OPEC Meeting and the Global Economy

Good afternoon,

So the crude oil rally has taken a pause.  The OPEC meeting was not moved up a week because not all members are holding up their end of the deal.  The lack of full compliance is putting Russia more on the side of not extending the deep cuts.  The US has cut production, but not as much as other would like to see.  However, the economies around the globe are reopening and an appetite for crude is starting to return.  Gasoline demand in the US is returning as people move around for the summer.  Even with great unrest and instability in the nation surrounding the George Floyd protests and the coronavirus, the crude market and stock market continue to move higher.  I’m not so sure that Russia doesn’t pull out of the deal next week and take at least $5-7/barrel on crude price with them.  I think that Russia believes that the US shale industry got off too easy again.  But maybe now that Russia is dealing with a major coronavirus outbreak in their country, they are not wanting to rock the boat too much.  Next week will be very interesting to say the least.

In local news, gasoline prices continue to rise with the price of crude.  Gasoline retail is inching ever so close to $2/gallon.  Diesel retail prices continue to be lower than gasoline retail for the first time in many years.  We have not seen this type of spread between gasoline and diesel since before 15ppm ULSD entered the market in 2007.

Propane prices continue to slowly inch higher.  Supply is in OK shape but not great.  Compared to years past, access to Canadian propane added an extra buffer.  If crude prices recover and Canada is able to export propane at full capacity, we will not be able to rely on Canada to save the day if we have a colder than normal winter.  I am still bullish on propane and recommend that everyone fill their tanks.  Next season’s heating contracts will be issued towards the end of June, first part of July.

As always, if you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please feel free to give us a call.

Best regards,

Jon Crawford

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