Dow rises 900 points, gasoline rises as well.. hike soon!

As of late, oil and gasoline have been virtually tied to the Dow as we look to economic woes as reasons to sell-off gasoline and oil contracts. With the Dow finally putting together a noteworthy rally, gasoline and oil both surged.

With a gain in wholesale prices along with much tighter Midwest supplies, we can expect our first price hike in weeks. The tightness in supplies is mainly due to refinery woes later this summer, combined with planned fall maintenance led to a large loss in inventories. Usually when this happens, refiners will direct products to the Midwest to take advantage of larger margins. However, coupled with Gustav and Ike, refiners were too busy directing fuel at the South, especially TN and GA as large shortages increased margins.

Fuel out of Chicago is now pegged roughly 40-cents over the NYMEX trading price, bringing us to a $2.35 wholesale cost before shipping and taxes.

I would fuel up very soon and take advantage of anything under $3, knowing that a hike would be to $3.19-$3.29.

Hopefully this is temporary, but we’ll find out.


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  1. Rack prices are 20 cents higher than Monday. I was really expecting to see Speedway at $3.159 this morning, but it isn’t going to happen.

    I would like to assume that means that we will get a drop at the rack tonight (since the market is down 7 cents), but who knows.

    If rack prices drop 7-10 cents tonight we still might see Speedway go up to $3.059-$3.099 on Thursday.

    Today’s rack prices are about 65 cents higher than the current NYMEX price.

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