Oil: Fundamentals more bullish; robust demand to outweigh supply – Goldman Sachs

Analysts at Goldman Sachs, the US banking giant, offer their optimistic view on oil, in the wake of bullish oil market fundamentals.

Key Quotes:

"Oil fundamentals are now more bullish as robust demand faces supply disappointments.

Only the U.S. has seen significant upside surprises in production owing to the high prices, but shale is facing growing pains.

Geopolitical risk has been top of mind as President Trump announced that the US would withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal. The address was more hawkish than expected, with the US Treasury advising that countries seeking an exemption once the sanctions become effective in November start reducing their purchases immediately.

Our Commodities team estimates that renewed sanctions could put 250-500kb/d of exports at risk, which could support oil prices by $3.5-$6.2/bl should other producers not respond; Saudi Arabia, however, indicated that it would work to mitigate the impacts of supply shortages and support market stability.

Despite an increased geopolitical risk premium, our Commodities team sees the oil price rally primarily driven by improving fundamentals - inventories are now well below the 5-year average under any metric and they expect continued draws through year-end, increasing upside risks to our $82.5/bl summer oil price target.”


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