World Bank raises 2017 forecast for crude oil to USD55 per barrel

Oct 21, 2016 (LBO) – The World Bank is raising its 2017 forecast for crude oil prices to 55 US dollars per barrel from 53 per barrel following OPEC’s preparation to limit production.

Energy prices, which include oil, natural gas and coal, are projected to jump almost 25 percent overall next year, a larger increase than aid anticipated in July as members of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) prepare to limit production after a long period of unrestrained output, the World Bank said issuing a statement.

The revised forecast appears in the World Bank’s latest Commodity Markets Outlook.

Oil prices are expected to average 43 US dollars per barrel in 2016, unchanged from the July report.

“We expect a solid rise in energy prices, led by oil, next year,” said John Baffes, senior economist and lead author of the Commodity Markets Outlook.

“However, there is considerable uncertainty around the outlook as we await the details and the implementation of the OPEC agreement, which, if carried through, will undoubtedly impact oil markets.”

A modest recovery is projected for most commodities in 2017 as demand strengthens and supplies tighten.

Metals and minerals prices are expected to rise 4.1 percent next year, a 0.5 percentage point upward revision due to increasing supply tightness.

Zinc prices are forecast to rise more than 20 percent following the closure of some large zinc mines and production cuts in earlier years. Gold is projected to decline slightly next year to 1,219 US dollars per ounce as interest rates are likely to rise and safe haven buying ebbs.