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Oil Prices Extend Gains As Market Tightens

  • Oil prices continued to climb in early Asian trade on Monday, with WTI breaking above $91.60 and Brent trading at $94.74.
  • Falling crude inventories and the continuation of OPEC+ cuts have sparked an oil price rally that is showing no signs of slowing.
  • China’s latest stimulus measures have only added to bullish sentiment, with hopes rising that the Asian giant is set to get its economy back on track.

Oil prices rose in early Asian trade on Monday, extending last week’s gains amid expectations of an increasingly tighter market and hopes that China’s latest stimulus measures would revitalize the economy.  

WTI Crude prices were trading above $91 per barrel in early Asian trade on Monday, at $91.50, up by 0.85%. The international benchmark, Brent Crude, was above the $94 a barrel mark and traded 0.69% higher at $94.57.

Falling global inventories amid a tightening market with the OPEC+ and Saudi production cuts have supported oil prices in recent weeks.

On Friday, oil had its third consecutive week of weekly gains, lifted by the growing imbalance between demand and supply, and by China’s latest industrial output report, which showed faster-than-expected growth in August.  

One of China’s latest policy moves to jumpstart the economy has also made market participants and analysts more bullish on oil. Last week, China cut the reserve ratio for banks for a second time this year in a move to increase liquidity in the system. 

“China’s stimulus policy, resilient US economic data, and OPEC+’s ongoing output cuts are the bullish factors that support the oil market’s upside movement,” Tina Teng, a market analyst at CMC Markets, wrote in a note to preview market movements this week.

Ed Moya, senior market analyst at OANDA, commented on Friday that “After a third week of gains, crude prices are not seeing the typical profit-taking as the short-term crude demand outlook gets a boost from improving US and Chinese economic data.”

“The oil market is going to stay tight a while longer, but we might need to see a fresh catalyst to send oil to triple digits,” Moya added.

Portfolio managers boosted their bullish bets on crude oil in the two weeks to September 12 in response to the extension of supply cuts from Saudi Arabia and Russia. The combined net long – the difference between bullish and bearish bets – in Brent and WTI jumped to an 18-month high, with buying led by the U.S. crude oil benchmark, said Ole Hansen, Head of Commodity Strategy at Saxo Bank.

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  • Mamdouh Salameh on September 18 2023 said:
    This is the future trend of crude oil prices buoyed by robust global demand, resurgent Chinese economy, tightening market and fears of shortages gripping the market.

    And to complicate matters further, neither OPEC+ is capable of lifting its production significantly nor are non-OPEC producers such as the United States, Norway, Brazil and others in a position to do so either.

    Oil prices are going to continue surging with Brent crude hitting $100 sooner than expected and could even go beyond $100.

    Experts and analysts alike should wake up and accept that the Saudi voluntary production cut has nothing to do with the market and everything to do with production difficulties. Reduced Saudi production could become a permanent feature of the market as a result of fast-depleting giant oilfields aged more than 75 years.

    Two supporting arguments are:

    1- If the Saudi cut has anything to do with the market and prices, Why is then Saudi Arabia sacrificing lucrative exports at a Brent crude price approaching $95 today which is higher than the price the Saudis need to balance their budget estimated at $80-$83?

    2- If the Saudi cut aims to push prices higher, then why tell its Asian customers two weeks ago that it will supply them of full crude volumes by October and not wait until December when Brent crude could be touching $100 if not higher?

    Against this background, IEA’s prediction of a peak oil demand by 2030 is no more than a cheap ploy to depress oil prices for the benefit of the OECD members (mostly Western oil consumers).

    Dr Mamdouh G Salameh
    International Oil Economist
    Global Energy Expert
  • independence01776 d on September 19 2023 said:
    Sure am happy we bought a used electric car 5 years ago on the cheap and added solar panels in 2020. The savings in energy from these two purchases have already exceeded their total cost. Now with gas prices rising again we are saving about $5,000 per year in energy cost.

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