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Crude oil prices decline on subdued global cues; market to turn surplus in Q1 2022, says S&P Global Platts

The prices have tumbled by Rs 717 or 12.59 percent from the high of Rs 5,695/barrel it reached on July 5.

Mumbai / July 20, 2021 / 05:05 PM IST

Crude oil prices were steady after a sharp selloff on July 19 over concerns of lower demand due to rising cases of coronavirus Delta variant and OPEC+ agreement to boost supply in coming months. The prices were pressured by a stronger dollar, selloff in equity markets and increased US-China tensions.

Crude prices have tumbled Rs 717 or 12.59 percent from the high of Rs 5,695/barrel it reached on July 5.

The energy commodity turned negative after a flat to gap-down start tracking the subdued global cues.

On the MCX, crude oil delivery for August slipped Rs 12, or 0.24 percent, to Rs 4,979 per barrel at 16:18 hours IST with a business turnover of 7,225 lots. The delivery for September eased by Rs 5, or 0.10 percent to Rs 4,969 per barrel with a business volume of 136 lots.

The value of August and September’s contracts traded so far is Rs 1,261.82 crore and Rs 13.29 crore, respectively.


West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude slightly down 0.11 percent to $66.28 per barrel, while Brent crude, the London-based international benchmark, fell 0.17 percent to $68.50 per barrel.

“NYMEX crude trades modestly higher today near $66.45/bbl. Crude inched up amid some stability across financial markets. However, weighing on price are rising virus cases, firmer US dollar, increased US-China tensions, OPEC+ decision to raise output starting next month and prospect of higher US supply. Crude oil plunged sharply amid the culmination of several negative factors. The sell-off has dented market sentiment; however, we may see some stability as focus shifts to inventory report,” said Ravindra Rao, CMT, EPAT-Quantinsti, Head - Commodity Research at Kotak Securities Ltd.

The OPEC+ coalition has been gradually rolling back its historic production cuts, from 9.7 million b/d in the worst of the pandemic last spring and summer, to the current 5.8 million b/d. If the 400,000 b/d monthly output increases go forward, the remaining collective OPEC+ cuts will be erased by September 2022. But ministers said they will monitor market conditions and adjust supply as needed to prevent balances from getting too far off kilter, whether due to overproduction or resurgent COVID-19 cases. The pending resumption of US-Iran nuclear deal negotiations will also bear watching, if sanctions are eventually relieved on Iranian oil sales, said S&P Global Platts.

According to an analysis prepared by the OPEC secretariat and seen by S&P Global Platts, holding to the agreed production increases will flip the market from deficit to surplus by the first quarter of 2022. The analysis assumes global demand growth of 6 million b/d in 2021 and 3.3 million b/d in 2022, and sees OECD oil inventories ending this year at 122 million barrels below the 2015-2019 average that the group is targeting before rising to 10 million barrels above by the end of 2022.


The black gold has been trading lower than 5, 20, 50, 100 and 200 days' simple moving averages and exponential moving averages on the daily chart. The momentum indicator Relative Strength Index (RSI) is at 35.18, which suggests a bearish movement in the prices.

Trading Strategy

Tapan Patel- Senior Analyst (Commodities), HDFC Securities

Crude oil prices are expected to trade sideways to down for the day with resistance at $72 and support at $68 per barrel. MCX Crude oil August has support at Rs 5,180, and resistance at Rs 5,320.

Kshitij Purohit, Product Manager, Currency & Commodities, CapitalVia Global Research Limited

MCX Crude Oil August will remain in sideways to moderately bearish momentum and will continue to trade in a downward direction, trailing below the resistance of 15-SMA of intraday chart placed at Rs 5,062. The price has made support low in the previous session at Rs 4,948, if it breaks below this level, we may anticipate more downside momentum towards Rs 4,800 in the evening session.

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