I woke up this morning and felt it best to take a moment and honor all service persons who gave the ultimate sacrifice of their lives defending our incredibly awesome country. Even though our country can go through hard times at home, we are extremely fortunate and blessed to live in America. I wish everyone safe travels and enjoy remembering that our long weekend came at a significant cost.
Crude oil prices rose to start the week based on Saudi Arabia saying “look out” to short sellers of crude. The next OPEC+ meeting is during the first couple days in June. But then yesterday, Russia said that they are not planning on any more cuts and don’t see a scenario where OPEC+ would approve additional cuts. The announcement caused crude oil prices to collapse. OPEC allowed Russia to play a part in meetings back in 2008, so the difference in opinion could be causing some friction and fissures in OPEC. We will see what happens at the meeting. And then of course there is the US Debt Ceiling talks which is putting all traders on their heels. So for now, we are in a “wait and see” moment. I would not be placing any long-term hedging bets on crude oil at this time.
Gasoline and diesel prices in the Chicago market dropped a bit towards the end of the week. We might see a little relief on retail prices at the pump, but not too much. Although some refineries that were down for over a year have restarted, a very high volume refinery has struggled to get gasoline back online. However, I expect supplies to be healthy and ready to go for the summer season. But retail prices on gasoline will continue to be higher because of the crude oil crack spread incentives to produce diesel.
Propane is bouncing back and forth in a very narrow range. Summer fills are starting to pick up and next season’s heating contracts have been released. So look in the mail for contract information coming your way, or feel free to call our office and get yourself locked in for next year. The great news is that the coming season’s contract pricing is 30 cents/gallon cheaper than last year! 🙂
As always, if you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please feel free to give us a call.