How Low Can Oil Go? Goldman Says $20 a Barrel Is a Chance

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(Bloomberg) – – The worldwide surplus of oil is even larger than Goldman Sachs Group Inc. thought and that might drive costs as little as $20 a barrel.

Whereas it’s not the base-case state of affairs, a failure to scale back manufacturing quick sufficient might require costs close to that stage to clear the oversupply, Goldman mentioned in a report e-mailed Friday whereas chopping its Brent and WTI crude forecasts via 2016. The Worldwide Vitality Company predicted that crude stockpiles will diminish within the second half of subsequent yr as provide outdoors OPEC declines by probably the most since 1992.

“The oil market is even more oversupplied than we had expected and we now forecast this surplus to persist in 2016,” Goldman analysts together with Damien Courvalin wrote within the report. “We continue to view U.S. shale as the likely near-term source of supply adjustment.”

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Goldman trimmed its 2016 estimate for West Texas Intermediate to $45 a barrel from a Might projection of $57 on the expectation that OPEC manufacturing development, resilient provide from outdoors the group and slowing demand enlargement will extend the the glut. The financial institution additionally diminished its 2016 Brent crude prediction to $49.50 a barrel from $62.

WTI for October supply fell as a lot as $1.16, or 2.5 p.c, to $44.76 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Change and is heading for a weekly decline of two.2 p.c. Costs are down 15 p.c this yr.

Pessimism Deepens

“We now believe the market requires non-OPEC production to shift from our prior expectation of modest growth to large declines in 2016,” Goldman mentioned. “The uncertainty on how and where that adjustment will take place has increased.”

The Paris-based IEA forecast Friday that manufacturing outdoors the Group of Petroleum Exporting International locations will fall by 500,000 barrels a day to 57.7 million in 2016. Shale oil manufacturing within the U.S. will drop by 385,000 barrels a day subsequent yr as a crude value under $50 a barrel “slams brakes” on years of development, the company mentioned in its month-to-month market report.

For the worldwide surplus to finish by the fourth quarter of 2016, U.S. output might want to decline by 585,000 barrels a day, with different non-OPEC manufacturing falling by an extra 220,000 barrels a day, Goldman mentioned.

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The U.S. pumped 9.14 million barrels a day of oil final week, in line with information from the Vitality Info Administration. Whereas the EIA this week reduce its 2015 output forecast for the nation by 1.5 p.c to 9.22 million barrels a day, manufacturing this yr continues to be projected to be the best since 1972. U.S. crude stockpiles stay about 100 million barrels above the five-year seasonal common.

Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Iran will drive provide development from OPEC, Goldman mentioned. The group, which provides about 40 p.c of the world’s crude, has produced above its 30-million-barrel-a-day quota for the previous 15 months.

Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh has vowed to extend output by 1 million barrels a day as soon as sanctions are eliminated because the nation seeks to regain market share.

Aline Niyonkuru

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