Economic recovery, output cuts, and progress on Covid-19 vaccination have boosted oil prices. OECD inventories are receding from above-average levels, implying a tighter market.
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Faltering demand is preventing oil prices to experience a sustained increase. Fundamentals are consistent with our baseline scenario. In the absence of a vaccine, we expect prices to remain below $45 per barrel for the rest of the year.
These are unprecedented times for energy markets. Crude oil demand has crumbled as economic activity has been suspended around the world, and nearly 3 billion people stay at home to flatten the curve of contagion.
2019 oil prices were in line with our baseline scenario. OPEC is discussing whether to extend its production quota. U.S oil production will expand further, albeit at a slower pace.
To paraphrase Dickens: It is both the best of times and the worst of times for oil-producing countries. The outlook for OPEC is bleak. Despite production cuts, the price of Brent crude oil remains below $70 per barrel.
OPEC+ will most likely extend the output deal through the rest of the year. Weaker economic growth to lead to slower demand for oil. Escalation of tensions between U.S. and Iran, as well as trade negotiations between China and the U.S. are the main sources of uncertainty.
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