Crude Oil

Crude prices retreated from multi month highs as market took profits on the steep climb. Brent fell by $ 0.58 to settle at $ 58.44/bbl, while WTI lost $ 0.34 to settle at $ 51.88/bbl.

The profit taking appears to be natural. This was in expectation of a build in the API. However the API report managed to surprise everybody.

API Report

The API reported a draw of  761 KB of crude stocks. This caught the market by surprise as it was expecting a build of 2.3 million barrels. Another surprise was the build in gasoline 1.5 million barrels versus an expectation of a draw of 962 KB. Distillates, however, drew more than expected at 4.5 million barrels as against an expectation of a draw of 2.5 million barrels.

Markets, as usual will look to the DOE data coming today for corroboration.


The physical Naphtha window was uncharacteristically quiet, a phenomenon attribute to the APPEC conference being held in Singapore currently. The October crack  is valued marginally lower at $ 2.90 /bbl


The physical gasoline crack settled lower yesterday at $10.66 /bbl. Paper markets have followed this with the October 92 Ron crack being valued today at $ 11.75 /bbl.


Diesel cash premiums increased as traders expected demand to pick up in the fourth quarter. Demand growth for diesel this year makes up around 50% of the total demand growth for products this year as compared to 27% last year. While a cold winter could boost demand further, we are arguably seeing a lot of hedging action which is pulling the paper crack down.

The October crack is lower at $13.55 /bbl.  The regrade too is higher at$ 0.55 /bbl

Fuel Oil

High crude prices, coupled with slacking off of demand appear to have driven the 180 cst October crack to multi month lows.  October is valued at -$3.20 / bbl. Fuel Oil last settled below -$ 3.00 /bbl in April 2017. The visco spread is unchanged at $ 0.80 /bbl.

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