WEEKLY: OIL BELOW
Crude oil futures prices ended last week trading lower. The New York Mercantile Exchange October crude oil contract fell $1.16 in trading Sept. 5 to $93.29/bbl. The November contract dropped $1 to settle at $92.71/bbl.
The October natural gas contract lost 2.6¢ to settle at a rounded $3.79/MMbtu. On the US cash market, gas at Henry Hub, La., was $3.84/MMbtu, down 5¢ for the second straight day.
Heating oil for October delivery was down 1.71¢ to a rounded $2.82/gal. Reformulated gasoline stock for oxygenate blending for October delivery declined 1.65¢ to a rounded $2.58/gal.
The October ICE contract for Brent crude delivery fell $1.01 to $100.82/bbl. The November contract declined 90¢ to $101.40/bbl. The ICE gas oil contract for September was lost $12 to $851.75/tonne.
The average price for the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries' basket of 12 benchmark crudes on Sept. 5 was $98.36/bbl, falling 77¢.
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U.S. FRB - Industrial production edged up 0.1 percent in July after rising at an average pace of 0.5 percent over the previous five months. Manufacturing production increased 0.3 percent, the output of utilities moved down 0.5 percent, and, after posting five consecutive months of growth, the index for mining declined 0.3 percent. At 108.0 percent of its 2012 average, total industrial production was 4.2 percent higher in July than it was a year earlier. Capacity utilization for the industrial sector was unchanged in July at 78.1 percent, a rate that is 1.7 percentage points below its long-run (1972–2017) average.
NPD - Preliminary production figures for July 2018 show an average daily production of 1 911 000 barrels of oil, NGL and condensate, which is an increase of 64 000 barrels per day compared to June.
GAZPROM NEFT - For the first six months of 2018 Gazprom Neft achieved revenue** growth of 24.4% year-on-year, at one trillion, 137.7 billion rubles (RUB1,137,700,000,000). The Company achieved a 49.8% year-on-year increase in adjusted EBITDA, to RUB368.2 billion. This performance reflected positive market conditions for oil and oil products, production growth at the Company’s new projects, and effective management initiatives. Net profit attributable to Gazprom Neft PJSC shareholders grew 49.6% year on year, to RUB166.4 billion. Growth in the Company’s operating cash flow, as well as the completion of key infrastructure investments at new upstream projects, delivered positive free cash flow of RUB47.5 billion for 1H 2018.
REUTERS - Front-month Brent crude oil futures LCOc1 were at $72.34 per barrel at 0648 GMT, down by 12 cents, or 0.2 percent, from their last close. U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures CLc1 were down 23 cents, or 0.3 percent, at $66.81 per barrel.