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Oil Prices and COVID-19 Coronavirus – Market Coverage and Resources

Newsletter: Sign up now for the Free Emergency Fuel Market Update. The COVID-19 outbreak has shaken the entire fuel supply chain and pushed market fundamentals to their limits. Subscribe free now to get clarity during this unprecedented time and understand where oil commodity prices are each week and compare them to week, month and year ago values.

News Stories: Read selected OPIS news stories from OPIS editors who analyze the effects of the crude price crash and coronavirus implications on spot, rack and retail refined products markets.

You can also visit the IHS Markit website for a broad list of recent news stories covering the Coronavirus impact on energy markets.

Free Webcast Recording: COVID-19 Webinar: Markets in Disarray: What Now, What Next? Understand the implications of coronavirus and falling demand across the fuel supply chain. Get the webinar recording free now.

RVP Requirements: Gasoline RVP Information & Infographic

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OPIS Free Weekly Update

Subscribe to the free OPIS weekly newsletter update

Sent right to your inbox, the free weekly newsletter from OPIS is a convenient way keep you up-to-date on the latest oil, fuel and gas market and pricing trends and covers the most important topics in the downstream oil industry.

Subscribe now and each week you’ll look forward to getting:

  • What’s Ahead for Oil Trading – our exclusive market outlook so you can begin the week ahead of the curve.
  • Latest blog posts – never miss any of our helpful posts.
  • Tips and other helpful tidbits to help you buy and sell oil products profitably.
  • Infographics and other visual aids.
  • Important data and statistics that indicate market trends.
  • Complete coverage of the fuel chain including the spot, rack and retail sectors.

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OPIS Blog

A closer look at key topics in the spot, rack and retail markets of the downstream petroleum industry.

The OPIS Blog features expert tips, practical insight and timely pricing and market information. It covers the spot, rack and retail markets as well as gasoline, diesel, renewable fuels, NGL/LP, feedstocks, natural gas, jet fuel and crude oil. It’s the simplest way to gain a greater understanding of how fuel markets tick and keep up with changes that could affect pricing – and your bottom line.

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OPIS Crash Course Podcasts

OPIS Crash Course Podcast

Learn simple answers to your not-so-simple fuel industry questions.

OPIS leaders, drawing on 40+ years of industry expertise, team with guest experts to answer key oil, gas and fuel market questions in the fuel market in OPIS Crash Course Podcast. In each episode, we strive is to bring you a deeper understanding and necessary context about critical areas of the industry that you and your team need to grasp in order to buy and sell gasoline, diesel, jet fuel, NGL/LPGs and other energy commodities with confidence. Subscribe to the OPIS Crash Course podcast for instant notification as we release new episodes.

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Free Report: Impact of Global Upheaval on NGL Sector Expected to Be Prolonged, Piecemeal

Better understand the impact of COVID-19 and the crude oil crash on the NGL sector.

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.

  • Crude oil production
  • Refined product demand
  • Saudi Arabian LPG
  • Current NGL production
  • Exports and Medium-Term Outlook for NGLs
  • PADD3 and PADD2 implications

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OPIS 2020 Oil Market Outlook - Just Added!

Expert outlook and analysis on downstream energy market dynamics in 2020.

OPIS’s longtime oil market analysts, Tom Kloza and Denton Cinquegrana, share their outlook on downstream energy markets for the year ahead.

Download your copy now and learn about:

  • 20 oil market predictions for the decade ahead.
  • 4 major factors in the fuel supply chain that will influence prices.
  • Gasoline supply and demand dynamics, with insight on Tier 3 gasoline requirements.
  • Geopolitical and economic factors impacting distillates amid IMO 2020.
  • Analysis of industry mergers and acquisitions

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2020 OPIS European Refined Oil Products Outlook

Expert forecast on oil commodity pricing and trends in Europe.

Download the OPIS European Refined Oil Products Outlook and get expert forecasts for crude oil, gasoline & diesel, gasoil, naphtha, fuel oil and jet fuel prices in European markets in 2020.

Exclusive commentary, analysis, charts and graphs displaying key pricing and broader trends enhance your understanding of where these key commodity markets are headed next. Topics include:

  • A look back at 2019 price trends and refining margins.
  • The 2020 outlook for Brent crude oil and what a global supply surplus will mean for prices.
  • The knowns and the unknowns for fuel oil in an IMO 2020 world.
  • How new sulfur regulations will impact gasoil & diesel.
  • A look at jet fuel against the backdrop of 2019 demand trends and new IMO rules.
  • Scenarios for naphtha and gasoline amid new regulations.

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European Refined Oil Products Outlook

European LPG & Naphtha 2020 Price Outlook Report

Understand the market factors that influenced European LPG and naphtha in 2019 to set the stage for 2020.

