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Oil Prices Skyrocket to Record Highs in 2023 Amid Looming Inflation Data

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Oil Prices Hit New 2023 Highs Amid Supply Crunch

Oil Prices Hit New 2023 Highs Amid Supply Crunch


Oil prices reached new highs in 2023 due to a supply crunch caused by output reductions from Saudi Arabia and Russia.

Price Levels

  • West Texas Intermediate (CL=F) traded just below $89 per barrel.
  • Brent crude futures (BZ=F) sat above $91 per barrel.
  • These prices represent the highest levels since November 2022.

Supply Shortfall

OPEC data shows a projected supply shortfall of 3 million barrels per day in the next quarter.

Output Cuts

Saudi Arabia and Russia have extended their unilateral output cuts through the end of the year, causing concerns about global inventories. This is in addition to the reductions announced by OPEC+ last year.

Higher Prices

Adam Turnquist, chief technical strategist for LPL Financial, stated that declining supply and rising demand will lead to higher prices.

Rising Demand

Despite a choppy recovery in China after COVID lockdowns, demand for oil is trending upwards.

Expectations of Inflation

The recent rally in oil prices has raised expectations of a reacceleration of inflation. The latest Consumer Price Index will be released soon, with economists predicting a 0.6% rise in August compared to July’s 0.2% increase. Year-over-year inflation is expected to jump to 3.6%.

Core CPI

The Core CPI, which excludes food and energy prices, is expected to remain unchanged on a month-over-month basis.

Analysts’ Predictions

As momentum in the oil markets continues, analysts believe that $100 oil is not out of the question.


Oil prices have reached new highs due to supply constraints caused by output reductions. Rising demand and expectations of inflation further contribute to the upward trend.

About the Author

Ines Ferre is a senior business reporter for Yahoo Finance. Follow her on Twitter at @ines_ferre.

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