Overview

Argus has been assessing Americas asphalt markets since 1998, and is the only provider with a global reach. Argus asphalt indexes are commonly used in supply contracts, market-to-market, and various other internal accountancy functions. 

In addition to industry leading spot prices, news, and analysis, this weekly service includes a series of metrics that help users understand the relative profitability of asphalt. Whether you are planning your next pick-up, your next sale or your next multi-million-dollar cargo, the Argus Americas Asphalt service can help you to make informed business decisions.

Key features

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Bulk and rack prices

Asphalt pricing at every stage of the supply chain, from barge, rail, and ship to the truck-loading rack and US DoT pricing

Market-moving news

Access the latest news published by our expert team of reporters to ensure you stay on top of asphalt market developments

Arbitrage flows

Weekly coverage of import and export trades that capture arbitrage flows by ocean-going tankers

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Economic metrics

Economic metrics include: coker yield & blendstock value calculations; heavy-light crude differentials; and a snapshot of weekly US asphalt stock levels.

Forecast maps

Precipitation and temperature forecast maps to help distributors and contractors understand how the weather could shape asphalt demand over the coming weeks

Robust methodologies

Argus Americas Asphalt price assessments are underpinned by the most robust, transparent and credible methodologies, developed with the industry to ensure our price assessments are a true reflection of how the markets trade

Customers that benefit

Market participants turn to the Argus Americas Asphalt service for accurate and relevant asphalt pricing and market information. Below are examples of how some clients use this service:
  • Refiners

    Rely on Argus’ accurate and impartial indexes to provide transparency in opaque and volatile bulk markets. Argus’ prices are referenced in asphalt contracts for domestic and international trade, as well as refinery transfer protocol and mark-to-market.

  • Asphalt resellers and distributors

    Involved in the retail segment use Argus’ rack prices as a reliable insight into buying and selling in a highly competitive market environment.

  • Merchant Traders

    involved in the global transportation of asphalt products benefit from a credible pricing index agreeing contracts. Argus provides up-to-date information on market-moving events that could open or shut spot arbitrage opportunities in an increasingly globalised asphalt market.
  • Concrete & cement manufacturers

    Use Argus’ prices as a reference for competing material.

  • Highway officials

    Look to Argus Department of Transportation prices as a quick reference for supplier prices in key locations. Argus provides up-to-date information on state and private budgets that affect highway funding.