What’s Affecting Oil Prices This Week? (June 6, 2022)

In its latest oil price forecast, Stratas Advisors holds to the view that oil prices would not move significantly higher than $120 over the next few months.

John E. Paisie, Stratas Advisors
What’s Affecting Oil Prices This Week? (June 6, 2022)

Stratas Advisors also expects the oil supply situation will stabilize and the global demand growth will remain moderate over the next few months. (Source: Shutterstock.com)

The price of Brent crude ended the week at $119.72 after closing the previous week at $119.43. The price of WTI ended the week at $118.87 after closing the previous week $115.07.

During the previous week there were some newsworthy developments. Firstly, OPEC+ met last week on June 3 and decided to increase supply by 648,000 bbl/d in July and August. The additional increase stems from bringing forward the planned September volumes and spreading them across July and August with the intent to match the increased demand associated with the summer months in the northern hemisphere. While OPEC+ continues to increase supply quotas, OPEC+ is struggling to increase actual supply, and in April supplied 2.7 million bbl/d below the agreed quotas. Besides Russia, several of the African producers—Libya, Angola and Nigeria—are continuing to underproduce because of internal conflict.

Additionally, the EU finally reached an agreement to ban imports of crude oil (and refined products) from Russia, with the initial focus on imports delivered via ship, with the intent that imports via pipeline will ultimately be banned. We have been expecting that the EU would reach a formal ban and once in place that Russian exports of crude oil would decline by a net 1.5 million bbl/d with a portion of the lost volumes to Europe being offset by increased exports to Asia and other markets. However, we expect that the net loss will be reduced overtime, as Russia (and importing countries) finds ways to mitigate the barriers hindering Russian oil exports.

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