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Oil Prices Crash After OPEC+ Reaches Deal To Ease Cuts

Oil prices dropped by 5 percent early on Monday, with WTI Crude slipping to $67 per barrel, after OPEC+ decided on Sunday it would start returning 400,000 barrels per day (bpd) to the market every month beginning in August until it unwinds all the 5.8 million bpd cuts.

The prospect of monthly increments in oil supply from the OPEC+ alliance comes just as COVID infections are rising in many countries because of the faster-spreading Delta variant. Concerns over potential hiccups in global oil demand recovery amid rising supply from OPEC and its Russia-led non-OPEC partners dragged oil prices down on Monday.

As of 8:22 a.m. EDT, WTI Crude prices were trading down by 3.9 percent at $69.01 and Brent Crude was down 3.52 percent at $71.00.

The fact that OPEC+ reached a deal on production and baseline production levels removed a major uncertainty from the market, some part of which was fearing a breakup in the alliance.

The deal is constructive for the market, Helima Croft, head of global commodity strategy at RBC Capital Markets, told CNBC, noting that “This agreement should give market participants comfort that the group is not headed for a messy breakup and will not be opening up the production floodgates anytime soon.”

Despite the fact that OPEC+ will be adding more and more supply in each of the coming months, many analysts continue to believe that the market will remain relatively tight because demand continues to grow.

ING, for example, kept its oil price forecast of $75 per barrel for Brent Crude over the third quarter this year because the supply additions from OPEC+ are in line with the bank’s earlier projections.

“Healthy demand growth combined with moderate supply increases from OPEC+ will likely remain supportive for the oil market in short term at least,” ING strategists Warren Patterson and Wenyu Yao said early on Monday.

Goldman Sachs continues to be bullish on oil and even sees the OPEC+ deal as having a $2 per barrel upside to its $80 a barrel Brent outlook for this summer.   

By Tsvetana Paraskova for Oilprice.com

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  • Mamdouh Salameh on July 19 2021 said:
    The following observations should be noted:

    1- OPEC+ is here to stay. Whatever cracks appear in OPEC+ will be sorted out.
    2- The volumes of crude oil OPEC+ is returning to the global oil market are a vote of confidence in the fundamentals of the market. They also help prevent a supply deficit by early 2020.
    3- While new variants of the pandemic could slow slightly the global demand for crude oil, the momentum of a global economy growing this year at 6.3% will overwhelm these variants and prevent them from adversely affecting global demand.

    Based on the above, Brent crude will soon resume its surge towards $80 a barrel.

    Dr Mamdouh G Salameh
    International Oil Economist
    Visiting Professor of Energy Economics at ESCP Europe Business School, London
  • Maxander on July 19 2021 said:
    400,000 bpd increase is really peanuts in entire 5.8 mn bpd & only 6.7% of entire production cut announced.
    But the thin line everybody ignored is that OPEC+ production cut policy has been extended to Dec 2022 from earlier April 2022.????
  • George Doolittle on July 19 2021 said:
    Huge jump higher in natural gas ahem *futures trading* price ahem so absolutely "the World cannot live without a price discovery mechanism where those prices don't always settle higher."

    Clearly don't want something akin to the "crazy Russian thing Ukraine" back in 2014 absolutely, no doubt.

    Sounds like South Africa coal exports are back online as well.

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