Gasoline Supply Concerns Trump Crude SPR Rumors

While most eyes are firmly focused on the crude oil markets for indications of QEternity spillover, geopolitical escalation, and/or SPR rumors; the end-product market has gone only one way for the last two weeks. Thanks to technical supply constraint concerns (refinery maintenance in the Atlantic Basin and supplies at their lowest in over four years) RBOB gasoline prices have jumped over 18% in the last few days as crude has drifted - which can only mean down-the-supply-chain price rises at the pump for car-drivers everywhere (whether you can find the gas station using your new iPhone 5 or not).

 

...clearly someone got squeezed...

 

Chart: Bloomberg