One of the necessities of the universe right now is nothing, but crude oil, which is unrefined petroleum that formed of hydrocarbon deposits along with different organic materials.
It refines to make products like gasoline, petrochemicals, and diesel. Since it’s a very crucial need of the modern era, so let’s check out the crude oil price analysis of 2018-2019. It will also be beneficial in predicting the future of oil prices.
Crude Oil Analysis 2018-19
When we take a glance at the first half of the year 2018, we can see the fluctuations in the price of crude oil. As per the statistics, the price was 69.08 U.S dollars per barrel, which fell a bit and become 65.32 in February 2018. In March, it rose a bit to 66.02 dollars per barrel, and then you could see the further rise in the Brent crude oil price for April and May (72.11 and 76.98 respectively). The oil price for the last month of the first half of 2018 recorded as 74.4 dollars.
The year’s second half, however, brought more positive results with it as the overall Brent crude oil prices were low, but there were also some exceptions like 78.89 in September and 81.03 in October. The last month’s price recorded as 57.36 dollars per barrel, which shows the decrease in the price level for Brent Crude Oil.
Comes from the Brent oil field, which located in the North-East of the Shetland Islands (part of the United Kingdom), the Brent oil is among the lightest crude oils consists of a low content of Sulphur. The notable point is it refined into gasoline and middle distillates in North-West Europe.
The other crucial benchmark includes West Texas Intermediate (WTI), and it also rose close to 30% between the time duration of January and October, from 60 dollars to 78 dollars. Keep in mind WTI is quite essential for North America, and Dubai Crude dominates the Asian Market for oil.
Crude Oil Forecast
As per the forecast, the average crude oil price per barrel will be 73.7 dollars in 2019. The predictions depend on the supply and demand’ interaction in the international market for oil. After the modest growth in 2018, the expectations are high that the nominal price of West Texas Intermediate will increase to 50 dollars per barrel, and the Brent price will rise to 53 dollars per barrel in 2020. Moreover, the World Bank also expects the overall increase in all three Crude oil benchmarks (Brent, WTI, and Dubai Crude) even after 2020. The expectations are $70 would be the average rate per barrel by 2030.