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Goldman Sachs Sees 31% Returns For Energy Over 12 Months

  • Goldman Sachs sees energy netting returns of 31% over the next 12 months.
  • Less hawkish monetary policy, rising spot prices, and easing recession fears could increase returns on commodities.
  • Goldman recommends “going long commodities” next year.

Goldman Sachs sees energy netting returns of 31% over the next 12 months, with commodities expected to gain as a hedge against supply risks threatened by geopolitical developments such as the Hamas-Israel war. 

Goldman is forecasting 21% returns on commodities overall for the prior as spot prices rise, monetary policy becomes less hawkish, and recession fears subside somewhat. The biggest gainers will be energy and industrial metals, the investment bank said in a note. 

Goldman expects 17.8% returns for industrial metals, with copper and aluminum stocks tightening, leading to a rise in prices in the second half of next year. 

Goldman recommends “going long commodities” next year, citing “somewhat higher spot commodity prices from an improving cyclical backdrop, significant carry returns from structural tailwinds” and “hedging value against negative supply shocks”. Additionally, Goldman sees oil gaining on the back of OPEC’s output cuts. 

Energy and gold serve as long-standing favorites against a backdrop of geopolitical risk. The investment bank referred to demand as having “ongoing resilience” enabling it to bolster oil prices, Reuters reported. 

While Goldman Sachs sees interest rate hikes by the Federal Reserve coming to an end, citing core disinflation, with rate reductions coming only in the fourth-quarter of next year, Morgan Stanley disagrees, forecasting that the Fed will make deep interest rate cuts over the next two years as inflation cools. 

Morgan Stanley expects the first rate cut in June next year, followed by a second in September of 25 basis points, predicting a rate of 2.375% by the end of 2025. Goldman, by contrast, sees rates at 3.5%-3.75% by mid-2026, according to Bloomberg. Despite its sunny outlook for energy, Goldman lowered its Brent crude forecast on expectations of lower demand and higher supply from Brazil, Venezuela and Nigeria in the fourth-quarter of this year. The investment bank lowered its Brent crude forecast from $98 to $92 for 2024. 

By Charles Kennedy for Oilprice.com

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  • Mamdouh Salameh on November 13 2023 said:
    This is exactly why investors the world over are flocking to oil and gas assets based on the fact that oil and gas will continue to drive the global economy well into the future.

    And it is happening in spite of concerted and deliberate efforts by the International Energy Agency (IEA), Rystad Energy, oil traders, speculators and Western media disinformation to depress oil prices and cast doubts about the strength of the global oil demand.

    Dr Mamdouh G Salameh
    International Oil Economist
    Global Energy Expert

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