Barclays Slashes Oil Price Forecast To $103pb, Down From $111pb

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Flexible Russian oil supply and an expected surplus in the market has prompted Barclays to slash its Brent oil forecast to $103 per barrel for this year and next, down from $111 a barrel previously expected.

The bank also cut its outlook on near-term Crude prices by $8 a barrel, expecting the U.S. benchmark to average $99 per barrel in both 2022 and 2023.

Earlier yesterday, Crude prices reportedly traded at below $90, at $89 per barrel, while Brent was at $94 a barrel after a slump on Monday.

The slump on Monday followed depressing economic data from China, which stoked fears of demand in the world’s top crude oil importer.

Last two months, Barclays raised its oil forecast to $111 a barrel Brent, citing the effects of the announced EU embargo on Russian seaborne imports and delays in the renewal of the nuclear deal.

The recent sell-off in oil was the of still resilient Russian oil supply and elevated market concerns that an economic slowdown, or a recession, is coming, Barclays said now in a note carried by Reuters.

Observers say that once the EU embargo enters in full force in early 2023, Russian oil supply would drop by 1.5 million barrels per day (bpd) compared to the levels before the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

The UK bank posited that still the downside to oil prices could be limited because the OPEC+ group could decide next year to withhold some supply from the market if global slows down in a mild recession.

Barclays is not alone. Several banks have recently downgraded their oil forecasts in view of still resilient Russian supply and an expected downturn in economies and potentially weaker oil demand.

Earlier this month, investment bank, Goldman Sachs also revised its Brent forecast for this quarter to $110 a barrel, down from a previous projection of $140 per barrel, but the bank still believes the case for higher oil prices remains strong.

Goldman Sachs also revised its fourth-quarter Brent forecast to $125 a barrel, down from $130 per barrel previously expected. The 2023 projection, however, was left unchanged at $125 per barrel.

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