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Bubble Map Update: Bakken at Clearbrook Selling at a Premium

June 17, 2013 The June 14th Bubble Map shows some big changes in the Bakken at Clearbrook price. The differential at Clearbrook has been volatile since we last checked in. It peaked at a $3.50 premium earlier last week, settling at a $2 premium over WTI last Friday. The Bakken differential at the wellhead was […]

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June Bubble Map: Rail is the Big Winner

June 5, 2013 In the June Bubble Map we see some interesting differentials west of the Bubble. The WTI-San Joaquin Valley Heavy differential is the tightest we’ve seen…ever. SJVH is just a $2 premium over WTI, down from $6 in our last post. The WTI-ANS differential has also tightened to $7 over, down from $10 […]

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May Bubble Map: MidContinent Crudes Getting to the Coast Lead to Tighter Differentials

May 14, 2013 We’ve given the Bubble Map a fresh look for spring. It’s a little less busy, but still contains the same great information. Notice the two price differentials for Bakken, one at the wellhead and one at Clearbrook, MN. We thought it would be instructive to show the cost of moving the crude […]

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April Bubble Map: Eased Up Price Differentials in the Mid Continent

April 8, 2013 The April edition of the Bubble Map shows that Mid Continent price differentials to the coast have gone down since our last update in January when Brent was $18 over WTI. The WTI/WCS differential is the narrowest since last October. WCS prices generally strengthen in spring because the start of the paving […]

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Stillwater Study Debunks Allegations of West Coast Gasoline Price Manipulation

February 15, 2013 When gasoline prices in California shot up to record levels last fall, the public was reasonably frustrated and the media and policy makers were eager to understand the root causes of the spike. Stillwater monitors crude oil and retail gasoline prices daily and we wrote extensively about this price spike on our […]

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