Crude Oil

Prices seesawed their way up today.  Brent rose by $ 0.38 to close at $55.97 /bbl and WTI by 27 cents to settle at $ 53.19 /bbl.  However, the Brent price settled well off its session high of $56.46 /bbl

 Prices are likely to be damped further today following another massive build as per API data which reported a build of 9.9 MB in crude, 0.7 MB in Gasoline and 1.5 MB in distillates.

If this build is reflected similarly in DOE data later today, it is going to make people really wonder.

We shall briefly take a look at the issue of compliance since it is high compliance that is ostensibly driving prices up. The graphic below from Bloomberg shows the level of compliance.

According to this graphic, the level of compliance is close to 91.5% for OPEC countries.  For non OPEC countries, the level of compliance is a dismal 48.5%.  Followers of the market will recall that the initial call for compliance from OPEC was subject to a similar compliance from non OPEC.  We wonder what the impact of this will be.

Further, these figures do not include Iran, Nigeria and Libya.  All three have increased their output significantly.

Moreover, Russia has actually exported more in January than it did in December.  It defended its decision saying that the call for compliance was to cut production and not exports.

Therefore, we need to be watchful for signs that levels of compliance are slipping in any manner.

That they are actually having an impact on supplies, or will do so when refineries emerge from turn around is a matter for separate assessment.



Naphtha continued to remained firm .  The March MOPJ crack is still valued at around $ 3.0 / bbl.  The Singapore crack for March however, seems to have risen a bit out of sync. with MOPJ.


Gasoline too continues to be strong on paper.  The March crack is valued at close to $ 14/bbl.

Middle Distillates

Gasoil is marginally higher today.  The March crack is valued at  $12.30 / bbl with the regrade at -$0.30 /bbl.  Going forward, there could be a lower supply out of India for the next few months as the country moves towards Euro IV standards nationwide.  Currently, it operates at Euro III standards for most of the country with the metropolitan and sub metropolitan areas having to use Euro IV fuels.

Fuel Oil

The Fuel Oil market continues to stay firm with the March crack valued   -$ 3.25/bbl.

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