Energy Quote of the Day: Handicapping an Opec Oil Production Cut
- November 30, 2014
- 326 views
Oil market observers will take a break from their Turkey preparations to see whether Opec producers decide to cut oil output in a bid to stabilize prices. The meeting being held in Vienna will be long over by the time folks in the US sit down to Thanksgiving dinner.
But there is no shortage of views about what action Opec members will take, with the most-likely outcome being a pledge to adhere to previously agreed quotas set in 2011. That commitment put a 30 million barrel per day production ceiling in place, but individual members routinely produce volumes in excess of their agreed quotas.
It’s possible Opec will agree to further cuts – by perhaps half a million or even 1 mmb/d – according to some analysts.
“There is a decent chance that you will see, a small quota cut like half a million barrels a day, maybe a million barrels a day, and most of that will be borne by the Saudis, this would mean some price stability, in the near term, around where we are now, 75 to 80 dollars. But I think if the meeting just breaks up with people denouncing each other, then we will see prices start to slide again,” said Michael Lynch of Strategic Energy and Economic Research as reported by Voice of America.
Analysts at Citi including Seth Kleinman, Eric Lee, Christopher Main, Edward Morse and Anthony Yuen agree that some form of a cut is likely, but a significant pullback – on the order of 1 or 2 mmb/d – is unlikely given the deep lack of consensus among the producer group. In the absence of a considerable production cut, oil prices are expected to continue their recent decline.
|Breaking Energy provides access to news, analysis, thought leadership, reference materials and discussions about the day’s most important energy market trends. Breaking Energy participants stay ahead of breaking news, participate in high-profile events and enjoy access to the central hub of the industry community as it transforms in response to fast-moving changes in energy politics and regulation, deals with financial challenges and leads technological advances.|