Near-record crude stockpiles at the U.S. Gulf Coast will anchor prices of domestic oil grades through the end of this year and into next, traders and analysts said.
Stocks along the U.S. Gulf Coast, known as PADD III, were near record levels following several weeks of cheap imports, sluggish exports and weak refining demand. Traders are concerned that the rise in coronavirus cases will keep fuel demand suppressed.
WTI crude at Houston for delivery from August to June next year ranged between a 93-cent to a $1 a barrel premium over U.S. crude futures, according to settlements on the CME. It traded at a $3.75 premium to Cushing in early May.
West Texas Sour, the sour grade delivered into Midland, traded at a 65-cent discount to U.S. crude futures in early June, its lowest in nearly two months.
Weakness in Gulf Coast prices, due to a glut of storage, has stemmed the flow of barrels to that region from inland. The amount of oil shipped from Cushing, Okla., to the Gulf Coast in May was about 15,000 bbl/d lower than in March, according to Genscape.
"They have nowhere to go. You're at minimum refining, demand is still creeping up, but you're not at maximum," a trader said.
Gulf Coast stocks hit to an all-time high last month at 308 million barrels, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.
Mars Sour, the benchmark for sour U.S. Gulf Coast grades, was trading at a $1.05 premium to U.S. crude futures on July 1, from a more than $4 premium in early May. Mars for December delivery currently trades at a 75-cent premium, a signal that the market sees demand for the grade to remain low through the rest of the year.
Here’s a quicklist of oil and gas assets on the market including Fairway Resources Oklahoma properties and Kaiser-Francis Oil well package in Louisiana plus the offer from Centennial Resource Production to acquire or farm in certain operated assets in the Permian Basin of Reeves County, Texas.
Fairway Resources LLC retained TenOaks Energy Advisors in connection with the sale of certain Midcontinent operated and nonoperated properties in Oklahoma with significant production and leasehold anchored in the Northwest STACK and Western Anadarko Basin.
Henry Resources LLC has retained TenOaks Energy Advisors as its exclusive adviser in connection with the sale of its nonoperated working interest properties in the Permian Basin across West Texas and southeastern New Mexico.