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Spot Ethanol Rallies on Week on Plant Production Outages
3/22 5:41 PM
Spot Ethanol Rallies on Week on Plant Production Outages WASHINGTON, D.C. (DTN) -- Spot ethanol prices at the Kinder Morgan operated Argo terminal and in New York Harbor posted various results in choppy trading Friday afternoon following days of massive flooding in the Midwest, while Chicago Board of Trade feedstock corn futures climbed to a six-week high on the spot continuous chart. Following several days of extensive flooding, roughly 13% of the nation's ethanol production capacity have been shut down and rail deliveries idled in some locations in Nebraska, Iowa, and South Dakota. According to Reuters, from 100,000 to 140,000 bpd of corn-based fuel have been taken offline in recent days, while limited access to railways have forced some operating producers to turn to trucks for deliveries, increasing transportation costs. In the Arizona market, acute ethanol shortages are exacerbated by the closure of the state's only ethanol plant located south of Phoenix, which sent the regional spot price 13.5cts higher in Friday trading. In other markets, sources pegged prompt delivered ethanol at Argo in Chicago at $1.4250 gallon, down 5.25cts from a session prior and up 4.5cts on a week ago. Ethanol shipped under Rule 11 rail terms was last indexed at $1.4150 gallon, slipping 4.5cts from last session but alike amount higher on the week. At the New York Harbor, prompt ethanol was last discussed at $1.5750 a gallon, while advancing a penny on a session and 12.5cts on the week. Gulf Cost ethanol moved 7.5cts up to $1.5700 from a day prior, while a steep 15cts up on a week. West Coast product was last discussed at $1.7450, 1.5cts higher from session prior and surging 21.5cts on the week. In futures markets, CBOT May corn futures moved 2cts higher on the session to $3.782 bushel. In line with higher feedstock corn costs, ethanol April futures moved 1.1cts up to $1.419 gallon, while the New York Mercantile Exchange RBOB April contract edged up 0.56cts to $1.9259 gallon at the market close. In compliance credits trade, 2018 D6 renewable identification numbers were indexed at 9.5cts, up 2cts on the session and 0.5cts down on the week, while 2019 D6 RINs were last discussed at 12cts, a penny higher from a session prior and 1.5cts lower from a week ago. Spot Ethanol Prices Market Low High Last vs. 03/21/19 03/15/19 New York Harbor $1.5650 $1.5850 $1.5750 $0.0100 $0.1250 Chicago (Terminal) $1.4150 $1.4350 $1.4250 -$0.0525 $0.0450 Chicago (Rule 11) $1.4000 $1.4300 $1.4150 -$0.0450 $0.0450 Houston $1.5600 $1.5800 $1.5700 $0.0750 $0.1500 Northern Calif. $1.7250 $1.7650 $1.7450 $0.0150 $0.2150 Southern Calif. $1.7250 $1.7650 $1.7450 $0.0150 $0.2150 Phoenix $1.7500 $1.7900 $1.7700 $0.1350 $0.3300 Pacific Northwest $1.7000 $1.7500 $1.7250 $0.1000 $0.2050 2018 D6 RINs $0.0900 $0.1000 $0.0950 $0.0200 -$0.0050 2019 D6 RINs $0.1100 $0.1300 $0.1200 $0.0100 -$0.0150 Liubov Georges, 1.646.359.4088, liubov.georges@dtn.com, www.dtn.com. (c) 2019 DTN. All rights reserved.