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Wednesday, December 09, 2015

Price changes for Thursday, December 10, 2015

Hi to all,

Here's what I have for price changes for this week, keeping in mind the winter blending formula that may throw off accuracy for heating and Diesel fuel pricing.

*Heating oil shows a drop of 1.8 cents a litre.
*Stove oil shows a drop of 1.8 cents a litre as well.
*Diesel shows a drop of 2.5 cents a litre, and...
*Gasoline shows a drop of 4.8 cents a litre.

Market highlights

*OPEC still won't Institute any kind of a production cut, in spite of the protests of a few members who would like to see. Some support to oil prices. Revenues have certainly taken a beating! But at the latest meeting in Vienna this past Friday, it was decided by members to Sally forth and keep production levels up. With the promise of added production, Oil prices dropped with refined commodity prices following.

*Is OPEC now chasing down the non-OPEC producers? Countries like Russia, Mexico, Norway, and yes, Canada, continue to produce crude oil from fields that have been pumping for years now. None of the companies, or the countries in question, want to lose revenues, nor can they be seen to fall to the whims of OPEC when they want to see other countries reign in production. OPEC would like to see non-OPEC nations join in with production cuts.

Can't happen...

With OPEC getting that "no" answer, first from Russia, OPEC will now start to make the run after these countries. If you can't get them to "participate" in cuts, I believe OPEC is starting to go after their bottom line to force them into an untenable operating position. That being the case, and with Iran about to enter the markets, Oil prices could drop further.  And with new Iranian crude to the markets chiefly for the European markets, Brent prices could be tagged first.

*The Canadian dollar continues to show weakness against the US greenback with the Canuck buck losing another two cents against the neighbouring currency.

I'll leave it at that for now. If you want, drop me a line!


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