Download the free European LPG & Naphtha Price Outlook 2020 special report for expert commentary that puts the market factors influencing the LPG and naphtha prices in European markets into context. Plus, an expert forecast of trends that will impact propane, butane and naphtha prices in Europe in 2020.

In this free outlook, you’ll find:

  • Analysis of the strength of the LPG market in 2019, and expectations for trends to continue in 2020.
  • Expectations for LPG demand and pricing in 2020
  • Healthy buying interest from the petrochemical sector and how that impacted naphtha.
  • Charts and graphs showing global LPG export trends as well as the relationships between CIF NWE naphtha and Brent crude oil prices and more.
  • The relationship between Asian demand and European naphtha.
  • And more!

Download your free copy of this report now to get ahead of what’s to come in 2020 for the European markets so you’re empowered to make better buying and selling decisions for the year.

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2020 Asia Oil Market Outlook

Gain insight into what could come in Asian oil markets in 2020 amid political tension, IMO 2020 regulations, tariffs, supply concerns and more.

Download the 2020 Asia Oil Market Outlook for deeper understanding of these trends and added context to  better inform buy and sell decisions based given the most influential pricing trends. With this insight, you’ll be better positioned to make market moves instead of reacting too late.

This free outlook report provides a timely update on key commodities including LPG, gasoil, naphtha, gasoline, bunker fuels, and jet fuel markets.

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Recycled Plastics Prices in 2019 & 2020 Look Ahead

Recycled Plastics Prices in 2019 & 2020 Outlook Report

Learn about the market drivers that shaped price trends for recycled plastics in 2019, and see what’s in store for the industry as we move further into 2020.

Several trends arose in the recycled plastics industry in 2019, from surges in HDPE to drops in prices for rPET and polypropylene bales. These factors are sure to influence the 2020 market for different grades of recycled plastics.

Download OPIS PetroChem Wire’s Recycled Plastics 2019 Prices and 2020 Outlook report to get expert commentary and analysis plus charts and graphs that help you understand the scope of market drivers in 2019. We’ll also dive into what’s next for recycled plastics in 2020 – new technologies and initiatives on the horizon and pricing analysis.

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How Polymer Grade Propylene is Priced

Do you understand how the pricing of polymer grade propylene is critical to the supply chain?

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.

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Ethylene Special Report

Forward Ethylene Markets: A Price-Protection Primer and Focus on a High-Exposure Market

OPIS PetroChem Wire experts explain how to manage your price risk associated with ethylene market volatility.

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.

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Fuel Buying 101: Your guide to the fuel supply chain

Your complete reference guides to clearly understanding the fuel chain – futures and spot markets, wholesale rack markets and retail markets.

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.

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Fuel Supply Contract Checklist

Fuel Supply Contract Checklist

Tips for creating a wholesale supply agreement that leaves nothing on the table.

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.

Download your copy of the Fuel Supply Contract Checklist today and discover:

  • How long is too long for a contract term
  • A simple way to estimate your fuel volumes
  • What NOT to let your supplier dictate
  • And much more!

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15 Best Practices to Beat the Commercial Driver Shortage

Learn how to attract and retain ample qualified fuel tanker drivers with best practices and tips from OPIS.

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.

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Going for the Gold: Prospects for IPOs

Are IPOs for convenience store chains on the horizon?

An extended bull market and strong financial performance of many large convenience store chains have some anticipating a rise in IPOs.

Download this free report for a look at:

  • An insightful interview with Roger Woodman, managing director of investment banking with Raymond James
  • Pros and cons of IPOs
  • The importance of convenience store size & timing when looking to go public
  • Downstream IPOs from 1971 to 2018

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Oil Express Special Report: Summer Driving Season Delivers Record Margins, but Eroding Demand

In depth profit margin and demand analysis for fuel retailers.

The summer driving season ended on a high note with retailers around the country seeing record-breaking profit margin levels.

Download this free report and read about:

  • In-depth weekly and monthly demand numbers
  • Geopolitical events that affected prices at the pump
  • Impact of refinery issues on supply
  • Margin statistics from 2007 to 2019

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2019 Summer Driving Season Recap

An exclusive look at fuel retailers margin performance for summer 2019.

For U.S. gasoline retailers, 2019 delivers the “best summer ever”, providing off-the-charts profit margins for a majority of fuel retailers, topping the previous record established four summers ago.

Diversity was widespread but the average nationwide margin is predictive of a continuation of “land grab” that has already led to the avid (and expensive) pursuit of retail chains by major oil companies, private equity managers and overseas entrepreneurs.

