. If you don’t fully understand the pricing method by which you are buying or selling PGP, you could be selling too low, or buying too high.
Download How Polymer Grade Propylene is Priced to strengthen your understanding of the PGP market and the different ways it can be priced.
A stronger understanding of each pricing method helps to identify which is the best for place on the supply chain, positioning you to save money by choosing the most cost-effective pricing method for your business.
Download this free report from OPIS PetroChem Wire experts to better understand how to protect yourself from price volatility. If you make or purchase a commodity reliant on ethylene, you could find yourself at the mercy of market price swings that could make or break your business.
But if you’re ahead of the market, you don’t need to be a prisoner of ethylene market volatility.
Forward Ethylene Markets: A Price-Protection Primer and Focus on a High-Exposure Market explains how to manage your ethylene price risk. We also examine the PVC market, a sector with heavy reliance on ethylene, to demonstrate how understanding the futures market directly impacts your bottom line.
Download the updated Fuel Buying 101 e-Book for a step by step guidance on how gasoline, diesel and other fuel products moves through the supply chain and how prices are determined.
Before you negotiate your next wholesale fuel supply agreement, here are 7 tips to help you write a contract like a pro. This checklist is perfect for gasoline and diesel retailers, municipalities and end-users. Download the checklist before finalizing your next supply contract.
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According to the American Trucking Association, the shortage of commercial drivers hit its highest level in 2018. In this free download, you’ll get advice on how to beat that trend from other transportation firms facing the same challenges. Download 15 Best Practices to Beat the Commercial Driver Shortage now to get best practices and real-world tips on how to attract and retain qualified fuel tanker drivers.
An extended bull market and strong financial performance of many large convenience store chains have some anticipating a rise in IPOs.
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Download this handy RVP infographic for an easy desktop reference with key information on the transition to low-RVP gasoline at the spot and wholesale rack level across the U.S., along with a map identifying key regions.
OPIS publishes several wholesale gasoline and diesel pricing reports, plus online tools. Three of our most popular pricing resources are the Invoice Checker, daily Gasoline and Diesel Rack Price Report and the Spot Ticker (a spot pricing tool that helps wholesalers gauge whether wholesale rack prices will go down or up, based on spot price movement.) This handy rack product-finder infographic leads you to the most relevant of these three products for you, based on some quick questions about your wholesale business.
Because of unique market fundamentals, limited refining capacity, and a boutique gasoline blend needed to meet regional specs, the West Coast region has a relatively lean gas and diesel trading network compared to other spot markets. That lack of market liquidity can lead to huge price moves and surges, like the one that caused retail gasoline prices to top over $4/gal in spring 2019.
Download this infographic for a visual breakdown of the key reasons and fundamentals why the U.S. West Coast refined spot market is so unique and often, challenging.