Gasoline at 3-Month High; ICE Gasoil Longs Gain
Gasoline advanced for an eighth session to reach a three-month high in Europe’s barge market.
Money managers raised net-long positions on gasoil to the most in more than two months on the ICE Futures Europe exchange.
Gasoline in the Amsterdam-Rotterdam-Antwerp oil hub traded from $1,020 to $1,030 a metric ton with 14,000 tons changing hands, according to a Bloomberg survey of traders and brokers monitoring the Argus Bulletin Board. Barges changed hands from $1,021 and $1,023 on Jan. 25.
Total SA and Gunvor Group Ltd. sold the Eurobob grade, to which ethanol is added before being sold at the pump. BP Plc and Cargill Inc. bought barges, which typically comprise 1,000 and 2,000 tons.
Gasoline’s crack, or premium to Brent crude, fell to $10.71 a barrel as of 11:03 a.m. local time, according to PVM Oil Associates Ltd., a London-based broker. The gap was $10.90 the previous session, which was the highest since Sept. 28.
Naphtha’s crack, or discount to Brent, was little changed at $6.81 a barrel, versus $6.75 on Jan. 25.
Speculative bets that gasoil prices will rise, in futures and options combined, outnumbered short positions by 66,644 contracts in the week to Jan. 22, the London-based ICE exchange said in its weekly Commitment of Traders report. That’s up 7 percent from the previous week and is the most since Oct. 30.
Gasoil for February delivery rose $1.25, or 0.1 percent, to $969.75 a ton on the ICE exchange as of 12:45 p.m. London time. The contract’s premium, or backwardation, to March futures widened $1 to $7.75 a ton. The market structure may signal declining near-term supplies or increasing demand.
Gasoil’s crack was at $15.99 a barrel, up from $15.91 as of 4:30 p.m. on Jan. 25. Brent fell 0.1 percent to $113.19 a barrel.
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