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Old April 3rd, 2020, 08:05   #1
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Default When will diesel prices start to fall?

Gas prices have dropped super low. I have seen $1.49 up here in Maine. Will diesel start to follow? Still at $2.76. Can anyone explain exactly why diesel prices fluctuate offset/behind from gasoline?
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Old April 3rd, 2020, 09:56   #2
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99% of the people who have stopped going to work and therefore reduced the demand for fuel were probably using gasoline.

Activities that use diesel, like trucking, are still taking place. Maybe slightly reduced, but not as much reduction in usage as gasoline.

Just a guess. I have no idea.
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Old April 3rd, 2020, 10:00   #3
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They are falling just like gas is. At least here. Under $2 a gallon at some places. Gas near $1 at some spots.
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Near $1 per gallon? Wow.

Haven’t seen it that cheap for a long time. Maybe in the 1990’s.
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Old April 3rd, 2020, 11:02   #5
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$1.01 to $1.05 at a few places.
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Mr. Chill said he saw $2.19 in MA near the RI border. I haven't seen anything that low yet. Around me prices have dropped about $.20. Someone here wrote that a drop in gasoline production will reduce distillate stocks that are used to make diesel, so diesel prices may not fall much. But that's stuff I don't fully understand.
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I would bet diesel use is up yr over yr,if you look at all the on line shopping happening because people are scared to death to go to the malls and other stores. Fedex and UPS are hiring more people if they can get them.In SWFL we are about 70 higher than REG gas. I don't expect equal prices except for special local situations.
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Don't think it's that simple. Most states have stopped most or all commercial construction projects, lots of residential service businesses (like remodeling or landscaping) aren't operating, lots of ships, which were supposed to switch to lower sulfur fuel this year, aren't operating. Jet fuel? Nope. But with lots of people in the Northeast and Midwest at home, heating oil use may be up, despite the mild winter. It's hard to figure how all that will shake out.
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Distillate consumption is definitely down, and dropping. Residential heating oil only makes up roughly 3% of US distillate usage, so probably neglible impact from that.

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Near $1 per gallon? Wow.

Havenít seen it that cheap for a long time. Maybe in the 1990ís.
I had a long commute (about 1 1/2 hour each way) for a few months in 2000.
And remember filling up my gas Jetta 2 or 3 times a week. Gas was about $1.18/gal. That is my reference point when price fluctuates.

Oh, and I don't forget that gas was 59 cents a gal when I started driving in the
late 1970's. I remember a friend and I flipped the air cleaner cover over on the Ford wagon we were driving back from the beach, to gain a couple miles/gal since we were low on cash.
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$2.14 for d2 here
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Yeah, different types of fuel will respond to large scale market forces similarly, but from a supplier/demand standpoint the two are still different products. Diesel will eventually start to tend in the same direction as Regular, but they don't necessarily walk hand-in-hand.
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Got an oil delivery today, price per gallon is down about $.40 since the previous delivery at the end of February.
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Saw $2.09 this morning Waldorf MD


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