Volume IconOil on the boil: Prices, demand-supply dynamics, and the way ahead

Global oil prices are hitting all-time highs. Let's look at why oil prices are surging globally and understand the dynamics of demand & supply in an interview with S&P Global Platts' Dr Kang Wu

ImagePuneet Wadhwa New Delhi
Dr Kang Wu, Head of Global Demand and Asia Analytics, S&P Global Platts

Dr Kang Wu, Head of Global Demand and Asia Analytics, S&P Global Platts

Brent crude, a benchmark for nearly 80 per cent of global crude oil trade, crossed 80 dollars a barrel on Tuesday. And some agencies like Goldman Sachs are estimating that crude oil will hit 90 dollars a barrel by the end of this year. This may have implications for India, which has a major import dependence for meeting its energy needs.

For one, the government's fiscal maths will be tested by this oil-price rally. A further surge would put pressure on it to cut taxes on petrol and diesel which would hurt its revenue and spending. 

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Secondly, as the rally pushes domestic petrol and diesel prices to new highs, consumers and industry will also be hurt.

And thirdly, in the more immediate terms, there will be a clear impact on Indian stock markets, too. On Thursday, the markets are expected to take cues from oil prices, besides global markets and how bond yields play out. Also, the derivative expiry for the September futures & option (F&O) series is going to impact the trading sentiment on Thursday.

So, coming back to oil, what is fuelling this global surge in prices? And what’s the road ahead? Up to what level may the prices rise? And what will be its impact? 

Puneet Wadhwa spoke to Dr Kang Wu, Head of Global Demand and Asia Analytics, S&P Global Platts. Here are the highlights of Dr Wu’s answers:

First Published: Sep 30 2021 | 09:54 AM IST

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