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Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Price changes for Thursday, May 12, 2016

Good evening to all,

Here's what I have for this week's price changes:

*Heating and stove oils to drop by 8/10ths of a cent....
*Diesel fuel to drop by 6/10ths of a cent, and...
*Gasoline to drop by 2.2 cents a litre.

Market highlights

*Saudi Arabia to continue to pump
Saudi Arabia, set to replace it's present oil minister Ali Al Naimi, says it will continue to follow conditions it has recently set in order to maintain production at January levels. The new Saudi oil minister, Khalid Al Falid said he would maintain policies currently in place by his predecessor.

          However, that goes contrary to statements made by the head of Saudi Aramco, Amin Nasser, who said plans are being made by the state-owned company to expand capacity by next year to an added one million barrels a day from the Shaybah oil field. It will be interesting to see how other countries respond as, I believe the Saudi's are setting themselves up for an "unrestricted oil war" against other oil producing nations.

*Canadian dollar falls
The Canadian dollar fell in the last few days an average of 2.5 cents over the last week as both a weak economic outlook and the shaky ground beneath oil prices saw the dollar retreat against the US greenback.

*Latest US inventory report
With US domestic oil production still falling, this month averaging 8.8 million barrels a day from last year's 9.6 million barrels, the latest inventory report still shows a steady flow of oil coming into the US from outside sources. Inventories reported a gain of 2.8 million barrels, while gasoline also showed a modest 500 thousand barrels up from the week previous.

         At a critical juncture before the start of the US driving season, the predicted drop in prices is most likely related to a withdrawal of speculators from the July buying contract, where traditionally we start to see a drop in gasoline prices through to the fall.

I'll leave it at that for this week.

Sorry for any inconvenience last week, but it was a great trip to Cuba.


George Murphy
Twitter @GeorgeMurphyOil

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