Why Crude Will Reach $100 / Barrel

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". . .the price has been following a predetermined trajectory, as it has been demonstrating since 1980."

In June 2009, we presented a prediction of crude petroleum price for 2009 (Crude Will Reach $100 by December 2009). Briefly, our analysis has shown that oil will overcome $100 per barrel before the end of 2009. As promised, we evaluate the prediction every month, after new readings of producer price index (PPI) when all its components become available. In this article, we report the results for June 2009.

The period between January 2008 and likely the end of 2010 is characterized by an elevated volatility in oil price, but the evolution of the price is not random. Moreover, even after the start of crisis in 2008, the price has been following a predetermined trajectory, as it has been demonstrating since 1980.

The June reading of the PPI shows a rise to 174.1 from 170.2 in May, and the producer price index of crude petroleum (domestic production) has increased by ~32 points: 188.9 after 157 in May.

Our assumption on the average monthly increment for the crude petroleum index was +20, and for the PPI +1. So, the increase in June was larger than predicted. This increment might be compensated by weaker growth in the following months. For example, oil price in the first half of July rather demonstrates a slight decrease.

According to the prediction, the price should break the $100 level before the end of 2009.

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