Asia Distillates-Gasoil cash differentials rise to smallest discounts in over 2 months

    SINGAPORE, Nov 5 (Reuters) - Asia's cash differentials for 10 ppm gasoil firmed to their
smallest discounts in more than two months on Thursday, buoyed by firmer buying interest in the
physical market, while onshore middle distillate inventories in Singapore dropped to a two-week
    Cash discounts for gasoil with 10 ppm sulphur content GO10-SIN-DIF narrowed by a cent on
Thursday to 34 cents a barrel to Singapore quotes, the slimmest discounts since Aug. 26. 
    Traders, however, remain concerned near-term supplies would outweigh demand due to a
resurgence in COVID-19 infections around the world and reimposed lockdowns in several markets.
    Refining profit margins for 10 ppm gasoil rose to $4.03 a barrel over Dubai
crude during Asian trade, up from $3.67 per barrel on Wednesday.
    - Asian traders have chartered at least four supertankers to ship gasoil with the option of
stowing surplus fuel if a second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic shrinks global demand, two
shipping sources and an analyst said.
    - Several trading companies have chartered new Very Large Crude Carriers (VLCCs), primarily
meant to carry crude, to ship gasoil in bulk on their maiden voyages and it can be economical to
use them for storage at current low freight rates, the sources said.
    - Singapore's middle distillate inventories slipped 5.6% to 14.9 million barrels in the week
to Nov. 4, according to Enterprise Singapore data.
    - Weekly Singapore middle distillate inventories have averaged about 13.5 million barrels so
far in 2020, Reuters calculations showed. This week's stocks were 34.5% higher year-on-year.
    - U.S. distillate stockpiles fell by 1.6 million barrels in the week to Oct. 30, versus
expectations for a 2 million-barrel draw, the U.S. Energy Information Administration data showed
on Wednesday.
    - No jet fuel trade, three gasoil deals.
    - Asian refiners' profit from producing very low sulphur fuel oil (VLSFO) climbed to
six-month highs this week as output cuts keep supplies tight while demand for the shipping fuel
at most ports are back at pre-pandemic levels, traders and analysts said.
 CASH ($/T)             ASIA CLOSE       Change   % Change   Prev Close  RIC
 Spot Gas Oil 0.5%                43.01     1.34       3.22       41.67  GO-SIN
 GO 0.5 Diff                      -1.45     0.01      -0.68       -1.46  GO-SIN-DIF
 Spot Gas Oil 0.25%               43.31     1.34       3.19       41.97  GO25-SIN
 GO 0.25 Diff                     -1.15     0.01      -0.86       -1.16  GO25-SIN-DIF
 Spot Gas Oil 0.05%               43.55     1.38       3.27       42.17  GO005-SIN
 GO 0.05 Diff                     -0.91     0.05      -5.21       -0.96  GO005-SIN-DIF
 Spot Gas Oil 0.001%              44.12     1.34       3.13       42.78  GO10-SIN
 GO 0.001 Diff                    -0.34     0.01      -2.86       -0.35  GO10-SIN-DIF
 Spot Jet/Kero                    42.91     1.42       3.42       41.49  JET-SIN
 Jet/Kero Diff                    -0.31     0.05     -13.89       -0.36  JET-SIN-DIF
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 (Reporting by Koustav Samanta; Editing by Amy Caren Daniel)