13-07-2016

Asia Fuel Oil-Ex-wharf premiums rise to two-month highs, cash discounts slip

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Singapore ex-wharf premiums for 380-cst fuel oil rose to a two-month high on Tuesday on firm demand for bunker fuels and slightly tighter availabilities of the marine fuel, said a bunker fuel trader.

Despite there being fewer ex-wharf buyers than sellers on Tuesday, traders said ex-wharf prices settled at about $243 a tonne.

Buying interest was also less pronounced in the physical cargo market, with Hin Leong purchasing 20,000 tonnes of 380-cst fuel oil from Mercuria in the Platts window, industry sources said. On Monday a total of 100,000 tonne of fuel oil were traded in the window while the daily average traded volume for July stands at 55,000 tonnes.

Cash discounts for 380-cst fuel oil slipped 23 cents to $1.23 a tonne below Singapore quotes while discounts for the benchmark 180-cst fuel FO180-SIN-DIF were 3 cents wider than the previous session at 35 cents a tonne below Singapore quotes.

In the derivatives market, the front-month July-August time spread for the 380-cst fuel oil slipped back into a discount of 25 cents a tonne to Singapore quotes after having settled on Monday at parity to Singapore quotes, its highest March 15, following a steady ascent from a discount of $2 a tonne on July 1.

INDIA SALES:
In India, the fastest-growing fossil fuels market globally, total fuel demand rose 6.2 percent in June compared with the same month last year to a total of 15.65 million tonnes, official data showed on Tuesday.

India’s fuel oil sales accounted for 0.60 million tonnes of the total and represent a 17.3 percent increase from June last year.

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SINGAPORE CASH DEALS – One cash deal reported. For further details, please see

 FUEL OIL                                                                                
 CASH ($/T)                  ASIA CLOSE      Change   % Change  Prev      RIC
                                                                Close     
 Cargo - 180cst                      247.24     2.06      0.84    245.18  FO180-SIN
 Diff - 180cst                        -0.35    -0.03      9.37     -0.32  FO180-SIN-DIF
 Cargo - 380cst                      240.91     1.43      0.60    239.48  FO380-SIN
 Diff - 380cst                        -1.23    -0.23     23.00     -1.00  FO380-SIN-DIF
 Bunker (Ex-wharf)- 380cst           242.51     1.53      0.63    240.98  BK380-B-SIN
 Bunker (Ex-wharf) Premium             1.60     0.10      6.67      1.50

Source: Reuters

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