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Rise in Brent Crude prices due to Middle East tensions; Goldman Sachs projects $100/barrel by mid-2024.

Rise in Brent Crude prices due to Middle East tensions; Goldman Sachs projects $100/barrel by mid-2024.

The Impact of Middle East Conflicts on Global Oil Prices

Rising Oil Prices Amid Middle East Conflicts

The ongoing conflicts in the Middle East have had a significant impact on global prices and financial markets. Tensions between Israel and Hamas, as well as Russia and Ukraine, have caused substantial fluctuations in oil prices. Recently, Asian trading saw a 5% surge, which can be attributed to these geopolitical events. The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has expressed concerns about increased inflation due to these conflicts.

Potential Impact on Global Oil Production

The Middle East region is responsible for one-third of global oil production, making it a crucial area to monitor. The broadening of conflicts in the region could have a drastic effect on oil prices. Adding to the complexity is Iran’s role as a significant oil producer.

Disruption to Oil Supply and US-Saudi Deal

Goldman Sachs energy analyst Daan Struyven believes that the current turmoil in the Middle East could disrupt factors that were easing tight oil supply. This disruption may also impact the potential US-Saudi Deal, which aims to increase oil production and strengthen Saudi-US relations. However, strained Saudi-Israeli relations could lead to a reduction in Saudi’s extra 1mb/d production cut by Q1 2025. As a result, Saudi crude production is expected to remain steady at 9mb/d in 2024.

Predictions for Brent Crude Prices

According to Struyven’s baseline scenario, Brent crude could reach $100 per barrel by June 2024 and potentially $104 by the end of the year. These predictions are based on tight supply risks from Saudi Arabia and anticipated resumption of Iranian oil supply risks. It is expected that Iranian crude production for 2024 will fall below pre-US withdrawal levels from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.

Impacts on Exchange-Traded Funds (ETFs)

Exchange-traded funds (ETFs) such as United States Oil Fund (NYSE:), iShares MSCI Saudi Arabia ETF, VanEck Israel ETF, and ARK Israel Innovative Technology ETF are likely to be affected by these developments. The Israeli tech sector, in particular, may experience significant impacts. Additionally, stock markets such as and Nasdaq have had a challenging start due to the tensions in the Middle East.

Insights from OPEC’s World Oil Outlook

The upcoming release of OPEC’s World Oil Outlook is expected to provide more insights into the long-term demand and supply dynamics of the oil market. Energy prices have been steadily increasing since February 2022, leading to a need for strategic alignment in India’s oil imports due to its substantial consumer base.

This article offers a comprehensive analysis of the impact of Middle East conflicts on global oil prices. It provides insights into the potential disruptions to oil supply, predictions for Brent crude prices, and the effects on exchange-traded funds and stock markets. Stay informed about the latest developments in the oil market to make well-informed decisions.