Climbing Wholesale Costs to Push Retail Gasoline Prices Higher

By Brian L. Milne, Energy Editor, Schneider Electric The U.S. retail average for gasoline prices is poised for an increase coming into the second week of December after the Energy Information Administration (EIA) reported a 2.1 cents decline to $3.272 gallon in its national average for the week-ended Dec. 2 amid higher wholesale costs, especially

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Iran Deal Pressures Gasoline Futures

Brian L. Milne, Energy Editor, Schneider Electric On the heels of a fresh upside technical breakout on the charts, the nearest delivered gasoline futures contract trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange was under selling pressure following news over the weekend Iran reached a deal with the permanent members of the United Nations Security Council

Five Ways Suppliers and Distributors Can Help Retailers with Hurricane Preparedness

By Ryan Mossman, Contributing Editor The National Hurricane Center predicted an “above average” hurricane season for 2013, forecasting eighteen tropical storms and nine hurricanes. But the reality is that 2013 has been a dud with nine tropical storms and only two Category 1 strength-named hurricanes. Though hurricane season doesn’t officially end until November 30, roughly

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Wholesale Gasoline Prices Slide Mid-October

By Brian L. Milne, Energy Editor, Schneider Electric Wholesale gasoline costs moved lower mid-October, declining despite little change in the week-over-week value for gasoline futures through Oct. 18, with the New York Mercantile Exchange RBOB futures contract rallying to a one-month high at $2.7240 gallon Oct. 16 on news a deal to end the government

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Paper Gains to Arrest Retail Gasoline Price Slide

By Brian L. Milne, Energy Editor, Schneider Electric In the U.S. gasoline market, it’s not unusual for retail prices to slow or even reverse their September decline in October, underpinned by seasonal refinery maintenance which reduces output that, in turn, pressures crude prices. As the U.S. remains in political gridlock, unable to reach deals on

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U.S. Gasoline Market Exits Peak Demand Season

By Brian L. Milne, Energy Editor, Schneider Electric The session before expiring on the last business day of August, the September gasoline futures contract rallied to a $3.1095 gallon six-week high on the spot continuation chart, spurred higher by concern over U.S. military intervention in Syria in response to evidence the Syrian government used the

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Healthcare Reform, Tobacco and the Future of Fuels Among the Burning Issues to be addressed at the 2013 NAG Conference

The 2013 National Advisory Group (NAG) conference, to be held September 12-15, 2013 at the Loews Vanderbilt Nashville, will attract convenience retail professionals from across the country thanks to its full schedule of dynamic programming. The topics and content were mapped out by your peers, our the NAG Retailer Advisory Board. This conference addresses the

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Wholesale Gasoline Costs, Economic Outlook Mixed

By Brian L. Milne, Energy Editor, Schneider Electric Wholesale gasoline costs were mixed across the country’s major metropolitan markets during the week-ended Monday (8/5), with supplier offers in upper Midwest and most West Coast markets mostly lower from prior Monday. The mixed costs for retailers follow mostly positive data for the U.S. economy except employment

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Wholesale Gasoline Costs Mixed as July Nears End

By Brian L. Milne, Energy Editor, Schneider Electric Wholesale gasoline costs were mixed with a downside bias for the week-ended Monday (7/29), pressured by a selloff in New York Mercantile Exchange Reformulated Blendstock for Oxygenate Blending futures from a four-month registered July 19. The mostly lower wholesale costs won’t, however, translate into lower retail prices

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Spot Gasoline Prices Surge on Several Features

Brian L. Milne, Energy Editor, Schneider Electric Gasoline prices in regional spot markets across the U.S. rallied during the second week of July, pushing higher on a host of features including two gasoline unit outages at Port Arthur refineries in Texas. The downed units came alongside data showing strong demand for gasoline, an unexpected decline

BP Joins ‘Top Tier’ Detergent Gasoline Program

BP announced that it has joined the automotive industry’s TOP TIER program for gasoline detergency standards. Although all three BP-branded gasoline grades treated with the company’s proprietary Invigorate additive have always exceeded the TOP TIER standard for detergency, the company formally joined the program on June 24th. “We are committed to providing our branded marketers

FCC Outages Point to Higher Gasoline Prices in June

By Brian L. Milne, Energy Editor, Schneider Electric A trio of unexpected gasoline producing unit outages in Illinois, Wyoming, and Kansas, atop of already low supply in the Midwest spiked regional gasoline prices to start out the second half of May, and in front of Memorial Day in what is known as the kickoff to

