OPEC says oil market still “fundamentally weak”

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The latest OPEC monthly oil report paints a bearish picture of the market. It expects OPEC to supply 28.4mbd in 2009, down 7.5% from 2008 levels. And it forecasts more of the same for 2010, expecting to supply just 28 mbd.

Its analysis suggests that “the market is still fundamentally weak amid ample stocks of crude and products“. And it notes that “US oil consumption is still showing a massive reduction“. However, it says China saw “strong growth” in June “after a devastating contraction in Q1“, and India is seeing “significantly higher growth“.

OPEC notes that recent high levels of oil price volatility “indicates the increasing sensitivity of oil prices to conflicting economic signals“. Its own view is cautious, suggesting that “expectations for a strong recovery (in the US economy) may still be premature“.

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Paul Hodges is Chairman of International eChem, trusted commercial advisers to the global chemical industry. The aim of this blog is to share ideas about the influences that may shape the chemical industry over the next 12 – 18 months. It will try to look behind today’s headlines, to understand what may happen next in important issues such oil prices, economic growth and the environment. We may also have some fun, investigating a few of the more offbeat events that take place from time to time. Please do join me and share your thoughts. Between us, we will hopefully develop useful insights into the key factors that will drive the industry's future performance.

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