Oil prices get a lift from rising stock markets, falling US dollar and flatlining US output
Today's energy market summary:
- Oil prices got a lift on Wednesday due to a softer US dollar, a smaller-than-expected build in crude inventories, and flatlining US oil output.
- According to the Energy Information Administration, the US added almost 1 million barrels of crude stockpiles, mainly due to a slowdown in refinery demand. US output was unchanged for the second week in a row.
- In Canadian energy markets, the discount on Canadian Light and Edmonton Condensate narrowed on Wednesday, sending prices higher by 2.4% and 3%, respectively.
- Gasoline and distillate stockpiles dropped by over 3 million barrels, boosting gasoline prices 2.3%.
Today's equity market action:
- Equity markets were bolstered by a better-than-expected outlook on the Chinese economy by Apple, and expectations for a "slowing pace" of rate hikes by the US Federal Reserve.
- The Nasdaq was today's best performer, rising 2.2%. The Dow Jones Industrial added over 400 points (+1.8%).
- The S&P 500 rose 1.6%, with gains led by more offensive technology and discretionary stocks.
- US Fed Chair Jerome Powell held interest rates unchanged today, but stressed the move was not politically motivated.
- US 10-year bond yields declined, sending the US dollar down 0.5%.
- In Toronto, the TSX was roughly unchanged, dragged lower by a decline in discretionary, staples and utility stocks.
- Energy stocks had a relatively good day, gaining about 1% on both sides of the border.
- Except for Canadian midstream stocks, gains were seen across most energy subsectors.
Today's midstream news:
- Marathon Pipe Line has launched binding open season on its planned reversal of the Capline system. The line currently runs from Louisiana to Illinois, but operates well below its 1.2 million bbl/day design capacity due to low demand. Reversal will allow for more Canadian crude to be shipped from the Midwest region into the Gulf Coast. Pending sufficient interest and all regulatory approvals, the reversed line should be in service by the end of 2020. The line is jointly owned with Plains All American.
- ExxonMobil, Plains All American and Lotus Midstream have partnered up on the Wink to Webster Pipeline Joint Venture. The new line will transport more than 1 million bbl/day of crude oil and condensate from Permian Basin in West Texas to the Texas Gulf Coast. The line is expected to be in service by 2021.
- Magellan Midstream and Navigator Energy have extended open season on their Voyager pipeline, which will transport light crude oil and condensate 500 miles from Cushing, Oklahoma to Houston, Texas. The line will have an initial capacity of at least 300,000 bbl/day, and is planned to be in service by the end of 2020.
Today's other notable energy news:
- ExxonMobil announced plans for a multi-billion dollar integrated gas-for-power project in Vietnam, in partnership with state-owned PetroVietnam. The gas will be sourced from an offshore field, transported to shore and pipelined to third-party power plants. A final investment decision is expected sometime next year.
- The United Steelworkers union, representing some 30,000 US refinery workers, has rejected an initial offer from Royal Dutch Shell, who is leading negotiations on behalf of US refiners. The union would like to see an 8% raise and extension of their existing contract, which expires this year. The union's last strike was in 2015, affecting 12 refineries and three chemical plants.
- Chevron confirmed the purchase of Petrobras's Pasadena Refinery in Texas for US$350 million, excluding working capital. The refinery has a light oil processing capacity of 110,000 bbl/day. The company also boosted its quarterly dividend for the 32nd consecutive year in a row, rising to US$1.19 per share in March.
- Hess reported a net loss of US$4 million in the fourth quarter, down from a US$2.7 billion loss posted the same time last year. Excluding Libya, the company produced 267,000 boe/day in Q4, up 5% y/y, including 58,000 boe/day from divested assets. Last year's production growth was primarily driven by the Bakken region and the Gulf of Mexico.
- Following in the footsteps of BP last week, Shell has agreed to acquire Greenlots, a California-based electric vehicle software and services provider. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
|CURRENCIES & YIELDS|
|Suncor Energy||SU||42.52||▲0.1||35.53||55.47||D W|
|Imperial Oil||IMO||37.27||▲1.8||33.43||44.91||D W|
|Husky Energy||HSE||15.59||▲0.1||13.33||22.99||D W|
|Pembina Pipeline||PPL||46.57||▲2.0||37.60||47.84||D W|
|Inter Pipeline||IPL||21.22||▲0.1||18.60||25.66||D W|
|Gibson Energy||GEI||19.60||▲0.4||15.68||23.32||D W|
|LARGE CAP E&P|
|Cdn Natural Res||CNQ||35.74||▲1.2||30.11||49.08||D W|
|Cenovus Energy||CVE||10.54||▲0.8||8.74||14.84||D W|
|Vermilion Energy||VET||32.09||▲1.8||26.67||49.67||D W|
|Pason Systems||PSI||20.60||▲2.0||16.05||24.57||D W|
|Mullen Group||MTL||12.17||▲1.1||11.39||16.93||D W|
|Secure Energy||SES||7.93||▲2.3||6.25||9.23||D W|
|REFINING & MARKETING|
|Parkland Fuel||PKI||36.53||▲2.0||27.36||47.45||D W|
|Exxon Mobil||XOM||72.29||▲1.1||64.65||89.25||D W|
|Kinder Morgan||KMI||18.09||▲1.3||14.62||18.67||D W|
|Williams Co||WMB||27.02||▲1.3||20.36||32.22||D W|
|LARGE CAP E&P|
|EOG Resources||EOG||99.45||▲0.6||82.04||133.53||D W|
|Occidental Petro||OXY||66.97||▲0.7||56.83||87.67||D W|
|Anadarko Petro||APC||47.83||▲3.0||40.40||76.70||D W|
|Pioneer Natural Res||PXD||141.51||▲0.9||119.08||213.40||D W|
|Baker Hughes||BHGE||23.94||▲3.4||20.09||37.76||D W|
|Ntl-Oilwell Varco||NOV||29.89||▲0.4||24.27||49.08||D W|
|Marathon Petro||MPC||65.33||▲1.9||54.29||88.45||D W|
|Phillips 66||PSX||94.53||▲1.3||78.44||123.97||D W|
|Valero Energy||VLO||83.28||▲2.6||68.81||126.98||D W|
MEG Energy (MEG.TO): Upgraded from Equal Weight to Overweight at Morgan Stanley.
PDC Energy (PDCE): Upgraded from Equal Weight to Overweight at Capital One.
Precision Drilling (PD.TO): Upgraded from Outperform to Strong Buy at Raymond James.
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