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Oil Prices Post Longest Winning Streak In Two Years

After falling in early Asia trade, oil prices firmed up on Wednesday morning ET and extended their rally for nine straight days—the longest streak of consecutive daily gains in two years.

As of 9:17 a.m. ET on Wednesday, WTI Crude was up 0.29 percent at $58.47. Brent Crude was trading up 0.49 percent at $61.34.

The supply curbs from OPEC+ and Saudi Arabia, the weaker U.S. dollar, and the risk-on sentiment continued to stoke the rally in oil prices. The deepening backwardation in both benchmarks is further incentivizing long-position investors who hope to take advantage of a high roll yield when they have to roll their futures contract to the following month. 

In addition, the American Petroleum Institute (API) reported on Tuesday a draw in crude oil inventories of 3.500 million barrels for the week ending February 5, against analyst expectations of an inventory build of 985,000 barrels for the week. The EIA is set to release its inventory report later this morning.

Amid the longest winning streak in two years, analysts and industry professionals have already started to warn that oil appears overbought and the market has gotten ahead of itself.

Momentum indicators are increasingly pointing to a market in need of consolidation, Saxo Bank said on Wednesday.

“The +50% rally since November now also driving speculation that producers will try to produce more crude into a market where Saudi-led supply tightness has been the main supporting factor,” the strategists said. 

Torbjörn Törnqvist, chief executive at one of the world’s largest independent oil traders, Gunvor, told Bloomberg last week that oil prices were unlikely to soar much above the $60 per barrel mark, considering that this price level would incentivize a lot of oil supply, including from the United States.

Amrita Sen, chief oil analyst at Energy Aspects, doesn’t rule out $100 oil next year, but she also believes that in terms of prompt fundamentals, the market has gotten ahead of itself, “because right now demand is still relatively weak.”

By Tsvetana Paraskova for Oilprice.com

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  • Mamdouh Salameh on February 10 2021 said:
    Oil prices are now on a winning streak underpinned by many bullish influences.

    Brent crude price has started its surge with the first announcement about a vaccine breakthrough hitting $50 a barrel in December then $60 in February this year. With the global vaccine rollout accelerating thus bringing closer a resumption of global economic activities, it is only logical that the surge in Brent crude could reach $70-$80 in the third quarter of 2021 as I am projecting and average $60-$65 this year. Moreover, global oil demand according to my research is projected to be back to pre-pandemic level of 101 million barrels a day (mbd) by the middle of this year.

    And while higher oil prices could incentivize more oil supply, this could be offset by the accelerating depletion of global oil inventories. Moreover, high oil prices invigorate the global economy by stimulating the three biggest chunks of the economy, namely global investments, the global oil industry and the economies of the oil-producing countries thus enhancing global oil demand.

    With the current surge of oil prices, I am betting on $100 oil by the second half of 2022 or early 2023 aided by a global supply deficit estimated at 15 mbd by then.

    Dr Mamdouh G Salameh
    International Oil Economist
    Visiting Professor of Energy Economics at ESCP Europe Business School, London

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