ARGUS US Products

Argus US Products: proven methodology, trusted intelligence, now at 3:45 pm

Argus US products is your comprehensive intelligence and pricing service for all motor fuels including gasoline, blend stocks, diesel, jet and renewables, with prices delivered at 3:45 pm central. 

We take care to reflect the true market as it trades, when it trades, bringing new features into the service such as new prices to the Chicago market and new Argus Temperature Correction Factors. We are dedicated to uncover and appropriately assess developing markets as your trusted partner in the refined products spot industry.

Learn why our market-appropriate methodology is valuable to your business.

Key features

  • Published at 3:45 pm central daily 
  • Assessments from 8 am to 2:30 pm central 
  • Market and price analysis
  • Market-moving news
  • Historical data
  • End-of-day report through Argus Direct, PDF send or Argus Publications App
  • Market-appropriate methodology

Markets covered

  • Bunkers
  • Diesel
  • Fuel Oil
  • Gasoline
  • Gasoline blendstocks
  • Jet
  • Naphtha
  • Renewables with RINS and LCFS
  • VGO

Key index prices

  • B99 & B100 biodiesel
  • NEW Chicago products including Wolverine prices
  • Colonial pipeline "linespace" and products
  • NYH barge and Buckeye pipeline products
  • RIN biofuel credits
  • USMC asphalt barge
  • USWC marine fuel

Customers that benefit

Anyone with exposure to US refined products prices will find the Argus US Products service essential. Argus subscribers include:

  • Traders
  • Marketers
  • Risk managers
  • Planners
  • Analysts
  • Finance officers
  • Senior executives
  • Governments
  • Regulators
  • Exchanges
  • Tax authorities
  • Banks
  • Airlines
  • National oil companies
  • Refiners
  • Midstream firms

Introducing a new feature to our US Products service: Temperature Correction Factors (TCFs)

Real-world adjustments that protect your margins when temperatures change

Argus TCFs are a standardized, accurate and timely way to correct prices to reflect temperature changes, ensuring that temperature variation doesn’t affect your margins or your ratability.

Benefits of using Argus TCFs

  • Never pay more or less per net gallon than you intended
  • Improved ratability in your day-to-day operations
  • Peace of mind with an objective, third-party correction that everyone can agree on

About Argus TCFs

Like all liquids, fuels expand and contract with changes in temperature. When they get colder, they contract, resulting in less overall volume. When they heat up, they expand, yielding more overall volume.

Argus TCFs account for these changes, modelling the effect of ambient temperature on the temperature and density of fuel in terminal tanks around the US. TCFs can be used to convert between net prices (the price for volumes measured at the industry-standard, 60° F) and gross prices (the price for volumes measured at a real-world temperature). The result is precise billing based on true product transfer, not guesswork or month-later corrections to invoices.

 

What is a TCF?

Imagine a given quantity of gasoline, expanding and contracting as the outside temperature changes. The Argus TCF is calculated as the volume occupied by that fuel at 60° F, divided by the volume occupied by that same quantity of fuel at its in-tank temperature on a given day. The TCF goes up as real-world temperatures drop, and goes down as real world temperatures rise.

Fuel temperature Argus TCF
Less than 60° F Greater than 1.00000
Greater than 60° F Less than 1.00000

Argus publishes six daily TCFs for all terminals in the Northeastern and Midwestern US.

Finished gasoline Finished diesel
Day 1 (the day of publication) Yes Yes
Day 2 (the next day) Yes Yes
Day 3 (the day after) Yes Yes

How TCFs are calculated

Each Argus TCF is calculated using a proprietary thermodynamic model which accounts for atmospheric heat transfer, radiation heat loss by night, and heat transfer through the base of a tank to the ground. Each TCF relies on 9 prior days of ambient temperature data, and makes the following assumptions about the tank in which the fuel is held:

  • Tank is 14m high, 14m wide, and 60pc full
  • Tank is turned every five days on average
  • Tank paint has a reflectivity of 60%

In addition, “refinery-fed” TCFs assume that the tank is being refilled direct from a refinery, with fuel that is warmer than ambient.

How to use Argus TCFs

Argus TCFs can be used to adjust “net” prices to account for changes in the fuel’s temperature, and therefore its density:

Net (60° F) price per gallon * TCF = Gross (at real-world temperature) price per gallon

A full supply contract might take a more complex form, for example:

Gross price  = {(90% * Gasoline) + (10% * Ethanol)}*Argus TCF

Argus TCF naming convention:

Argus TCF naming convention

 

Click here to download a .csv of our most recent PA code list.

How to access Argus TCFs

Argus TCFs are already available to all subscribers of our US Products Service. They are published each weekday at 3:45pm CT along with our US road fuel assessments, and are included in the US Products data feeds.

  • Our Argus Direct platform's “Price data” section
  • The Argus Direct for Spreadsheets Microsoft Excel add-in
  • Data feeds
    • FTP
    • API
    • Through third party partners such as MarketView, Thomson Reuters and DTN
Subscribers: See a list of TCFs on Argus Direct

Advantages of Argus temperature correction

  • Argus TCFs are based on actual temperatures, not historical averages
  • Our thermodynamic model produces more accurate estimate of in-tank temperature than simply using ambient temperature
  • We use temperature data localized to the specific terminal
  • Our method allows daily temperature correction – with no need to revise retroactively

Learn what makes our US methodology valuable

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