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OPIS Blog

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

Gasoline, Spot Market, Rack Market

Gasoline Price Volatility and the 2019 RVP Season

It's almost spring (never mind that snow!),  but the gasoline market is already thinking summer.

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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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