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OPIS Free Weekly Update

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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.

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  • 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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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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Spot Price Mid-year 2019 update

2019 Spot Fuel Price Mid-Year Update

Find out what is shaping U.S. gasoline, diesel and jet fuel prices.

Download your copy of OPIS’ 2019 Spot Fuel Price Mid-Year Update for an expert analysis of the key reasons for gasoline, diesel and jet fuel price volatility so far in 2019, as well as an idea of what to expect in the coming months. This special report takes a look at the major movements seen in physical spot fuel markets, broken by by the four major U.S. production regions: the Gulf Coast, Midwest, Northeast and West Coast.

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OPIS 2019 Oil Market Outlook - Mid Year Update

Expert analysis on downstream energy market dynamics so far in 2019.

OPIS’ veteran oil market analysts, Tom Kloza and Denton Cinquegrana have compiled what trends are in store for downstream energy markets for the remainder of 2019 and beginning of Q1 2020 in this outlook update.

Download your copy now and find out:

  • 6 unpredictable “wild cards” that will influence oil prices in the last few months of 2019.
  • Concerns about low sulfur requirements for marine fuels under IMO 2020.
  • Geopolitical tensions and macroeconomics affecting crude oil.
  • The impact of the shutdown of the Philadelphia Energy Solutions refinery.
  • Gasoline demand growth and price expectations.

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2019 Asia Naphtha, LPG, Condensate & Gasoline Outlook

Second Half 2019 Asia Naphtha, LPG, Condensate & Gasoline Outlook

Discover what’s to come in Asian oil markets in the second half of 2019.

OPIS’ newly released 2019 Asia Naphtha, Condensate, LPG and Gasoline Outlook H2 Update puts the year’s market events into context with analysis of ongoing supply and demand dynamics, factors that influence all oil products as well as the specific factors that impact naphtha, condensate, LPG and gasoline prices in Asia.

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IMO2020 Costs

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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OPIS 2019 RVP Infographic

The annual shift to lower RVP levels for gasoline can cause price fluctuations throughout the entire supply chain.

Download this handy 2019 RVP infographic for an easy reference to keep on hand with key information on the transition to low-RVP gasoline at the spot and wholesale rack level across the U.S.

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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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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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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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Summer Driving Season Report 2019

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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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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Fuel Buying 101: Futures and Spot Markets

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 3-part Fuel Buying 101 e-Book series 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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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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OPIS Combustibles in Mexico Newsletter

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 quarterly magazine is available free. Subscribe to OPIS’ Fuels in Mexico magazine to access 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 Mexico Primer: The Road to Liberalized Fuel Markets in Mexico

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 get:

  • Pemex’s response to new retail competition.
  • Efforts to combat the risk of oil theft.
  • Avant Energy’s plans to build marine and inland terminals to connect the Bajio region with the U.S. Gulf Coast market.
  • Andeavor’s plans to expand its retail station count in Mexico to 250-300 stores.
  • Information on Pemex’s fuel logistics open seasons.
  • Plus, a detailed timeline of fuel market deregulation from 2016 with projections to 2020. Includes branding, infrastructure, pricing, regulatory and news developments.

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