Oil Prices Edge Up Brent Hits $78.97, WTI at $73.72

Oil Prices Edge Up Brent Hits $78.97, WTI at $73.72

Brent crude futures rose 0.5% to $78.97, while U.S. WTI climbed 0.6% to $73.72.
U.S. oil production growth forecast revised down for 2024, steady until 2025.
Global oil demand driven by India, overtaking China as the largest growth contributor.

In the nuanced arena of commodity trading, every cent indeed plays a crucial role. Oil traders recently witnessed a slight uplift in oil prices, instilling a sense of optimism. Brent crude futures saw a 0.5 per cent increase, reaching $78.97 per barrel, while U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude also experienced a rise, climbing 0.6 per cent to $73.72. This positive movement arrives at a pivotal moment, with the market vigilantly observing any indicators that may suggest future trends.

U.S. Oil Growth Forecast Adjusted, Predicting Stability Until 2025

The Energy Information Administration (EIA) has significantly influenced this budding optimism by revealing that U.S. domestic production should not exceed the record set in December 2023 until February 2025. Furthermore, the forecast for domestic oil output growth in 2024 has been revised down by 120,000 barrels per day to 170,000 bpd. This reduction is a substantial decrease from the previous year’s growth of 1.02 million bpd. This adjustment indicates a tempered pace of growth in U.S. oil production, consistent with market expectations for a balance between supply and demand.

The market is also awaiting forthcoming U.S. government data on oil inventories, with an anticipated increase of 1.9 million barrels. This figure is reflective of production recovery, and the initiation of refinery maintenance, and market participants are eager to understand its potential impact on oil prices.

India Poised to Dominate Oil Demand Growth by 2030

A significant transformation is underway in the global oil market. India is set to become the primary driver of demand growth, overtaking China. Expected to spearhead the increase in oil demand from 2023 to 2030, India’s rising consumption underscores its expanding economy and the shifting dynamics of global energy consumption.

The International Energy Agency’s (IEA) report highlights India’s strategic oil reserves, totalling 26 million barrels, alongside industry stocks of 243 million barrels. This strategic reserve accumulation emphasises the critical role of maintaining buffer stocks to help stabilise markets and mitigate supply disruptions during periods of uncertainty.

The post Oil Prices Edge Up Brent Hits $78.97, WTI at $73.72 appeared first on FinanceBrokerage.