Citi Slams Historic Oil Price Surge: “Another False Start, Time To Fade The Rally”

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Citi Slams Historic Oil Price Surge: Another False Start, Time To Fade The Rally

Citi Slams Historic Oil Price Surge: “Another False Start, Time To Fade The Rally”

Earlier currently we were wondering how prolonged it would take a large banks – many of whom are brief a commodity – to burst in a trail of a oil movement train, and we didn’t have prolonged to wait for a answer.

Just before a NYMEX close, Bank of America revised a year finish and 2016 oil forecasts lower, from $58 and $62 to $55 for 2015 and $61 for 2016. But a genuine hillside came moments ago from Citi’s Ed Morse who, together with Goldman, has been bearish on oil for a good prejudiced of a past year, only slammed today’s wanton dermatitis and doubled down on his double-dead cat skepticism, when he expelled a news patrician “Another False Start…Time to Fade a Rally” whose punchline is that “Citi foresees that WTI and Brent prices should post another uninformed leg lower—perhaps creation new 2015 lows—before year-end.”

More from Morse:

The Oil Price Surge

Another False Start…Time to Fade a Rally

The bullish c20-25% wanton oil cost spike given late final week looks driven some-more by perspective than by reality.

Bottom Line: Citi foresees that WTI and Brent prices should post another uninformed leg lower—perhaps creation new 2015 lows—before year-end.

In Citi’s view, it’s time to “sell a news and buy a facts.” This is reinforced by today’s clever intra-day gains around 8%, that seem driven by a misread of marketplace information and financial headlines.

Notably, circuitously timespreads are lagging a pierce aloft in prosaic price, that is unchanging with diseased fundamentals.

Sharp gains over a past 3 trade sessions were driven by a multiple of brief covering and chart-readers again looking to call a bottom falsely.

As recently as final Wednesday, both WTI and Brent were hovering during YTD lows of $38/bbl and $42/bbl, respectively. Combined futures and options net length hold by income managers on NYMEX and ICE was also nearby record lows of 225-k contracts, relating a underside in difficulty positioning in 4Q’14.

The delay of a convene was serve buttressed currently by (1) EIA reports display US prolongation was overstated; (2) non-agency reports that Saudi prolongation had depressed by c60-k b/d m/m; (3) news gibberish (CNBC, Reuters, Bloomberg, etc.) that highlighted a many new OPEC Bulletin which, with no eccentric reporting, settled a writer organisation was peaceful to speak to non-OPEC producers to get ‘fair prices.’ In a judgment, this was a sum falsification of a Bulletin’s editorial that was sad about such a dialogue.

Almost all OPEC officials are still on holiday and a miss of serve stating suggests nothing indeed were concerned in suggesting there was a change in policy.

  • The EIA information should be treated with caution. The aged EIA information were a novella entrance out of modeling; a new EIA information are entrance out of sampling techniques that are untested and formidable to call reliable. Given a structurally singular inlet of a US shale industry, whereby separating a continuance of good and bad wells needs a exam of time, serve complicates matters.
  • 60-k b/d of Saudi prolongation on a 10.3-10.5-m b/d bottom is a rounding error. Furthermore, there is no convincing pointer as nonetheless of any change in Saudi marketplace share policy, that is since Citi remarkable pre-open currently that Saudi OSPs (official sale prices) would be of sold significance to guard this month.
  • It is misleading as to since any non-OPEC writer would wish to dedicate to a aim with OPEC. 2015 is not like 1998 when both Mexican and Russian prolongation were surging and when both countries participated in a supply cut. Russian prolongation is flourishing this year since of a significantly weaker ruble cost of oil while Mexico is perplexing to pull by appetite reform. Neither nation is in a position to unequivocally dedicate to a prolongation cut, in a view.

Neither would a US, Canada or Brazil – a 3 categorical non-OPEC parties – frankly attend or determine to curtailing output, in a view; nor would they constitutionally be means to do so.

A (global) prolongation cut currently would mostly advantage US producers who can conflict fast to cost changes. The supply count boost in 3Q’15 following a (temporary) oil cost miscarry in 2Q’15 seems demonstrative of a resiliency of a US shale industry. For OPEC and other vital oil states to meaningfully delayed a shale juggernaut, low prices competence need to be in place for maybe a few years, so that there is adequate labor forced out of a zone and apparatus scrapped, creation any miscarry in supply some-more difficult. For now, there is adequate talent still on staff and apparatus in place opposite all a vital shale plays to concede for a discerning lapse to cavalcade for oil and gas. In addition, a prejudiced cost liberation now could free a collateral markets to a sector, giving appropriation to producers to keep drilling, quite as sidestep flows would boost in a aloft cost sourroundings only as a Northern Hemisphere comes-off rise direct season.

On tip of all of this, OPEC has a problem internally – who is going to cut? In our view, it positively would not be Iran and Iraq, that total competence be adding over 1.5-m b/d of incremental supply over a subsequent twelve to eighteen months. While wholly trustworthy for a Saudis to cut this fall, that competence be some-more a duty of a possess inner expenditure loss seasonally. The Kingdom browns adult to 1-m b/d of wanton during a rise summer months for energy generation, yet that starts vanishing in September.

For Moscow and Riyadh to strech an agreement, it would radically meant a Saudi cut – though what quid pro quo could be achieved any time soon? A change in Iranian and Iraqi behavior? A change in a Syrian regime? This seems unlikely, in a view.