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OPEC and storage concerns weighing on oil prices – Goldman Sachs

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    FXStreet (Delhi) – Research Team at Goldman Sachs, suggests that the decline in oil prices has resumed, driven by the aftermath of the OPEC meeting, renewed weakness in distillates and exacerbated by positioning.

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    “Although prices are now below our 3-mo $38/bbl WTI forecast, we still see high risks that prices may decline further, as storage continues to fill.

    Tank tops not our base case, but too close for comfort

    Our oil price forecast remains anchored by the view that high producer financial stress and shut funding markets near $40/bbl can halt the oil surplus by 4Q16, mainly through declining US production. Our base case remains that the global oil stock build will on aggregate remain shy of storage capacity, although the storage buffer has once again narrowed, to 340 kb/d on average for 2016.

    But this rebalancing is far from achieved: (1) the US rig count and E&P guidance remain too high to achieve the required supply decline, (2) we see risks to our OPEC production forecast of 32 mb/d next year as skewed to the upside (Iran), (3) storage continues to fill with the odds of hitting storage constraints by the spring rising. As a result, we reiterate our concern that “financial stress“ may prove too little too late to prevent the market from having to clear through “operational stress” with prices near cash costs to force production cuts, likely around $20/bbl.

    European distillates can still push prices lower

    For now, storage pressures are localized: European distillate prices are showing symptoms of stocks nearing capacity with gasoil timespreads, cracks and cash basis falling sharply. Warm EU and US weather, strong China diesel exports on weak demand and resilient refining margins on strong gasoline cracks lead us to expect that EU distillate markets will reach 99% of storage capacity in January.

    This represents an even narrower storage buffer than we previously expected with normal weather distribution leaving a 40% probability that storage runs out. While localized, this lack of EU gasoil storage capacity could nonetheless quickly spillover into further crude oil price declines: a modestly larger distillate surplus than we forecast would need to push refinery margins lower with run cuts spilling over into crude inventory builds and weaker crude timespreads by at least $2/bbl as floating storage would likely become necessary."
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