Notwithstanding OPEC production cuts, Venezuela sanctions restricting crude supply to the US Gulf Coast driving the market higher, retail gasoline prices are poised to make their annual spring run. Seasonal specification changes in gasoline have a significant impact on price.
The Treasury Department of the United States placed sanctions on Venezuela’s state-owned oil company Petroleos de Venezuela, S.A (PDVSA) on January 28 in an effort to stabilize democratic order to the region and combat corruption in Venezuela.
On December 26th NYMEX low traded at $1.6205 per gallon. Since then, the price has moved higher to $0.27 per gallon moving ever closer to the $2.00 mark.
After a sharp rally to begin the year, oil prices have been trading in a tight range over the past two weeks and are waiting for their next cue to determine price direction.