Oil markets little moved as traders await results of US/China trade talks
Today's energy market update:
Oil markets were relatively quiet on Monday, with both Brent and WTI moving up about 0.5% for the day.
Canada's light and heavy benchmarks nudged up 0.3% and 0.4%, respectively, as discounts to WTI widened slightly. Edmonton Condensate (C5+) rose 0.8% as its differential to WTI narrowed.
Today's currency and equity market update:
The Trump Administration announced a major increase in Chinese import tariffs, set to take effect on Friday if no deal is reached.
The news sent equity markets plunging at the beginning of the trading day, and helped boost the yen 0.6%. Markets in New York staged an impressive recovery by the closing bell, paring losses to just 0.5%. The US dollar was unchanged for the day.
Today's Anadarko takeover update:
The stock portion was cut from 0.6094 to 0.2934 OXY shares per APC share, making a shareholder vote no longer required. Occidental CEO Vicki Hollub says bypassing shareholder approval provides more "clarity at closing." Some major OXY shareholders, including T. Rowe Price and billionaire Carl Ichan, remain opposed to the deal and have threatened to oust board members at Occidental's annual general meeting on Friday.
Anadarko calls this latest offer "superior" to its deal with Chevron, and has given Chevron until Friday to either top Occidental's offer, or pay the US$1 billion termination fee.
If the OXY/APC deal goes through, Total has agreed to buy Anadarko's assets in Algeria, Ghana, Mozambique and South Africa for US$8.8 billion. The move is part of Occidental's plan to divest up to US$15 billion in assets to help finance its acquisition of Anadarko.
Today's other notable energy news:
The US Department of Commerce has denied Kinder Morgan's request to have steel tariffs wavered on its US$1.75 billion Gulf Coast Express Pipeline. About half of the 514-mile line has been sourced from Turkey, which is now subject to a 25% tariff, potentially increasing capital costs by US$80 million.
BP approved a Phase 2 expansion of its Thunder Horse production facility in the US Gulf of Mexico. Thunder Horse has a production capacity of 250,000 boe/day, and is jointly owned with ExxonMobil. This latest phase will add another 50,000 boe/day by 2021.
Today's notable first quarter earnings:
MEG Energy posted a $48 million loss in the first quarter, including a number of one-time charges for hedging and foreign exchange. Revenues rose 27% y/y to $919 million, thanks to dramatically improved realization prices for its diluted bitumen. Production at Christina Lake averaged 87,113 bbl/day in Q1, about 13,000 bbl/day below capacity due to Alberta's curtailment quotas. For the full year 2019, the company says it expects to average 90,000 to 92,000 bbl/day.
Gibson Energy posted a net profit of $59 million, up from $12 million for the same time last year. Revenues from continuing operations rose 4% to $1.75 billion. The company added 1.1 million barrels of storage in Hardisty this past quarter, with another 2.5 million barrels currently under construction. Gibson also says it has now completed its planned $325 million divestiture of non-core assets.
Occidental Petroleum posted a first quarter net profit of US$631 million, down 11% y/y. Production averaged 719,000 boe/day in Q1, including 261,000 boe/day from the Permian Basin.
|Suncor Energy||SU||43.11||▼-0.8||35.53||55.47||D W|
|Imperial Oil||IMO||38.50||▼-0.3||33.52||44.91||D W|
|Husky Energy||HSE||13.87||▼-1.2||13.21||22.99||D W|
|Pembina Pipeline||PPL||47.53||▼0.0||39.15||50.65||D W|
|Inter Pipeline||IPL||21.29||▲0.2||18.60||25.66||D W|
|Gibson Energy||GEI||21.70||▼-0.2||16.64||23.75||D W|
|LARGE CAP E&P|
|Cdn Natural Res||CNQ||37.68||▼-0.1||30.11||49.08||D W|
|Cenovus Energy||CVE||12.24||▲0.9||8.74||14.84||D W|
|Vermilion Energy||VET||32.03||▼-0.8||26.67||49.67||D W|
|Pason Systems||PSI||20.48||▲0.1||17.18||24.57||D W|
|Mullen Group||MTL||9.75||0.0||9.39||16.93||D W|
|Secure Energy||SES||7.56||▲0.5||6.25||9.44||D W|
|REFINING & MARKETING|
|Parkland Fuel||PKI||41.72||▼-0.1||30.01||47.45||D W|
|Exxon Mobil||XOM||77.13||▼-0.4||64.65||87.36||D W|
|Kinder Morgan||KMI||19.44||▼-0.5||14.62||20.44||D W|
|Williams Co||WMB||27.38||▼-0.8||20.36||32.22||D W|
|LARGE CAP E&P|
|EOG Resources||EOG||91.24||▲0.4||82.04||133.53||D W|
|Occidental Petro||OXY||58.77||▲1.4||56.83||87.67||D W|
|Anadarko Petro||APC||75.49||▲3.8||40.40||76.70||D W|
|Pioneer Natural Res||PXD||156.29||▲0.1||119.08||213.40||D W|
|Baker Hughes||BHGE||23.94||▼-0.8||20.09||37.76||D W|
|Ntl-Oilwell Varco||NOV||25.70||▲1.1||24.04||49.08||D W|
|Marathon Petro||MPC||59.49||▼-0.8||54.29||88.45||D W|
|Phillips 66||PSX||87.03||▼-2.8||78.44||123.97||D W|
|Valero Energy||VLO||86.39||▼-2.3||68.81||126.98||D W|
Bonavista Energy (BNP.TO): Downgraded from Neutral to Underperform at CIBC.
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