Brent and WTI both fell last week, despite a successful outcome to the OPEC and OPEC+ meetings. Brent fell $2.14/bbl to average $63.76/bbl, while WTI fell $1.05/bbl to average $57.55/bbl. The drop stemmed in large part from over-exuberance heading into the week. Prices started Monday at their highest point for the week after several bullish news items the week before. After contracting following the OPEC and OPEC+ meetings (a common occurrence) prices started climbing the rest of the week. For the week ahead we expect prices to be generally range bound, with risk to the downside as markets digest recent economic news.
The most recent U.S. jobs report showed a strong rebound in hiring in June after slowing in May. However, wage growth was more stagnant, and President Donald Trump continues to call on the Federal Reserve to cut interest rates. In Europe, German factory orders fell in May due to a steep drop off in foreign demand, adding to concerns about the Eurozone economy and the global impact of trade tariffs. Markets are now pricing in the likelihood of additional monetary easing from the European Central Bank in response to the new data.
Future weeks of fundamental data will show short-term regional dislocations due to a raft of environmental events. Extreme flooding in India, a heat wave in Europe and earthquakes on the U.S. West Coast will all impact short-term demand and supply numbers.
Geopolitical Unrest – Neutral
Global Economy – Positive
Oil Supply – Positive
Oil Demand – Neutral
How We Did
For the week ahead we expect moderate gains to continue. Brent will likely average close to $67/bbl.
Crude oil got another boost last week. Brent rose $1.35/bbl last week to average $62.92/bbl driven in large part by geopolitical concerns.
Crude oil increased again last week, rising $2.99/bbl to average $65.90. WTI increased even more, up $3.87/bbl to average $58.60/bbl.