Our Barrel Report series consists of four monthly reports that provide comprehensive coverage of crude oil, light distillate, middle distillate, and fuel oil/residue markets. These reports offer expert-level fundamental coverage of individual fuels with consistent model-driven projections in a succinct chart-heavy format.

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Crude oil barrel
Everything you need to know about crude oil

Crude Oil Barrel

Crude Oil Barrel (COB)

Our Crude Oil Barrel report provides detailed analysis on global crude supply, demand, balances, trade flows and pricing. A data Excel add on also allows clients to plug JBC Energy’s proprietary fundamental data into their own models.

  • Released no later than the first business day after the Saudi Arabian Official Selling Prices.
  • Data and charts on all relevant aspects of crude oil demand, supply, balances, trade flows, and pricing.
  • Expert-level fundamental coverage and consistent model-driven projections in a succinct chart & bullet point style.
  • Optional monthly data compilation is also available.
Latest issues

Issue 6 - 4 Jun'21

Diffs Up Despite the First Major OPEC+ Output Increase since January. Iran Crude Supply Prospects. Saudi Arabia July 2021 OSP adjustments.

Issue 5 - 5 May'21

Market strength is shifting from the East of Suez towards the Atlantic Basin.

Issue 4 - 6 Apr'21

We examine the implications of last week's OPEC+ decision to begin raising crude production from May.

Issue 3 - 8 Mar'21

Last week’s OPEC+ decision to keep supply almost unchanged in April has moved crude fundamentals into a genuinely constructive place in Q2

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Bottom of the barrel
Home of dirty products

Bottom of the Barrel

Bottom of the Barrel (BoB)

Our Bottom of the Barrel report offer expert analysis of the fuel oil market and beyond. Each report covers the fundamentals of the various residues and the interplay between them and provides detailed forecasts for what this means for bunker fuels, secondary feedstocks, and demand from the power segment.

  • BoB covers VLSFO, HSFO, LSSR, HSSR, LSVGO, HSVGO, and bitumen markets.
  • Data and charts on all relevant aspects of demand, supply, balances, trade flows, and pricing
  • Expert-level fundamental coverage and consistent model-driven projections in a succinct chart & bullet point style.
  • Optional monthly data compilation is also available.
Latest issues

Issue 6 - 4 Jun'21

-EU meeting could see EEXI brought forward -Mexico played a roll in recent HSFO weakness -We expect HSFO prices to rebound a little in summer before resuming a slow downwards decline

Issue 5 - 3 May'21

-Light/heavy spreads and conversion margins set to remain under pressure -Massive Russian upgrading could see FO exports fall by over 300 kb/d -Singapore/China bunker spread inverts, indicating more Chinese supply of VLSFO

Issue 4 - 2 Apr'21

Hi-5 spreads are expected to narrow considerable further down the curve, with current futures prices offering a good deal for ship owners with scrubber-equipped fleets.

Issue 3 - 5 Mar'21

EEXI & the VLSFO/HSFO Spread

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Middle of the barrel
The Value Fuels.

Middle of the Barrel

Middle of the Barrel (MoB)

The Middle of the Barrel report offers comprehensive coverage of global middle distillate markets. Each report starts with our key messages of the month for gasoil, diesel and jet, kero markets where we highlight the potential opportunities and threats in the coming months for the middle distillate cut of fuels.

  • MoB covers gasoil, diesel, VGO, MGO, jet fuel, kerosene and more.
  • Data and charts on all relevant aspects of demand, supply, balances, trade flows, and pricing
  • Expert-level fundamental coverage and consistent model-driven projections in a succinct chart & bullet point style.
  • Optional monthly data compilation is also available.
Latest issues

Issue 6 - 2 Jun'21

Lower yields, imports reduce China’s ability to export diesel

Issue 5 - 30 Apr'21

China’s market share in Southeast Asia and Oceania increased strongly in recent months

Issue 4 - 2 Apr'21

Spiking diesel volumes in transit will be difficult to digest.

Issue 3 - 4 Mar'21

Misleadingly high mogas/diesel spreads

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Top of the barrel
Where transport and petchem meet!

Top of the Barrel

Top of the Barrel (ToB)

The Top of The Barrel report dives into the latest monthly developments for the world’s leading transportation fuel, gasoline, as well as for petrochemical feedstocks. Regular readers can comfortably navigate their way around this increasingly complex, but ever important segment of the market. Each month in each edition petrochemical feedstock demand is given its own dedicated coverage.

  • ToB covers LPG, naphtha, and gasoline.
  • Data and charts on all relevant aspects of demand, supply, balances, trade flows, and pricing
  • Expert-level fundamental coverage and consistent model-driven projections in a succinct chart & bullet point style.
  • Optional monthly data compilation is also available.
Latest issues

Issue 6 - 7 Jun'21

A clear divide has emerged in demand recovery rates between the East and the West of Suez.

Issue 5 - 7 May'21

Returning refining capacity and renewed demand headwinds have kept a lid on gasoline cracks recently, while strength from the petrochemical sector continues to support naphtha overall.

Issue 4 - 7 Apr'21

Light ends have moved from strength to strength, with an increasingly conducive demand outlook and refinery turnarounds providing support.

Issue 3 - 5 Mar'21

The supply disruptions caused February Big Freeze in the US propelled light end cracks in particular, but how long will it last?

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All our Barrel Data in One Handy Download

Barrel Data Compilation

Clients who subscribed to all four Barrel Series Reports, will receive this a special monthly Excel data sent out at no extra charge.

  • Excel file containing our monthly supply, demand, and balance data for crude and products, split by region and sub-region
  • Detailed refinery capacity and refinery operations data also included
  • Forward demand cover and observed inventory data also provided
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Having had the chance to cross paths with the work conducted by JBC Energy in several occasions, I could attest to the accurate statistics and information behind their work in the energy sector. Their high-quality indicators and reports regarding the energy market showcase both strong analytics and unbiased studies. Their expertise in the field aided by their extensive years in this domain make this research institute both well-grounded and reliable. I would recommend JBC Energy to anyone looking for thoughtful, measured and independent analysis of the energy markets worldwide.

- Adrian Jasimi, Oil Expert at Energy Community
Good calls

Benigni on Oil Markets, Issue 8 August 2019

In Issue 8 of our Benigni on Oil Markets report, we argued that the forward mogas vs diesel summer 2020 spread was completely undervalued on account of weakening gasoil/diesel and strengthening mogas in line with our IMO forecasts. Within a matter of weeks of our forecast, mogas began strengthening relative to gasoil over the relevant period.