Goldman Optimistic About Crude Market Rebalancing

Goldman Optimistic About Crude Market RebalancingGoldman Optimistic About Crude Market Rebalancing

The rebalancing in the oil market is accelerating, said Goldman Sachs in a note on Thursday.

"While OPEC's production path remains uncertain, recent fundamental oil data have come in even better than we had expected," Goldman said. "If sustained, these trends would help achieve the normalization in inventories by early next year," the investment bank said, CNBC reported.

Oil prices have rebounded over the past month due to large inventory draws, falling US rig count and strong demand data, with prices rising above Goldman's September 2017 forecast of $50 a barrel Brent, the investment bank noted.

Data out of the US, Europe, Singapore and Japan point to overall inventory declines of 83 million barrels since March, according to Goldman's data.

Robust demand in particular has sent spot prices outperforming two-year forward West Texas intermediate prices by $2.40 barrel over the past month, Goldman analyst, Damien Courvalin, wrote in the note.

Europe, the US, India and China were driving up consumption and Goldman expected this strong demand growth to remain in place through the second half of the year. Its forecasts pointed to sustained draws through the third quarter of the year.

This would cause near-term tightness in the physical oil market, which will push prices into a backwardation pattern this year, which means cargoes for near-term delivery would be priced higher than those for later shipment, Goldman added.

The bank, however, said it remains "cautiously optimistic" on prices from the current level as improvements in supply-demand fundamentals need to be sustained for the market to rally further.

Too large a price recovery now would only increase downside risk to its yearend $55 a barrel forecast as shale production can ramp up rapidly in response to price gains, it said.

Oil futures were flat Friday morning in Asia trade, with US crude moving near $49 a barrel, while Brent crude was trading at $51.45 a barrel.


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