Prices Continue to Collapse

Good afternoon,
 
I hope everyone is enjoying their Friday and looking forward to the weekend. WTI Crude prices have continued to skip along the $50/barrel floor. The slowing world economies and the continued ramp up in the China / US trade war has most speculators spooked on the potential for crude prices to break out higher. In fact, many traders believe that even an OPEC cut is already priced in. Basically, traders are saying that no matter what, the slowing economy is the most damaging issue affecting crude prices. The one potential for a spike in price that is always hanging around is a geopolitical event. And just like that, on Thursday two ships in the Middle East were attacked. Crude prices soared to start the day but reversed course to settle up not even 3%. The IEA and world economists believe that production is far outweighing demand if the economies across the world continue to slow. The US inventories of crude, gasoline, and diesel experienced more builds this week. In addition, jobless claims were higher than expected on the National Jobs Report. For now, you can sit back and watch the prices at the pump continue to fall. But look out. If someone does something to escalate the situation in the Middle East and traders believe that a “risk premium” is back on, crude prices could jump $10-15/barrel in a blink of an eye.
 
In local retail news, retail prices on gasoline and diesel continue to drop. I expect to see prices continuing their downward trajectory until something changes on the world stage.
 
Propane retail prices dropped again this week! The prices of propane are unbelievable. As we sit, propane storage inventories in the US have the chance of breaking the 100M barrel mark, which has only happened three times in history! That being said, if the winter is warmer and the crop yields are low, we will be swimming in cheap propane for the entire year! For now, it’s a game of guessing “how low will propane go?” And no one knows! Please call for a summer fill. These prices are too good to pass up. We will send out next season’s contract information closer to the 4th of July.
 
As always, if you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please feel free to give us a call!
 
Best regards,
 
Jon Crawford

Bottom Forming in the Crude Market?

Good morning,

Well, the price floor carved out last week on WTI gave way under the announcement for tariffs in Mexico, coupled with a dramatic increase in US crude inventories this week.  Much of the increase in inventories is being blamed on demand erosion in the Midwest from flooding.  Farmers are almost 50% behind in most parts of the Midwest which greatly affects demand.  Others are chatting that the EIA has reported false inventory numbers.  Regardless, WTI Crude broke through the $52/barrel technical mark and fell to $50/barrel for a brief moment.  The massive dive in crude prices has caused OPEC to up the talk around extending or increasing production cuts through the end of 2019.  In addition, the trade war with China continues to spook traders on potential economic erosion in China and possible recession in the US.  So then the FED announced this week that potentially a rate cut is on the table.  The chatter from OPEC as well as discussion of a FED rate decrease is putting upward pressure on crude prices and possibly carving out a floor for now.  I do believe that we have experienced a bottom in prices until the OPEC meeting on June 26th and 27th.  So for now, sit back and watch as prices at the pump slowly come down!

In local retail news, gasoline and diesel prices are starting to slowly come down.  I expect to see the downward trend continue into next week.

Propane prices have also stayed very, very low.  We are now at the lowest price in almost five years.  I recommend that everyone fill their tanks as soon as they can to take advantage of the current market condition.  Contracts for next season will be out the first part of the July and will be lower priced than last year!  It’s always nice when we can announce good news. 🙂

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

Best regards,

Jon Crawford