Bullish Outlook: Oil Prices Surge on OPEC+ Production Cuts

James Hyerczyk
Published: Sep 17, 2023, 00:19 GMT+00:00

IEA confirmation of OPEC+ cuts fuels short-term bull run; oil prices surge on optimism, supply disruptions while differing visions create uncertainty.

Crude OIl


  • IEA reaffirms OPEC+ production cuts’ bullish impact.
  • Short-term outlook leans bullish, despite differing forecasts.
  • Oil prices surge to a 10-month high as supply tightens.


In this opinion piece, we delve into the current dynamics of the oil market, shedding light on a resolute short-term bullish sentiment. Key factors, including extended OPEC+ production cuts, disruptions in supply, and unwavering confidence in demand growth, converge to paint a compelling picture for the fourth quarter of 2023. While the market’s long-term trajectory remains uncertain, the stage is set for tightening supplies and a notable upswing in oil prices in the coming months.

OPEC+ Production Cuts Set to Bolster Oil Market in Q4: IEA Confirms

The oil market is gearing up for a bullish shift in the fourth quarter, as the International Energy Agency (IEA) reaffirms the impact of extended production cuts by OPEC+ members, notably Saudi Arabia and Russia.

These cuts, in place until the end of 2023, have been a driving force behind the recent surge in oil prices, with Brent crude crossing the $90 per barrel threshold for the first time this year. Even with increased supplies from non-OPEC+ producers like the United States, Brazil, and Iran, the IEA predicts a significant supply shortfall during the final quarter of the year, signaling a bullish trend.

Differing Visions: IEA, OPEC, and EIA

Debate persists among key forecasters regarding the short-term oil market outlook, contributing to an atmosphere of uncertainty.

The IEA and OPEC maintain optimism about Chinese demand in 2023, but they diverge in their estimates of global demand growth.

The IEA foresees an increase of 2.2 million barrels per day (bpd) in 2023, whereas OPEC expects growth of 2.44 million bpd. Looking to 2024, the disparities widen further. The IEA anticipates a sharp growth slowdown to 1 million bpd, while OPEC remains optimistic at 2.25 million bpd.

The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) presents yet another perspective, projecting demand growth at 1.81 million bpd for 2023 and 1.36 million bpd for 2024. Amid these contrasting projections, the short-term sentiment leans bullish.

Oil Prices Surge as OPEC Remains Optimistic

The oil market has witnessed a surge to a 10-month high amid ongoing discussions about supply and demand dynamics. OPEC’s unwavering confidence in the resilience of energy demand in major economies has played a significant role.

OPEC continues to foresee robust growth in global oil demand for 2023 and 2024, pointing to signs of stronger economies than initially expected. Saudi Arabia and Russia’s decision to extend voluntary production cuts of 1.3 million bpd until year-end has further bolstered this positive outlook.

These actions, coupled with disruptions in production due to storms in Libya and maintenance in Kazakhstan, have contributed to tightening oil supplies.

EIA Anticipates Tightening Oil Inventories

The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) anticipates a decline in global oil inventories during the fourth quarter, following Saudi Arabia’s extension of production cuts.

The EIA has also revised its forecasts, anticipating higher world oil demand growth in 2023 but a lower estimate for 2024. It expects global oil inventories to decrease by 200,000 barrels per day in Q4, leading to a surge in Brent crude prices, averaging $93 per barrel during that period, reinforcing the bullish outlook.

Nevertheless, concerns regarding high oil prices and economic uncertainties could potentially temper global petroleum product demand beyond 2023.

Opinion:  Short-Term Bullish

The oil market appears poised for a bullish trend in the short term, driven by extended OPEC+ production cuts, supply disruptions, and confidence in demand growth. While the long-term outlook remains uncertain, the fourth quarter of 2023 is expected to be characterized by tightening supplies and rising oil prices.

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.

Did you find this article useful?