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Volume 26 – Commodities (Energy)

This volume surveys the history of energy prices. We have used spot prices to avoid all the problems inherent in attempting to link futures prices. The details of how the various series were constructed are contained in the explanatory notes for Volume 26.

Chart Description

Start Date Frequency Chart Type Orientation
Crude Oil (nominal and inflation adjusted) 1913 Mixed Comp Log Scale Landscape
Crude Oil (Brent) 1957 Mixed Log Scale Landscape
Crude Oil (West Texas Intermediate) 1983 Daily Log Scale Landscape
Unleaded Gasoline 1983 Daily Log Scale Landscape
Heating Oil 1979 Daily Log Scale Landscape
Propane 1983 Daily Log Scale Landscape
Crude Oils (West Texas & Brent) 1983 Mixed Comp Log Scale Landscape
Crude, Unleaded Gas, Heating Oil & Propane 1983 Mixed Comp Log Scale Portrait
Annual Rates of Change: Crude, Unleaded Gas, Heating Oil & Propane 1984 Monthly Comp Growth Scale Portrait
Crude Oil and AMEX Oil Stock Index (XOI) 1985 Daily Comp Log Scale Landscape
Crude Oil and Total Rotary Rigs Running (US) 1959 Mixed Comp Log Scale Landscape
US Rotary Rig Counts: Total, Oil and Gas 1987 Weekly Comp Log Scale Portrait

 

Chart V26i, Annual Rates of Change of Crude Oil, Unleaded Gas, Heating Oil and Propane (4kb)

This chart (V26i) compares the annual growth rates of four fossil fuels, Crude Oil, Unleaded Gas, Heating Oil and Propane.

Even on this low-resolution thumbnail, you can see that Propane is more volatile than the other three.

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To portray all the data series in this volume properly, it was necessary to use four different chart formats. Examples of each format are available in other volumes. To see them, click on the links below.

Comparable Log Scale (portrait)
Comparable Log Scale (landscape)
Logarithmic Scale (landscape)
Comparable Growth Scale (portrait)

This volume was introduced in the March 1997 edition.

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