Growing divergence between crude and oil products markets

Brent prompt future contract remained pressured, at 63 $/b, as the OPEC meeting cycle started with the JMMC’s technical meeting yesterday. At the same time, the API survey showed large draws in product stocks and builds in crude stocks, in line with our forward crude balances. US refining runs surprised to the downside. On the other hand, Japanese runs recovered quickly following the earthquake last month, with throughputs back to 2.54 mb/d. US cracks continue to rally, as some refineries encountered ramp-up issues and technical issue. 

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