Argus Base Oils
Argus Base Oils is the only global spot price report published weekly. It is considered an essential source of global insights to support your business in the base oils market.
Among the benefits, this service provides spot or posted prices to negotiate the most market-appropriate term contract or spot deal; the global market commentary, news, and analysis deliver an overview of the base oils market necessary for engaging with clients.
Review weekly updates on plant maintenance schedules, allowing traders to identify regional short or long positions. With the global overview blenders can optimise the supply chain and blending operations to maintain or boost finished lubricant margins.
Global spot prices
Examine key spot prices Group I, II, III base oils across Europe, Russia, Asia, Middle East, North America and Latin America. Global crude prices, transport fuel and VGO prices.
The latest market-moving news, commentary and analysis published by our expert team of on-the-ground market reporters.
Access to historical data back to 2010, global refinery maintenance table, and capacity and expansions table.
Get valuable insights a range of extensive data on arbitrage tracking, vessel enquiries, and freight rates.
Data & Download
Access to global import/export data that you can download.
Customers that benefit
Base oil producersHave the choice of spot or posted prices to negotiate the most market-appropriate term contract or spot deal. Refiners can track base oil premiums to feedstock costs for refinery optimisation by monitoring. Producers can target most lucrative overseas markets by monitoring prices in export destinations, also covered in the report.
TradersCan gain a global overview and track spot price movements across different regions. Weekly updates on plant maintenance schedules allow traders to identify regional short or long positions.
Lubricant blendersCan access base oil spot prices by group, viscosity and region to negotiate the most appropriate term or spot contract price for procurement. The global overview allows blenders to optimise supply chains and blending operations to maintain or boost finished lubricant margins. Refinery maintenance and capacity data can be used to signal and prepare blenders for changes in local or global supply. Base oil pricing can also be used to negotiate contracts with lubricant retailers.
Additive companiesCan use global base oil spot prices to inform the cost of base oil feedstocks for additive production. Pricing, market commentary, news and analysis provides an overview of the base oils market necessary for engaging with clients, lubricant blenders purchasing additives for finished lubricant production.
Lubricant retailersCan use global base oil spot or posted prices to negotiate contracts for finished lubricants with lubricant blenders.
All key prices for the global base oils markets.
Key price assessments
Argus prices are recognised by the market as trusted and reliable indicators of the real market value. Explore some of our most widely used and relevant price assessments.
Argus USGC Group I and Group II fob
Independent price assessments capturing the value of group I and II base oils exported from the US Gulf Coast.
Argus Base Oils USGC Group III domestic price
Reliable price assessments for premium-grade base oils sold in the US.
Argus Base Oils Europe Group III (a) and (b) price
The only price assessments in the European market that differentiate Group III base oils with different approvals.
Argus Base Oils Europe Group II fca ARA
The price that captures the latest changes in demand-supply fundamentals.