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Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Price changes for Thursday, January 26, 2017

Hi folks!

Better later than never, but here's what I have for this Thursday's price changes. Keep in mind that winter blending will throw off the Diesel and heating/stove oil numbers somewhat:

*Heating/stove oils show a drop of 4/10ths of a cent a litre....
*Diesel shows a drop of a cent a litre, and...
*Gasoline shows a drop of 1.8 cents a litre.

Market highlights

US inventories increase
      Last week's inventory read from the US Energy Information Administration saw a 2.3 million barrel increase in crude oil, but the real news to hit the markets was written in the gasoline inventory numbers.
      Gasoline inventories reported a growth of six million barrels last week, much higher than expected, but not a real surprise as it comes at the end of the Christmas travel season.
      What was evident in the report was a noticeable drop in the refiner capacity numbers which saw a three percentage point drop to just shy of 91 percent.
      While refineries throttled back, gasoline increased in inventory.
      The markets immediately responded with a drop that stayed relatively steady through the week to what we have for Thursday.

US rig count shows a sharp increase
      The weekly US drill rig count showed a huge increase last week that proves a lot of smaller producers are getting back in the game.
      The US rig count showed its' largest weekly increase since April, 2013 with the rig count jumping by 26 additional rigs in the field.
      Look for Western Canada to start getting busy again as production costs are slightly lower due to the dollar difference with the U.S.

      I'll leave it at that for this week!


George Murphy
Twitter @GeorgeMurphyOil

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