Oil markets will see ‘much more upside than downside’: Citi strategist

Edward Morse, the worldwide head of commodities evaluation at Citi Group, gave a bullish outlook for worldwide oil markets Sunday, saying that current inventories had been at a “constructive” diploma.

Crude futures have surged in newest months, with Brent and U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) every rallying more than 20 p.c given that start of 2019. International benchmark Brent crude stood at $70 a barrel on Friday, with WTI shopping for and promoting at spherical $63. Morse believes that more upside is in retailer with offers being taken off the market in Iran and Venezuela, along with foremost oil cartel OPEC.

“I think there’s much more upside than downside,” he instructed CNBC’s Dan Murphy in Dubai Sunday.

“I think it’s under bought, I think it was oversold … The market is very constructive, it’s fairly tight and we think it’s going to be in the $70 range through the second quarter and into the third quarter depending on what happens. And there’s a lot of variables between now and then.”

One variable is whether or not or not the President Donald Trump administration will delay sanctions waivers on eight worldwide places importing Iranian oil and he has until May 2 to find out. Morse believes that the principle focus for the U.S. will be sanctions and Venezuela and this might likely see “kinder” actions on these importing Iranian oil.

Meanwhile, Fereidun Fesharaki, the chairman of foremost consulting group FGE, backed up Citi’s forecast, telling CNBC Sunday that the supply and demand fundamentals will likely push the oil price as a lot as $75 and $80 for the second half of this yr.

“There may be a Trump ceiling of $70 or close to it but so far as the fundamentals are concerned, if nobody touches anything, the second half of this year will be $75, $80,” he instructed CNBC’s Dan Murphy.

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