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Favorable relative value for Mont Belvieu, Conway propane Posted on 12 Feb 2018 in the Blue Flame Blog categories.

Cost Management Solutions' Mark Rachal takes a look at propane’s relative value to crude and how it is trending compared with last year. Read more»

Seeking opportunity to secure supplies, lock prices next winter Posted on 05 Feb 2018 in the Blue Flame Blog categories.

It is now the homestretch for winter, but forecasts for a cold February mean there is much work still to be done. Read more»

Propane prices retreat despite strong domestic demand Posted on 29 Jan 2018 in the Blue Flame Blog categories.

U.S. propane prices have returned to where they began the winter – in a price decline that has surprised many, given strong domestic demand support. Read more»

Propane supplied from natural gas processing jumps Posted on 22 Jan 2018 in the Blue Flame Blog categories.

U.S. propane production from natural gas processing plants jumped in October 2017, according to the latest data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Read more»

Why are US crude inventories falling when they are normally building? Posted on 08 Jan 2018 in the Blue Flame Blog categories.

At this time of year, we expect refinery throughput to be lower. However, inventory has continued to fall this winter at a sharp pace. Read more»

Lower domestic propane demand offset by exports Posted on 26 Dec 2017 in the Blue Flame Blog categories.

It is difficult to believe, but domestic propane demand is running slightly below last year’s levels for the same time of year. Read more»

Growing propane supplies adding stability to the market Posted on 18 Dec 2017 in the Blue Flame Blog categories.

Propane supply gets less attention than demand, but is more important in setting the pricing environment. Read more»

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»