OPEC Secretary General Says Doha or no Doha Oil Will Rebalance

The oil market will begin rebalancing by the third quarter of this year and will turn positive by 2017 despite world’s top producers failing to reach an agreement to freeze production during a weekend meeting in Doha, OPEC’s secretary general said in Paris on Thursday.

“Doha or no Doha, we see that the market is turning,” Abdullah El-Badri told an oil summit in the French capital.

“Maybe demand will be more than supply, and we see that the market by 2017 will turn around and it will be positive. I don’t know how much the price will be, I cannot really tell you. But at least it will be better than what we are seeing right now,” Badri said.

He added that he saw the market turning around by the third quarter of this year.

“The only problem we are having is this overhang, if we can solve this overhang then the market will stabilize,” he said.

via Reuters

Alfonso Esparza

Alfonso Esparza

Senior Currency Analyst at Market Pulse
Alfonso Esparza specializes in macro forex strategies for North American and major currency pairs. Upon joining OANDA in 2007, he established the MarketPulseFX blog and he has since written extensively about central banks and global economic and political trends. Alfonso has also worked as a professional currency trader focused on North America and emerging markets. He holds a finance degree from the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESM) and an MBA with a specialization on financial engineering and marketing from the University of Toronto.
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