Goldman Sachs (NYSE: GS) has come out and updated its "oil super-spike" prices today. In fact, it ponders whether or not the super-spike end game has begun. We covered part of this yesterday, and today the full details were sent out.
The firm now notes that we could see $150 to $200 per barrel of oil in the next six to 24 months. The note says the current energy crisis may be coming to a head. It cites lack of adequate supply growth and this notes that a needed demand rationing in the OECD areas (in particular the U.S.).
This might not even big too big of a stretch now considering the recent comments from OPEC’s head.
So this $150 to $200 level seems increasingly likely… even though the brief summary is "though predicting the ultimate peak in oil prices as as the remaining duration of the upcycle remains a major uncertainty."
While this $150 to $200 level is its super-spike target, the firm has raised its 2008 spot target to $108 per barrel of West Texas Intermediate crude (previous was $96) and it has raised Brent Sea crude to $108 as well (from prior $95).
Well, this may explain some of the rapid rise in oil prices in the last two trading sessions… just when it looked like the oil prices were going to get a reprieve.
Jon C. Ogg
May 6, 2008