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Crude Oil: Is There a New Slump Loooming?

By Antonio FerlitoCommoditiesDec 06, 2023 03:23AM ET
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Crude Oil: Is There a New Slump Loooming?
By Antonio Ferlito   |  Dec 06, 2023 03:23AM ET
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WTI Crude Oil futures stabilized at over $73 a barrel Tuesday on a possible technical rebound. Investors are still assessing the global oil supply and demand situation while prices have posted a loss of more than 6 percent in the last three trading sessions.

There are doubts about supply reduction by OPEC+ that may not have a significant impact on prices, and negative economic data from major economies are increasing fears of a decrease in energy demand.

Last week, some OPEC+ (Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries) members including Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait voluntarily announced further production cuts of 2.2 million barrels per day, while others have not yet made any commitments.

In addition, the Saudi energy minister told Bloomberg on Monday that the cuts can "absolutely" continue beyond the first quarter if necessary. Meanwhile, traders remained concerned about the geopolitical situation in the Middle East after the escalation of fighting in the Gaza Strip over the weekend.

The market is looking ahead to 2024 with concern about a possible oversupply in the first quarter of next year due to seasonally lower demand. However, OPEC+ has recently taken steps to prevent this expected surplus.

Observed & Projected Crude Oil Inventories
Observed & Projected Crude Oil Inventories

Saudi Arabia and Russia have decided to extend voluntary supply cuts until the end of the first quarter of 2024, and other members have announced further supply reductions.

I am concerned about what is happening. For an investor, hearing about "voluntary cuts" is a nightmare.

An organization like OPEC cannot afford such a situation, and the same goes for a CEO who has to be crystal clear when providing business estimates. It is clear that the market has reacted negatively to this news, and we will continue to monitor the situation closely.

The latest OPEC+ meeting highlighted some important issues within the group. First, some members (notably Angola) are dissatisfied with their production quotas for 2024 and have stated that they will reject their quota level for next year.

However, from the supply side, given the pressure we have seen on Angolan production, this is unlikely to have much impact on the market. The biggest concern for OPEC+ should be the fact that they have been unable to agree on group-wide cuts, with some members choosing voluntary cuts instead.

Futures Petrolio Greggio Leggero Daily Chart
Futures Petrolio Greggio Leggero Daily Chart

This chaos within the group is making it increasingly difficult for some members to endure further cuts.

From a technical point of view, the graphical situation is not positive. Prices remain below the moving average of 100, and the bearish trend is supported by above-average volumes.

In my previous research, I correctly predicted the collapse of oil prices and achieved my goal.

However, for the first quarter of 2023, I update my oil price estimates to $65. My negative view is influenced by the growth in U.S. oil supply, which has exceeded expectations in 2023 with a projected growth of one million barrels per day to a record 12.9 million barrels per day.

This abundant increase in supply is hurting oil prices, and the chaotic situation within OPEC is not helping.

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PATRICK BOURQUE
PATRICK BOURQUE Dec 06, 2023 10:31PM ET
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Are you aware of the adjustments in crude inventories on the weekly EIA report. If not your just talk.
mohit garg
mohit garg Dec 06, 2023 3:35PM ET
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which price we buy crude
Royce Murph
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LMAO, the made up doom and gloom has hit rock bottom,.  Time to go long in Oil.. especially with these very unrealistic projections.
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sir will crude still go low
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