OIL PRICES: CONTINUED TO DECLINE
- Monthly average crude oil prices continued to decline during November. The average domestic crude oil first purchase price fell $7.76 (9.8 percent), to $71.07 per barrel.
- The average free-on-board (f.o.b.) cost of imported crude oil dropped $6.04 (7.9 percent), to $70.80 per barrel. The average landed cost of foreign crude oil declined $7.35 (9.1 percent), to $73.48 per barrel.
- The average refiner acquisition cost for domestic crude oil fell $9.65 (11.1 percent), to $77.08 per barrel. The average cost of imported crude oil decreased $8.85 (10.7 percent), to $73.90 per barrel. The composite refiner acquisition cost for crude oil declined $9.30 (10.9 percent), to $75.69 per barrel.
- Refiner monthly average prices for sales of motor gasoline continued to register substantial decreases in November. The average retail price fell 26.6 cents to $2.404 per gallon, while the average wholesale price dropped 22.2 cents to $2.111 per gallon.
- Sales of finished motor gasoline by refiners decreased in November, with total sales falling 4.2 million gallons per day (1.3 percent) to an average of 316.7 million gallons per day. Retail sales dropped 700,000 gallons per day (2.6 percent), while wholesales declined 3.5 million gallons per day (1.2 percent). DTW sales accounted for 7.9 percent of wholesales, while rack and bulk sales made up 84.5 percent and 7.7 percent, respectively.
No. 2 distillate
- Monthly average prices for sales of No. 2 distillates by refiners fell in most sales categories. The average sales price for No. 2 diesel fuel to end users declined 10.4 cents to $2.698 per gallon, while the average wholesale price decreased 8.1 cents to $2.558 per gallon. The average No. 2 fuel oil wholesale price dropped 10.5 cents to $2.371 per gallon.
- Refiner sales of No. 2 ultra-low sulfur diesel fuel fell 11.6 million gallons per day (7.0 percent) to an average of 155.2 million gallons per day in November. Total No. 2 fuel oil sales increased 1.5 million gallons per day (22.0 percent) to an average of 8.3 million gallons per day.
Residual fuel oil
- Monthly average prices for sales of residual fuel oil by refiners decreased in November. The retail price for low-sulfur residual fuel oil fell 27.9 cents to $2.294 per gallon, while the wholesale price dropped 24.9 cents to 1.644 per gallon. Prices for high-sulfur residual fuel oil declined 25.1 cents to $1.848 per gallon at retail, while the wholesale price fell 24.3 cents to $1.605 per gallon.
- Refiner sales of residual fuel oil declined in November, with total sales falling 1.2 million gallons per day (8.9 percent) to an average of 12.3 million gallons per day.
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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.
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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.