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Oil and fuel oil hedging market update

By the Oil Desk at Freight Investor Services.



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Updated on 09 Mar 2018 09:32 GMT

Commentary

Brent closed down $0.73 last night to $63.61, WTI closed at $60.12, down $1.03. On Tuesday I closed my commentary with "what a strange world we live in..." Low and behold! Kim Jong-Un is getting on a plane to go and meet Trump. This is probably the most important diplomatic meeting for quite some time. I don't know what significance it will have on the oil market - not much from a fundamental point of view, but all the spec boys will, I'm sure, use it as some kind of geopolitical excuse to take a position. Since this time last week Brent is down 0.003%. That's it. I'd be interested to see how volatility charts look - not anything to write home about I imagine. WTI is getting ever closer to that psychological $60 number, however, so I imagine we will see some resistance around these kind of numbers.

Fuel Oil Market (March 8)

The front crack opened at -10.45, strengthening to -10.35, before weakening to -10.55, closing at -10.40. The Cal 19 was valued at -14.80.

Cash differentials of Asia's 380 cSt high sulphur fuel oil extended gains for a fourth straight session on Thursday, lifted slightly higher by buying interest for physical cargoes of the fuel.

Singapore weekly onshore fuel oil inventories slipped 2 percent, or 499,000 barrels (74,000 tonnes), to a two-week low of 22.031 million barrels (about 3.29 million tonnes) in the week ended March 7, data from IE Singapore showed on Thursday.

The lower Singapore fuel oil stocks came amid a 76 percent drop in net imports of the fuel into the city-state from the week before to a seven-week low of 279,000 tonnes, the data showed.

Economic Data and Events

* 1:30pm: U.S. change in non-farm payrolls Feb., est. 205k, prior 200k

* 1:30pm: U.S. unemployment rate Feb., est. 4.0%, prior 4.1%

* 6pm: Baker Hughes rig count

* 6pm: ICE weekly commitments of traders report for Brent, gasoil

* 8:30pm: CFTC weekly commitments of traders report on various U.S. futures and options contracts

Singapore 380 cSt

Apr18 - 349.50 / 351.50

May18 - 349.00 / 351.00

Jun18 - 348.25 / 350.25

Jul18 - 347.25 / 349.25

Aug18 - 345.75 / 347.75

Sep 18 - 344.25 / 346.25

Q2-18 - 349.00 / 351.00

Q3-18 - 345.50 / 347.50

Q4-18 - 339.50 / 342.00

Q1-19 - 331.25 / 333.75

CAL19 - 305.25 / 309.25

CAL20 - 237.00 / 245.00

Singapore 180 cSt

Apr18 - 357.25 / 359.25

May18 - 356.50 / 358.50

Jun18 - 355.75 / 357.75

Jul18 - 354.75 / 356.75

Aug18 - 353.25 / 355.25

Sep 18 - 351.75 / 353.75

Q2-18 - 356.50 / 358.50

Q3-18 - 353.00 / 355.00

Q4-18 - 347.00 / 349.50

Q1-19 - 339.00 / 341.50

CAL19 - 318.50 / 322.50

CAL20 - 249.00 / 257.00

Rotterdam Barges

Apr18 337.00 / 339.00

May18 336.25 / 338.25

Jun18 335.25 / 337.25

Jul18 333.50 / 335.50

Aug18 331.50 / 333.50

Sep 18 - 329.00 / 331.00

Q2-18 336.00 / 338.00

Q3-18 331.00 / 333.00

Q4-18 321.75 / 324.25

Q1-19 314.25 / 316.75

CAL19 284.00 / 288.00

CAL20 224.00 / 232.00



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