IEA: OIL DEMAND UP
Crude prices firmed on the back of unscheduled supply outages in Nigeria, Ghana and Canada that exceeded 1.5 m/d by early May. This more than offset bearish sentiment in the wake of the mid-April Doha output talks. At the time of writing, crude oil prices were approaching 2016 highs: ICE Brent was $47.00/bbl. NYMEX WTI was $45.88/bbl.
Global oil supplies rose 250 kb/d in April to 96.2 mb/d as higher OPEC output more than offset deepening non-OPEC declines. Y-o-y world output grew by just 50 kb/d in April versus gains of more than 3.5 mb/d a year ago. 2016 non-OPEC supply is forecast to drop by 0.8 mb/d to 56.8 mb/d.
OPEC crude output rose by 330 kb/d in April to 32.76 mb/d as a 300 kb/d jump in Iranian flows and a boost in Iraqi and UAE supplies more than offset outages in Kuwait and Nigeria. Saudi output was steady near 10.2 mb/d. Iranian supply rose to 3.56 mb/d, a level last hit in November 2011 before sanctions were tightened.
Global oil demand growth for 1Q16 was revised upwards to 1.4 mb/d, led higher by strong gains in India, China and, more surprisingly, Russia. For the year as a whole, growth will be around 1.2 mb/d, with demand reaching 95.9 mb/d.
Stock builds are beginning to slow in the OECD; in 1Q16 they grew at their slowest rate since 4Q14 and in February they drew for the first time in a year. In March OECD commercial inventories fell by a slim 1.1 mb, with April preliminary data suggesting that stocks rebounded while oil held in floating storage rose.
2Q16 global refinery throughput is forecast at 79.6 mb/d, with 0.7 mb/d y-o-y gains falling below anticipated demand growth of 1.2 mb/d. The 1Q16 estimate has been revised higher by 0.2 mb/d to 79.5 mb/d. India and Saudi Arabia are set to lead global annual increases this year.
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REUTERS - Brent crude futures LCOc1 were down 72 cents at $61.49 per barrel at 1020 GMT, having fallen by 1.5 percent on Tuesday, its largest one-day drop in a month. U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude CLc1 was at $55.12 per barrel, down 58 cents.
BLOOMBERG - Prices dropped during the session as the International Energy Agency said the recent recovery in oil prices, coupled with milder-than-normal winter weather, is slowing demand growth. The worsening outlook for consumption dampened some of the enthusiasm that OPEC and its allies will extend supply curbs.
Global energy needs rise more slowly than in the past but still expand by 30% between today and 2040. This is the equivalent of adding another China and India to today’s global demand.
Product exports have grown significantly over the past several years and are expected to continue to grow as Russian refineries add capacity to produce more high-quality products.