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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Price changes for Thursday, January 12, 2017

Hi to all,

Here’s what I have for this week’s price changes, keeping in mind winter blending which may throw off the distillate numbers somewhat.

*Heating and stove oils show a drop of two cents a litre.

*Diesel fuel shows a drop of 2.7 cents a litre, and...

*Gasoline shows a drop of 3.2 cents a litre.

Media release

Conception Bay South, NL, January 10,2017- “It may be the start of a decline in prices that, if market sentiment sticks around, could lead to steeper drops in price in the next few weeks.“ That’s according to George Murphy, group researcher for the Consumer Group for Fair Gas Prices.

“Speculators for the last six weeks have played up oil prices with the fact that OPEC has stepped in and made substantial cuts to production, but the fact that they left a gaping hole for other producers to step into, may very well be coming back to bite them. As predicted would happen, smaller US domestic producers seem to be coming back into the market, and that is beginning to show in the U.S rig count and worldwide.

“It’s not just from the U.S that I am seeing a quick return to the markets. Worldwide, the rotary rig count increased last week by another 94 rigs, sparked by restarts in Canada and other centres where shale resources were previously being explored. World-wide, that amounts to 1772 rigs operating, with last week’s return of 94 rigs, the highest increase week-on-week that I have seen.

“Doubts about the ability of oil to maintain present pricing levels are permeating the markets, at least for the time-being, and that’s the basis for some relief for consumers this week. OPEC member compliance is also an important factor with both Libya and Iraq exports beginning to climb.

“The Canadian dollar also is a factor this week, rising in value against the U.S greenback in the face of falling oil-at least for the time-being. The Canuck Buck has gained almost three cents in the last two weeks as a result of a mostly positive Canadian jobs report last week. A rising Canadian dollar against the U.S greenback has the tendency to drop prices further.”


For more information, contact:

George Murphy
Twitter @GeorgeMurphyOil

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