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What propane retailers should expect from early winter build Posted on 11 Dec 2017 in the Blue Flame Blog categories.

U.S. propane retailers got an early Christmas present when the EIA reported a surprise 1.316-million-barrel build in U.S. propane inventory. Read more»

Producers extend deal to limit production. So what’s next? Posted on 04 Dec 2017 in the Blue Flame Blog categories.

Major producers, including OPEC countries and Russia, agreed to extend the production quotas implemented in January through the end of 2018. Read more»

Propane’s relative value to crude facing upward winter pressure Posted on 27 Nov 2017 in the Blue Flame Blog categories.

Propane prices often go through a bit of a slump between the middle of October and the Thanksgiving holiday. Read more»

Weighing the risks associated with locking in propane prices Posted on 20 Nov 2017 in the Blue Flame Blog categories.

Relative to West Texas Intermediate's crude price, Mont Belvieu is valued at 76 percent, while Conway is valued at 73 percent. Read more»

Fuel-use propane production, its effect on supply/demand Posted on 06 Nov 2017 in the Blue Flame Blog categories.

U.S. propane supply is growing, but not as much as in past years. Read more»

Propane faces support from crude market bullishness Posted on 30 Oct 2017 in the Blue Flame Blog categories.

Recently, propane prices have not gone beyond 78 to 80 percent of West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude’s price. Read more»

What happens when petchems shy away from propane? Posted on 23 Oct 2017 in the Blue Flame Blog categories.

With winter approaching, the most recent data shows petrochemical companies shying away from propane as a feedstock. Read more»

Traders’ position conflicts with Midwest price movement Posted on 16 Oct 2017 in the Blue Flame Blog categories.

As winter approaches, the Midwest, like the rest of the nation, has propane inventory levels that are below the five-year average and well below last year's. Read more»

Examining a tough three weeks for propane inventory Posted on 09 Oct 2017 in the Blue Flame Blog categories.

It has been a tough three weeks for propane inventories, as the typical period of inventory build nears its end. Read more»

A look at propane’s current value relative to WTI crude Posted on 05 Oct 2017 in the Blue Flame Blog categories.

WTI crude is an important metric because it gives propane retailers a way to evaluate the value of the product they sell. The comparison provides needed guidance when managing the price risks associated with propane supply. Read more»