OIL PRICES: CONTINUED TO DECLINE
- Monthly average crude oil prices continued to decline during November. The average domestic crude oil first purchase price fell $7.76 (9.8 percent), to $71.07 per barrel.
- The average free-on-board (f.o.b.) cost of imported crude oil dropped $6.04 (7.9 percent), to $70.80 per barrel. The average landed cost of foreign crude oil declined $7.35 (9.1 percent), to $73.48 per barrel.
- The average refiner acquisition cost for domestic crude oil fell $9.65 (11.1 percent), to $77.08 per barrel. The average cost of imported crude oil decreased $8.85 (10.7 percent), to $73.90 per barrel. The composite refiner acquisition cost for crude oil declined $9.30 (10.9 percent), to $75.69 per barrel.
- Refiner monthly average prices for sales of motor gasoline continued to register substantial decreases in November. The average retail price fell 26.6 cents to $2.404 per gallon, while the average wholesale price dropped 22.2 cents to $2.111 per gallon.
- Sales of finished motor gasoline by refiners decreased in November, with total sales falling 4.2 million gallons per day (1.3 percent) to an average of 316.7 million gallons per day. Retail sales dropped 700,000 gallons per day (2.6 percent), while wholesales declined 3.5 million gallons per day (1.2 percent). DTW sales accounted for 7.9 percent of wholesales, while rack and bulk sales made up 84.5 percent and 7.7 percent, respectively.
No. 2 distillate
- Monthly average prices for sales of No. 2 distillates by refiners fell in most sales categories. The average sales price for No. 2 diesel fuel to end users declined 10.4 cents to $2.698 per gallon, while the average wholesale price decreased 8.1 cents to $2.558 per gallon. The average No. 2 fuel oil wholesale price dropped 10.5 cents to $2.371 per gallon.
- Refiner sales of No. 2 ultra-low sulfur diesel fuel fell 11.6 million gallons per day (7.0 percent) to an average of 155.2 million gallons per day in November. Total No. 2 fuel oil sales increased 1.5 million gallons per day (22.0 percent) to an average of 8.3 million gallons per day.
Residual fuel oil
- Monthly average prices for sales of residual fuel oil by refiners decreased in November. The retail price for low-sulfur residual fuel oil fell 27.9 cents to $2.294 per gallon, while the wholesale price dropped 24.9 cents to 1.644 per gallon. Prices for high-sulfur residual fuel oil declined 25.1 cents to $1.848 per gallon at retail, while the wholesale price fell 24.3 cents to $1.605 per gallon.
- Refiner sales of residual fuel oil declined in November, with total sales falling 1.2 million gallons per day (8.9 percent) to an average of 12.3 million gallons per day.
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REUTERS - Brent crude futures LCOc1 were down 72 cents at $61.49 per barrel at 1020 GMT, having fallen by 1.5 percent on Tuesday, its largest one-day drop in a month. U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude CLc1 was at $55.12 per barrel, down 58 cents.
BLOOMBERG - Prices dropped during the session as the International Energy Agency said the recent recovery in oil prices, coupled with milder-than-normal winter weather, is slowing demand growth. The worsening outlook for consumption dampened some of the enthusiasm that OPEC and its allies will extend supply curbs.
Global energy needs rise more slowly than in the past but still expand by 30% between today and 2040. This is the equivalent of adding another China and India to today’s global demand.
Product exports have grown significantly over the past several years and are expected to continue to grow as Russian refineries add capacity to produce more high-quality products.