Lower Crude Costs to Limit Upside in Gasoline Prices

By Brian L. Milne, Energy Editor, Schneider Electric A 1.8-cent gain in the Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) U.S. retail price average for regular grade gasoline for the week-ended May 6 halted a string of weekly increases in the average that dated back to late February, while lifting the average off a 14-week low. At $3.538

Jobs Report Brightens Dimming Optimism Over Demand

By Brian L. Milne, Energy Editor, Schneider Electric The gasoline futures contract that trades on the New York Mercantile Exchange rallied to a nearly one-month high early in the May 6 session, bolstered by the Labor Department’s May 3rd nonfarm payroll report showing greater jobs growth than expected for April and a decline in the

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M-PACT 2013 Fuels Minds, Boosts Business

Record-breaking attendance says it all–and this one’s for the history books. M-PACT 2013 brought together nearly 4,500 energy and convenience professionals from across the Midwest for three exciting days of innovation and inspiration. As the industry’s premier regional tradeshow, M-PACT combined thought-provoking educational sessions with top-notch networking opportunities so attendees left for home with ideas

Retail Gasoline Prices Poised to Advance

By Brian L. Milne, Energy Editor, Schneider Electric Climbing wholesale gasoline costs through the week ended April 29 are set to end a downtrend in the US gasoline average reported weekly by the Energy Information Administration (EIA) , which has declined for eight consecutive weeks since posting a 2013 high in late February. Wholesale costs

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U.S. Retail Gasoline Average 5% Shy of 2012 High

Brian L. Milne, Energy Editor, Schneider Electric As February nears an end, retail gasoline prices are already at highs one would expect when the weather warms, not when some parts of the country are still digging out of snow drifts. A recent double-digit jump in the retail average reported by the Energy Information Administration means

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Wholesale Gasoline Costs Mostly Decline

Brian L. Milne, Energy Editor, Schneider Electric Most major metropolitan markets in the U.S. experienced a decline in wholesale gasoline costs coming into the second full week of 2013, which should cap and upside push by retail gasoline prices that have edged higher since registering the low for 2012 in mid-December. Wholesale gasoline costs, the

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U.S. Gasoline Supply Rebuilding From Fourth Quarter Lows

Brian L. Milne, Energy Editor, Schneider Electric December finished with a sixth consecutive weekly increase in domestic gasoline stocks, rebuilding from a four-year low plumbed in October amid a host of unexpected refinery outages in 2012 heading into the fourth quarter, and exacerbated by the destruction and resultant infrastructure disruptions in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic

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Gasoline Prices Pressured by Weak Demand

By Brian L. Milne, Energy Editor, Schneider Electric Wholesale gasoline costs moved lower coming into the second week of December, reflecting sliding values in spot and futures trading that will also prompt another decline in retail prices, which the Energy Information Administration (EIA) last said averaged nationally at a $3.394 gallon five-month low. The U.S.

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Mideast Conflict Spurs Worry Over Oil Supply Disruptions

Israel and Palestinians in the Gaza Strip may not be oil producers, but the conflict between the two groups has elevated the geopolitical risk premium for the oil-rich Middle East region over concerns of supply disruptions should hostilities spill out to other countries. Israel launched air strikes against Hamas targets in Gaza in mid-November following

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Family Express Connecting With The Community

Through its partnership with Purdue University, the Indiana chain is giving college football an opportunity to win free gas for a year.   Valparaiso, Ind.-based Family Express earlier this year entered a multi-year sports marketing agreement with Purdue University Athletics and its multimedia rights holder, Purdue Sports Properties. As the college football season winds down,

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NYC follows N.J. Lead, Institutes Odd-Even Gas Rationing

By Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor, Telvent DTN In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, which was followed by a less destructive but still menacing nor’easter, the fuel distribution chain in the Northeast continues to experience disruptions. Phillips 66 estimates it would take another week or two before a resumption of normal operations would occur

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Gasoline Futures Tumbles on Demand Destruction

Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor, Telvent DTN A loss of gasoline demand in the heavily populated Northeast due to Hurricane Sandy pressed New York Mercantile Exchange RBOB futures to a 4-1/2 month low, with the contract, short for Reformulated Blendstock for Oxygenate Blending, used as a benchmark in setting spot gasoline prices. Although long

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Wholesale Gasoline Costs Slide as Supply Tightness Eases

Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor, Telvent DTN Wholesale gasoline costs were lower in most metropolitan markets across the U.S. coming into the final full week of October, pressured by rebuilding gasoline supply as refinery processing ramps up after a series of unexpected outages had propelled gasoline costs sharply higher. The total domestic gasoline inventory

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