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Oil Supply-Demand Gap Should Clear in 2018

We've accelerated our estimate for oil market clearing due to stronger-than-expected demand and supply disruptions, but we're not budging on our lower-than-consensus long-term price forecast.

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Preston Caldwell: In our last overview of the oil markets, we projected a clearing of the supply and demand gap in about 2019, which would then provoke a rise in oil prices, which would be the necessary incentive to bring U.S. shale production to a level which would fulfill any future supply gaps.

Now, we've accelerated our views. Because of stronger-than-expected demand growth, as well as enduring supply disruptions in Nigeria and Venezuela, we now expect this clearing of the markets to occur in 2018. Consequently, our 2018 price target now stands at $65 for WTI.

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