Crude Oil Prices Rise On Bullish OPEC Demand Calls

By Daniel M.

March 14, 2024   •   Fact checked by Dumb Little Man

Crude oil prices rose on Wednesday, boosted by OPEC’s bullish demand projections. OPEC’s forecast for global oil demand growth remains optimistic, with an increase of 2.5 million barrels per day in 2024 and 1.85 million the following year. OPEC’s optimism contrasts with the more conservative views of other analysts, like the International Energy Agency (IEA), which forecasts weaker demand.

Market dynamics were also influenced by unanticipated drops in US crude stockpiles and recent US inflation statistics, which point to likely Federal Reserve rate cuts in the second part of the year. The ongoing wars in Ukraine and Gaza also contribute to high energy costs, which have an impact on global shipping.

To determine the market’s direction, investors and traders are closely tracking US economic indicators such as producer prices, retail sales, and consumer confidence. Furthermore, the imminent announcement of Baker Hughes’ US oil rig count will provide additional information about the oil market’s health.

Despite these variables, the West Texas Intermediate (WTI) benchmark meets pressure around $80.

US Crude Oil Technical Analysis

Source: DailyfX Chart Compiled Using TradingView

Technical analysis shows that oil prices have been on an upward trend since mid-December, although bulls may have obstacles to avoid a near-term high. Prices have struggled to break through the $80 psychological barrier, with a trading band formed between $80.84 and $77.60. The market’s future path may be determined by how it navigates this channel, which has possible support in the mid $75 range.

Final Thoughts

Crude oil prices are currently impacted by OPEC’s optimistic demand forecasts, US economic statistics, and geopolitical tensions. While technical indications point to volatility, the underlying trend remains upward. Traders and investors will continue to look for indicators of direction among these competing forces.

Daniel M.

Daniel Moore is a seasoned trading analyst with over 20 years of experience navigating the ever-evolving financial landscape. Renowned for his unconventional yet effective approach, Daniel utilizes a blend of technical and fundamental analysis to identify hidden gems and craft winning trade strategies. He is a master at demystifying complex market data and translating it into actionable insights for traders of all experience levels.

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