Although not as sluggish as some years past, the U.S. base oil market is showing signs of the year-end doldrums. Consumers hint that producers are fairly laid back and are not eager to hold a December fire sale.
This is not to say there are no deals to be found, sources acknowledged, because there are. A few sellers have been spotted offering one or two grades at slightly discounted prices, buyers said. They go on to suggest that these offers are no real bargains, while further admitting these deals are only available before years end.