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Risks & Returns

A cursory glance at The Diff. on page 3 of our April 2019 issue shows the New York Harbor price for No. 2 Fuel Oil and No. 2 ULSD resting comfortably just under $2.00, at $1.977 and $1.999 respectively. The Barometer, also on page 3, lists WTI Crude at $5…
A cursory glance at The Diff. on page 3 of our April 2019 issue shows the New York Harbor price for No. 2 Fuel Oil and No. 2 ULSD resting comfortably just under $2.00, at $1.977… http://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/risks-returns/

Saudi Arabia Damages OPEC’s Credibility

In late 2014, Saudi Arabia, and therefore OPEC, opted to maintain and even increase crude production levels in order to defend market share, even though oil prices would collapse. They dismissed the alternative, which was to decrease output and give up ma…
In late 2014, Saudi Arabia, and therefore OPEC, opted to maintain and even increase crude production levels in order to defend market share, even though oil prices would collapse.… http://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/saudi-arabia-damages-opecs-credibility/

Taking Control of Credit Card Costs

Fuel companies can save a lot on processing fees when customers pay their bills with the right credit cards, and payment processor Avatas is helping companies move to a more profitable credit card mix.
http://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/taking-control-credit-card-costs/

Overt Signs Suggest That China Is Faltering

It is generally acknowledged that the two biggest contributors to the current plunge in oil prices are oversupply and flagging demand in China. For this reason, the situation in China warrants further examination. China’s economic wellbeing, or lack there…
http://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/overt-signs-suggest-china-faltering/

Think You Know Your Margins?

What are you doing with all that data you are mining these days? Modeling your data can tell you quickly and efficiently how to increase profits and spot areas where you are leaving money on the table! Specific to hedging and buying oil, let’s look at thi…
http://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/think-you-know-your-margins/

Hedging Guidance Adds Valuable Perspective

When Mobil Oil transferred me to New England in the early ‘90s to work in the Distillates Department, price protection programs offered by heating oil retailers to consumers were in their infancy. As with a lot of start-up programs, the offerings were not…
http://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/hedging-guidance-adds-valuable-perspective/

Revamp Your Receivables

AROUND FOUR YEARS AGO, SOS XTREME Comfort, of Tuxedo Park, N.Y., decided to partner with AVATAS Payment Solutions, of Newton, Mass., to gain assistance in their receivables process. Like many heating fuels companies, SOS had grown into the habit of extend…
http://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/revamp-your-receivables/

Rally Recap

Crude oil and refined products futures rallied sharply throughout the second half of 2017 and much of January 2018, with front-month NYMEX WTI crude oil futures rising from a low of $42.53/bbl on June 21 to a high of $65.61/bbl on January 24. What were so…
http://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/rally-recap/

AFC First Merges With Renew Financial

A Pennsylvania-based finance company that serves the residential heating and cooling industry is enhancing its HVAC lending programs after merging with an innovative California lender best known for its work in residential solar energy financing.
http://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/afc-first-merges-renew-financial/

Reducing Stings for Marketers, Customers

And so it began. From tulip mania in the 1600s in Europe to soft commodities like corn and soybeans to hard commodities like gold and silver, and of course the financials: bonds and interest rates. It was only a matter of time before the markets discovere…
http://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/reducing-stings-marketers-customers/

Past, Present & Future

As another heating season approaches, it’s a good time to review the past, discuss current events, and peek into the future a little. Several topics come to mind, namely weather, politics and ULSD-heating oil.
http://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/past-present-future/

Will OPEC’s Strategy Succeed or Fail?

Lately, more analysts are questioning whether OPEC’s current strategy is headed to success or failure. OPEC success is considered to be supply/demand rebalancing, elimination of excess global stockpiles and WTI at $60 by year-end. The keys to success are …
http://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/will-opecs-strategy-succeed-or-fail/

Will the Fed Raise Interest Rates This Year?

If you sell a dollar-denominated commodity, as oil product retailers do, your business is affected by whether or not the Federal Reserve hikes interest rates. If they do, the U.S. dollar strengthens, likely resulting in lower oil product prices.
http://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/will-fed-raise-interest-rates-year/

Predicting Winter Price Trends

What are prices going to do this winter? This time of year it’s always one of the first questions dealers ask. Should they be filling their inventory? Should they be purchasing extra wet barrels?
http://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/predicting-winter-price-trends/

Credit Card Surcharging Now Permitted

Have you ever been into a store with a sign reading “cash only” or “$10 minimum on credit card transactions”? This is most likely due to the fact that businesses accepting credit cards pay a percentage of every transaction to the credit card companies for…
http://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/credit-card-surcharging-now-permitted/

Prices & Predictions

Hedging experts tackle 10 tough questions on the oil markets of today and tomorrow The winter of 2017-2018 saw Brent and WTI crude oil prices increase by more than $10/barrel over the previous winter. Wholesale and retail heating oil prices also spiked s…
http://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/prices-predictions/

Take Control of Product Costs

When John “Mac” MacKenna, the impetuous and enthusiastic editor of Oil & Energy, ordered me to write an article in accordance with the theme of Cost of Sales for this issue, I was quite excited, as I felt that this was right in our wheelhouse.
http://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/take-control-product-costs/

Occidental Beats Out Chevron in Bidding War for Anadarko

On May 9, Occidental Petroleum announced it had entered into a definitive agreement whereby the company will acquire Anadarko Petroleum Corporation for $59 in cash and 0.2934 shares of Occidental common stock per share of Anadarko common stock, in a trans…
http://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/occidental-beats-out-chevron-bidding-war-anadarko/

Pondering the Numbers

Even in summer, marketers can appreciate some thought-provoking data
http://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/pondering-numbers/

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