February RBOB began with a positive open and has so far managed to shrug off weakness within the crude oil market. Ideas of reduced gasoline driving demand in the face of the cold US temperatures seemed to provide the impetus for a late afternoon sell-off, and that was highlighted by weakness in Midwestern cash gasoline prices. Some cash traders in the Northeast indicated that trade seemed to be reduced as a number of participants stepped aside in the wake of increased crude oil volatility.