MF5B: Platts Marine Fuel 0.5% – Brent Spread

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MF5B

What is it?

The differential between the S&P Global Platts assessment of the price of marine fuel 0.5% maximum sulfur in a market and the price of Dated Brent, the world’s benchmark crude. All prices normalized to dollars per barrel.

Platts Markets: 

  • Fujairah
  • New York Harbor
  • Rotterdam
  • Singapore
  • United States Gulf Coast

Who is interested?

Any participant in the market that has an exposure to the price of distillates like diesel and observes how distillates are moving on its own or relative to the crude oil market, in this case represented by the price of marine fuel 0.5% maximum sulfur in a market and the price of Dated Brent compared to dated Brent.

What does it tell me?

The number takes the daily assessment of the price of marine fuel 0.5% maximum sulfur in a market, converts it to a price of dollars per barrel and subtracts the price of dated Brent from it. The end number is displayed as a graph. A rising number indicates the physical market for this product is strengthening compared to crude. A declining market indicates the physical market for this product is weakening compared to crude. The actual Platts assessment for the inputs is not available through this series and must be purchased from S&P Global Platts.