Oil prices went up today as U.S. markets tightened just weeks ahead of Washington’s plan to impose new sanctions against Iran, and with US bank JPMorgan warning of price spikes above $90 per barrel in coming months.
The market was “increasingly concerned about dwindling (U.S.) inventories,” ANZ bank said today. The tightening U.S. market came ahead of sanctions that Washington plans to implement against Iran’s petroleum exports from early November.
Many analysts see a coming drop of more than 1 million bpd of Iranian crude exports, while JPMorgan expects expecting a loss of 1.5 million bpd. The Middle East dominated Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), of which Iran is a member, as well as top producer Russia are discussing raising output by 500,000 bpd to counter falling supply from Iran, although no decision has been made public yet.
“We expect that those OPEC countries with available spare capacity, led by Saudi Arabia, will increase output but not completely offset the drop in Iranian barrels,” said Edward Bell, commodity analyst at Emirates NBD bank.
J.P. Morgan said in its latest market outlook that “a spike to $90 per barrel is likely” for oil prices in the coming months due to the Iran sanctions. The bank said it expects Brent and WTI to average $85 and $76 per barrel, respectively, over the next six months.Trade now
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