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Tuesday, July 05, 2016

Price changes for Thursday, July 7, 2016

Hi to all,

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

*Heating and stove oils are up by 1.2 cents a litre....
*Diesel fuel is up by a penny even, and...
*Gasoline shows a penny down.

Market highlights

*US drilling rig count rises
        The US drill rig count rose again last week, partly sparking the markets to look again at rising oil prices and sparking fears that the US domestic production has hit a level where they can show clear profits at lower oil prices.
        The count rose by eleven rigs last week, with news hitting the markets only today as markets remained closed over the US Independence Day holiday.
        With rig counts rising again, the possibilities of added oil to US domestic supplies saw oil prices again in retreat, falling close to five percentage points from Friday's market close.

*Gasoline demand takes a tumble
        As predicted here a few weeks ago, US demand for summer gasoline has taken an "expected" shift downwards in a late report from the US Energy Information Administration.
        Last week's inventory report saw the markets force gasoline prices on the New York Mercantile Exchange to "freefall" by close to eight cents a US gallon as reality of rising production and rising inventories of gasoline midway through the US summer driving season bites home.
        Latest trends in the US reports show refinery capacity rising and exceeding US consumption of gasoline by close to 250,000 barrels a day and leaving inventories over 20 million barrels over the same timeframe from last year.
        The sell-off was on and oil prices paid for it.

*Don't expect big changes...
        While both oil and gasoline prices were down today, don't expect big changes to prices this week as a few days trading are needed to bring prices down. The latest hit on the markets will most likely play into prices next week, if the downward trend continues.

That's it for this week!


Twitter: @GeorgeMurphyOil

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