Oil and fuel oil hedging market update

By the Oil Desk at Freight Investor Services.



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Updated on 09 Jan 2018 09:15 GMT

Fuel Oil Market (January 8)

The front crack opened at -9.90, weakening to -10.05 across the day. The Cal 19 was valued at -11.50.

Asia's front-month high-sulphur fuel oil crack fell on Monday on persisting concerns of weak near-term demand leading to a build-up in supplies, trade sources said.

The February 180 cSt fuel oil crack to Brent crude fell for a fourth straight session to minus $7.38 a barrel, its widest discount since November 2016. Overall profits for Asia's oil refiners dropped to their lowest since May last year as rising supplies dragged down regional fuel prices at the same time that global crude oil prices have climbed to two-year highs.

Clearlake, Gunvor's shipping arm, has chartered a very large crude carrier, Saham, to load up to 270,000 tonnes of fuel oil from Denmark around Jan. 11 for discharge into Singapore by end-February for a $3.05 million fee.

Economic Data and Events

* 11am: NFIB Small Business Optimism, Dec.

* 5pm: EIA's STEO monthly report

* 9:30pm: API issues weekly U.S. oil inventory report

Singapore 380 cSt

Feb18 - 375.75 / 377.75

Mar18 - 376.25 / 378.25

Apr18 - 376.50 / 378.50

May18 - 376.50 / 378.50

Jun18 - 376.25 / 378.25

Jul18 - 375.50 / 377.50

Q2-18 - 376.50 / 378.50

Q3-18 - 374.25 / 376.25

Q4-18 - 370.50 / 373.00

Q1-19 - 362.75 / 365.25

CAL19 - 341.50 / 344.50

CAL20 - 289.75 / 294.75

Singapore 180 cSt

Feb18 - 379.50 / 381.50

Mar18 - 380.75 / 382.75

Apr18 - 381.00 / 383.00

May18 - 381.25 / 383.25

Jun18 - 381.50 / 383.50

Jul18 - 381.00 / 383.00

Q2-18 - 381.25 / 383.25

Q3-18 - 379.75 / 381.75

Q4-18 - 376.50 / 379.00

Q1-19 - 370.50 / 373.00

CAL19 - 349.75 / 352.75

CAL20 - 298.75 / 303.75

Rotterdam Barges

Feb18 363.25 / 365.25

Mar18 364.00 / 366.00

Apr18 364.25 / 366.25

May18 364.25 / 366.25

Jun18 363.75 / 365.75

Jul18 362.75 / 364.75

Q2-18 364.00 / 366.00

Q3-18 360.50 / 362.50

Q4-18 352.50 / 355.00

Q1-19 345.25 / 347.75

CAL19 320.75 / 323.75

CAL20 269.75 / 274.75



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