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Weakening WTI fundamentals could prove positive for propane export economics Posted on 21 Feb 2017 in the Blue Flame Blog categories.

The U.S. Energy Information Administration showed a 9.527-million-barrel build in U.S. crude inventory for the week ending Feb. 10. Read more»

Yearly price highs met with sharp sell-off; what happened? Posted on 13 Feb 2017 in the Blue Flame Blog categories.

It's difficult to pinpoint the cause of the two-day runup in prices that eventually turned into a sharp sell-off. Cost Management Solutions examines the change. Read more»

Exports, domestic demand adding current-price pressure Posted on 06 Feb 2017 in the Blue Flame Blog categories.

Propane prices have recently been on a surge. However, those increases in price have been contained to the front month. Read more»

US crude production offsets other production cuts Posted on 30 Jan 2017 in the Blue Flame Blog categories.

United States crude production increased 17,000 bpd last week. That put total U.S. production at 8.961 million bpd. Read more»

Propane inventory continues to fall at above-average pace Posted on 23 Jan 2017 in the Blue Flame Blog categories.

The inventory draws in January and for the week ending Jan. 13 make it almost a certainty inventory will end this winter at its lowest point in three years. Read more»

State of US propane inventory and its impact on pricing Posted on 17 Jan 2017 in the Blue Flame Blog categories.

U.S. propane inventory ended 2016 at 84.123 million barrels after dropping 2.746 million barrels in the final week of the year. Read more»

Propane prices on uptrend with improved fundamentals Posted on 09 Jan 2017 in the Blue Flame Blog categories.

Propane prices have been on a strong uptrend over the past year as fundamental conditions improve. Read more»

Mont Belvieu-Conway price spread tightens at year’s end Posted on 26 Dec 2016 in the Blue Flame Blog categories.

The price difference between the Mont Belvieu and Conway has tightened considerably over the last month and a half. Read more»

Propane exports, domestic demand hit inventory Posted on 19 Dec 2016 in the Blue Flame Blog categories.

For the week ending Dec. 9, the U.S. Energy Information Administration reported a 3.629-million-barrel draw in U.S. propane inventory. Read more»

Higher natural gas prices result in increased drilling, supplies Posted on 12 Dec 2016 in the Blue Flame Blog categories.

Natural gas prices have been rising rapidly since mid-November. Winter weather is a key factor in driving prices to their highest level since December 2014. Read more»