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2016-07-27 19:05:00

WBG: 2016: OIL PRICE $43

WBG: 2016: OIL PRICES $43

 

OIL PRICES JULY 2016

 

OIL PRICES AUG 2015 - JUL 2016

 

The World Bank is raising its 2016 forecast for crude oil prices to $43 per barrel from $41 per barrel due to supply outages and robust demand in the second quarter.

Oil prices jumped 37 percent in the second quarter of 2016 due to disruptions to supply, particularly wildfires in Canada and sabotage of oil infrastructure in Nigeria. The revised forecast appears in the World Bank's latest Commodities Markets Outlook and takes into account a recent softening of demand and the recovery of some disrupted supply.

"We expect slightly higher oil prices for the second half of 2016 as oil market oversupply diminishes," said John Baffes, Senior Economist and lead author of the Commodities Markets Outlook. "However, inventories remain very large and will take some time to be drawn down."

Despite the recovery of oil and many other commodity prices in the second quarter of 2016, most commodity indexes tracked by the World Bank are expected to decline this year. This trend is due to persistently elevated supplies, and in the case of industrial commodities – which include energy, metals, and agricultural raw materials -- weak growth prospects in emerging market and developing economies. However, most of the declines are projected to be smaller than expected in the April outlook.

Energy prices, which include oil, natural gas and coal, are due to fall 16.4 percent in 2016, a more gradual decline than the 19.3 percent drop anticipated in April. Non-energy commodities, such as metals and minerals, agriculture, and fertilizers, are expected to ease 3.7 percent this year, a more moderate contraction than the 5.1 percent retrenchment forecast in the previous outlook.

Metals prices are projected to fall 11 percent in the coming year, a sharper decline than the 8.2 percent drop forecast in April, reflecting weak demand prospects and new capacity coming on line. Agriculture prices are forecast to fall less than projected in April as a result of reduced harvests in South America and plateauing demand for biofuels.

Because energy constitutes more than 10 percent of the cost of agricultural production, movements in energy prices have been a major factor in the path of food prices, a special feature of the Commodity Markets Outlook says. Energy prices fell 45 percent in 2015 and are projected to drop again this year. About one-third of the likely 32 percent drop in prices of grain commodities and soybeans from 2011 through 2016 is due to energy price declines.

Lower energy prices have also eased pressures to produce biofuels as an alternative energy source. Biofuels production has been an important driver of demand growth for food commodities in the past decade.

"Energy exporting emerging and developing economies have struggled to adjust to persistently low prices," said Ayhan Kose, Director of the World Bank's Development Prospects Group. "Partly because of the strong linkages between energy prices and agricultural commodities prices, agricultural producers can expect lower prices in an era of depressed energy prices. Both energy and agricultural commodity exporting countries need to step up economic diversification efforts to bolster resilience to commodity price fluctuations."

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Earlier: 

OIL PRICES UP TO $44.93 

OIL PRICES DOWN TO $44.75 

OIL PRICES UP TO $44.94 

OIL PRICES DOWN TO $44.65 

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WBG: 2016: OIL PRICES $43
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WBG: 2016: OIL PRICES $43
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Norway, which relies on oil and gas for about a fifth of economic output, would be less vulnerable to declining crude prices without its fund investing in the industry, the central bank said Thursday. The divestment would mark the second major step in scrubbing the world’s biggest wealth fund of climate risk, after it sold most of its coal stocks.

WBG: 2016: OIL PRICES $43
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WSJ - Light, sweet crude for December delivery rose $1.41, or 2.6%, to $56.55 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange, snapping a three-session losing streak. Brent, the global benchmark, advanced $1.36, or 2.2%, to $62.72 a barrel.

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