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Oil prices: 'It's going to be very easy' to get to $100/barrel, analyst says

·Markets Reporter
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Energy and oil prices have been on fire over the last six months — and expect them to go higher, says one analyst.

"For multiple reasons, there's still room to go higher in the coming weeks," Troy Vincent, DTN ​​senior market analyst, told Yahoo Finance Live.

Some strategists have been forecasting $100 barrel for oil. "I wouldn't say it's inevitable, but it's going be very easy to get there," said Vincent.

Over the last six months, crude is up more than 30%. On Monday, prices took a breather after hitting 7-year highs on Friday for both U.S West Texas Intermediate (CL=F) and Brent (BZ=F) crude.

OPEC supply and geopolitics

"We're in a precarious situation," said Vincent. "Especially as it pertains to OPEC's spare capacity to be much smaller by the time we get to summer than what we've seen in many years."

OPEC+ agreed to continue with its output hike of 400,000 barrels per day in March, but some producers haven't been able to keep up with their side of supply.

High gas prices are posted at a full service gas station in Beverly Hills, Calif., Nov. 7, 2021. Oil prices, which have a big impact on the price of gasoline and home heating oils, have been on an up-and-down ride since the fall. And while oil prices are usually pretty volatile, the constantly change nature of the coronavirus pandemic has made predicting the ups and downs even harder. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)
High gas prices are posted at a full service gas station in Beverly Hills, Calif., Nov. 7, 2021. Oil prices have a have a big impact on the price of gasoline and home heating oils. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

"There are a number of players within OPEC that just haven't been able to deliver. Angola, Nigeria are kind of key to that development and underproduction," said Vincent. "As we move particularly into the spring and summer, those members that are under-producing are going to go under even further scrutiny. It's gonna be even more important to the global market, whether or not they can bring that supply back."

The tensions playing out between Russia and Ukraine are also putting upward pressure on oil prices. "You could see a 10-15% run higher, if in fact, you did begin to see some type of hot war," said Vincent.

"Any time you have spare capacity limited whether it's a weather event, like hurricanes, or a geopolitical event — a hot war, terrorist events, etc. — there's so much more potential for upside in price action in response," he added.

Ines is a markets reporter covering stocks from the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Follow her on Twitter at @ines_ferre

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