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    Opec+’s production conundrum

    enJune 05, 2024

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    • India Elections, Gazprom RecoveryIndia's PM Modi wins third term but BJP falls short of majority, while Gazprom struggles to recover from Western sanctions and may ask for more government funding

      Narendra Modi has secured a third term as India's prime minister, but his ruling BJP party has fallen short of an outright majority in the elections. Meanwhile, Gazprom, Russia's largest natural gas company, is facing a long and costly recovery from Western sanctions, which have hit the company harder than others due to its limited production of liquefied natural gas. In the oil market, OPEC is recognizing the end of the $100 a barrel era and plans to continue managing the market as much as possible. Gazprom's report suggests it may ask for more government funding to recover lost gas sales, but analysts doubt it will receive it. Modi's unexpectedly smaller margin of victory has disappointed investors on the Indian stock market, while OPEC's continued market management reflects its efforts to maintain influence despite changing market conditions.

    • Indian elections instabilityIndian elections resulted in a hung parliament, shifting back to political instability that investors dislike, but BJP remains largest party and expected to form government, with potential defections worth monitoring

      The Indian general elections resulted in a hung parliament, with the BJP falling short of a majority and needing to rely on smaller allies to form a government. This is a shift back to the political instability India experienced before 2014, which investors are not fond of due to their preference for predictability and stability. Indian voters, however, demonstrated their independent nature by surprising political leaders. Despite this, the BJP remains the largest party in parliament and is expected to form the next government, but potential defections from opposition parties to the BJP and NDA are worth monitoring.

    • India's Political Instability, US Labor MarketIndia's political instability persists with frequent party switching, while the US labor market shows signs of cooling down but maintains a robust economy, preventing interest rate cuts, and OPEC Plus extends production cuts into 2025 with gradual increases from 2024

      Political instability continues to define India's post-election landscape, with MPs frequently switching parties. This trend, which has intensified after the recent elections, makes for a more volatile political scene than anticipated. Meanwhile, the US labor market is showing signs of cooling down, with the ratio of job openings to unemployment returning to pre-pandemic levels for the first time. Despite this, the economy remains robust, making it unlikely for the Federal Reserve to cut interest rates. In the world of oil, OPEC Plus made a significant move by extending production cuts into 2025 while also gradually bringing back 2 million barrels of oil a day from October 2024. This decision, which signals an end to the group's prolonged production cuts, came after 18 months of reductions. The price of Brent crude initially saw muted reactions to this announcement. However, these events are just a few of the many developments shaping our global economy. Stay tuned for more in-depth analysis on these and other topics.

    • OPEC's market share contractionOPEC's recognition of changing market dynamics and decision to increase production is a response to losing ground to non-OPEC countries, aiming to maintain influence but may not significantly impact prices

      OPEC's decision to increase oil production signifies their recognition of the changing dynamics in the global oil market. For decades, the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) has held significant influence over oil prices due to its ability to control production levels. However, the past 12 to 18 months have seen increased production from non-OPEC countries, including the US, Canada, Guyana, and Brazil. This has led to a contraction of OPEC's market share and an inability to significantly impact prices through production cuts. Faced with the prospect of losing more ground to these other players, OPEC has decided to bring its production back online. While this may not lead to a return of $100 a barrel oil prices, it demonstrates that OPEC remains an active player in the market and will continue to manage production as best it can.

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