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Ray Masson

Ray Masson

Contributing Columnist

Ray Masson is director of Pumacrown Ltd., a trader and broker of petroleum products in London, U.K. 

You can reach him directly at pumacrown@email.com.

Recent Articles

EMEA Base Oil Price Report

Base oil prices across Europe, the Middle East and Africa were flat again the past week. –by Ray Masson

EMEA Base Oil Price Report

Base oil markets are steady this week, with few price pressures from the raw material side, given that fundamentals have remained relatively flat. Pockets of activity are developing, both in regional markets and for export cargoes loaded for markets such as West Africa. –by Ray Masson

EMEA Base Oil Price Report

Base oil markets are getting back to some form of normality as buyers and sellers returned to work this week after summer holidays. Activity seems slow so far, but perhaps the coming days will yield some signal about the direction of the markets. –by Ray Masson

EMEA Base Oil Price Report

As the holiday season nears an end, base oil markets around Europe, the Middle East and Africa are beginning to show signs of normal activity with a number of enquiries for export and domestic regional sales being pushed around the market. –by Ray Masson

EMEA Base Oil Price Report

Base oil markets in Europe, the Middle East and Africa have been relatively quiet over the last week, due mainly to the holiday period being in full swing, leading to little price movement across all grades. –by Ray Masson

EMEA Base Oil Price Report

Buyers and sellers are thin on the ground this week throughout European, Middle Eastern and African base oil markets, but those still in attendance are working diligently to get deals done during August. –by Ray Masson

EMEA Base Oil Price Report

Base oil markets in Europe, the Middle East and Africa have gone almost into limbo now, with many key players away on vacation and blending plants closed or operating on reduced schedules. –by Ray Masson

EMEA Base Oil Price Report

Base oil markets have entered a period of stability across Europe, the Middle East and Africa, with good availability for all types and grades but no glaring oversupply situations. –by Ray Masson

EMEA Base Oil Price Report

Base oil markets throughout Europe, the Middle East and African appear to be easing into their summer layoff. After a small spike in buying activity the past few weeks, trade has stabilized ahead of the traditional August lull. –by Ray Masson

EMEA Base Oil Price Report

Base oil markets throughout Europe, the Middle East and Africa are stable, but local issues are affecting prices and availabilities in some regions. Europe availabilities have tightened, and the tensions with Iran loom as a potential threat to raw material costs. –by Ray Masson

EMEA Base Oil Price Report

Europe, Middle East and Africa base oil prices are stable. There were some attempts to raise prices in export offers, but these offers were negotiated back down to existing levels. –by Ray Masson

EMEA Base Oil Price Report

Base oil prices in Europe, the Middle East and Africa are mostly stable, with a few exceptions, thanks to lower crude and feedstock prices. That stability may already be coming under pressure, though, since crude prices have already rebounded. –by Ray Masson

EMEA Base Oil Price Report

A degree of stability has settled over API Group I trade around Europe, the Middle East and Africa, with slightly increased demand and reduced production bringing the segment close to balance. –by Ray Masson

EMEA Base Oil Price Report

Prices for API Group I base oils are mostly stable throughout Europe, the Middle East and Africa, thanks to a number of interlinked developments that have altered supply-demand balances – to the point that some sources are even forecasting shortages. –by Ray Masson

EMEA Base Oil Price Report

The conundrum facing base oil refiners may have been partly solved by the sudden slide in crude and feedstock prices, which alleviated the need to raise base oil prices in order to attain acceptable margins. –by Ray Masson