Products Prices, markets & analysis
For clear insight into regional Products markets, you need in-depth price reports direct from those regions.
That’s why ICIS maintains a network of locally based reporters, providing not just price assessments but market commentary and analysis.
There’s no better way to stay up-to-speed with all the latest information that can make a difference to your business.
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Products Overview Transcript
The daily Products report is a global report focusing mainly on processes mainly in Asia, US, and Europe. This allows our customers to really compare how prices are different between the different regions.
It may also be used to identify key market trends in the US. In addition the report allows our customers to find possible arbitrage opportunities.
For example, if Asia has stronger demand for a product such as naphtha, then that product, which is being made in the US could be shipped to Asia to help fill demand.
The report allows you to see the premiums and discounts in a product, and therefore you can determine the supply and demand issues in the region for this specific product
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Europe: ICE Brent crude oil futures remain the driving force in the European products markets.
Demand for refined crude oil products remains sluggish in Europe, as the region’s growth is constrained by macroeconomic factors.
Gasoline demand from the key US market has failed to match up to levels seen in previous years. Blending demand for naphtha fell towards November as gasoline became cheaper than naphtha.
Gasoline normally trades at a premium to naphtha, but the lower values have taken away the incentive to use the normally less expensive naphtha as a blendstock in gasoline production.
Falling temperatures led to a rise in demand for gasoil in northwest Europe, particularly impacting the German 50ppm gasoil market.
Demand for ultra-low sulphur diesel (ULSD) was high through autumn, but fell starting late October due to the approaching winter season.
Meanwhile, fuel oil exports started falling in late October, as an increasing number of companies preferred to send product over to Asia in smaller Suezmax vessels as opposed to very large crude carriers (VLCCs).
Demand for vacuum gasoil (VGO) from the key US export market remained steady to soft.
Most refineries have resumed operations from the autumn maintenance season, but their run rates were kept low because of poor refining margins.
Updated to mid-November 2013
US: In the third quarter of 2013, the average price of US gasoline has fallen to its lowest level since 2011, coming down from the high reached on 27 February at $3.79/gal for regular unleaded gasoline.
Prices fell below $3.25 cents/gal after an uneventful Atlantic hurricane season and as cheaper, winter blends of gasoline came into the market.
The winter grades are cheaper to produce, and prices typically fall toward year’s end.
Demand for both gasoline and distillates, such as jet fuel, tapered off in the third quarter, as the busier summer travel season ended.
US Gulf naphtha supplies are tight on surging demand from Europe and Asia.
Updated to mid-November 2013
China: The retail ceiling price for gasoline posted two increments and two declines over the August-November period. Because of the weak wholesale market, petrol stations were able to give considerable discounts for gasoline, because their margins remained good.
Gasoline consumption was relatively high in the third quarter, because China’s sales of vehicles that run on gasoline increased by 15% year on year from January to October. From mid-August to mid-October, end-user demand rose because of high temperatures in China’s summer months and increased vehicle usage during the National Day holiday which fell on 1-7 October. Additionally, China raised its retail ceiling prices twice in the same period, which boosted speculative trade.
However, demand fell slightly from the second half of October to mid-November, because it was the offseason for gasoline, while international crude prices had weakened.
On the supply side, both Sinopec’s and PetroChina’s refineries kept relatively high operating rates of 80-84% from mid-August to mid-November. The gasoline output ratio was above 20%, because it had better margins compared with other products.
In terms of blended gasoline, supply was ample during the same period, as end-user demand was weak, with Sinopec and PetroChina having bought only a small amount.
Updated to mid-November 2013
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ICIS collects pricing data on a wide range of chemical, energy and fertilizer products, including Products. Our extensive experience in price reporting means we can offer you access to historical data dating back more than 20 years for certain commodities.
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ICIS price assessments are based on information gathered from a wide cross-section of the market, comprising consumers, producers, traders and distributors from more than 250 reporters world-wide. Confirmed deals, verified by both buyer and seller, provide the foundation of our price assessments.
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