June 18, 2020 / 11:55 AM / 19 days ago

UBS raises Brent forecasts, sees undersupplied oil market

FILE PHOTO: Crude oil storage tanks are seen in an aerial photograph at the Cushing oil hub in Cushing, Oklahoma, U.S. April 21, 2020. REUTERS/Drone Base/File Photo

(Reuters) - UBS raised its forecasts on Thursday for the price of Brent crude this year, citing expectations of an undersupplied oil market as demand starts to pick up on the back of a recovering global economy.

“Supply is being curbed by OPEC+ voluntary production cuts and due to massive cuts in non-OPEC oil companies’ capital expenditures,” the bank said, as it raised its forecast for Brent to $40 per barrel by the end of September, from $32, and to $45 per barrel by the end of December, from $43.

The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries and allies, known as OPEC+, began a record supply-cutting deal in May to bolster oil prices hammered by the coronavirus crisis.

OPEC+ compliance with the existing crude production cuts in May was 87%, two OPEC+ sources said on Wednesday.

UBS sees oil demand gradually picking up, but expects it to be lower in 2020 and 2021 than it was in the fourth quarter of 2019.

“Overall, we anticipate an undersupplied oil market in 2H20 and 2021,” the bank said.

Oil prices ticked up on Thursday after U.S. oil product stocks shrank, providing bulls with ammunition ahead of a meeting between OPEC producers and their allies to discuss their future output strategy. [O/R]

Reporting by Shreyansi Singh in Bengaluru; Editing by Susan Fenton

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