Having pushed up prices by over 11% in the last week, the market seems to be taking a breather as it assesses the probability of OPEC delivering on the agreement it proposes to thrash out. Not even an unexpected draw reported by the EIA (1.3 Million Barrels) could bolstere the market as $48.95 / bbl and WTI settled at $ 47.96 / bbl both marginally lower than the previous day.
The Naphtha market continued to ease as traders reassessed the availability of supplies for the coming months. The failure of Qatar’s condensate splitter to restart in November had little impact on market sentiments. Demand remains supported by reports of operating margins as high as $600 / ton of ethylene produced. The December crack is showing a value of about $ 1 /bbl
The Gasoline crack for December strengthened to $11.30 / bbl
Middle Distillate prices abruptly weakened as Winson Oil was no longer seen buying in the window today.
The gasoil crack for December was reported as below $ 11.50 /bbl.
Jet crack values fell in tandem as the regrade December and January continues to be valued at $ 1.40/bbl.
While the window showed a marked increase in offers leading to a softening in the cash premiums for supplies,
the 180 cst fuel oil crack for December continued to firm up today showing a value of -$ 1.0/bbl. The value for the January crack too dipped below $ 2.00 / bbl for the first time today.
We remain sceptical about the ability of the market to sustain at this level notwithstanding the multitude of bullish factors affecting the market currently.
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