WTI Crude Hits $80, Notches Best Day In Over 2 Months: 'Peak Oil Demand Still A Decade Away'

Zinger Key Points
  • WTI crude climbed 2% to $80 a barrel on Tuesday, while Brent crude rose 1.7% to $84 a barrel.
  • The price surge is due to increased demand anticipation and ongoing supply constraints.
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Oil prices had their strongest session in over two months Tuesday, with West Texas Intermediate (WTI) light crude climbing 2% to $80 a barrel, and Brent crude rising 1.7% to $84 a barrel.

The surge in prices is attributed to the anticipation of increased demand with the start of the driving season and ongoing supply constraints. The market expects that OPEC+ will maintain its voluntary output cuts of 2.2 million barrels per day into the second half of the year during its upcoming June 2 meeting.

The United States Oil Fund USO, which tracks the WTI price, rose 3%, factoring in Monday’s oil performance while U.S. markets were closed for Memorial Day.

Energy stocks also rallied, with the Energy Select Sector SPDR Fund XLE up 1%, outperforming all other S&P 500 sectors.

Chart: WTI Rebounds To $80, Breaking April-May Downtrend

Goldman Sachs Raises Long-Term Oil Demand Outlook

Goldman Sachs has revised its long-term global crude demand forecast upward, projecting continued growth until 2034, after which it expects oil consumption to plateau.

“Peak oil demand is still a decade away,” Goldman analysts said in a report. Goldman Sachs now forecasts global oil demand to reach 108.5 million barrels per day (mb/d) by 2030, up from a previous estimate of 106 mb/d. The firm predicts peak demand around 2034 at approximately 110 mb/d, followed by a flat trend to 2040.

“Our view is more bullish than the IEA, which assessed that oil demand peaks before 2030,” Goldman Sachs said.

The investment bank foresees a potential scenario where oil demand could even rise to about 113 mb/d by 2040, driven by a slower transition to electric vehicles.

“The EV market is facing a few headwinds,” analysts said.

“EV subsidies are being cut in several European markets, and continued price competition has led to profit pressure for OEMs and a slower pace of new EV investments. Our Auto team thinks our EV slow-adoption scenario, which predicts a pause this year in EV sales penetration increase, has become more realistic.”

Goldman Sachs said capital expenditure on crude oil production is slowing, contributing to medium-term supply constraints across the oil value chain.

Goldman Sachs named 23 Buy- and Sell-rated stocks across the energy sector to reflect its long-term views on the oil market.

Goldman Sachs’ Energy-Stock Strategies

Upstream/Integrated Exposure

Theme 1: Own FCF Leaders

Goldman Sachs highlights Buy-rated Shell plc SHEL, Petrobras PBR, CNOOC Ltd., Cenovus Energy CVE, and Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. CNQ as free cash flow leaders.

Sell-rated ONGC has weaker FCF due to limited production growth.

Theme 2: Own Growth Assets

The firm points to Buy-rated ENI S.p.A. E, ConocoPhillips COP, and Devon Energy Corp. DVN as companies with significant growth assets, citing successful exploration and shale oil access as key opportunities.

Theme 3: Own Profitable Projects

Goldman Sachs identifies Buy-rated PTTEP, Santos Ltd. SSLZY, and Chevron Corp. CVX as leaders based on the profitability of their projects.

Refining Exposure

Theme 1: Own Exposure to Refining Market Tightness

The investment bank recommends Buy-rated Thai Oil Public Co. TOIPF, S-Oil, Reliance Industries, and Repsol S.A. REPYY for their high exposure to middle distillates. It also favors Buy-rated HF Sinclair Corp. DINO, Marathon Petroleum Corp. MPC, and Phillips 66 PSX as beneficiaries of broader refining margin strength.

Theme 2: Own Biofuel Leaders

Goldman Sachs highlights Buy-rated Neste Oyj NTOIY and Calumet Specialty Products Partners L.P. CLMT for their exposure to sustainable aviation fuel.

Theme 3: Avoid Demanding Valuation

The firm is Sell-rated on Indian Oil Corp. and HelleniQ Energy Holdings S.A. HLPMF, citing high valuations and weaker FCF generation.

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