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San Francisco Gasoline Advances as Tankers Seen Exporting Fuel

San Francisco gasoline strengthened against futures for the first time in five days as a tanker scheduled to export fuel from the region arrived in the area and another vessel was scheduled to load next week.

The fuel’s discount narrowed as the chemical and oil-products tanker Nord Fast, chartered by Noble to export fuel from the U.S. West Coast, arrived at Chevron Corp.’s Richmond refinery, the largest in Northern California, ship-fixture data compiled by Bloomberg show. The vessel was moored off the coast of the refinery today, according to IHS Inc. data.

The tanker Stena Concert, scheduled to load refined fuel in the region, was expected to arrive Dec. 22 in San Francisco, according to the data.

The discount for California-blend gasoline, or Carbob, in in San Francisco narrowed 4.5 cents to 17 cents a gallon against futures traded on the New York Mercantile Exchange at 3:28 p.m. East Coast time, data compiled by Bloomberg show. Prompt delivery of the fuel gained 1.82 cents to $2.4643 a gallon.

San Francisco Carbob strengthened even after a state Energy Commission report showed stockpiles of the fuel climbed 1.5 percent to 5.66 million barrels in the week ended Dec. 6. Output fell 3.7 percent to 6.31 million barrels.

Retail gasoline in California was unchanged at $3.595 a gallon, according to Heathrow, Florida-based AAA.

The 3-2-1 crack spread of Alaska North Slope crude, Carbob in Los Angeles and CARB diesel in Los Angeles, an indicator of refining profitability in the western U.S., narrowed $2.87 to $6.20 a barrel at 3:57 p.m. New York time, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.

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