Premium Gasoline Basis in Group 3 Surges after Disruption
2/25 2:36 PM
Premium Gasoline Basis in Group 3 Surges after Disruption CRANBURY, N.J. (DTN) -- Basis for premium conventional gasoline in the Oklahoma Group 3 spot market spiked 925 points Thursday to 27.5cts over March RBOB futures on the New York Mercantile Exchange, as last week's disruptions to distribution and refining activity in the Gulf Coast and Midwest tightens available supply for the grade ahead of the transition to lower Reid vapor pressure ratings on March 1. Group gasoline basis has marched higher since Presidents' Day weekend after refining activity was sharply reduced for the Texas and Oklahoma region. Market intelligence also points to problems on the Explorer Pipeline, which runs north from Port Arthur, Texas to Tulsa, Okla., and then northeast to Hammond, Indiana. Conventional gasoline in the Chicago market also strengthened against CBOB, with the Chicago spot market today trading for first cycle March pipeline deliveries and April futures indexing. There's an 8.4cts carry in the prompt futures spread with one session remaining for the March contract before expiration. Chicago CBOB is now indexed at a 13cts discount to April futures and conventional premium at a 9.5cts premium to the April screen, with premium's regrade against CBOB widening 450 points. Energy Information Administration on Wednesday reported the fourth straight draw in PADD 2 Midwest gasoline stocks to a 53.6 million bbl five-week low as of Feb. 19, with inventory falling 1.9 million bbl or 2.9% in February. Midwest gasoline stocks are down 5.479 million bbl or 9.3% against the comparable week a year ago. PADD 2 gasoline output dropped 229,000 bpd or 10% last week to 2.068 million bpd according to EIA data, the lowest processing rate since late May 2020, while down 368,000 bpd or 15.1% against year ago and the three-year average. Brian L. Milne, 1.402.255.8020,, (c) Copyright 2021 DTN, LLC. All rights reserved.
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