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Oil Prices Set For A Monthly Gain But Yet Another Quarterly Loss

  • Oil prices are on course for a monthly gain, the first monthly gain of the year for Brent and only the second for WTI.
  • Despite being on track for monthly gains, both Brent and WTI are set for quarterly losses, losing 6% and 7% respectively.
  • Expectations that OPEC+ will intervene if prices collapse is providing a floor for the market while expectations of further interest rate hikes are capping prices.
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Brent crude prices are set for their first monthly improvement this year, but on a quarterly basis, the international benchmark will record yet another decline.

For West Texas Intermediate, June would mark the second month of gains this year, after April, but on a quarterly basis, the U.S. benchmark will also book a decline.

Bloomberg reports that for Brent crude, this quarter will extend the losing streak to four quarters in a row, which is the worst record for the benchmark in more than 30 years.

For WTI, Bloomberg noted, this last quarter will mark the first back-to-back string of losses since 2019. According to Reuters, the quarterly decline for the U.S. benchmark would be 7%, while for Brent crude, the decline would come in at 6%.

"A significant upward revision (of U.S. GDP data) adds to the list of positive economic surprises in the US lately, with economic resilience aiding to calm some nerves around recession concerns, at least for now," IG analyst Yeap Jun Rong said in a note quoted by Reuters.

Bloomberg, meanwhile, quoted RBC Capital Markets as forecasting that “apathy will set in for the balance of the year” despite an expected uptick in prices as refinery maintenance season ends.

The biggest drivers of the bearish sentiment on oil markets included aggressive monetary tightening from central banks in some of the world’s biggest consumer nations, notably the United States and the European Union, resilient Russian oil exports, and weaker-than-expected Chinese economic growth. Persistent fears of a recession also contributed significantly to the dominant sentiment despite the positive economic surprises noted by IG’s Rong.

These positive surprises, and the revised U.S. GDP figures specifically, may not be such good news for oil prices, after all, as noted by ING analysts in a note from earlier today. According to them, stronger economic growth could lead to more rate hikes.

“Growing expectations of further hikes is one of the factors which is capping the upside in the market, while on the downside, the belief that OPEC+ will take further action if there is significant further weakness provides a floor to the market,” Warren Patterson and Ewa Manthey wrote in the note.

By Irina Slav for Oilprice.com

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  • George Doolittle on June 30 2023 said:
    Russian Ruble collapse combined with all of Europe moving to pure BEV near all Tesla exclusive continues to great an enormous glut of energy product that has but one market to enter upon namely the USA #stranded_capital
  • Mamdouh Salameh on June 30 2023 said:
    Oil prices will continue to be under pressure until the one bearish factor causing it disappears altogether from the marker.

    And this bearish factor is the heath of the US banking system and the possibility that further hikes by the US Federal Bank could cause a collapse of one or two more US banks thus triggering a global banking or financial crisis.

    Eliminate this cause and prices will recoup all their losses and resume their surge with Brent crude headed for $90-$100 this year.

    Since the collapse of three US banks Western disinformation has been trying unsuccessfully to pin the blame on China for the weakness in oil prices. But when this failed, it changed its tack to blame either concerns about global demand or about supplies or any other factor as its fancy takes it.

    Dr Mamdouh G Salameh
    International Oil Economist
    Global Energy Expert

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