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U.S. Refiners to Urge Biden Administration Not to Ban Fuel Exports – Reuters

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U.S. oil refiners will try to convince the Biden administration not to ban exports of domestic fuel to combat record-high gasoline prices during tomorrow’s scheduled meeting with Secretary of Energy Jennifer Grandholm, Reuters reported on Wednesday.

Refining executives reportedly will seek to make the case that an export ban would anger allies and lead to refining production cuts as companies lose access to global markets that have become crucial to revenues, ultimately raising prices.

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The U.S. is the world’s biggest exporter of refined products, and Mexico, Canada and Japan are among the top buyers of those partners, while Europe has increased purchases in recent weeks to make up for lost Russian supply.

“If refiners aren’t allowed to export, they’re just going to slow down production and cut the refinery utilization rate,” Mizuho’s director of energy futures Bob Yawger told Reuters, adding that excess products likely would be sent into inventories, which are at multi-year lows.

U.S. capacity to refine crude oil into fuel and other products has dropped below 18M bbl/day to hit its lowest level since 2014, according to the Department of Energy’s latest annual refinery capacity report.

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Maersk, MSC to End Global Alliance in Container Shipping Shakeup

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The world’s two biggest shipping lines – A.P. M?ller-Maersk (OTCPK:AMKBY) (OTCPK:AMKAF) and Mediterranean Shipping Co. – said Wednesday they will end their 2M vessel sharing partnership in 2025, a move S&P Global Platts said will shake up the container shipping market and .

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U.S. Natural Gas Slides Below $3 for First Time in 19 Months

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U.S. natural gas futures fell below $3 for the first time since May 2021, trading as low as $2.992/MMBtu Wednesday before the front-month February contract (NG1:COM) settled at a new 52-week low, -5.8% to $3.067/MMBtu.

Since fears that suppliers couldn’t meet wintertime demand pushed U.S. natgas prices to a 14-year high of ~$10/MMBtu in August, U.S. and Europe have refilled their buffer inventories ahead of winter, and relatively warm temperatures in the Northern Hemisphere so far have held down demand for heating.

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Sens. Warren, Welch Urge Moderna to Reconsider COVID-19 Shot Price Increase

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Democratic Sens. Elizabeth Warren (Mass.) and Peter Welch (Vt.) are asking Moderna (NASDAQ:MRNA) CEO Stephane Bancel to reconsider a price hike for COVID-19 vaccines once they become available through the commercial market.

Moderna (MRNA), like rival Pfizer (), has said it plans to hike the price of its COVID shot to between $110 and $130 per dose, far higher than what the federal government has been paying for them.

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