Stocks markets power higher, but energy stocks fail to go along for the ride
Today's energy market update:
After yesterday's big run-up, oil prices took a breather on Wednesday, sending energy stocks slightly lower for the day.
Brent declined 0.5%, while WTI and Canadian Light both dipped 0.3%.
WCS rose 0.2%, as its discount to WTI narrowed to US$13.75 a barrel. The discount on Edmonton Condensate also narrowed to US$5, sending C5+ prices higher by 0.7%.
Gasoline prices rose almost 1% while heating oil was unchanged. Henry Hub sank 2.2%, falling to a new 3-year low on Wednesday.
Today's treasury, currency and equity market update:
According to Statistics Canada, the Consumer Price Index (CPI) rose from 2.0% in April to 2.4% in May, blamed on almost everything except gasoline. Nationally, gas prices are now down 3.8% y/y. Ex-gasoline, CPI is up 2.7% y/y. The loonie rose 0.7%, and moved back above 75 cents.
The US Federal Reserve held the line on interest rates today, but but signalled intentions to cut rates later this year. Shorter-duration bond yields took a big haircut on Wednesday, while yields on the 10-year sank to 2.03%, the lowest since November 2016. The US dollar fell 0.6%, sending most other global currencies higher.
Except for London's FTSE, most global markets moved up slightly on Wednesday, following through on Tuesday's gains. In New York, the NYSE and NASDAQ both rose 0.4%, while the S&P 500 Large Cap Index rose 0.3%. Utilities were the best performing stocks south of the border, thanks to lower interest rates. Energy stocks dipped 0.2%.
In Toronto, the TSX was unchanged. Energy was the worst performing sector for the day, falling 0.9%. Midstream stocks bucked the downtrend and mostly moved higher on Wednesday.
Today's notable energy news:
According to the Energy Information Administration, a big drawdown in Gulf Coast stockpiles helped lower total US crude inventories by over 3 million barrels last week, the first meaningful decline since early May. Total US output dipped to 12.2 million bbl/day, down from an estimated record high of 12.4 million bbl/day at the beginning of June.
Spanish energy major Repsol announced plans to reduce its Canadian headcount by about 30%, or roughly 230 positions. The layoffs are part of a global restructuring, and will largely be centred in Calgary, Chauvin and Edson. Repsol acquired its Canadian operations through its US$8.3 billion purchase of Talisman Energy in 2014.
Trans Mountain President Ian Anderson says he hopes to restart construction on the expansion pipeline as early as September. Remaining work is expected to be completed within 30 to 34 months, bringing the in service date to roughly the second or third quarter of 2022.
Minnesota's Pollution Control Agency and Department of Natural Resources have warned Enbridge they won't be able to issue permits for its Line 3 Replacement (L3R) project on July 1st, due to a recent court ruling that found deficiencies in the project's environmental impact statement (EIS). The courts have asked the company to model impacts on Lake Superior in the event of a spill. Enbridge says they think the modelling work "can be completed efficiently." L3R was expected to commence service in the second half of 2020, although Enbridge has yet to provide any updates since this latest setback.
Calgary-based Gran Tierra reported operational disruptions at some of its Columbian operations this week, blamed on submersible pump failures and blockades set-up by protesting farmers. Second quarter production averaged 36,000 boe/day, while the June average is tracking closer to 29,000 boe/day.
Three people were injured after rockets hit the city of Basra in southern Iraq, forcing ExxonMobil to evacuate some of its staff. Several oil fields and the US embassy were also hit earlier in the week, although no major damage was reported. Iran is suspected to be behind the attacks, although no one has claimed responsibility.
OPEC and friends have finally settled on a date for their highly anticipated review of production quotas. OPEC's Joint Ministerial Monitoring Committee will now meet on July 1st in Vienna, while non-OPEC members will be invited to the table on July 2nd.
|Suncor Energy||SU||41.69||0.0||35.53||55.47||D W|
|Imperial Oil||IMO||36.74||▲0.2||33.52||44.91||D W|
|Husky Energy||HSE||12.64||▼-2.1||12.27||22.99||D W|
|TC Energy||TRP||66.04||▲0.1||47.90||66.93||D W|
|Pembina Pipeline||PPL||49.02||▲0.8||39.15||50.65||D W|
|Inter Pipeline||IPL||20.31||▲0.4||18.60||25.66||D W|
|Gibson Energy||GEI||23.47||▼-0.3||16.90||23.77||D W|
|LARGE CAP E&P|
|Cdn Natural Res||CNQ||35.87||▼-1.5||30.11||49.08||D W|
|Cenovus Energy||CVE||11.62||▼-2.2||8.74||14.84||D W|
|Vermilion Energy||VET||27.80||▲0.3||26.54||49.67||D W|
|Pason Systems||PSI||18.70||▼-1.1||17.18||24.57||D W|
|Mullen Group||MTL||9.62||▼-0.8||9.39||16.93||D W|
|Secure Energy||SES||7.07||▼-0.1||6.25||9.44||D W|
|REFINING & MARKETING|
|Parkland Fuel||PKI||41.67||▼-0.1||31.57||47.45||D W|
|Exxon Mobil||XOM||75.32||▼-0.6||64.65||87.36||D W|
|Kinder Morgan||KMI||20.94||▲0.7||14.62||21.25||D W|
|Williams Co||WMB||26.95||▼-1.1||20.36||32.22||D W|
|LARGE CAP E&P|
|EOG Resources||EOG||88.65||▲0.4||80.41||133.53||D W|
|Occidental Petro||OXY||50.30||▼-0.1||47.00||86.60||D W|
|Anadarko Petro||APC||69.90||▼0.0||40.40||76.70||D W|
|Pioneer Natural Res||PXD||148.44||▼-0.9||119.08||195.00||D W|
|Baker Hughes||BHGE||23.32||▲1.0||20.09||35.55||D W|
|Ntl-Oilwell Varco||NOV||20.81||▲0.8||19.57||49.08||D W|
|Marathon Petro||MPC||49.66||▲0.0||45.47||88.45||D W|
|Phillips 66||PSX||87.60||▲0.9||78.44||123.97||D W|
|Valero Energy||VLO||78.16||▲0.5||68.81||122.42||D W|
Summit Midstream Partners (SMLP): Downgraded from Buy to Neutral at Citigroup.
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