Will oil reach $100? This has already happened in some markets – markets GeoTv News


LONDON: With oil investors and traders focused on rising oil prices approaching $100 per barrel, some types of crude oil are already trading above that level, highlighting expectations of tight supply.

The direct price of Nigerian KwaEboe crude exceeded $100 per barrel on Monday, according to data from the London Stock Exchange. Bjarne Schildrup, an analyst at the Swedish bank SEB, said in a report that the price of Malaysian Tapis crude oil reached $101.30 last week.

Oil rose to its highest levels in 2023 as investors focused on the possibility of a supply shortfall in the fourth quarter after Saudi Arabia and Russia extended supply cuts. The two countries are the largest producers in the OPEC+ group, most of whose other members are also cutting production.

“The general situation is that Saudi Arabia and Russia strongly control the oil market,” Schildrup said.

Brent crude futures, a global benchmark, traded at a high of $94.89 on Monday, and the related benchmark used to trade much of the world’s physical shipments, called dated Brent, was just above $96, according to LSEG.

Qua Iboe, and some other crude oils priced against Brent, are already above $100 because they are based on the dated Brent price plus a cash spread or premium, which LSEG currently values ​​at around $4.25 per barrel.

Dated Brent crude is very likely to move above $100 because “it only takes noise to get it above,” Schildrup said. Swiss bank UBS expects Brent crude futures to reach triple digits.

“We expect Brent to trade in the $90-100 range over the coming months, with a year-end target of $95,” UBS analyst Giovanni Stanovo said.


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