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Oil prices settled up more than 2% on Monday after trading higher earlier in the day as Moderna Inc said its experimental vaccine was 94.5% effective in preventing COVID-19.
Brents future rose $1.04 to settle at $43.82 a barrel. WTI crude futures rose $1.21 to $41.34 per barrel.
China’s crude oil throughput rose 2.6% in October from a year earlier to its highest-ever level of nearly 14.1 million bpd, as fuel demand firmed on strong holiday travel. This surpassed the previous record in June at 14.08 million bpd.
At a global level, the death toll from the COVID-19 virus rose to 1,331,751 (+7,305 DoD) yesterday. The total number of active cases rose by around 170,000 over the weekend to 15.52 million. (Click here for details).
No fresh news on the Naphtha markets.
The December crack is higher at – $0.35 /bbl.
Asia’s gasoline crack fell for a third straight session on Monday to reach a 2-1/2-month low of $1.53 a barrel on ample supplies.
The December crack is lower at $2.00 /bbl
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Asia’s benchmark 10ppm diesel crack eased to two-session low of $4.55 a barrel on Monday as higher raw material oil prices and concerns over demand recovery weighed.
India’s diesel sales dipped in the first half of November after briefly recovering from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in October.
The December crack for 500 ppm Gasoil is steady at $3.65 /bbl with the 10 ppm crack at $ 4.45 / bbl. The regrade is at -$ 1.30 /bbl.
Click Here for a graphical depiction of Global Distillate stocks by region.
Cash premiums of Asia’s 180-cst and 380-cst HSFO firmed on Monday. The premiums held firm despite the cancellation of Pakistan’s tender to import up to 260,000 tonnes of HSFO over the first half of December after it was able to source alternative sources of power generation feedstocks.
Singapore sales of marine fuels slipped to a two-month low of 4.152 million tonnes in October as fewer ships called at the city-state to load fuel.
Bunkering volumes, however, jumped 10% from a year earlier, marking a fourth straight year-on-year gain and underscoring the rapid recovery in ship refuelling activities to above pre-coronavirus levels.
The December crack for 180 cst FO is lower at -$0.35 /bbl with the visco spread at $0.80 /bbl.
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No fresh activity today.
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