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JP Morgan: Oil Prices Won't Go Higher Than $70

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Oil prices at $70 may be the top of the range in the price of oil that we’re going to see over the next few years, David Kelly, chief global strategist at JPMorgan Asset Management, told “Bloomberg Daybreak: Americas” on Monday.

“Yes, we’ve got those geopolitical issues, but I don’t know if sanctions would be that effective, it has to be a global effect,” Kelly said.

Based on the cuts in production and on growth in the U.S. shale industry, oil at $70 a barrel may be “as high as it gets”, according to the strategist.

“That’s a price that I don’t think is hurting U.S. consumers too much,” Kelly said, adding that $70 oil is a price that’s actually helping the stock market and U.S. energy companies.

At the beginning of this year, J.P. Morgan lifted its Brent oil price forecast to $70 a barrel for 2018. The global economy will continue to expand, which will stimulate growth in oil demand and healthy prices, J.P. Morgan said in January, expecting that 2018 would be a year of two halves for the oil market and oil prices. The first half of the year will be so strong that Brent could hit $78 a barrel in the first or the second quarter. Yet, in the second half of the year, drillers will increase their production in response to the higher prices, and this higher production may weigh on oil benchmarks, according to J.P. Morgan. Related: How Significant Is WTI’s Breakout?

Last week, oil prices hit three-and-a-half year highs as geopolitical concerns over a military strike in Syria and possible fallout across the Middle East trumped concerns over surging U.S. shale production and over a potential downside to global oil demand stemming from a possible trade war.

Early on Monday, oil prices dropped as fears started to subside about massive fallout from the Syria strikes. At 11:07 EDT, WTI Crude was down 1.16 percent at $66.61, while Brent Crude traded down 1.07 percent at $71.80.

Profit-taking after the U.S.-UK-France air strikes on Syrian targets on Saturday sent oil prices down on Monday.

While there hasn’t been escalation after the strikes, analysts continue to caution that the geopolitical risk continues to remain very high.

By Tsvetana Paraskova for Oilprice.com

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  • Mamdouh G Salameh on April 16 2018 said:
    I totally disagree with JP Morgan’s projection that oil prices at $70 may be the top of the range.
    Oil prices will this year reach at least $75 a barrel rising to $80-$85 in 2019 and hitting $100 or higher by 2020. Prices are underpinned by a robust global economy projected to grow this year and next at 3.9% per year, a fast-rising global demand for oil growing by 1.7-2.0 million barrels a day (mbd) in 2018 over 2017 and a virtually rebalanced oil market.

    Two other major factors in favour of oil prices are Saudi Arabia aiming for an $80 oil price and the determination by OPEC and Russia to continue with the OPEC/non-OPEC production cut agreement well into the future in order to prevent a return of glut to the market.

    Saudi Arabia and other OPEC members need an oil price higher than $100 to balance their budgets. Therefore, their ultimate objective is to aim for $100 oil.

    While geopolitical issues could add a few dollars to the price of oil, the global oil market has already factored them in as a constant factor in Middle East politics. So their impact will be limited unless they lead to a disruption of Saudi or Iraqi or Iranian oil.

    Claims about rises in US shale oil production have been discounted by the global oil market as more of a hype than reality. So they hardly impact oil prices.

    Dr Mamdouh G Salameh
    International Oil Economist
    Visiting Professor of Energy Economics at ESCP Europe Business School, London
  • Gareth Anthony on April 20 2018 said:
    Didn't the financial geniuses not so long ago tell us it wouldn't go above $50 again and that the industry had had its day. The change came too quick and they lost out by not being invested. Talking down a market that is about to explode again wont bring the price down for them. Saudi gets what Saudi wants.

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