July 16, 2020 / 11:16 AM / in 24 days

Asia Distillates-Jet fuel cash discounts widen on muted demand

    SINGAPORE, July 16 (Reuters) - Asia's cash differentials for jet fuel weakened on Thursday
as regional airlines kept majority of their international flights grounded, while some
governments suspended travel routes due to a renewed wave of coronavirus infections.
    Cash discounts for jet fuel JET-SIN-DIF were at 37 cents a barrel to Singapore quotes,
compared with a 30-cent discount a day earlier. 
    The jet spot differentials, which are currently at their weakest seasonal levels in three
years, have found some support over the last two months as flights between domestic destinations
resumed.
    But the aviation fuel market will continue to struggle as long as long haul flights remain 
out of operations, and the resurgence in coronavirus cases in recent weeks points to a prolonged
 ban on international travel, trade sources said.
    China's aviation authority said it would suspend Thai Lion Air from operating the
Bangkok-Guangzhou route and Thai AirAsia from operating the Bangkok-Tianjin routes for a week
from July 20 due to coronavirus cases.
    Singapore Airlines said it expected a hit to its revenue making ability in full-year 2021.
The airline said the SIA group carried 17,700 passengers in June, which was barely a fraction
compared with 3.2 million last year.
    Refining margins or cracks for jet fuel rose 72 cents to $1.92 a barrel over
Dubai crude during Asian trade on Thursday as crude oil prices eased.
    
    INVENTORIES
    - Singapore onshore middle distillate stocks dropped 1.8% to 13.4 million barrels in the
week ended July 15, the lowest level in more than three months, Enterprise Singapore data
showed.
    - The weekly Singapore middle distillate inventories have averaged at 12.8 million barrels
so far in 2020, Reuters calculations showed. This week's stocks were 25.3% higher year-on-year.
    - U.S. distillate stockpiles fell by 453,000 barrels in the week to July 10 to 176.8 million
barrels, versus expectations for a 1.5 million-barrel rise, the Energy Information
Administration said on Wednesday.
    
    SINGAPORE CASH DEALS
    - No gasoil deals, no jet fuel trades
    
    OTHER NEWS
    - China's daily crude oil throughput in June climbed 9% from the same month a year earlier,
hitting the highest level on record, as refiners ramped up processing on healthy margins amid a
recovery in demand for gasoline and diesel.

    ASSESSMENTS
 MID-DISTILLATES                                                                          
 CASH ($/T)              ASIA CLOSE       Change   % Change   Prev Close  RIC
 Spot Gas Oil 0.5%                 48.20    -0.64      -1.31       48.84  GO-SIN
 GO 0.5 Diff                       -0.93    -0.11      13.41       -0.82  GO-SIN-DIF
 Spot Gas Oil 0.25%                48.84    -0.64      -1.29       49.48  GO25-SIN
 GO 0.25 Diff                      -0.29    -0.11      61.11       -0.18  GO25-SIN-DIF
 Spot Gas Oil 0.05%                49.65    -0.52      -1.04       50.17  GO005-SIN
 GO 0.05 Diff                       0.52     0.01       1.96        0.51  GO005-SIN-DIF
 Spot Gas Oil 0.001%               49.94    -0.42      -0.83       50.36  GO10-SIN
 GO 0.001 Diff                      0.81     0.10      14.08        0.71  GO10-SIN-DIF
 Spot Jet/Kero                     44.05     0.13       0.30       43.92  JET-SIN
 Jet/Kero Diff                     -0.37    -0.07      23.33       -0.30  JET-SIN-DIF
                                                                                          
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 Gasoil 500ppm-Dubai                                                                      
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 Gasoil 500ppm-Dubai                                                                      
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 LGO M1/M2                                                                                
 LGO M2                                                                                   
 Crack LGO-Brent M1                                                                       
 Crack LGO-Brent M2                                                                       
 
 (Reporting by Koustav Samanta; Editing by Rashmi Aich)
  
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