Crude Oil

 After an early morning sell off which drove crude a low of $ 46.64 / bbl, traders covered some of their shorts for the weekend resulting in Brent closing at $49.10/bbl, up 70 cents on the day.  WTI too gained 70 c/bbl to settle at $ 46.12/bbl.

Friday’s price action may be described as a typical Friday session after a huge drop.  Traders were basically covering their short positions over the weekend. As of now, there is not much bullish cheer left in the market other than jawboning and hoping for a better driving season. As another reporter put it, “Oil Prices fell because the investors are no longer pleased with the current output cuts by the OPEC”

In addition, the number of active rigs drilling for oil climbed to 703, a rise of 7 rigs as reported by the Baker Hughes report. This marks a 16th straight rise in the number of rigs.

This morning prices are up after Macron’s victory in the French Presidential election. This is viewed as supportive for oil prices as it raised hopes of a more stable Europe.

Technical Analysis

Crude seems to have bounced off the 38.2 % retracement line from 16-Jan-16 low of $27.10 to the $58.31 high of January this year.  The way it took out all the supports suggested by our technical analysis last week, suggests that the momentum is not yet done and we could see further selling next week, particularly if any fresh data is neutral. While the MACD is firmly in oversold territory in the daily charts, it is in fact a littlee bit above neutral in the weekly chart.

Supports seem to be at $ 46.60 and $ 45.50 below. Resistances appear to be at $ 49.50, $ 50.3 and $51.4 above.


While the drop in crude prices bolstered the Naphtha crack, its impact was muted by a huge rise in Naphtha stocks in the ARA region. Stocks were up 38% week on week but  152% over the previous year.

The Japan Naphtha – Dubai crack for May dropped to – $ 0.10 /bbl.  The Singapore Naphtha – Dubai is around  -$ 1.5 /bbl.


Gasoline stocks in the ARA region rose by 1.7% week on week. Stocks in the US are also rising and hence expected to be dampening gasoline cracks.

The Singapore crack for May is valued at $ 10.05 /bbl. which is a $0.35/bbl increase from yesterday

Middle Distillates

The May crack is valued at $ 10.10 / bbl, higher by around 40 cents from Friday.

This is notwithstanding an 8% jump in ARA stocks week on week and the anticipated restart of a KPC CDU this week. In these times of volatile crude prices,  we may often see the cracks jumping around a bit without any seeming support from fundamentals.

The regrade is flat in the prompt -$ 0.30 / bbl for May.  The June regrade has weakened to  +$0.35/bbl

180 CST Fuel Oil

Fuel Oil cracks are stable to marginally weaker today as supplies were seen to be easing in June.  However, high freight rates may well make the arbitrage from the west unworkable.  The May 180cst-Dubai crack is valued at -$ 2.0 / bbl. The June crack is a -$ 3.0 /bbl

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