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Midwest propane retailers face trying times Posted on 02 Mar 2021 in the Blue Flame Blog categories.

The Midwest has been oversupplied and low-valued long enough that it lacks investment to meet needs in high-demand periods, says Mark Rachal. Read more»

Decreasing crude supply may hinder propane supply Posted on 23 Feb 2021 in the Blue Flame Blog categories.

Despite the effects of the coronavirus pandemic, U.S. demand for petroleum products is recovering. Supply, however, is not. Read more»

February brings arctic air and red-hot propane demand Posted on 16 Feb 2021 in the Blue Flame Blog categories.

U.S. domestic demand for propane increased a whopping 714,000 barrels per day (bpd) during the fifth week of the year to 2.204 million bpd. Read more»

Buying propane for next winter might be a good value Posted on 09 Feb 2021 in the Blue Flame Blog categories.

If we can pluck good news from propane prices, it would be that next winter's prices are much lower than the current prices. Read more»

Low inventory relative to demand places upward pressure on prices Posted on 02 Feb 2021 in the Blue Flame Blog categories.

Days of supply measures available inventory to demand. As long as days of supply are trending lower, prices are certainly going to feel upward pressure. Read more»

Demand, inventory fluctuations lead to big price swing Posted on 26 Jan 2021 in the Blue Flame Blog categories.

Since last week’s Trader’s Corner, there was a dramatic change in U.S. propane prices. The change began after the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday. Read more»

Protecting margins when propane prices rise rapidly Posted on 20 Jan 2021 in the Blue Flame Blog categories.

The quick gains in propane prices like those experienced this past week can have an immediate impact on a retail company’s bottom line. Read more»

Fundamentals point to higher propane prices this winter Posted on 12 Jan 2021 in the Blue Flame Blog categories.

As long as export demand remains strong, there is likely to be continued pressure on inventory and thus support for propane prices. Read more»

Big draw on propane inventory keeps market bullish Posted on 04 Jan 2021 in the Blue Flame Blog categories.

Propane inventories are still more than adequate, but the focus is on the trends. How will these trends change in 2021? Read more»

Propane prices on a rally this winter Posted on 28 Dec 2020 in the Blue Flame Blog categories.

Despite ample inventories, U.S. propane prices have appreciated markedly this winter, with most of the gain coming in the last few weeks. Read more»