Crude Oil

Oil prices were settled in the negative zone for the first time in two weeks amid thin trading as Europe was closed. Both Brent and WTI futures settled 53 cents lower at $ 55.36 / bbl and $ 52.65 /bbl respectively.

The drop was primarily attributed to reports by the EIA that shale oil production in May would increase by 123 kbpd, the largest monthly increase in two years.

There would also be an element of price correction and profit taking at these levels.

Technically, Brent has moved out of the rising channel.

Markets would be looking to the API data tonight for direction.


Demand for Naphtha is still strong as fewer supplies are expected out of the Middle East and Europe. The derivative markets though have not drawn strength off this. The Japan Naphtha Dubai May crack is still at  – $ 0.1 /bbl.  Singapore Naphtha – Dubai crack is at -$1.70 for the same period


Gasoline cracks have improved a bit today. The May crack is valued at  $ 12.1 /bbl today as compared to $ 11.8 yesterday. The May-June spread is steady at 30 cents / bbl.

Middle Distillates

Gasoil cracks continue to stay steady.  The value of the May is $11.80/bbl.  The regrade too is steady at -$ 0.20 /bbl for May today.

180 CST Fuel Oil

Fuel oil cracks are marginally stronger today The 180 cst Fuel Oil – Dubai crack for May is valued at -$ 4.0

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