Asia Distillates-Gasoil cracks drop to over 6-week low, cash discount widens

    SINGAPORE, Jan 7 (Reuters) - Asian refining margins for 10 ppm gasoil slid to their weakest
in more than six weeks on Thursday as traders worried about a hit to demand recovery due to
renewed lockdowns in several markets.
    Refining margins, or cracks, for 10 ppm gasoil plunged to $4.74 a barrel over
Dubai crude during Asian trading hours, a level not seen since Nov. 23 and down from $5.19 per
barrel a day earlier.
    Cracks for the benchmark gasoil grade have fallen 22% so far this week.
    The gasoil market is coming under renewed pressure as some refineries are ready to increase
run rates, even while demand growth is not materlialising and lockdowns are being introduced
again, a middle distillates trader said.
    Cash differentials for gasoil with 10 ppm sulphur content GO10-SIN-DIF were at a discount
of 38 cents a barrel to Singapore quotes, the widest discounts since Nov. 10. They were at a
discount of 35 cents per barrel on Wednesday.
    The prompt-month time spread for 10 ppm gasoil in Singapore, which has stayed
in a contango for the last two weeks, traded at a discount of 16 cents per barrel on Thursday,
Refinitiv Eikon data showed.
    - Singapore's middle distillate inventories dropped 4.5% to a more than four-month low of
14.5 million barrels in the week to Jan. 6, according to Enterprise Singapore data.
    - Weekly Singapore middle distillate inventories averaged about 13.9 million barrels in
2020, Reuters calculations showed. This week's stocks were 50.5% higher than a year ago.
    - U.S. distillate stockpiles rose by 6.4 million barrels in the week to Jan. 1, versus
expectations for a 2.3 million-barrel rise, the U.S. Energy Information Administration data
showed on Wednesday.
    - Two gasoil deals, no jet fuel trades

    - Oil prices hit their highest since late February on Thursday after a fall in U.S.
stockpiles added further support following the unilateral decision by Saudi Arabia to cut
 CASH ($/T)            ASIA CLOSE       Change   % Change   Prev Close  RIC
 Spot Gas Oil 0.5%               57.12     0.45       0.79       56.67  GO-SIN
 GO 0.5 Diff                     -1.57     0.02      -1.26       -1.59  GO-SIN-DIF
 Spot Gas Oil 0.25%              57.22     0.45       0.79       56.77  GO25-SIN
 GO 0.25 Diff                    -1.47     0.02      -1.34       -1.49  GO25-SIN-DIF
 Spot Gas Oil 0.05%              57.32     0.45       0.79       56.87  GO005-SIN
 GO 0.05 Diff                    -1.37     0.02      -1.44       -1.39  GO005-SIN-DIF
 Spot Gas Oil 0.001%             58.31      0.4       0.69       57.91  GO10-SIN
 GO 0.001 Diff                   -0.38    -0.03       8.57       -0.35  GO10-SIN-DIF
 Spot Jet/Kero                   56.87     0.41       0.73       56.46  JET-SIN
 Jet/Kero Diff                   -0.16    -0.03      23.08       -0.13  JET-SIN-DIF
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 (Reporting by Koustav Samanta; Editing by Kirsten Donovan)