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OPEC Monthly Report Points to Tighter Oil Market, Cuts Continue

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Oil (WTI, Brent Crude) Analysis

  • OPEC’s demand forecast suggests tight oil market into year end
  • Brent crude oil pulls back from resistance as bullish momentum subsides
  • WTI crude oil tests trendline support on latest dip
  • The analysis in this article makes use of chart patterns and key support and resistance levels. For more information visit our comprehensive education library

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OPEC’s Demand Forecasts Suggest Tight Oil Market into Year End

Yesterday OPEC released its monthly report where it revised global GDP growth for 2023 and 2024 to 2.7% and 2.6%, up 0.1% respectively from last month’s assessment. A better-than-expected GDP growth outlook bodes well for oil bulls as concerns over the global growth slowdown ease. US GDP surprised massively in July while today UK GDP also came out better-than-expected but remains at low levels.

However, the demand/supply dynamic for OPEC’s oil suggests that oil prices are likely to remain high into year end. According to the latest report, OPEC retains its oil demand forecast which sees growth of 300,000 barrels per day (b/d) for Q2, 1.3 million b/d in Q3 and 2 million b/d for the fourth quarter. All figures are compared to the same periods in 2022.

OPEC’s 2024 demand estimates were revised 100,000 bpd lower to 30.1 million bpd, revealing a sizeable shortfall if supply were to remain around current levels (27.31 million b/d) according to secondary source estimates. Those same sources estimate July production volumes dropped 836,000 b/d from June as Saudi Arabia’s cuts took effect to.

Lower OPEC production is partially offset by record US production which is expected to rise 12.76 million bpd according to the Energy Information Administration. In addition, the International Energy Agency reports record global oil demand in June of 103 million b/d warning of inventory drawdowns into year end.

Source: OPEC, S&P Global, prepared by Richard Snow

Oil Pulls Back from Resistance as Bullish Momentum Subsides

Brent crude oil prices traded up above $87.00 before pulling back yesterday. The MACD and signal line hint at a potential bearish crossover after an impressive ascent. The broader uptrend has been supported by Saudi Arabia’s voluntary 1 million bpd cut which is over and above the existing cuts agreed by the group with Russia also shaving around 500,000 bpd too.

With $87.00 a significant level previously, oil prices could consolidate here as the week draws to a close. Fundamental demand and supply factors point towards elevated prices into the end of the year. Possible pullbacks from here, bring $82 into focus.

Brent Crude Oil Daily Chart

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Source: TradingView, prepared by Richard Snow

The weekly chart puts the recent bullish advance into perspective, rising from levels close to $70, now approaching $90. The 31.8% Fibonacci retracement at $91.42 hovers above the zone of resistance at $90, potentially halting bullish momentum for now. Prices are some way off the crisis Covid/Russia-Ukraine peak of $138 but given recent improvements in inflation, there is a strong incentive from US President Biden to keep oil prices at a respectable level.

Brent Crude Oil Weekly Chart

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Source: TradingView, prepared by Richard Snow

WTI Crude Oil Pulls Back to Trendline Support

WTI crude oil traded through $82.50 before heading lower yesterday. The steep slope of trendline support portrays the impressive rise of oil prices since July and now it comes under further scrutiny. Consolidation at this level appears likely heading into the weekend. A breakdown and close below the trendline and the zone of support opens up $77.40 as the next level of support. Resistance appears at $85.70. The MACD hints at a momentum slowdown.

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Source: TradingView, prepared by Richard Snow

— Written by Richard Snow for DailyFX.com

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