Goldman raises oil price forecasts on 'very bullish' OPEC+ cuts

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Goldman raises oil price forecasts on 'very bullish' OPEC+ cuts
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(Reuters) - Goldman Sachs (NYSE: GS ) has raised its oil price forecast for this year and 2023, as the U.S. bank expects the 2 million barrels per day (bpd) output cut agreed by OPEC+ producers to be "very bullish" for prices going forward.

OPEC+, which groups members of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries and allies including Russia, agreed its deepest cuts to production since the 2020 COVID pandemic at a meeting in Vienna on Wednesday.

If latest reduction in output by OPEC+ is sustained through December 2023, it would amount to $25 per barrel upside to their Brent forecast, with potential for price spikes even higher should inventories fully deplete, Goldman Sachs said in a note dated Wednesday.

Goldman Sachs raised its 2022 Brent price forecast to $104 per barrel from $99 per barrel and 2023 forecast to $110 per barrel from $108 per barrel.

The U.S. bank also raised its fourth quarter 2022 and first-quarter 2023 Brent price forecast by $10 per barrel to $110 and $115 per barrel, respectively.

Benchmark Brent crude was trading around $94 per barrel on Thursday, after gaining 1.7% in the previous session. [O/R]

Such a large OPEC+ effective cut will likely warrant another response from the U.S. administration, and even a coordinated International Energy Agency SPR release, the bank noted.

© Reuters. A general view of the Phillips 66 Company's Los Angeles Refinery, which processes domestic & imported crude oil into gasoline, diesel fuel, and other petroleum products, in Carson, California, U.S., March 11, 2022.  REUTERS/Bing Guan

"The oil market's buffers (stocks and spare capacity) remain critically low, and higher prices remain the key viable, long-term solution to increased inventories in the short term and higher supply capacity medium term," Goldman added.

Morgan Stanley (NYSE: MS ) on Wednesday also raised its oil price forecast for the first quarter of 2023, predicting tight supply going forward.

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