Asia Distillates-Gasoil cash premiums edge higher

    SINGAPORE, July 9 (Reuters) - Asia's cash premiums for 10 ppm gasoil inched up on Thursday,
thanks to a firmer deal in the physical market, while refining profit margins for the industrial
fuel edged higher.
    Traders, however, remained worried that recovery in gasoil demand would likely come under
pressure due to renewed lockdowns as many countries face a resurgence in COVID-19 cases.
    Cash premiums for 10-ppm gasoil GO10-SIN-DIF were at 58 cents a barrel to Singapore quotes
on Thursday, two cents higher than Wednesday.
    The prompt-month time spread for 10 ppm gasoil traded at a premium of 41
cents a barrel on Thursday, compared with 67 cents per barrel a week earlier.
    In backwardation, the prompt-month contract is more expensive than subsequent months, which
makes it uneconomical to store the product and leads to a drawdown in inventories. 
    But a narrowing backwardation indicates the market may flip back into contango -- the
opposite of backwardation -- that tends to encourage holders of physical barrels to store the
product for selling later to secure higher prices.
    The region has ample gasoil supplies at the moment, while more supplies are expected in the
next few weeks as regional refiners have been ramping up output, traders said.
    Gasoil demand typically takes a beating during the third quarter as monsoon season dampens
agricultural demand, while heavy rainfall impacts transportation demand in some parts of the
region, they added.
    Refining margins for gasoil with 10-ppm sulphur content rose by 6 cents to
$6.54 a barrel over Dubai crude during Asian trading hours.
    - Singapore onshore middle distillate stocks rose 1.5% to 13.6 million barrels in the week
ended July 8, Enterprise Singapore data showed.
    - The weekly Singapore middle distillate inventories have averaged at 12.8 million barrels
so far in 2020, Reuters calculations showed. This week's stocks were 23% higher year-on-year.
    - U.S. distillate stockpiles rose 3.1 million barrels to about 177.3 million barrels, their
highest level since 1983, the Energy Information Administration said on Wednesday.
    - One gasoil deal, no jet fuel trades
    - Oil prices edged lower on Thursday as concerns about renewed COVID-19 lockdowns in the
United States outweighed signs of a recovery in U.S. gasoline demand.

 CASH ($/T)              ASIA CLOSE       Change   % Change   Prev Close  RIC
 Spot Gas Oil 0.5%                 48.61     0.44       0.91       48.17  GO-SIN
 GO 0.5 Diff                       -0.86     0.01      -1.15       -0.87  GO-SIN-DIF
 Spot Gas Oil 0.25%                49.25     0.44       0.90       48.81  GO25-SIN
 GO 0.25 Diff                      -0.22     0.01      -4.35       -0.23  GO25-SIN-DIF
 Spot Gas Oil 0.05%                49.94     0.44       0.89       49.50  GO005-SIN
 GO 0.05 Diff                       0.47     0.01       2.17        0.46  GO005-SIN-DIF
 Spot Gas Oil 0.001%               50.05     0.45       0.91       49.60  GO10-SIN
 GO 0.001 Diff                      0.58     0.02       3.57        0.56  GO10-SIN-DIF
 Spot Jet/Kero                     43.33     0.27       0.63       43.06  JET-SIN
 Jet/Kero Diff                     -0.34     0.03      -8.11       -0.37  JET-SIN-DIF
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 (Reporting by Koustav Samanta; Editing by Krishna Chandra Eluri)