Crude Oil News Today: Prices Stabilize Amid Conflicting Demand Projections

James Hyerczyk
Updated: Jul 11, 2024, 13:27 GMT+00:00

Key Points:

  • Light Crude Oil futures are higher as traders balance OPEC, IEA, and EIA demand forecasts, maintaining market stability.
  • The IEA lowers 2025 oil demand growth forecast due to slower economic expansion and increased electric vehicle adoption.
  • The EIA reports significant drawdowns in U.S. crude and gasoline inventories, providing strong support for oil prices.
Crude Oil News Today

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Oil Prices Stable as Market Weighs Conflicting Demand Forecasts

Light Crude Oil futures are edging higher for a second session on Thursday, following a three-day correction as traders balanced contrasting oil demand projections from key energy agencies. The market’s stability comes amid divergent outlooks from OPEC, the International Energy Agency (IEA), and the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA).

At 10:33 GMT, Light Crude Oil Futures are trading $82.44, up $0.34 or +0.41%.

IEA Cuts Demand Growth Forecast

The IEA’s latest monthly report painted a bleaker picture for oil demand growth. The agency projected global demand growth at a 12-month low of 710,000 barrels per day (bpd) in Q2, primarily due to a contraction in Chinese consumption. The IEA maintained its 2024 forecast at 970,000 bpd but trimmed its 2025 outlook by 50,000 bpd to 980,000 bpp.

The IEA cited several factors contributing to slower demand growth, including lackluster economic expansion, improved energy efficiency, and the increasing adoption of electric vehicles.

OPEC Maintains Optimistic Outlook

In contrast, OPEC’s monthly report kept its demand growth forecasts unchanged. The organization expects global oil demand to increase by 2.25 million bpd in 2024 and 1.85 million bpd in 2025. OPEC cited resilient economic growth and strong summer travel as key drivers for fuel consumption.

OPEC also raised its 2024 global economic growth forecast to 2.9% from 2.8%, noting potential upside particularly in non-OECD economies.

EIA Data Supports Prices

The EIA’s weekly report showed significant drawdowns in U.S. crude and gasoline inventories, providing support for oil prices. Crude stocks fell by 3.4 million barrels to 445.1 million barrels, far exceeding the expected 1.3 million-barrel draw. Gasoline inventories decreased by 2 million barrels to 229.7 million barrels, surpassing the anticipated 600,000-barrel reduction.

Market Eyes CPI Data

Traders are closely watching the upcoming U.S. Consumer Price Index (CPI) data, set for release later today at 12:30 GMT. The inflation figures could offer insights into demand health and potentially influence Federal Reserve policy decisions, impacting yields, the dollar, and ultimately oil prices.

Short-Term Forecast: Bullish with Volatility

The conflicting demand outlooks from major agencies create uncertainty in the oil market. However, the significant U.S. inventory drawdowns and potential for strong summer demand suggest a slightly bullish short-term outlook. Traders should closely monitor the CPI data and its potential impact on broader economic factors affecting oil prices.

As the market digests these mixed signals, volatility may increase in the near term. The divergence between OPEC and IEA forecasts highlights the complexities in predicting global oil demand, especially given ongoing economic uncertainties and the evolving energy transition landscape.

Daily Light Crude Oil Futures

Light crude oil futures are rebounding for a second session on Thursday, following yesterday’s closing price reversal bottom.

Despite uptrending 50-day and 200-day moving averages at $78.90 and $77.55 respectively, the market could face short-term headlwinds at $82.67. This pivot stopped today’s rally. Overcoming this level with strong buying volume will put $84.52 on the radar, while a failure will indicate the return of sellers.

About the Author

James is a Florida-based technical analyst, market researcher, educator and trader with 35+ years of experience. He is an expert in the area of patterns, price and time analysis as it applies to futures, Forex, and stocks.