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Nov 19 2018
Arco's New Owner Debuts at No. 1
UPDATE: SHARE OF MARKET IN THE WEST
Market Share

Regional

Western gasoline demand hit its all-time high last year and is on course to grow again in 2018 despite shrinkage in laggard California. There is a new boss in town in terms of share of market in the 12-state region: Ohio-based Marathon Petroleum. We present shares over time and check gallonage gains and losses around the region.
Nov 12 2018
California's Global Warming Regs
PRICE PUMP PENALTY PROGRAMMED TO RISE
Regulations

Retail Price

Demand
California regulators have set a half gallon per capita per day gasoline diet for 2030. So demand will have to fall 40% from current usage, per government diktats. How high must the retail price go to achieve this? Will California motorists and voters take this lying down? Herein we measure impacts of state climate change prevention programs on California's gasoline market. Does the California fuels industry have Stockholm Syndrome?
Oct 30 2018
Total U.S. Station Network Worth $121-Billion
GASOLINE STATION VALUES ARE STILL RISING
Station Population

Regional

The U.S. average asking price for a station for sale is now $845,000, up 18% from four years ago. Swelling throughputs and higher gasoline margins are key causes. Herein the Letter identifies trends affecting station valuation and details findings around the country.
Oct 23 2018
Exxon Leapfrogs To Top
GULF COAST MARKET SHARE UPDATE
Market Share

Regional

There's been dramatic change in PADD 3's top gasoline market shares: Divorce (Shell and Motiva), marriage (Marathon and Andeavor), buyouts downstream of them, and gallonage leaps and plunges reordering gasoline market shares in the region home to more than half the country's refining capacity, the Gulf Coast.
Sep 24 2018
Marathon Comes Full Circle
PADD 2-WEST MARKET SHARE UPDATE
Market Share

Regional

Phillips is No.1 in the nine-state Western PADD 2 territory, and Marathon is back big time. Gasoline demand in the region has been stellar so far in 2018 after shrinking last year.
Sep 04 2018
As Foreign Government Owner Collapses
CITGO ON THE BRINK
Refining

Market Share

With three refineries and marketing assets in 29 states, Citgo is a prize that may soon be up for grabs in whole or in chunks as many companies are owed hugely by its owner, the state oil company of OPEC member Venezuela. This study provides Citgo's U.S. gasoline market share, state territory, and its history of tumultuous changes and fearsome events that have been hitting at an accelerating pace.
Aug 22 2018
Undercurrents Below Bely the Calm
PADD 2 EAST: 2017 GASOLINE MARKET SHARES
Market Share

Regional

Marathon is king in the six-state eastern portion of PADD 2, BP and Exxon saw sales surge last year, and Citgo may really be up for grabs soon. Shell's and Marathon's sales are up so far in 2018 after important shrinkage in 2017, while BP's sales did the opposite. Current and historical gasoline sales and shares are revealed herein.
Aug 14 2018
Driving Season Is May - August
GASOLINE DEMAND SEASONALITY 2017
Demand



Last year's gasoline seasonality curve revealed a much greater jump in June than usual, and May's demand exceeding that of July. The nation's driving season is now a four month affair, starting in May. This report details the 2017 curve, compares it with long term trends, drills into gaping variations in state by state seasonality, and examines some of the gasoline myths that persist in general news media.
Jul 30 2018
Price Recovery In Perspective
CRUDE OIL STILL A BARGAIN
Production/Supply/Demand



Oil prices have shot up more than $20 bbl. during the past twelve months which has resulted in a search for culprits and much general dismay. This comes just two years after "experts" were blaming OPEC for deliberately crashing the price. This report examines crude oil price behavior in a global context and rebuffs claims that $70 is abnormally high.
Jul 20 2018
Motiva Assumes Top Share
UPDATE: SOUTHEAST GASOLINE MARKET SHARES
Market Share

Regional

Top Southeast gasoline marketer Motiva achieved a 2.2-points lead over No.2, ExxonMobil, in February 2018. With Marathon, they are three of the standout powerhouses in terms of market shares of the demand-rich Southeast region. This report updates Southeast market shares in the seven-state territory where demand growth has sped past growth in the rest of the country.
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