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OPIS Blog

A closer look at key topics in the spot, rack and retail markets of the downstream petroleum industry.

Natural Gas, Spot Market

Natural Gas Markets 101: How History Shaped Today's Infrastructure

Did you know that at one time, the natural gas industry was under monopolistic control? Let’s take a look back at how it

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Convenience Stores, Retail Market

7 Trends Shaping Gas Station Profitability in 2019

Gas station owners operate in a highly competitive environment, where profits fluctuate wildly. It’s important to stay on

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Spot Market, Petrochemical

U.S. Ethylene Prices in Q1 2019: Less-Than-Happy New Year

As yet, the year 2019 has not provided much in the way of a Happy New Year for ethylene sellers. There are more than a

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Renewables, Carbon, Ethanol

2019 Ethanol Price and Carbon Credit Market Preview

It was a tumultuous year in the renewable fuel and carbon credit markets. 

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Gasoline, Retail Market

Retail Gasoline Profits Set Records in January 2019

January can be a cruel month for gasoline retailers. It inevitably brings the lowest demand of the year but often higher

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Natural Gas, Spot Market

Natural Gas Prices in 2019: A Regional Outlook

U.S. natural gas prices could very well be looking at a volatile year in 2019.

While U.S. dry gas production is soaring,

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