Global Oil Data Deck (September ‘23)
Oil prices are racing higher amidst tightening fundamental balances, confirmed by the most steeply backwardated crude futures curve since last November.
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Crude is rallying hard amidst mounting supply deficits; both major benchmarks are now comfortably above $90/bbl, with Brent up more than $10/bbl since the latest Global Oil Data Deck to $95/bbl at the time of writing.
The rolling quarterly average supply deficit rose in July to 2.6 MMbpd, which is the most undersupplied reading since September 2021 when prices were rallying toward the extremely high levels of early-2022.
Calendar spreads confirm these tightening fundamental balances, with both prompt and year-ahead spreads steadily recovering, and even rapidly rising, over the past month to the steepest backwardation since last November.
Refined product markets remain strained, with tightness concentrated in middle distillate (e.g, diesel) and residual fuel oil markets.
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