Asia Distillates-Gasoil cash premiums drop, front-month spread narrows

    SINGAPORE, July 22 (Reuters) - Asia's cash premiums for 10 ppm gasoil fell on Wednesday,
hurt by weaker buying interest for physical cargoes, while the front-month spread for the
industrial fuel narrowed its backwardated structure.
    Cash premiums for 10 ppm gasoil GO10-SIN-DIF were at 62 cents a barrel to Singapore
quotes, down from a 70-cent premium a day earlier.
    The August/September time spread for 10 ppm gasoil in Singapore traded at a
premium of 11 cents a barrel on Wednesday, compared with 13 cents in the previous session,
Refinitiv data showed.
    The current lack of arbitrage opportunities is keeping gasoil supplies locked within the
region, while a renewed wave in coronavirus infections leading to reimposed lockdown measures in
many places is dampening hopes for demand recovery, market watchers said.
    The exchange of futures for swaps (EFS), which determines the gasoil price spread between
Singapore and Northwest Europe, was around minus $10 per tonne on Wednesday,
Refinitiv Eikon data showed.
    Arbitrage is usually profitable when the EFS trades at about minus $15 a tonne or below,
though it depends on other factors such as freight rates as well, according to traders.
    "More exports from China and India will be trapped within the region," said Rui Hou, analyst
at Wood Mackenzie.
    "However, the sluggish demand for diesel/gasoil due to weaker economic recovery makes it
hard to 'absorb' the additional supplies, forcing Indian and Chinese refineries to keep
utilisation minimal."
    Refining margins or cracks for gasoil with 10 ppm sulphur content slipped 8
cents to $7.14 a barrel over Dubai crude during Asian trading hours on Wednesday.
    - Middle-distillate inventories in the Fujairah Oil Industry Zone dropped 8.6% to 3.9
million barrels in the week ended July 20, data via S&P Global Platts showed.
    - The weekly stocks in Fujairah have averaged 3.9 million barrels so far in 2020, compared
with a weekly average of 2.4 million barrels in 2019, Reuters calculations showed.
    - Meanwhile, U.S. distillate fuel inventories fell by 1.4 million barrels, in line with
expectations, data from industry group the American Petroleum Institute (API) showed on Tuesday.

    - Three gasoil deals, no jet fuel trades

 CASH ($/T)             ASIA CLOSE       Change   % Change   Prev Close  RIC
 Spot Gas Oil 0.5%                49.75     0.50       1.02       49.25  GO-SIN
 GO 0.5 Diff                      -0.90    -0.01       1.12       -0.89  GO-SIN-DIF
 Spot Gas Oil 0.25%               50.39     0.50       1.00       49.89  GO25-SIN
 GO 0.25 Diff                     -0.26    -0.01       4.00       -0.25  GO25-SIN-DIF
 Spot Gas Oil 0.05%               51.20     0.50       0.99       50.70  GO005-SIN
 GO 0.05 Diff                      0.55    -0.01      -1.79        0.56  GO005-SIN-DIF
 Spot Gas Oil 0.001%              51.27     0.43       0.85       50.84  GO10-SIN
 GO 0.001 Diff                     0.62    -0.08     -11.43        0.70  GO10-SIN-DIF
 Spot Jet/Kero                    45.36     0.22       0.49       45.14  JET-SIN
 Jet/Kero Diff                    -0.38     0.03      -7.32       -0.41  JET-SIN-DIF
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 Gasoil M1                                                                              
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 Gasoil 500ppm-Dubai                                                                    
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 Gasoil 500ppm-Dubai                                                                    
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 LGO M1/M2                                                                              
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 Crack LGO-Brent M1                                                                     
 Crack LGO-Brent M2                                                                     
 (Reporting by Koustav Samanta; Editing by Shailesh Kuber)