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By John Kemp, senior energy analyst at Reuters

Portfolio investors have amassed one of the largest bullish positions in U.S. gasoline futures and options since before the coronavirus pandemic, anticipating that prices will continue climbing over the next few months.

U.S. gasoline has emerged as the most attractive part of the petroleum complex for investors betting prices will rise further this year in the run up to presidential and congressional elections in November.

Relatively low inventories, employment gains, strong household income growth and the prospect of an active hurricane season are expected to keep gasoline consumption high and inventories under pressure.

Ukraine’s drone attacks on refineries in Russia threaten to tighten the international supply situation even further and have prompted the Biden administration to warn Ukraine’s government to change its targeting.


U.S. gasoline consumption is correlated with employment and household incomes so the current rise in nonfarm jobs and wage rates are likely to underpin strong use in 2024.

Domestic consumption has been trending structurally lower since 2007 as a result of improvements in fuel economy, ethanol blending and more recently the deployment of electric and hybrid vehicles. But lower domestic use has been more than offset by strong growth in exports, mostly to Mexico and other countries in Latin America, which has kept overall refinery production trending higher.

Strong domestic consumption during the peak summer driving season is likely to cause inventories to tighten cyclically and exert upward pressure on prices in 2024.

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Crucially, the Biden White House appears to be strongly signaling to the Netanyahu government that the attack is 'done' and that the United States will not back any follow-up counterattack operations against Iran:

US President Joe Biden told Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that the US will not aid any Israeli counterattack on Iran, US media report, citing senior administration officials.

Axios and CNN report that message was passed during a phone call between the pair.

Axios reports that Biden told Netyanyahu the US will oppose any Israeli counterattack.

CNN reports that Biden said the US will not take part in any such counteraction.

Israel has called on a United Nations Security Council meeting to condemn the Iranian aggression, which is expected to take place late Sunday. The US administration appears to be lobbying for a status quo and for Israel to not mount a strong response. 

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France's Aquitaine-class FREMM frigate Alsace has turned tail from the Red Sea after running out of missiles and munitions repelling attacks from the Yemeni armed forces, according to its commander, Jerome Henry.

"We didn’t necessarily expect this level of threat. There was an uninhibited violence that was quite surprising and very significant. [The Yemenis] do not hesitate to use drones that fly at water level, to explode them on commercial ships, and to fire ballistic missiles," Henry told French news outlet Le Figaro in an exclusive interview published on 11 April.

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Iran is now citing Article 51 of the UN Charter for its attack. It says "the matter can be deemed concluded" - suggesting it will not launch further strikes. However, it has warned against any retaliation or any involvement by the United States. “Conducted on the strength of Article 51 of the UN Charter pertaining to legitimate defense, Iran’s military action was in response to the Zionist regime’s aggression against our diplomatic premises in Damascus," its permanent mission at the United Nations said on Twitter/X. "The matter can be deemed concluded. However, should the Israeli regime make another mistake, Iran’s response will be considerably more severe. It is a conflict between Iran and the rogue Israeli regime, from which the U.S. MUST STAY AWAY!”
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In just six days, one of the year’s best meteor showers of 2024 will begin. It will peak on the night of May 4-5.

The Eta Aquariid meteor shower, which runs from April 15 through May 27, can produce between 10 and 30 “shooting stars” per hour during that peak, and sometimes as many as 50, according to the American Meteor Society.

If you’re keen to follow up this week’s total solar eclipse with another astronmical experience, book a campsite now in a Dark Sky Place or anywhere that looks dark on a light pollution map.

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Iran has launched an attack against Israel using hundreds of suicide drones, the Jewish state has confirmed — and missiles could be next, the Islamic Republic vowed.

The dozens of drones will take two hours or more to reach Israeli air space, an expert told The Post. Officials believe they’re destined for military targets.

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Iran launched a significant drone attack on Israel on Saturday, which is expected to take hours to reach its targets, as reported by Israel's military and confirmed by Iranian state media quoting Iran's revolutionary guards. Iran's Revolutionary Guards have stated that Operation 'True Promise' is a response to Israeli actions and is part of their strategy to punish Israel for its perceived crimes. 

According to a report by Israel's Channel 12 TV, Iran has also launched cruise missiles at Israel, with a shorter flight time than a drone. 

According to two regional security sources, Jordan has positioned its air defences to intercept and destroy any Iranian drones or aircraft that breach its airspace. These sources further indicated that the army is on high alert, with radar systems actively monitoring drone movements. Jordan has also declared a state of emergency in the country.

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To understand the impact the World Health Organisation’s (“WHO’s”) proposed International Health Regulations (“IHR”) amendments will have on every person on Earth, we have to get to grips with what totalitarian rule is – because should the amendments proposed by WHO be accepted next month, the people of the world would be subjected to unadulterated totalitarianism.
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While it is easy to imagine that Facebook could be under siege by malicious hackers, the truth might actually be worse for the company. Speaking to MailOnline, tech experts have revealed that Meta may have created a system that is now too complex to keep running - particularly as the company continues to cut staff. Worryingly, one expert has warned that the problems are only going to get worse, describing the outages as 'existential' for Meta.
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The pipes in Glen Canyon Dam that release water from Lake Powell to feed Lake Mead are too damaged to function, officials said. There will be no spring release, threatening water supply to Lake mead, a reservoir that supplies drinking and agricultural water to more than 30 million people in California, Nevada, Utah, and parts of Mexico.
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Joe Biden once again attacked Republican lawmakers for banning sexually explicit books in schools. Of course, Biden is upset sexually explicit books are banned from schools and libraries. This is the same guy who took showers with his daughter and openly molests children. “This is 2024! Banning books! Attempting to erase history!” Biden said during virtual remarks at the National Action Network Convention in the South Court Auditorium.
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