Download our exclusive 2019 Summer Driving Season Recap and find out:

  • 2019 summer average nationwide margin.
  • The most profitable regions.
  • The average daily margin trend for the past 10+ years.
  • Which companies benefited the most from the record driving season.
  • And much more.

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Summer Driving Season Report 2019
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Retail Fuel Scorecard: 1H 2019

A recap of retail prices, margins, volumes, market share and volatility.

Retailers who sell gasoline and diesel just concluded their most profitable first half of any year in the modern era. Take a look back at the first half of 2019 and discover how retail gas station performed so solidly in the 1H 2019 Retail Fuel Scorecard, with exclusive OPIS data showing demand, margin, average prices and more. Plus, regional data and an update on how some of the major brands performed.

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Retail Fuel Brand Leaders Continue Strong Run

An analysis of retail fuel brand performance for 2019.

So far, the 2019 retail fuel market landscape is strikingly different from 2018, with cheaper gasoline prices and lower demand. In this free retail fuel market report, you’ll find out how top fuel brands are performing compared to last year. Topics include:

  • How Chevron continues to be the top- ranked brand.
  • Which retail chains price gasoline below competition.
  • The top 5 most efficient brands.
  • Market share ratings by brand and region.
  • A look at Speedway’s large expansion.

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Consumer Costs to Buy Retail Gasoline

How many minutes must the average consumer work to pay for one gallon of gasoline? And what does this mean for fuel retailers and gas stations?

With rising retail gasoline prices, more financial strain on consumers buying gasoline could lead to significant cutbacks in driving activity and gasoline demand, which puts pressure on retail volumes, inside sales and overall traffic. Knowing how to react to these consequences is key for retailers looking to maximize retail margins and volumes in volatile markets.

Download retail fuel average prices, median household income and minutes worked by consumers to buy one gallon of gas for over 3,000 U.S. counties – in convenient excel format.

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Wholesale Fuel Profits Pinched by Giveaways

Learn about the current state of prompt-pay discount (PPD), a once popular incentive for fuel wholesalers to expedite payment from dealers.

The prompt-pay discount (PPD) has traditionally been an incentive for fuel wholesalers to encourage faster payment collection. When wholesale fuel prices are high, the PPD has rewarded distributors who manage their dealer networks efficiently.

Now, industry consolidation and increased competition has led to tighter payment terms, more risk and serious consequences for some offering the discount. In this free report, OPIS takes a look at the current state of prompt-pay discount (PPD) to give you a better understanding of:

  • Risks involved with offering PPD & how to manage these risks
  • The role of competition on PPD
  • How giveaways are hurting marketers
  • New types of payment terms offered

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Liberalization to the Test: An OPIS Primer on Mexico’s Fuel Market

Mexico’s gasoline and diesel markets are opening to the outside world for the first time in almost 80 years – but not without challenges, risks and delays. Download OPIS’ Mexico Primer and understand:

  • Which private companies are leading gasoline and diesel imports into Mexico
  • Trends in Pemex’s gasoline, diesel and jet fuel sales
  • Refining challenges and how IMO 2020 will impact Mexico
  • An update on planned infrastructure projects
  • And so much more!

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Combustibles en México/Fuels in Mexico

Understand the unique challenges of Mexico’s energy reform for fuel buyers and sellers on both sides of the border.

Written in dual English/Spanish format, this informative magazine is available free. Read OPIS’ Fuels in Mexico magazine for editorial features, expert commentary, interviews and guest columns devoted to discussion of the changing downstream fuel markets in Mexico. It’s geared to help you:

  • Take advantage of new cross-border import/export opportunities due to Mexico’s energy reform.
  • Learn about the governmental regulations, political influences, the status of infrastructure and shipping, market risks and other factors shaping Mexico’s emerging fuel marketplace.

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OPIS 2020 RVP Infographic

Get updated information on 2020 gasoline RVP season designations.

Due to coronavirus challenges, there are already states that have granted waivers or indicated they would not enforce sales of 13.5-lb. RVP gasoline blends in April. That could spill over into 9.0-lb. RVP requirements, as well.

Download this handy 2020 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.

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Infographic: The Price of Non-Compliance with IMO 2020

A visual rundown of IMO 2020 compliance options, penalties and fines.

Download this free infographic for a breakdown of the compliance options, past penalties levied for non-compliance with the IMO’s ECAs mandate, and possible cost scenarios for non-compliance with IMO 2020.

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Infographic: OPIS Wholesale Rack Pricing Product Finder

Are you using the right wholesale fuel pricing report for your fuel business?

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.

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Infographic: Major Reasons U.S. West Coast Fuel Prices are Volatile

What makes the U.S. West Coast spot gasoline and diesel market so prone to dramatic price increases and changes?

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.

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