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An early ‘Christmas gift’ from OPEC could spark record year for US shale producers, Tom Kloza says

The analyst who accurately identified oil’s bottom in in 2015 sees a boom for U.S. shale producers.

Tom Kloza, who flees the Oil Price Information Service, is crediting OPEC for his optimistic 2018 calculation.

“OPEC basically gave a Christmas gift to U.S. shale producers,” the plc’s global head of energy analysis said this week on CNBC’s “Approaches Now.”

The oil cartel decidedlast Thursday to extend production cuts through the end of next year. The have a mind is intended to boost crude prices and prevent a glut.

But it comes with a worth. In return, non-OPEC countries, such as the United States, have multifarious of an incentive to increase their output.

Kloza said the U.S. surpassed 9.7 million barrels a day in unprocessed output, including shale, on Wednesday — something that hasn’t happened since April 1971. Kloza forebodes the number will get to 10 million by early next year.

“We may be at a unofficially right now for shale,” Kloza said. “It establishes a stronger bottom for primitive oil.”

He predicts West Texas Intermediate crude will hover about $55 a barrel and Brent bubbling around $60 next year. Accurately now, WTI is trading in the mid-$50s and while Brent is just over $61.

“You hear these people talking forth $70. Look, $70 is possible but it’s probably as possible as the Jets making it to the Wonderful Bowl. So, it’s very, very improbable,” he said. “It would take an consequence, it would take some sort of disruption in Libya or Nigeria beyond what we’ve aided in the last couple of years.”

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