crude oil futures news

crude oil futures news

January 21st, 2016

Gasoline futures had earlier this week traded as low as $1.0005 — the weakest price in seven years.

But on Thursday, a weekly report from the US energy department showed domestic gasoline, or petrol, consumption was a robust 9.1m barrels per day, up nearly 600,000 b/d from a week before.

Nymex February gasoline futures rose 2.6 per cent to $1.0442 per gallon.

“The market is reacting to the weekly change in demand,” said Andy Lipow, president of Lipow Oil Associates, a consultant in Houston.

Petrol is an important indicator for the strength of the US economy. As retail prices dropped below $2 a gallon in the US, Americans have flocked to the highways and started buying more pickup trucks and bigger cars. The average fuel economy of new vehicles is down by almost a mile per gallon since mid-2014, according to the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute.

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November 14th, 2011

Gasoline futures slid to a five-week low as demand for the motor fuel dropped before the U.S. Thanksgiving holiday and refineries completed repairs and increased production.

Gasoline futures sank as consumption in the week ended Nov. 4, averaged over four weeks, was 5.6 percent below a year earlier, Energy Department data showed. Gasoline’s discount to heating oil was the widest in three years. Gasoline traded at a discount to London benchmark Brent crude, and its premium over West Texas Intermediate crude slipped to the lowest level in 11 months.

“We’re seeing the return of a couple of refining units on the Gulf Coast and supplies may be increasing as we head into the holidays,” said Andy Lipow, president of Lipow Oil Associates LLC in Houston. “In light of reduced demand, supplies appear to be adequate.”

Gasoline futures for December delivery fell 7.06 cents, or 2.7 percent, to $2.5332 a gallon at 11:35 a.m. on the New York Mercantile Exchange. It was the fifth straight decline and longest losing streak since Aug. 4. Prices touched $2.494, the lowest intraday price since Oct. 4.

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