Oil prices little changed on Tuesday, despite decent rally in equity markets
Today's energy market action:
A relatively quiet Tuesday in oil markets, with most crude benchmarks ending the day little changed. Brent rose 0.3%, reversing Monday's losses. WTI lost 0.2%, giving back half of Monday's gains.
Canadian benchmarks also dipped about 0.2%. The Canadian light and heavy discounts to WTI held steady at US$7.25 and US$15.75, respectively. Tuesday marked contract expiry for the WTI June contract. All benchmarks, including Canadian oil, trade on the July contract beginning Wednesday.
Gasoline prices gained another 0.6% for the day, ending Tuesday at US$2 a gallon. Henry Hub fell over 2%, wiping out all of yesterday's gains.
Today's currency and equity market action:
The yen, Euro and pound all dipped slightly on Tuesday, helping the US dollar gain 0.1%, ending Tuesday just under 98. The loonie rose 0.2%.
US markets all moved higher on Tuesday, recouping losses from the previous two trading days. The NYSE and S&P 500 both rose about 0.8%. Except for staples, all US sectors moved higher on Tuesday, including a 1.1% increase in energy stocks.
In Toronto, the TSX gained 0.2%. Energy was the best performing sector, rising 0.7%.
Today's notable energy news:
The American Petroleum Institute is forecasting a 2.4 million barrel increase in crude stockpiles for last week. Official numbers from the Energy Information Administration (EIA) are due to be released Wednesday morning.
According to the EIA, Venezuela's production averaged 830,000 bbl/day in April, down from 1.2 million bbl/day at the beginning of the year, and the lowest since January 2003. Active oil rig counts have been reduced to just 20, also a level not seen since 2003. The EIA says it expects the country's output to decline further next year.
Canadian Natural Resources announced plans to buyback up to 59.7 million shares over the next 12 months, representing 5% of the company's total float. This is in addition to the current Normal Course Issuer Bid, which allows for the buyback of 61.4 million shares. The company says purchasing its stock is "an effective use of capital and an efficient means to return value to its shareholders."
Permian producer Pioneer Natural Resources announced plans to cut 25% of its workforce, in a bid to save US$100 million in overhead costs. The cuts amount to about 530 employees.
Nigeria's 240,000 bbl/day Trans Forcados pipeline was shutdown earlier this week, after a fire broke out near a leaky section of the line. The line is operated by Heritage Energy, while Royal Dutch Shell manages the crude terminal. Force majeure was not declared, and extent of the damage is still unknown.
Russia's NOVATEK announced an EPC contract with TechnipFMC for its Arctic LNG 2 joint-venture. The export facility has a liquefaction capacity of 19.8 million t/y, with start-up expected in 2023. The LNG project is owned jointly with France's Total. NOVATEK is one of Russia's largest natural gas producers in Russia.
|Suncor Energy||SU||44.00||▲1.6||35.53||55.47||D W|
|Imperial Oil||IMO||37.86||▲0.7||33.52||44.91||D W|
|Husky Energy||HSE||13.39||▼-0.7||13.10||22.99||D W|
|Pembina Pipeline||PPL||48.91||0.0||39.15||50.65||D W|
|Inter Pipeline||IPL||20.96||▼-0.3||18.60||25.66||D W|
|Gibson Energy||GEI||23.18||▲0.0||16.76||23.75||D W|
|LARGE CAP E&P|
|Cdn Natural Res||CNQ||36.66||▼0.0||30.11||49.08||D W|
|Cenovus Energy||CVE||11.74||▲1.0||8.74||14.84||D W|
|Vermilion Energy||VET||30.80||▼-0.7||26.67||49.67||D W|
|Pason Systems||PSI||19.93||▲0.3||17.18||24.57||D W|
|Mullen Group||MTL||10.18||▲0.4||9.39||16.93||D W|
|Secure Energy||SES||7.59||▲0.3||6.25||9.44||D W|
|REFINING & MARKETING|
|Parkland Fuel||PKI||40.98||▲0.6||30.01||47.45||D W|
|Exxon Mobil||XOM||76.25||▲0.5||64.65||87.36||D W|
|Kinder Morgan||KMI||20.34||▲0.3||14.62||20.57||D W|
|Williams Co||WMB||27.89||▲1.6||20.36||32.22||D W|
|LARGE CAP E&P|
|EOG Resources||EOG||95.63||▲2.1||82.04||133.53||D W|
|Occidental Petro||OXY||53.51||▲0.1||52.62||87.67||D W|
|Anadarko Petro||APC||72.77||▲0.0||40.40||76.70||D W|
|Pioneer Natural Res||PXD||157.91||▲2.4||119.08||212.91||D W|
|Baker Hughes||BHGE||23.61||▲1.4||20.09||37.07||D W|
|Ntl-Oilwell Varco||NOV||24.10||▼-0.1||23.42||49.08||D W|
|Marathon Petro||MPC||53.28||▲2.2||50.19||88.45||D W|
|Phillips 66||PSX||86.16||▲1.9||78.44||123.97||D W|
|Valero Energy||VLO||82.47||▲0.5||68.81||126.98||D W|
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