US Crude

General Index's US crude assessments provide price transparency for key North American markets.

Prices are based on an all-day volume-weighted average spanning key grades and locations across the Gulf Coast, Texas, and the midcontinent.

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US crude markets are becoming increasingly influential around the world and require more targeted and consistent methodologies in order to bring transparency and choice to benchmarks that for many years have only been available through bundles and cost-prohibitive subscriptions.

General Index brings the world's first technology-driven US crude assessments, backed by industry expertise and market-accepted methodologies, to allow market participants in the US and globally to trade the way they want, while only paying for the data they need.

Audiences

Our US crude benchmarks will benefit the following groups of market participants:

Oil producers – tracking daily prices of key spot market grades used as references to index differentials
Oil refiners – remaining informed about price movements that impact crude supply economics
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Oil traders – remaining informed on spot market movements and arbitrage opportunities
delivery and key prices

Our US crude prices are published daily (subject to General Index holiday calendar) and made available to customers via direct data feeds and emails.

All prices are printed in USD/bbl and normalised via internal calculations to reflect market value as at 1700 EST. Technical details for each of these key grades can be found in the relevant factsheet.

GULF OF MEXICO
Grade
Description
Methodology
LLS
St James, LA (38.4 API, .39% sulphur)
Mars
FOB Clovelly, LA (29.7 API, 1.95% sulphur)
Poseidon
FOB Houma, LA (29.2 API, 2.09% sulphur)
Southern Green Canyon
FOB Nederland or Texas City, TX (27.9 API, 2.38% sulphur)
Thunderhorse
FOB Clovelly, LA (30.1 API, .96 sulphur)
Bonito Sour
FOB St James, LA (34.9 API, 1.3% sulphur)
HLS
FOB Empire, LA   (33.5 API, .42% sulphur)
Gulf Coast Sour Crude Index
A basket price comprised of Mars, Poseidon, and Southern Green Canyon crudes
ONSHORE TEXAS
Grade
Description
Methodology
WTI Houston
MEH (42.2 API, .13% sulphur)
WTI Midland
Midland, TX (42.2 API, .13% sulphur)
Canadian Sour Houston
Houston area terminals (20.8-21 API, 3.63-3.73% sulphur). Comprises WCS and Cold Lake
WTS Midland
Midland, TX (33-35 API, 1.5-1.8% sulphur)
WTL Midland
Midland, TX (48 API, .05% sulphur)
MIDCONTINENT
Grade
Description
Methodology
WTI Cushing/DSW
Cushing, OK (37-42 API, <.42% sulphur)
Canadian Sour Cushing
Cushing, OK (20.8-21 API, 3.63-3.73% sulphur). Comprises WCS and Cold Lake
NYMEX CMA
Cushing, OK (37-42 API, <.42% sulphur)
Bakken Cushing
Cushing, OK (42-44 API, .18% sulphur)
DJ Light
Cushing, OK (47-51 API, .01-.07% sulphur). Comprises Pony Express Light, Grand Mesa Light. White Cliffs and Saddlehorn Light
Niobrara
Cushing, OK (39-44 API, .39% sulphur)
WTI P-Plus
Cushing, OK (37-42 API, <.42% sulphur)

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