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Analysts See Oil Prices Staying In The $30s For Months

Oil prices will likely remain at current depressed levels for months amid a price war and the fight for market share while the coronavirus outbreak batters oil demand, a Reuters poll of analysts showed on Friday. 

According to the 21 experts surveyed by Reuters, WTI Crude prices are set to average $30.37 a barrel in the second quarter this year and $37 for the full year.

Early on Friday, WTI Crude was trading at $33 a barrel, up on the day but down by a massive 25 percent on the week for what is shaping up to be the worst week for oil prices since the financial crisis in 2008.  

Brent Crude prices are seen averaging $34.87 per barrel in Q2 and $39.05 in Q3, according to the Reuters poll. In Q4, Brent Crude is expected to climb to $44.08. The average Brent Crude price forecast in the latest poll for full-year 2020 is $42 a barrel, down from $60.63 expected in a poll in February.

Early on Friday, Brent Crude was up 5 percent at $36.92.

After the collapse of the OPEC+ production cut deal, major banks slashed their oil price forecasts, expecting an enormous oversupply in the market now that Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and Russia are turning on the taps and looking out for their own interests instead of trying to fix the prices and the market as a grand coalition of producers. Related: Should You Sell Your Oil Stocks Now?

Goldman Sachs is warning that we may see $20 oil in Q2, Standard Chartered says WTI Crude will average just $32 a barrel in 2020, and ING slashed its Q2 Brent Crude forecast to $33 a barrel from $56, to name a few.

Saudi Arabia has promised to flood the oil market with an extra 2.6 million bpd of oil from April, while its fellow OPEC producer and ally, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), pledged an additional 1 million bpd in supply. This will result in a total increase of 3.6 million bpd in global oil supply from OPEC’s heavyweights at a time of depressed oil demand due to the coronavirus outbreak and at a time of crashing oil prices, following the abrupt end to the OPEC+ deal last week.

Former ally Russia, for its part, says it can raise its oil production by 200,000 bpd to 300,000 bpd in the short term, with a potential for up to a total increase of 500,000 bpd.   

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  • Mamdouh Salameh on March 13 2020 said:
    Oil prices could even dip below $30 a barrel if the coronavirus outbreak continues. However, global oil demand and prices could also be expected to recoup all their losses once the outbreak is declared over.

    My reasoning is based on two factors. The first is that the fundamentals of the global oil market were positive before the outbreak. It is the lack of normal economic activities resulting from the coronavirus that has affected them. The second is that China and to some extent the whole world will behave like a person who has been starved of food for a long time so their appetite would be rapacious for crude oil imports.

    Saudi Arabia’s so-called price war with Russia is a phoney war. Saudi Arabia has never ever had a production capacity of 12.5 mbd and will never ever achieve one. Its current production comes from five giant but aging and fast-depleting oilfields discovered more than 70 years ago.

    Moreover, Saudi Arabia can never win a price war with Russia. Russia’s economy can live with an oil price of $25 a barrel compared with a price far higher than $85 for Saudi Arabia.

    Dr Mamdouh G Salameh
    International Oil Economist
    Visiting Professor of Energy Economics at ESCP Europe Business School, London
  • Mark Potochnik on March 13 2020 said:
    Tesla releases their Model Y today or tomorrow!
  • Taher Al-alami on March 18 2020 said:
    I’m not sure what part of the world you’re from? We Saudis just break even at $30 a barrel. Please stop the false claims. T-Al

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