Diesel Rises in New York on Arctic Chill Seen Blasting Midwest

Diesel climbed in New York on speculation that demand will increase next week as an arctic chill sweeps across the U.S. Midwest.

Futures gained as much as 1.9 percent. An outbreak of cold air will extend from North and South Dakota to Texas by the end of next week and may linger past mid-November, Accuweather Inc. said. Temperatures in parts of the Plains may plunge by 40 degrees Fahrenheit, the State College, Pennsylvania-based service said.

Prices have soared in Midwest spot markets this week as farming demand has depleted inventories at terminals. Some terminals owned by Magellan Midstream Partners LP, have run out of diesel for a few hours to several days, Bruce Heine, spokesman for the Tulsa, Oklahoma-based company, said by e-mail yesterday.

“There have already been really tight supplies of diesel in the Midwest, with some diesel locations basically empty,” Phil Flynn, senior market analyst at Price Futures Group, said by said by telephone today. “Pipeline demand for heating oil is going to be strong because of the cold, and diesel demand is strong because farmers want to get in before the snow hits. All of a sudden you’ve got a price spike.”

Ultra low sulfur diesel for December delivery jumped 4.08 cents to settle at $2.4995 a gallon on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Spot diesel in the Midwest and Chicago markets surged yesterday to record premiums before retreating today to 49.50 cents and 47.50 cents a gallon over futures, respectively, data compiled by Bloomberg show.

Supply Diverted

“You’re going to see barrels that usually go to the New York area head in the other direction to capture that Midwest premium,” Eric Rosenfeldt, the vice president of supply and trading at Papco Inc. in Virginia Beach, Virginia, said today.

Gasoline futures for December delivery gained 0.51 cent to $2.1352 a gallon on the Nymex.

Nigeria approved permits for retailers including the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria, known as Ipman, to import cargoes of gasoline, Taofik Lawal, Lagos-based spokesman for the group, said by telephone today.

Gasoline stockpiles in the U.S. dropped for the fourth straight week in the seven days ended Oct. 31, falling 1.38 million barrels to 201.8 million, the Energy Information Administration, the Energy Department’s statistical arm, said. Distillate fuel supplies dropped 724,000 barrels to 119.7 million, the lowest since June, the agency said.

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